My values are the guiding principles by which I live my life. These are the rules I follow in my life, career and business to make sure that I am always being true to myself.

How my values affect my career and business

I recently decided to review my values and really get clear about how I want them to show up in my career and business. Previously, I have tried to separate out my personal values and business values but since my business is me, I decided to define my values in a way that they can work cohesively across all areas of my life. I used the process I show you in my free e-book, How to Define Your Purpose, Vision and Values (Then Use Them to Craft Your Perfect Career!) and in this post I thought I would explain each of the values I have chosen and how I make sure I am honouring them in my career and business. Hopefully this will provide you with some inspiration for choosing and defining your own values and finding ways to weave them into your work.

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How I am avoiding overwhelm (& you can too!)

If you subscribe to my newsletter, The Hump Day Digest, you might know that I have taken on some extra responsibilities in my day job recently and that I have also embarked on the huge task of decluttering my house and reducing the amount of junk in my life. You might also know that I have been taking on a bit of client work lately and have been enjoying the positive feedback.

What you don't know is that I am also preparing for my mother and father-in-law to come and stay with us for three months, I have almost completed all of my Christmas shopping (even though it is still October), I have some pretty intense Pop Your Career goals that I am working towards (including publishing my first book) and I am still fighting chronic pain in my neck and arm!

Am I feeling overwhelmed? Nope! Was this always the case? Definitely not! A couple of weeks ago I had a moment where I could physically feel overwhelm creeping in, as I looked at my to-do list and wondered, "How on earth am I going to get it all done?" Thankfully, I recognised the feeling and was able to nip it in the bud by implementing a clear and proven strategy. This is how I am avoiding overwhelm - and you can too!

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Thinking about starting something on the side of your day job, but not in the mood for a hustle? Here are 5 side projects that can help you find genuine fulfilment - no hustle required! ~ Pop Your Career

5 Side Projects That Don’t Involve a Hustle

You may have heard the term "side hustle" in your rounds on the internet. Traditionally, a side hustle is a form of entrepreneurship that you take up on the side of your day job. You might do this in the hopes of eventually giving up your 9-5. Perhaps you are looking for a way to make a little extra cash or maybe you just need to fill your creative cup.

Personally, I am a huge advocate of the side hustle but only because it fits into my lifestyle. For some of you, the idea of hustling in your spare time might scare you to pieces or bore you to tears and that is okay! In this post I am sharing 5 side projects that you can take up to improve your fulfilment and I promise you, there is no hustling involved.

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Managing a team is a balancing act between achieving results, making sure your team members are happy and finding your own fulfilment. It truly is an art form. Find out how to do it all in this post ~ Pop Your Career

The Art of Managing a Team

Managing a team is truly an art form and it is just as difficult as it is rewarding. Humans are unpredictable and for this reason, people management can sometimes feel like managing a zoo; so many different personalities, needs and feeding schedules. It can be an absolute nightmare trying to keep up.

But as I mentioned, managing a team can also be rewarding. Personally, I get a huge rush from helping people discover and maximise their strengths and this is one of the greatest rewards that I have taken from team management. One of the greatest difficulties I experienced was balancing the needs of my team with the needs of the organisation and this has prompted me to share my top tips for managing a team, with emphasis on both success and your own happiness.

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Want to get a promotion? Don't stand idly by. In this post I am sharing 7 thoughtful ways that you can improve your chances of getting the promotion you have worked so hard for. ~ Pop Your Career

Want to get a promotion? Here’s how!

Are you hoping to get a promotion? One thing that really annoys me is the belief that promotions should go to the longest serving member of staff. It is a bit of an old-fashioned belief, but it is one that leads certain people to think that they are deserving of that next rung on the ladder, whether they have put in the work or not.

You know me, I am not one to mince my words when it comes to that sort of stuff. Sometimes the guy or gal who has been with the company the longest is not the right choice. Regardless of how long you have been with your employer, if you see a promotion at any stage in your future, I would suggest that you start working towards it now. Demonstrate that you are interested in new opportunities using these thoughtful tips:

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It might sound counter-intuitive but lifting your colleagues is a great way to get ahead in your career

How to get ahead in your career by lifting your colleagues

Are you craving the next step in your career? Looking for ways to get noticed by your boss? Perhaps it is time to stop focusing on yourself and start focusing on how you can lift those around you. This may seem a little counter-intuitive when you are trying to shine a spotlight on your own achievements, but lifting your colleagues can have a flow-on effect when it comes to the culture of your workplace and can be a great way to demonstrate your leadership skills.

In this post I am exploring a few different ways that you can lift your colleagues, the positive impacts that this can have on your organisation and the ways in which you can use these changes to advance your own career.

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Have you been thinking about starting a side hustle? If your answer is "yes" then you must consider these 5 things first! ~ Pop Your Career

5 Things You Must Consider Before You Start Your Side Hustle

The "Side Hustle" is becoming a more and more popular concept and there is a lot more information online helping Side Hustlers to settle into the world of small business and entrepreneurship. A lot of this information really glamorises the life of being a Side Hustler and can sometimes fail to mention the ups and downs - emotional, financial, physical and otherwise - that are involved in the side hustling journey.

Now, don't get me wrong. I think side hustling (starting your own business on the side of your day job) is a fantastic idea, not just as a way to make extra money, but also as an outlet for your skills and passions that aren't addressed by your main gig. I have learned so much since starting Pop Your Career, not only about business, but also about myself and it is a path that I encourage others to take if they are looking for similar fulfilment. What I will say, is that if you are thinking about starting your own side hustle, you should be smart about it. In this post I am sharing 5 very important things that you should consider.

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Are goals or resolutions more effective in helping you to achieve your dreams? I'm firmly on the fence and say "Go for both!"

Get what you want using Goals and Resolutions

I am here to talk to you today about goals and resolutions - the differences and how you can use these babies together to get what you want in life! We often get goals and resolutions mixed up and some people think the two words are interchangeable. They are in fact totally different beasts and if you have read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, you probably already catch my drift. If not, don’t despair! In this post I explain everything you need to know about goals and resolutions and how you can use them both to get what you really want!

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Are you going through a bit of a rough patch? Thinking it might be time to change jobs? Think again - Use my tips to fall back in love with your job! ~ Pop Your Career

How to fall back in love with your job

Do you wake up in the morning and dread going to work? Are your Sunday nights spent feeling stressed and anxious about the impending week? Do you wish you could be somewhere else.... anywhere else than at your workplace?

If this sounds like you, then you need to read on. I am telling you now in no uncertain terms. Living that life is no way to live. Holding onto so much negativity, anxiety and dread towards your job is not doing you any favours. It is both physically and mentally unhealthy for you to feel so battered and defeated by your role.

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Want to study, but not sure how you can afford it? Check out my ideas to finance your study goals, without going into debt! Don't let money stand in the way of your dream career! ~ Pop Your Career

9 Ways to Finance Your Study Goals (Without going into debt!)

I know what it is like. A course or training program has caught your eye, but your bank balance is convinced it is not an option. You might be tempted to reach for your credit card, but what if I told you that you didn't have to rack up credit card debt in order to fund your study goals? Committing to your own professional development is a positive move, but as a woman in her early thirties who is still paying off debt from mistakes in my twenties, I am no advocate for the quick fix. Put your credit card back in your wallet and check out these ideas.

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