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The Blogtacular Podcast: Creativity, The Internet & Everything. Unpacking the inspiration, fails and success of some of the biggest creators working online. From art to insta and everything in between, Blogtacular explores it all in interviews and advice from host Kat Molesworth.
 
Make a Plan > Make it Happen (formerly known as On The Make) is the podcast for side-hustlers who juggle their creative business alongside other commitments, but want to do more of what they love. I’m your host, Josephine brooks and I know your creative business is your ticket to the slower, more meaningful lifestyle you ache for. But to get there, you you’re going to need a route map and some support, that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you on this podcast. The episodes of Make a Plan > Ma ...
 
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Today I’m talking with the brilliant Karen Arthur, about going through menopause and mental health struggles as a creative business owner. She says; Menopause can hit women by surprise, because we don’t see it coming, because we don’t talk about it - Karen Arthur Full show notes here: https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/blog/menopause-mental-health-s…
 
We’ve all written a blog post on the day it was due to go out, right? We’ve all missed our own deadlines for posting on social media or sending out newsletters and it’s very easy to get into a routine of creating and sharing content at the last minute, and then beating ourselves up for being dis-organised. In this episode I'm talking about how to c…
 
Le’Nise Brothers talks us through tracking your menstrual cycle, the phases of your cycle and where your energy might ebb and flow, period tracking apps and how to plan around your menstrual cycle. Full show notes: https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/blog/tracking-your-menstrual-cycle-planning-around-your-period/…
 
As I write this, there’s a lot of uncertainty as a result of the global pandemic. Despite this, I’m always in favour of having a plan rather than going with the flow, but there are ways we can plan a bit more effectively during times of uncertainty and change which I’m sharing in this episode. Shop my new stationery range here: https://www.josephin…
 
This meditation is a follow-on from Episode 76a with Kam Lota where we talked about meditation and mindfulness for business owners. Enjoy this super relaxing meditation, you certainly don’t want to be listening to this while driving or operating heavy machinery! And before we dive in, a thank you to Paul Landry for the music in this episode. Enjoy.…
 
I’m talking with Kam Lota, all about meditation and mindfulness for business owners, not only that but Kam gave us an absolute treat by doing a beautiful meditation. I’ve shared the meditation as episode 76b, so that you can easily keep going back to it time and time again, because it is seriously relaxing! Full show notes: https://www.josephinebro…
 
In August this year I took a month off from my business to recharge, reflect and switch my brain off after a tiering first half of the year (thanks Covid19)! I came back to my work in September feeling totally recharged and far more creative and inspired. I also came back to lots of questions about how I planned ahead for my month off and how I mad…
 
Emma Block is a brilliant illustrator who has quite a few books under her belt! Two that she’s dreamed up and created herself, alongside having illustrated numerous other books and book covers as well. In this episode she’s talking about getting your non-fiction book idea published. Full show notes: https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/blog/getting-yo…
 
In this episode I chat with self-confessed online know it all Kat Molesworth about working with influencers, to answer all of your questions like - How do I approach influencers? Which influencers should I work with? What’s the difference between #gifted and #ad? Do I need to pay influencers? And how much? You can find the full show notes here: htt…
 
I see a lot of people get really excited about their big goals and jump straight in to making their plan a reality, before setting themselves up for success. And I’ve been there too, and found myself a couple of weeks into my plan already feeling deflated. So, here are some pointers from me on how to set yourself up for success with your 12-week pl…
 
In my work with clients who are nearing their forties, or 40+ there’s often an additional hurdle that comes up, it’s that feeling of ‘I should have everything figured out by now, so why am I building a new business / pivoting my business’? Tamu combines her social work experience with her life coach training to help women boost their wellbeing at 4…
 
A lot of us are re-evaluating our routines at the moment. I tend to give my routine a tweak or even a total reset as the seasons change, and for lots of us, living through a pandemic has prompted us to reevaluate and reset our routines. Having a routine helps us save time AND mental energy. But also, at times like these, having a routine can help u…
 
This episode probably couldn’t have come at a better time seeing as alot of us are working from home at the moment (sponsored by coronavirus of course). This week I’m chatting with Jo Hooper of Mad and Sad club all about looking after your mental health when you’re self-employed. We talk a lot about boundaries - how to set and stick by them, creati…
 
You will heave heard me say before that productivity is actually about doing less and focussing on the most impactful projects and tasks. This episode dives into the practicalities behind that, what does it mean and how can you do it. In this episode I’m sharing some tools to help you grow your confidence when it comes to letting go of projects and…
 
In this episode I'm talking all about getting started with manifesting, with my friend Sharn Khaira. Sharn has done her homework when it comes to manifesting. She’s developed her own manifesting process and a routine that helps her stay focussed on her goals and taking aligned action, all of which she shares in this episode. Full show notes: https:…
 
When I start working with new clients the majority (if not all) of them tell me they feel overwhelmed and they’re not sure where their focus needs to be. I’m by no means immune to overwhelm but I have found a few fail safe go-to tools that help me overcome and avoid overwhelm, which I’m sharing in this episode. Show notes: https://www.josephinebroo…
 
I know you’ve been thinking about what you want to achieve this year. Whether you’ve set yourself formal goals or you’ve just been dreaming about what your year’s going to look like, how are you going to make them happen? In this episode we hear from five creative business owners (plus me) on how they make things happen in their business. Full Show…
 
Emmeline has such a refreshing approach to branding that I think we can all get on board with. It’s all about ditching the ‘rules’ and embracing our intuitions as a guide. We also delved into a subject I’m curious about and that Emmeline is truly passionate about - using the moon’s phases in your planning and living / running your business by the m…
 
Comparing ourselves to others is something we all naturally do throughout our lives, but it’s particularly rife when it comes to building a business. It’s something that’s come up for me numerous time and it also pops up in a lot of my conversations with creative business owners, so I was really excited to talk to Lucy Sheridan - the worlds first a…
 
Looking at the Garter Stitch Farm website and Instagram feed never fails to give me the warm and fuzzies. To me, living on a small regenerative, sustainable farm on the edge of the Scottish Highlands looks like the absolute dream lifestyle. So I wanted to chat to Kat about the realities of creating your dream lifestyle and building a business that …
 
Therese has years of experience in wholesaling products, from gifts, to books, to handmade soaps. She’s now turned her hand to helping small, creative businesses get into wholesaling their products. To me, wholesale is one of the few things left that you can’t just google and get a straight forward answer on how to get into wholesale. So who better…
 
Syreeta and her partner Rob were just a normal couple living in Hong Kong, pursuing creative careers when, in 2014, Rob suddenly suffered a near-fatal brain haemorrhage and stroke while on holiday in Sydney. Their lives were turned upside down in an instant. Rob was left paralysed on his right side and with Aphasia which affects his speech, and Syr…
 
In this episode I’m telling the story of how I escaped my 9-5 and took my side-hustle full-time, as well as how I even got my side-hustle to the stage where I was ready to take the leap. This is the full back story, the whole winding path I took to escaping my 9-5. There were multiple side-hustles, multiple failures, multiple discoveries along the …
 
I chat with Sara Tasker about how she grew her business from side-hustle alongside her NHS job and maternity leave to where she is now, with a multi-6-figure business. We also talked about reigniting your creative flame, taking a break from your business and how you get that creative inspiration back after a period of burnout. You can follow us bot…
 
Full show notes at:https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast In this episode I chat with Ray about the emotional side of money. What I love about Ray’s approach to money is that she starts with the emotional side before she gets into the practical stuff much later on. If we can understand what’s going on in our heads around money we can start to un…
 
This is a live podcast recording brought to you in partnership with our sponsors Pinterest. The show is in two halves, firstly Kat is joined by Pat McNulty, freelance Editor and Content Consultant and the woman behind Made.com's winning Pinterest content. She has a knack for creating social media content which strikes a cord with her audience. Thei…
 
Full show notes at:https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast Leona Thrift-Ola started her first business on a market stall in Portobello, London and later, her first internet business launched in 2003 - before Topshop even had an online shop. Leona’s business journey is such an inspiring one and one we can all learn a huge amount from. In this epis…
 
Full show notes at: https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast Marianne’s book Be a Free Range Human is a book that really put a fire under me to grow my side-hustle and make it my full-time gig. I find Marianne’s approach to business so refreshing, it’s all about building a business that’s based around you and your strengths, not the box that peopl…
 
Full show notes at: josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast This episode of the podcast doesn’t have just one, or two, but six guests. As the podcast has relaunched as Make a Plan, Make it Happen I’ve asked 6 past-guests of the podcast to come back and talk about how they make things happen in their business. You can follow Josephine on Instagram: @josephine…
 
Full show notes at: https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast Claire has a handmade business, a blog, a podcast she’s a content creator and also has a part time job, plus on top of that she’s a mum of two boys. Claire often finds herself with too much on her plate, understandably. So, in this mentoring episode I chat with Claire about the pressure …
 
It's the 50th EPISODE! To celebrate in style I have an extra long chat with the one and only Mini Moderns aka Keith Stephenson & Mark Hampshire. Their iconic wallpaper patterns grace walls the world over. We chat about their careers, inspirational teachers, making mischief at work, how to design a scent like a pattern and much much more. Our Pinter…
 
Full show notes at:https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast In this episode I’m chatting with writer and self-worth coach Kat Nicholls. When Kat was younger she struggled a lot with her mental health and also developed an eating disorder. It was discovering and developing her self-worth that had a huge impact on her recovery and that’s why she’s s…
 
Full show notes at:josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast In this episode I chat with life coach Jayne Ashby about tackling overwhelm. Jayne talks about that feeling, that we all get occasionally, where the to-do list just keeps on growing until it gets so overwhelming you start ignoring it.This episode is focussed on tackling that overwhelm by putting a ro…
 
Full show notes at: https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast I’m super excited to share this week’s episode, which is a chat with the wonderful Hannah Bullivant. Not only is she an incredible stylist, writer and mum of two but she also has a big place in her heart for planning, which started with The Life book. Hannah’s Life Book, which she now sh…
 
Full show notes and links at: https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast In this mentoring episode I’m talking about making a product launch plan with artist and scientist Agnes Becker from We Are Stardust. Agnes has been running her business as a side-hustle since 2016 and she’s now juggling it alongside looking after her 18month year old daughter …
 
In this episode I’m chatting with writing coach, speaker and author of two books Greta Solomon. Greta’s mission is to help people better express themselves through their writing. Her latest book; Heart, Sass and Soul, journal your way to inspiration and happiness is the result of what she’s learned about writing from her career in journalism to tra…
 
In this episode I’m chatting with Kat Horrocks who is a women’s life coach based in Manchester. The ethos behind everything she does (and has done in the past, which we get into in this episode) is to empower women to put themselves first and make more time for themselves. Something that, I think it’s safe to say, most women struggle with. In our c…
 
Ingrid set up her own legal consulting business just over 12 months ago after nearly 10 years of working as a commercial lawyer. She was looking for a way to continue doing her work after having children, in a way that would give her the flexibility to raise a family. This is where she discovered her passion for helping other small businesses and p…
 
Full Show Notes at: https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast You can follow us both on Instagram here @ochreandflax and @JosephinePBrooks Jo’s experienced what it’s like to run a business the busy way, working all hours and weekends with no sign of let up. Jo and her family decided it was time to make a conscious shift to a slower and simpler life…
 
Some say the best time to start is now and figure out the details later but for Tabara nailing her branding and business plan has laid the foundations for a successful company launch. In this episode I talk to Tabara N'Diaye about her company, La Basketry, and debut book: Baskets out now. Full Show Notes & Links: http://blogtacular.com/podcast/…
 
Full show notes at: josephinepbrooks.co.uk/podcast You Can follow us both on Instagram @DanethaDoe & @JosephinePBrooks We all have baggage and learned behaviours around the way we handle our money, in this episode Danetha and I chat about how we can create more of a healthy mindset around money that will help us to grow businesses that thrive. IN T…
 
Full Show Notes at: https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast It’s Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK (at the time this podcast goes out - 13th - 19th May 2019) and in honour of that this week’s episode is all about building a business alongside managing depression. My guest for this episode is digital marketing coach and retreat host extr…
 
Full show notes at:https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast You can follow Josephine on Instagram @josephinepbrooks Debbie’s been running a successful business for eight years now but she’s now yearning for a new challenge. After realising where her strengths really lie and what her purpose really is she’s embarking on pivoting her business over t…
 
Full show notes at:https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast You can follow Josephine on Instagram @josephinepbrooks In this episode I’m chatting with Sophie Caldecott about SEO, a topic that she absolutely LOVES, but also a topic that can often sound quite jargon-y and daunting. Sophie puts our minds at rest in this episode as she talks us through…
 
Full show notes at:https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast You can follow Josephine on Instagram @josephinepbrooks In this episode I’m chatting with brand designer, Margie Jansen from Everyday Artefacts all about how to find your seasonal brand personality to help you create a visual identity that reflects your values and purpose. Margie’s approa…
 
Full show notes at: https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast You can follow Josephine on Instagram here @josephinepbrooks This episode is a really honest chat with copywriter and photographer Anna Considine about intentional living and using your experience with mental health struggles as a catalyst for a positive change in your lifestyle. In 2016…
 
Full show notes at: https://www.josephinebrooks.co.uk/podcast You can follow Josephine on Instagram @josephinepbrooks Becky started her business as a side-hustle after making some candles with her daughter and falling in love with the whole process. She’s recently taken her side-hustle full-time (hooray)! Today we’re chatting about how to find a ro…
 
Sas Petherick knows pretty much all there is to know when it comes to self-doubt. It’s something that raises it’s head relentlessly when you’re building a business. In this episode Sas and I chat about self-doubt, what it is, how it shows up and how you can start to get it under control so that to stops holding you back from getting your magic out …
 
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