When your career aspirations feel arrogant and impossible

When your career aspirations feel arrogant and impossible

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In my first graduate job, I was a employed as junior tax consultant for a firm that specialised in helping FTSE 100 companies claims for tax relief on some expenditure. 

It was a small company and for that reason we were exposed to lots of what was going on. There was good company atmosphere, regular training and celebrations on Fridays at 4pm when we won a new client or piece of work. 

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Most people don't have this

Most people don't have this

Many people complain about the situation they’re in. (I have, as they say, got that particular T-shirt)

They want to get out of a stressful job, live somewhere hot and have money coming in from several income streams. 

But they don’t have the one thing that will actually give them what they need to start actually getting out there and making the change. 

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The art of self-care

The art of self-care

I've loved travelling back to England this week, although I'd forgotten how much travelling can be tiring. I have a tendency to try and fit too much into a few days and it's taken its toll.

In navigating through the last week, I've become even more aware of the power and effect of self-care. It is really an art and if it's new to us, it requires us to practice.

What do I mean by self-care?

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The magic of Venezia

The magic of Venezia

I found magic in Venice.

What is this magic? It is the freedom of beauty in the midst of complicated decision making. It is being overwhelmed with magnificence, everywhere you look: history, culture and art, yet not losing sight of the wonder of yourself. And it is choosing to say ‘no’ to when the rest of the world says: ‘Come, see...what? Are you crazy?’

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Big Scary Question Marks

Big Scary Question Marks

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This week I’ve been thinking ahead to my next move - to Tuscany. Another set of challenges, a change. I’ve been wondering what I’m going to do after that - do I come back here? Do I stay in Tuscany? How does that work with my two trips back to England over the next few months. Can I make it all work?

Lots of questions. This week I’ve had moments of fear that I haven’t got all the answers yet. It’s all a bit, well, open.

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Taking stock

Taking stock

I used to work in a shoe shop and, although, I would only work during holidays, I would occasionally be involved in the stock take. A stock take is a methodical appraisal of what you have at any moment in time compared to what you think you have - identifying discrepancies between your inventory and the physical goods you hold. We use the phrase ‘taking stock’ as an expression to describe the moment where you assess the situation, working out where things are.

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