For once I seem to be the tallest! 😂 These inspiring ladies are fellow business women and entrepreneurs who have taken that leap into running their own businesses. Despite my 25 years of life serving in the British military, running my own business is by far the scariest thing I have ever done! However, brave pants are firmly on and I’ve found that it’s flexible and exhilarating and terrifying in equal measure. Frankly, for me and for lots of us, it means we can have a career and juggle the demands of motherhood in a way that being ‘employed’ wouldn’t really allow (although standby for the wonder that is Anna @mother_pukka as she has converted Wales to her amazing #flexappeal and is keen to get the rest of the UK onboard too!). So I will continue to support my fellow independent business owners, alongside the fabulous community of fellow Mavens @southwoodsocialhub and know that they have my back too. Tuesday thoughts from sunny France 🇫🇷 😘 #fivesixblue#boutiqueowner#onlinefashion#womensupportingwomen#communityovercompetition#smallbusinessowner#indieretail
“Who must you fearlessly become?”
Finding #purpose , both personal and professional, can be daunting. Terrifying even. What does it even mean? How do you find it? How do you know what you find will be true to you?
Over the last few months, I’ve begun this journey to discover my purpose, and here’s what I’ve found thus far:
Honest communication. Storytelling. Ethical Creation. Health + Wellness. These are the things that matter (to me).
I must fearlessly lean into them. They are pillars that will shape my practice and everyday decision making. They will align me personally and professionally and allow me to scale.
Take the time to identify what’s important and who you must become, then take the leap! There’s no better time than now.
Quote from Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact by Jocelyn Glei.
First thing on the agenda today: send out some fun snail mail to a few clients thanks to @simplysealed. ⠀
If you’re looking for stationery for any reason at all (even if just to look at 😆...you know me), run over to her! She never disappoints. 😍⠀
I’ve gotta be honest. Work these days has been challenging to get to, but I’ve got a constant replay of “little by little” rolling through my head and the reminder to just show up and do one thing. I’ve never been more grateful for my @cultivatewhatmatters #powersheets (thanks to my mama for gifting them to me again!) and @laracasey for constantly reminding me to prune the unnecessary so the good stuff can flourish.
What are you grateful for today?
Un anno fa sfornavo ogni settimana una nuova torta, dicevo che mi faceva sentire meno triste e talvolta funzionava davvero. Oggi sono così felice che non ricordo nemmeno più quella brutta sensazione e ho deciso che fare torte solo per coccolarsi è un vero spreco. Ci sono così tanti momenti belli da festeggiare che dovrò aggiornare il ricettario ❤ Nel frattempo, parto con una ricetta che sa di colazioni in famiglia, di abbracci a fine giornata, di mani intrecciate nel sonno.. #esercizidifelicità
Who needs an alarm clock when you’ve got this kid? Whenever JJ’s schedule changes (it’s the millionth time these past 2 months), Jax’s schedule changes too. He’s back to waking up between 5-5:30am again and I’m not too happy about it. Looks like I’m going to be on mombie mode until I get used to early wake ups again. SEND. COFFEE. PLEASE.
Jax’s shirt is from the cutest shop @homgrl. Use code MICHMILLA10 for 10% off your order!
Yes, designers are allowed to shop other brands! 😆
Especially when it’s the likes of @anthropologie 😍 I’m constantly inspired by their ever changing, ever beautiful brand!
Ps this pic was taken a while ago in London, hence the walking shoes. 👟 #storiesbyjess
The theme of the next #capturemybrand is a botanical, rustic, wildflower, olive inspired tablescape. The creative direction for this shoot is inspired by summer living and European summer dining experiences. Think gorgeous ceramics, laid over natural textures and linens. The shoot will be all about surfaces, details and natural elements, with lots to foliage. There are many many different products needed to style the shoot, tables and the event space and we require many different products and brands to pull the look together, so look beyond the obvious products.
Do you think your brand could be suitable? We'll be announcing how you can apply very soon!
(Images taken from @Pinterest)
Favourite little details on my bedside table ... an old print found in a little market in Florence, feathery seed heads gathered from the river, and a darling little spotted ceramic plate containing my beautiful new @danielwellington watch and cuff.
There’s still time to use my code “abbiemelle” to receive 15% off any @danielwellington watch - valid till the end of August, and till tonight you’ll also receive 50% off any cuff when purchasing a watch. #Danielwellington#DWnewclassics
From @cornersmith ‘s latest cookbook this freekah, broad bean and pea salad with yoghurt is so good! Such an easy weeknight dinner and you can cook the freekah ahead. Add a chop if you need the meat 😉 #feedfeed#eeeeeats#vegetarian#nomeat#salad#cleaneating 📸 @alan_benson_photographer styling @davidmorgan.co
Whaddya know....they worked! If you saw my Story a few days ago you’ll know I was trying out DIY crackers. It’s my third attempt and by far the most successful. These are literally seeds soaked in water for 15 mins, spread onto trays and baked. And baked again... So time in the oven waaay exceeds time in prep. ⠀
Thanks for the recipe and seeds @thesourcemilford I’ll definitely do these again 🙌🏼
Morning mamas! So recently I have been getting really on top of my housework and my motivation for life in general has gone through the roof! I had a think last night about how I’ve managed to do that and I think it comes down to having a bit more self care...so my tip for you today is love yourself!
Have that coffee when the little one is napping/at nursery/school and enjoy it before you start your chores for the day, don’t feel guilty for sitting down for half an hour to read that book you never get to read, or watch one of your tv programmes that you never get to watch....whatever it is do it for yourself and then the rest of the day you will feel more motivated and just generally more relaxed!
So the last couple of weeks I've realised Tuesday has been the day I really get started - working for ourselves we never really have a weekend so yesterday we took ourselves to a lake for a picnic! And today I feel in a much better place (with a large cup of coffee!) to really get going! 👆 Elm tray, Cherry wood bowl and Check table runner available now in the Etsy shop
Mapperley Park, Nottingham (£875,000) | This contemporary home is surrounded by verdant gardens and boasts a curved-edge pool that opens out on to a sunny terrace. Images + sale via @fhpliving, link in bio
I enjoy a day out but more and more I’m making sure that I build in enough days at home. Having a baby who needs some time in familiar surroundings and plenty of space to crawl around really makes you slow down! How do you get the balance?
Layers of Sand. Sea. Sky. A view that looks like an artist’s canvas, painted stripes, like the stripes of ones soul. A view that entices you to a notion that there is nothing on the horizon, for on the surface all is Calm. Quiet. At peace. Yet beneath the surface is an ocean deep. A vast vat of feeling. Strong undercurrents that pull and pull. ‘There is no way in which to understand the world without first detecting it through the radar-net of our Senses.’