Kate Christie shares how it feels to run a business and be a Mum

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Tell us about how you feel being a Mum and running a business?

“I love running my own business while being a great mum. I love that my kids have access to an entrepreneurial female role model – have a great idea, make that idea real and chase your dreams. My kids know all about my business. We celebrate the wins together, and they commiserate with me on the losses. They constantly give me advice! I think having a business you are passionate about creates such a great, energetic and positive vibe for the whole family,” said Kate Christie, a Time Management Expert in How do they do it?

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Read more from Mums in all various industries about how they juggle running their own business and being a Mum and wife here.

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Thursdays in the park

Book Cover First Impressions:

To be honest, I picked this book off the shelf (as I generally do, without reading the synopsis). This seemed like a romance novel by the book cover, but I was grateful not to see one of those romance book cover that has the woman and man all over each other, with half their clothing on. (Let’s face it, its embarrassing to be seen walking around with those books!!).

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About this book:

Jeanie has been a loving wife to George for over thirty years, a devoted mother to their daughter and, recently, an adoring grandmother – all this despite the fact that several years ago, George withdrew from their marital bed with no reason given. At first Jeanie was determined to confront him, but days rolled into weeks, then years, and still she has no idea why it happened. Did she do something wrong? Is he in love with someone else? George won’t talk about it. Every Thursday, Jeanie takes her granddaughter to the park, and there she meets Ray, who performs the same weekly duty for his grandson. Ray seems to be everything George isn’t – a listener, easy to talk to, open-minded – and sexy. Suddenly Jeanie feels attractive again and, against her will, finds herself falling in love with him. She knows all too well that her new passion threatens everything she holds dear. She must make a choice. Family ties, dramas, secrets and lies all weave their way though this beautiful and insightful first novel written by an author who has the perfect experience to write it.

My review:

I really enjoyed this book. It provided great insight into how women may perceive themselves when they turn 60. And especially as a younger person, how they may dislike it when a person says, “You look great for your age.” The genre would be romance/drama. Although not the nicest challenges to be presented with in life, it showed the turmoil and thought processes the main character goes through to keep everyone in her life happy, except for herself. When she meets Ray, her inner self jumps in joy, until her nasty son in-law does one of the most cruelest acts possible to destroy their relationship. A great story and if you are looking for something different to love-making romance novels, try this novel.

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Style a space to read

Let’s face it, as a writer a part of my role is to day dream… oh yes and day dream I do.

I am sure there are readers out there, who like me, day dream about creating their reading nook.

So I thought, what better way then to day dream about what space I would want to create for my reading corner.

Ready to come imaginary shopping with me? (Another thing I love – shopping!)

First I would start with a Kindle Paperwhite, yes, yes, I would still have hard copy books, but one needs a  good e-reader as well. And as Amazon’s best seller why wouldn’t I opt for the best?

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Best 4 features that I like about this e-reader device is:

  1. there is no glare, so I could sit outdoors in the sunshine and read.
  2. A single charge can last up to 8 weeks. What! That is awesome. My phone currently has to be on charge 24/7 for me to be able to receive any calls or texts.
  3. Add margin notes. I would love this feature, as I love to give book reviews and it is nice to remember a special sentence that resonated with me, or an interesting event that I can add to the book review.
  4. There is a Vocabulary Builder, what I love about reading is unearthing new words, but instead of writing them down to look-up later and forget how it even related to a sentence, I can do this as I am reading through the e-reader.

Now to set-up the space. To place my Kindle on, I would like something like this:

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A charming end table that you can place your kindle on and may be a glass of wine or a candle to create the mood.

For a good reading session, I need something stylish and comfort to sit on, especially one that comes with a foot stool. And my taste is Italian leather, which makes this ArtisDecor Plywood Lounge Chair and Ottoman perfect for my room.

 

Let us not forget about a fluffy, rug. 

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Lighting is important and I would always love to choose a chandelier for my special place of rest.

And finally a splash of decorative art would sit nicely against my wall:

Wieco Art 4-Piece Elegant Flowers Stretched and Framed Hand-Painted Modern Canvas Wall Art

And of course to start your eBook collection. Why not add my awesome novel, Destiny Lane.

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What product is your favourite from the list above? How would you set-up your space?

How Do Business Mums Juggle Life?

 

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I was very excited to see My Town Magazine showcase an article on my latest eBook – ‘How do they do it? 16 Business Mums Share How They Juggle Life’. A big thanks to Dan and Dannii, editors of My Town Magazine, who support local businesses. Read the article here:

How Do Business Mums Juggle Life?

Ever wondered how mums who own their own businesses have the time to do it?

Melanie Toye author or “How do they do it?” interviews 16 mums who own their own business and finds out how they juggle life.

“Family time is sacred on the weekends and if I have to work to meet a deadline, I will work at night only. The kids are only young for such a short space of time, so I relish the time I have with them,” said Merryn Padgett, Owner of Earth & Sea Creative in How do they do it.

How do they do it really provides a great insight into that world of wanting to be at home with the kids and draw an income from working in an industry they are passionate about.

With tips and advice given to those mothers seeking to start their own business to sharing challenges, which will resonate with mothers who have their own business, How do they do it shares it all.

Read the first chapter for free here: www.smashwords.com.

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From fear to passion

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‘I walked in and Raulf was not at the door greeting me as was his routine for three years. My heart startled as I saw him in the open space with Gerald. My one and only thought pulsating strongly in my mind was, have I lost my job?

Raulf looked my way, worried. I walked over to them. Gerald looked over to me, a sense of warmth touched my heart. The assurance that my job was safe by one look, vibrated through my entire being. I walked over and looked at his new collection. Each piece was exquisite in quality workmanship and design.

“I will contact the media of the new collection,” I said. “And I will call on the models who will accentuate these designs and plan for a major event to showcase them.” Gerald touched my arm. I turned to face him, “I know, the sooner we showcase your designs the better.” He touched his hand to my lips. My cheeks heated up then I wondered what Raulf must think.

“This time it’s going to be different,” he said, as he released his soft touch from my lips. He walked around in his brainstorming/creative manner. I pulled out my blackberry ready to take notes. “This piece was done to rebuild confidence in women going through emotional turmoils. I do not want models. I need real women to wear my clothing.” This was going to be difficult. It was rare to find the attributes of a models body in an everyday person. “How you will find those women is up to you,” he said reading my mind.

“The showcase will be in a dark lit space, with down lights to illuminate the gloomy mood. The music will evoke tears in the audience eyes. It has to be emotionally moving. And in two days.”’ ~Excerpt from Free to be with me by Melanie Toye.

About Free to be with me

Free to be with me by Melanie Toye

Free to be with me takes Madison, an assistant to a famous fashion designer, through a self-appreciating journey of fashion, love and design. Free to be with me oozes fun, glamour and most of all hot lustful romance. Will the man Madison falls for, be too risky for her lifestyle? Or will she shy away from it all? Find out in this heart warming, page turner.

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When you plan, remember to play

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I am a perfectionist (in some areas) but I am also a huge scheduler. Similar to a task manager. Sometimes that is how I see myself. But its not me. I am happy, free and adventurous. This is me.

So when I started this year with some pretty massive and incredibly awesome goals, I knew I had to pick up my game and plan my days so I could make progress and do what I love.

Being a creative person means sometimes, I want to bend the rules. I don’t want to sit down at 9 am in a stuffy office and work. Sometimes, I want to get outside, feel the fresh air and breathe. And sometimes, I turn up the music and just feel the vibe, hear the words and close my eyes. The truth is, as a creative person I want to be anywhere and everywhere that spurs on my inner emotions. Because it is with these feelings that empower me to be more of who I am.

Obviously though, ideas do not come to life when one doesn’t work at them. But with all my planning and scheduling over the next few months, I realised a couple of things:

  • I was becoming stressed. I just poured all my thoughts and tasks onto paper and put them against a day and that started to fill the page – very quickly! But I was over-tasking, as in, I was scheduling too much work into my day. Even if I spent twenty hours working solidly on these tasks, what about the rest of my day. Where was the fun?
  • That’s when I realised … I forgot to make time for me and for fun and exploration in these days but how was I going to make time for this?
  • The other issue was, I would look at the days ahead to see what was planned. Bad idea. I would finish the tasks for the day and then start on tasks for the coming days. But I was over-doing it. My life became about fulfilling these tasks rather than having them fit in my life.

It is important to plan and make time to work on your goals. But it is just as important to make time for fun and play. Because without fun and play, the person you are becomes nothing more than a unconscious ghost who has forgotten the real reason for the goals in the first place – not to lose oneself but to find oneself.

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Book Review: The Chocolate Moose Motive

Book Cover First Impressions:

I thought this book based on the title and subtitle “A Chocolate Mystery” would actually be about chocolate and going into mouth watering descriptions of new chocolate recipes and the stories within. However this book barely talked about the delicious subject.

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About this book:

When Lee hires a free-spirited employee with a tie-dyed, troubled past, she discovers that even the counterculture can conceal a killer….

As much as the chocolate concoctions at TenHuis Chocolade can tantalize people’s tongues, Lee’s newest hire is more likely to make them wag. Forsythia “Sissy” Smith is the granddaughter of Warner Pier’s resident hippie, but the fact that Sissy is a third-generation flower child is the least of Lee’s concerns. The previous winter, Sissy’s husband, Buzz, was found dead, and even though her alibi was airtight, the gossips are still pointing their fingers at her.

Then the chief gossip is found dead, with Sissy on the scene. Was she lured there? Or is she the killer? Lee has a sneaking suspicion that someone is out to keep a dark secret from coming to light. And they would have no problem killing a certain clever chocolatier who might uncover the truth….

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My review:

Although this book front cover claimed to be a story about chocolate, I believe the real story was with the chocolate store’s owner Lee and her investigative skills to solve a murder mystery based around the husband of Sissy Smith. A murder that was being blamed on Sissy.

The murder mystery was very interesting and cunning. And I tried to guess who the killer was, if it was in fact Sissy – who plays with innocence, but I could never have made a solid guess until the end when Lee started putting the pieces together.

This mystery will have you on edge. A thrilling read.

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