Sh*t Happens!

Posted at August 31, 2017 by @micheleIYPA

In business sh*t happens, we all know the awkward client, the deadlines, cashflow issues and what happens next? We work our way through it, longer hours, more stress, eat on the go often from fast food places, get home pour the large glass of wine ( we all know there are only four glasses in a bottle!) there’s never any time for exercise and sleep seems so elusive. Stress levels go up, so do cholesterol levels and blood pressure – these all contribute to high risk levels for vascular disease. Oh and if you’re a smoker, you probably smoke more too! Is all this sounding familiar? As a nurse I know only too well the damage caused by strokes and heart attacks, however there is help at hand. A great book for finding another way is Tim Ferris “The Four Hour Work Week”. Tim talks

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Taking Time Out

Posted at July 30, 2017 by Administrator

  As busy business owners, it is really important to take time out to chill away from the stresses and strains of work. Many of us also spend far too much time behind a computer screen or attached to a mobile telephone! One of the issues with this lifestyle is the lack of fresh air and sunlight – so our advice is to get yourself out in the open air! It is said that getting two and a half hours of moderate exercise each week, such as a bike ride or brisk walking, actually lowers blood pressure and risks of diabetes, helps with weight and prevention of cardio vascular disease. So what are you waiting for? Apparently the great outdoors also leads to an increase in positive mood and a reduction in the levels of cortisol (a hormone released when we are stressed) and if that isn

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Outsourcing – The way forward?

Posted at June 20, 2017 by Administrator

With increased costs and red tape with taking on employees, more and more people are turning to outsourcing. These days it seems that you can pretty much outsource anything giving you the large company structure but without the salary bill. Currently, we outsource the following: HR needs to Denise Waite at The HR Dept Our LinkedIn management to Mark Northall at The Dauben Group Bookkeeping, Accounts and Payroll go to Simon Edgington at Direct Business Services (Midlands) Website, Website Support and Marketing to Neil Lawman at Blazing Raisin Solutions Telecoms and Billing Support to Chris Bagnall at Minotaur IT support to Tristan Martin at TL Martin Ltd I don’t just see these people as my suppliers, they are an extension of my business, these people have gro

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A hike in The Grand Canyon – 4 years on

Posted at June 16, 2017 by Administrator

I cannot believe it is four years since Iain and I took on the biggest challenge of our lives, so much has changed since then! I know some people have asked for an update as to what we did after, so with the re release of the blogs, I thought I would share an update. Neither of us have ever really heard from The Welshman since we got back, I guess I was always hacked off at him, the fact that he put himself and us at risk, he hadn't done nearly enough training to take on such a crazy hike - but it doesn't matter anymore, he's safe and well, and Iain and I achieved our goal. Iain and I discussed doing Kilimanjaro, it never happened though! Iain went on to take up cycling in a big way and has done some really tough trips, including the Lands End to John O' Groats. His children are now gr

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A hike in The Grand Canyon – Part 10 – It’s Over!

Posted at June 15, 2017 by Administrator

The drive back to Flagstaff to drop off Ian "The Welshman"s car, was interesting to say the least! The thing was he was still tired, so Iain and I were concerned about his condition to drive. We had originally booked coach tickets back to the North rim, unfortunately because of the delay getting out of the Canyon, these were no longer valid. The journey to the North rim is 210 miles and takes around 4 hours, then we needed to drive back to Vegas, another 265 miles and 4.5 hours, however we also now needed to go to Vegas via Flagstaff first to take the Welshman's hire car back - a mere 4 hours detour! Tensions were a little high in the car, whilst Iain and I had completed every last step of the walk, The Welshman said he was the only one of us that achieved the rim to rim challenge in a

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A hike in The Grand Canyon – Part 9 – The morning after!

Posted at June 14, 2017 by Administrator

I’m not quite sure what time I woke, I know I tried to put my feet on the floor and the pain was awful! Getting out of bed to get to the bathroom seemed to be the hardest thing ever! I looked at the state of the bed, the lovely crispy, white sheets were filthy, and I recalled I hadn’t even bothered to shower before bed! It was now Tuesday 4th June, I had last showered around 3am on Sunday morning! I hobbled to the bathroom and made a coffee en route. There was a weird note under my door with a room number for Ian, the Welshman, at least he was ok. I showered, slowly, and got dressed- trying to bend to put underwear and shorts on was the worst part. I didn’t even recognise my legs – to be honest, I did think I might have done myself some sort of serious damage – they were so sw

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A hike in The Grand Canyon – Part 8 – We made it – Now what?!

Posted at June 13, 2017 by Administrator

Having got out of the Canyon around 10.30pm, Iain and I were faced with the dilemma of trying to find somewhere to stay, we had no idea where to go, but eventually stumbled across two very nice ladies who offered to show us the way to Bright Angel Lodge- I swear it was another miles walk – I felt every step, and worse it was cold! My tee shirt was still damp from wetting it earlier, but now we were out of the Canyon the temperature had dropped considerably. We arrived at Bright Angel Lodge, Iain approached the front desk, at this point we really didn’t care about the cost of any rooms and had even agreed that if the only room available was a twin it really didn’t matter, we just needed sleep! I couldn’t believe the service from the reception,  all the lodges are interlinked on

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A hike in the Grand Canyon – part 7- The final mile and a half!

Posted at June 12, 2017 by Administrator

The sun was setting as we left the mile and a half rest house – this meant I now had to get my torch out AGAIN! The fact that I had a substandard headlight meant that the only safe way for me to walk was by torchlight – this also meant I could only use one walking stick, not good when you are constantly climbing uphill! The switchbacks just seemed to keep getting tougher – I was having to stop on everyone, just for a minute or so. On one occasion Iain found me a fantastic rock, I sat down and actually nodded off, sitting upright with my rucksack on! As I started to gently slide off the rock I woke up – that was the last time Iain let me sit on a rock that was on the “drop side” of the Canyon – it would have been so easy just to slide off the edge in my sleep! We could her

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A hike in The Grand Canyon – Part 6 – They think it’s all over – not yet!!

Posted at June 7, 2017 by Administrator

After a good rest at Indian Gardens, just after 4 pm both Iain and I had another rehydration salt drink, then we powdered our feet and booted up, soaked all our clothes and towels and got ready to walk. We were well rested and it was only 4.8 miles, so my guess we should make it out of the Canyon by 9pm at the latest, I couldn’t wait! We knew we would have no accommodation, we had struggled to get a hotel in the first place – now we were a day late, there was a good chance we might struggle, we agreed that even a park bench would be good enough! Iain kindly took my rucksack laden with his kilt, two unused tins of nuts, three quarters of a bag of trail mix and a first aid kit I think that any expedition leader would have been proud to own! I was very grateful to be able to carry a sli

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A hike in The Grand Canyon – Part 5 – The only way is up!

Posted at June 5, 2017 by Administrator

The alarm call came at 4.30am – everywhere was pitch black when the nice lady opened the door and shouts “Morning ladies, this is your 4.30am call” – I tried to move, it was painful! Someone turned a small light on, I managed to stand up and one way or another I started to get dressed, I was just about to go and clean my teeth when the last of the ladies finished getting ready and left the dorm, turning the lights off and plunging me back into darkness – this was miserable! I put my rucksack on and made my way towards the breakfast hall, bumping into Iain on route – it was good to see a friendly face! It turned out that when Iain had entered his dorm the night before, the only bed available was top bunk next to the air conditioning unit – he wasn’t sure how he ma

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