Archive for February, 2011

She’s clearly very ambitious..

Monday, February 28th, 2011

We have more opportunies to succeed than ever before, yet women in top jobs are still in the minority. Have you ever heard your self apologising for being ambitious whether secretly or aloud in public?. Do you constantly have to explain your drive and energy?

Ambition is the desire for personal achievement. Interestingly see also;

Promotion (rank)
Social status

Fit 4 Business Fit 4 Life!

Skyping with the champion Kriss Akabusi MBE earlier today. His question was simple. Are you a champion and do you want to succeed?.

Ambition is complex not a trait. What success really means. Men are celebrated to succeed. Women are viewed with suspicion, at worst hostility. It’s what motivates you is the key.

Getting appropriate recognition for your skills is an important emotional need. Those of us who have ambitious working children experience this need regularly.

Men focus on a single goal; earning money or winning. ‘Olympic levels of rivalry’ using the word ‘I’. We are generally more comfortable talking about teamwork. Women focus on a variety of goals; work/home. Women try to outdo one each another rather than compete with males. The collaborative approach favours women. We have the ambition for a happy life.

How about we celebrate the diffences instead?.

“A smile is the most beautiful curve on the human body” and all the other curves that bring on that smile!!!

Carolyn, helping you to #Sparkle with Confidence on Social Media

What we do and Why

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

But I being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams from under your feet; tread softly because you tread on my dreams; from ‘He wishes for the clothes of heaven’ W.B Yeats (1865 -1939)

Celebrating my daughter’s Birthday last weekend led to a chance meeting with the brilliant Daragh O Malley, one of Ireland’s greatest exports, the actor has enjoyed a long career in TV and theatre and is probably best known for playing Sergeant Patrick Harper in the ITV series Sharpe. But he’s currently embarking on his first theatre project for a decade, starring in a touring production of the Olivier award-winning Irish play, Dancing At Lughnasa, which opened in Swansea last week. We said our farewells Saturday night before he and the cast left for Peterborough then Windsor.

Karen Price from Wales Online wrote “Irish actor Daragh O’Malley is returning to the stage after a decade. He talked to Karen about the play, living the Hollywood dream and a charity project close to his heart” Sharpes Children

Actors taking Action!

What struck me about Daragh was his passion, his focus and his ACTION.
Read the following story from the Sharpes Children webpage…

@One of Sharpe’s Children Follows His Football and is Reunited With His Long Lost Family
One of the players from the Sharpe’s Children Foundation sponsored Indian soccer squad which lifted The Street Kids World Cup in Durban, South Africa in March finally been reunited with his family after five years on the run living in railway station toilets. Runaway Mohammed Fazlu (12) accidentally kicked his football into a freight carriage and then got trapped on the moving train when he went to retrieve it and the train carried him 812 miles. Mohammed was eventually found locked in the freight container and was placed in a Velore orphanage for four months until his brother Roshan(14) spotted him in a nationwaide TV welfare appeal and told his parents that “Mohammed had climbed inside the television and was looking for them ” The family shared an emotional reunion on Tuesday in Bangalore.

Incredible actors taking incredible steps. Wishing Daragh and the cast of Dancing At Lughnasa great things for the rest of their tour.


What do you do and why?


Carolyn, helping you to #Sparkle with Confidence on Social Media

Wasting Potential

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Why is it so important to support someone in a small business?

I posted a “I need your help” with setting up a Cardiff Boardroom on the BlackStar forum as BlackStars are thin on the ground in South Wales. Taking this powerful comment from Dinah’s first Boardroom @if we don’t use boardrooms, we are wasting our Ecademy membership potential; this is oh, so true!

So my question to you is “Who in your network gives you that much needed support in business?”.

Happy Friday!. Csmilex


Carolyn, helping you to #Sparkle with Confidence on Social Media

Social Media Us – People Power

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

How do you approach social media?

Reading this case for having separate accounts – splitting your personality from your business?

“Social media gives you the chance to integrate your personal and professional interests for (ultimately) commercial benefit.

In summary: Build an audience and then sell to them. Now what matters is audience. Is the audience that you are going to build actually relevant? Are your social media followers potential customers or are they your competition, industry analysts, and social media fanatics?

Is there really any way to combine your own personal interests with your commercial interests in an authentic and effective manner?. Popular opinion usually equates singular, integrated accounts with authenticity – however, the exact opposite might be true. Split social media profiles can be more honest in that they separate commercial and personal intent”.

Social Media Us is a news column set up for us on social media websites, like the popular These are sites where we can connect with like minds about our inner most thoughts, our whereabouts and passion with a purpose. Social Media Us is where we receive wonderful schmoozy messages that say @So looking forward to meeting you.

The singular account for me shows both sides of the coin as it were. I keep my networks updated with both my personality and work. Even my pictures keep everyone topped up, as I clock up more exercise milage. Actuality, how’s that for motivation?. Being who I am not just what I am trained to be.

A smashing first day in February trek.

Happy Networking Wednesday.


Carolyn, helping you to #Sparkle with Confidence on Social Media