#PIB85 Hooray for summer

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#PIB84 Share your journey: Charlotte Wise

Charlotte Wise Owner of Bip Bop Shop

Charlotte Wise always wanted to start her own business but it took for her to become a parent to make her dream a reality. After surviving a traumatic birth and ending up in intensive care, she realised life was too short to wait any longer. When her son was 7 months old, she launched BipBopShop, an online and pop up children’s shop selling children’s gifts and traditional wooden toys. Now an award-winning entrepreneur and Huffington Post blogger, Charlotte tells us her story of juggling her business with parenthood.

In this episode you’ll find out about:

  • Details about Charlotte’s family and business
  • How Charlotte got started on her entrepreneurial journey with £50
  • Charlotte talks about starting a business while on maternity leave
  • Charlotte talks about her traumatic birth and ending up in intensive care
  • Her number one fear was failure and she talks about overcoming that fear
  • Her two biggest challenges one of them being mum guilt and how she is overcoming them
  • How she manages running a business and family life
  • The things she enjoys doing for herself
  • Charlotte talks about who inspires her
  • Details about what she has outsourced for her business
  • Advice for parents who want to start a business
  • What success looks like for her?

Links mentioned:

Be Inspired
Bip Bop Shop
Bip Bop Shop Instagram 
Bip Bop Shop Facebook 
Bip Bop Shop twitter 

Thanks for listening! 


How to stay on track with your goals

How to stay on track with your goals

Running a business and raising a family isn’t always the easiest thing to do. With so many things to juggle, it can seem that you have far too much to think about and focus on. This can leave you struggling to keep your eye on your goals.

So, how do you stay on track with your goals? Here are some of our top tips for making sure that you remain focused, no matter what you are looking to achieve.

Commit to your goals

There is a reason why you have set a goal; often it’s because you want to reach them. Which means that you should always ensure that you commit to your goals. Committing to them is important because it gives you the determination to achieve them, which can be particularly useful on those days when you feel that you might go off track.

Break them down

Some goals that you set are going to be small, some of them, however, are going to be larger and therefore harder to reach. If you feel that you haven’t made a dent in your goal, then you are going to be much more likely to give up. This means that a simple way to ensure that you stay on track is to try and break them down as much as you can. Having smaller chunks to aim for means that you are much more likely to focus on them.

Have long-term and short-term goals

Similar to the above, having only long-term goals is going to make it much harder to stay on track while having only short-term goals could leave you feeling that you don’t have anything in the future. It is a good idea to try your best to mix both long-term and short-term goals as this will help you to not only have mini-milestones to reach but that you also have a long-term goal at the end of the tunnel.

Take action on your goals every day

It isn’t always easy to find time to do things for yourself, particularly if you have to think about children as well as your business. However, one of the worst things that you can do is to try and work on your goals in one huge chunk of time. This will take far too much out of that particular day and means that it could be something that you keep putting off. Instead, focus on tackling your goals every day, this only needs to be a small amount of time, which, when you are busy seems a whole lot more achievable.

Celebrate your achievements

Giving yourself a pat on the back can feel incredibly alien to us all. However, when it comes to achieving your goals, there is nothing wrong with celebrating how far you have come. Celebrate yourself, praise the effort that you have put in and that will help you to keep on going, even when things are tough!

Staying on track to achieve your goals is not always easy. However, by trying out these things you are much more likely to get there, no matter what it is that you want to achieve and where it is going to lead you.

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#PIB83 Share your journey: Medina King

Medina King Interior Designer and Child Wellness Expert

Medina King-Sam is the only London based children’s Interior Designer and Child Wellness Expert that creates personalised, colourful and fun bedrooms and playrooms for children. With almost a decade of experience in the Interior Design profession, she has built a client base of successful professionals across Chelsea and Kensington, Mayfair, Hampstead, Islington, and Surrey. With a calm, down to earth personality and the technical skills of an interior designer Medina has won the hearts of many clients and have designed amazing spaces for families with young children. Her skills are vast, ranging from plan drawings, fabric and furniture sourcing, colour consulting, designing bespoke storage solutions and project managing making her the ‘one stop design shop’ for your child’s or children’s rooms.

What contributes most to Medina’s success as an Interior Designer and Child Wellness Expert is her understanding of the impact a space can have on children and how to best design a space that will have a positive contribution to children’s wellbeing.

After working a few years in furniture retail while she pursued a Bachelors of Arts degree in Interior Design at the renowned University of the Arts London, Medina has developed an extensive knowledge on designer furniture and trending accessories. Medina is also an experienced Interior Stylist and has worked on Stills and Commercials for projects, such as for Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms magazine, Hilary’s Blinds, Argos, Microsoft, John Lewis and Workx.

Medina is passionate about the development of children and also run’s workshops, teaching children ‘arts & crafts’ and ‘interior design.’ Through MK Kids Interiors Medina gives confidence to children by involving them in the design process of their rooms

In this episode you’ll find out about:

  • Details about Medina’s interior design business
  • Details about Medina’s family
  • Medina talks about how she ended up following her dreams and becoming an interior designer
  • Medina talks about the support she received from the prince’s trust
  • Fears she had and the discrimination she has faced
  • Details about her upcoming workshop for children
  • How she manages running a business and family life
  • Medina talks about who inspires her
  • Advice to parents who are starting up a business
  • Medina talks about what success looks like for her
  • Future plans

Links mentioned:
MK Kids Interiors 
MK Kids Interiors Instagram
MK Kids Interiors Twitter 
MK Kids Interiors Facebook 
MK Kids Interiors Pinterest
Nesting Properties 
Nesting Properties Instagram
Nesting Properties Twitter
Nesting Properties Facebook

Thanks for listening!

Why setting goals are important and how to do it effectively

Why setting goals are important and how to do it effectively

Setting a goal is incredibly important for not only your business but also your personal life too. But why is this? What makes setting a goal so important and how can you make sure that you set effective goals?

Goals motivate you to do your best

If you have something to aim for, then the chances are that you are going to try even harder to get there. Without a goal, what is going to motivate you? Chances are nothing. Having a goal, even a small goal is always going to help you to ensure that you do your best.

If you make small steps towards your goal, then you are going to feel ready to go even further

Motivation can be something that is hard to find. Not only for your personal life but also your business life too. With so many things to think about and spend your time on, sometimes it can feel easier to hide away and not even make an effort. Having a goal is a sure-fire way to motivate yourself to get up and get going. Even better if you set yourself a few small milestones along the way to reach.

Goals help you to focus

It is all too easy to lose focus. Particularly if what you are focusing on is proving hard to do. Once you lose focus, much like motivation, it can be incredibly hard to regain momentum. One great way to try and help you to focus is to have something to focus on, such as a short-term or long-term goal. This could be something that will have an immediate impact or something that could be a way off, no matter what it is, having that thing in the pipeline is going to help to drive you forward.

How to set effective goals

Now you know why goal setting is so important, you may want to know more about how you can reach those goals. The best way is to ensure that the goals that you set are going to be effective, this can be achieved in a number of ways.

Having a long-term goal is excellent. However, these can be the hardest to achieve. Not only are they going to take maximum effort and time, but they are also the hardest to see any progress on. A great way to help with this is to make sure that you set milestones along the way which will help you to measure just how far you have come.

Another top tip is to remind yourself why you have set that goal. This could be something in your personal life such as getting fit and healthy or something in your business such as securing a new client. When you feel that things have got on top of you, remind yourself just why you are doing it, and you will soon have enough motivation to carry on going.

With this in mind, why not try some goal setting for yourself? Think about where you want to be and what you want to achieve and in no time at all; you will be reaching those goals and improving yourself as well as your business.