Why I organise events for all women?

Across the UK since 2016, I organised the Lucky Things Meet Ups. They’re social events initially just for women. So why did I initially organise events with an inclusive female audience in mind?

What are the Lucky Things meet Ups all about again?

They’re about bringing people together in a space where people feel at ease. It’s also about carving out some time to invest in yourself, your career and your wellbeing. If you’re interested, it’s about chat-working (what I call networking, as it’s more about chatting to new and familiar faces).

It’s about inclusivity

Thinking about the values of the Lucky Things Meet Ups, they need to be as inclusive as possible. At school, I knew what felt like to be excluded from groups because of how I looked. So I’m keen for the Lucky Things events to maintain its reputation for being inclusive. It’s super rewarding to see how the Lucky Things events attract women of diverse backgrounds whether it’s their career, their values, their lifestyle or their culture. That is what the Lucky Things Meet Ups are about.

My events are for ALL women

I often interview attendees at the Lucky Things Meet Ups about what they think. I love it that they tell me what they really think. Honesty is really important to me. I guess it’s another value that’s important to my events and my blog. Rachel @rachelthehat summed it up nicely in this video clip. Rachel describes Lucky Things as “It’s for everyone, every woman can just go to your blog and your Instagram and feel that there’s something there for them. It’s about a community that’s about bringing everyone into the fold”.

You can just be you

When you spend time at an event, it’s important to feel comfortable so you can make the most of the me-time or social time. This is really important for women. We play many roles and sometimes you just want to be you. I love this piece of feedback after London’s July Lucky Things Meet Up.

Your meet ups are so welcoming and you can be yourself

Not just for mamas

Lucky Things events were never going to just focus on mothers, mums, mamas or motherhood. I remember too well how it felt not being part of the mum club for yearsOver our infertility and IVF journeys at many points I had to accept that maybe I wasn’t going to experience motherhood. So I never wanted the Lucky Things to focus on mums. One thing I really love about the Lucky Things Meet Ups is that they really are events for every woman.

A chance to learn from others..

During the talks, people can share their honest stories as well as differing opinions. People often say how my events stand out because I (and the panel speakers) allow the audience to engage in the discussion too. It’s not just about the panel speakers chatting away. I think as women we can bring a different level of emotional intelligence to events. We’re keen to support each other and always happy to share ideas.

Going to events can be nerve-wracking…

Many women contact me before the event dates and mention how they might be feeling a bit nervous or anxious about coming along to an event. It’s totally normal! We’ve all been there and I know first-hand how it feels to be nervous as you enter the venue. Check out my top tips for going to event on our own. More and more women are doing this as events are being organised through online social networks and Instagram.  The Lucky Things Meet Ups are well-known for their welcoming and friendly vibes.

I enjoy finding out after the event how they felt about being there. It’s great hearing things like what Hayley @hayleyloveshighstreet had to say about her first Instagram event “Thank you for hosting such a lovely event and afternoon! First ever Instagram meet up and I was so nervous. I’m so glad I came along, so many lovely and inspiring ladies, really boosted my confidence”. 

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How has lockdown living impacted your confidence?

Photography by Carly Michael Shoots, taken at a Lucky Things Meet Up at the Folly, Central London n 2019.

Who would have thought 2020 would have turned out like this? We are ALL living amidst a global pandemic. Everyone has been and still is affected in one way or another. We are all busy adapting to changes, big and small. So no wonder, the lockdown year of 2020 has impacted our confidence levels. Read on for some tips of looking after your confidence in an uncertain year.

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Why we will always have to live with change

Lucky Things is all about helping you and others to feel more confident about our wellbeing and our careers. A word that comes up lot in my own head is change. Not just because of my HR career but what we’ve had to deal with along the way. Well, what a year we’ve all had juggling changes due to the pandemic. Pre Covid-19, we all have different experiences of change. It might crop up every now and then or feel like an everyday thing. So why is it that we always have to live with change? Oh and if you’d like to hear more tools on navigating change, check out the forthcoming online Lucky Things®️ Masterclass on Managing Change.  Continue reading

Why it’s good to stay in your lane

Keep staying in your lane

These are the words business owner Yvonne Telford  from kemitelford.com said to me over the phone last year. I asked her for some advice and these words have really stuck with me. These words influenced the focus for my business. They helped me to make a big decision for my career last Autumn. So what does staying in your lane mean and why is it good to stay in your lane?

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Why it’s good to think about intentions and not just goals

At the Lucky Things Meet Up in January 2017, we heard from one of the world’s leading mindfulness experts and neuroscientists Dr. Tamara Russell . She shared everyday tips on looking after ourselves. Tamara also talked to us about the value of setting intentions. When Tamara and I first planned our talk together, hearing her views on why intentions are helpful made sense. It completely changed my own outlook on setting goals.

Here are some highlights from the talk and why Tamara encourages us to focus on our intentions rather than goals. I’ve also shared how I’ve started to use intentions more. As a intro, here’s what Tamara’s has to say about intentions in her book Mindfulness in Motion (Watkins, 2015). Continue reading

Top tips to deal with imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome is all about doubting your own skills, strengths and talents. You can even make yourself believe that you’re not good enough as others. You may feel like a fraud when you’re trying to hustle through your work, business or other priorities. So here’s some tips to deal with imposter syndrome. If you’d like more, then check out the next online Navigating Imposter Thinking Masterclass that’s been popular in 2019 and 2020.  Continue reading