Happy Halloween!

Who’s been busy carving pumpkins over the weekend?

I was busy dressing up for Halloween parties instead!

What do you think of my costume?Wednesday from the Addams Family!


I have to say, being dark haired and quite pale, I didn’t have to do much, but hey I think I pulled it off!

Throw some skeletons and dead servicewomen in the mix and you’ve got a death squad.

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3 reasons to love Barcelona

August was my second time in Barcelona, and I loved it just as much as the first time. It really is a place that has everything, which is why its so popular all year round among tourists.

We stayed in the popular ‘Gothic Quarter’. The great thing about this place is that everything happens relatively close together, so most things are within 10 minutes walk from any popular destination.

Reason 1: A beautiful beach

Soft sand, clear water, an outside gym in the middle and bars and restaurants across the strip. What more do you need?


Reason 2: Lots of history

First and foremost, The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada FamíliaThis very large Roman Catholic church, designed by famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí is due to be complete by 2032. Dont let that stop you visting though, its absolutely amazing!


Camp Nou -The stadium home to FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957. With a seating capacity of 99,354, its the largest stadium in the whole of Europe. Now im not a football fan myself, but as I was with Liam, this was a ust on our to do list, and i have to day its was a great afternoon!

There are so many other museums and art galleries for those who like that sort of thing. The options are endless so make sure you have a look on Tripadvisor before you go!

And if you want a real taste of Tapas, without the tourist prices, head to Blai Street – a row of homely tapas restaurants that is cheap and absolutely amazing!


Reason 3: Vibrant nightlife

Whether you’re having a relatively ‘quiet one’ down La Rambla; the popular 1.2 kilometre street of cafes and bars, or partying until the early hours in Pacha along La Barceloneta beach, Barca nightlife really is one of the best.

Theres even an Ice Bar two clubs away from Pacha. Is anyone else just super impressed that such a hot country has an Ice Bar? I definitely am.

 

 

How “The Daily Sales” Went From Nothing To Reaching Millions In 1 Year

This is a post I came across on LinkedIn today, written by Dan Disney, Founder of ‘The Daily Sales’.

I found it inciteful, very informative, and most of all inspirational for budding entrepeneurs. There are some really great tips on here!

I have therefore decided to share it with you all, in the hope that it inspires you too!

Dan Disney….

Two weeks ago I wrote a post about “How LinkedIn Changed My Life #MyLinkedInStory“. This post followed my own personal journey from unknown sales professional to building a personal brand through social media.

Now I’m going to share the story of how I founded and created The Daily Sales and grew it to reach millions of professionals in less than a year (I’ll also share tips to help you achieve the same!).

It all started with a meme…..

I’d been using LinkedIn a lot when every now and then I would see a meme pop up into my feed. These were often really funny and equally popular attracting plenty of likes, shares and comments.

After sharing some I decided to try and create my own…

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The meme was really popular and even started to get shared across other social networks as well. I then noticed that there were hundreds of pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that were sharing meme’s but none on LinkedIn.

Lightbulb……..💡

This was where The Daily Sales was created. I wanted to create a social/digital publication that would share a mixture of hilarious sales meme’s, inspirational sales quotes and informative sales blogs.

Now I had the idea for my business it was time to turn it into a reality. The core to any business should be it’s mission, what are you doing and why are you doing it. For me our mission is:

The Daily Sales is here to provide the very best social and digital content to sales people all across the globe each and every day.

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Starting a business

Some people are worried that starting a business will need to cost a lot of money, but it doesn’t always have to. I started The Daily Sales on less than $50!

To create the logo I used a free app called “Logo Creator“. Setting up the social pages is relatively easy, for some though (including LinkedIn) you will need a proper business email address (not one ending in Hotmail or gmail.com for example).

I used a service called Wix where I was able to register my domain, set up a business email account and design my website all for under $50.

Followers need a reason to follow your page….

Once you’ve set everything up now is the time to start sharing content and growing your follower base. It doesn’t matter what you do or sell, your prospects and customers are social. This makes it so important for every business to embrace social and invest in their social presence.

If all you’re doing is advertising products or services do you really think people will really want to follow your page? The Daily Sales shares relevant free content that offers value to it’s audience. Whether it’s a meme, quote or blog it’s there to help sales people. This is what helped it grow, and it grew fast! We attract around 1000 – 1500 new followers each week through what we share.

 

Tip: When sharing content for your company make it something that your audience will want to read, not what YOU want them to read. Sharing free content, free trials, information, training or humor will allow you to grow your network quickly whilst also promoting and growing your brand.

One single bit of content shared can reach far and wide

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One of our most popular meme’s, the Game of Thrones first day/last day meme was seen by millions of people. Just one single shared image suddenly viewed by such a huge number of professionals. Imagine if that image had your company logo on it or a link to your company website?

The reason it did so well was because it was shared during the penultimate episode of that series. Whilst the world was watching any content relevant to Game of Thrones was popular.

Tip: Watch for trends or popular subjects to gain some extra momentum with content popularity.

Consistency is key

I’ve seen so many companies and pages that are very random and sporadic with the way they share content. They may share lots over a few days but then you don’t see anything from them for weeks! They key to growing and engaging a social network is to share content consistently.

Tip: You don’t have to spend hours on social media to share content consistently. There is a fantastic company (and I mean fantastic!) called Hootsuite where you can schedule your content to be shared in advance!

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Hard work pays off….

Creating a brand, setting up a business and growing it is hard work. Everything I do for The Daily Sales is done in my own time. The majority of the content shared is created internally which takes time. If you want to succeed in anything you have to be both passionate about it and also willing to work above and beyond.

A few months ago I was tagged in a post on Twitter letting me know that The Daily Sales had been featured in The London Evening Standard newspaper! Not long after that we secured a fantastic opportunity to be the Headline Supporter for The Sales Innovation Expo 2017.

It’s those moments that you realize the hard work is worth it. The biggest reward for me is seeing people like, laugh, share or engage in the content I share. The content might not be for everyone, but knowing that for some people it’s lightened their day, motivated them to work harder or provided them with knowledge to help them achieve more is what pushes me to work hard.

How can you grow your social presence?

You will be in one of three positions, either you are looking to grow your own personal brand on social media, you’re business/company or a social page. Whilst all slightly different here are my top 5 lessons that I’ve learnt growing The Daily Sales:

1) Spend time every day on social media – If you want to grow your social presence you are going to have to spend time each and every day on social networks. It doesn’t have to be (and shouldn’t really be) hours and hours. However it’s important to schedule time in to engage with content, connect with new people and share content. It’s not different to having scheduled time to do business development, prospecting or meetings. Make it important, plan it effectively and you will stand a much better chance of success.

2) You can’t please everyone – Not everyone is going to like your content. There will be times where some content won’t get as many likes or shares as others. Don’t take it personally! Equally there are (and will always be) people that will write negative comments on your content. In my view everyone is entitled to their opinion, whilst I don’t agree that you should post negative comments online my focus is on sharing content that at least some people will benefit from.

3) Don’t be afraid to ask for help – Whether it’s help designing a logo, building a website or sharing content, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Business is all about networking, that’s exactly what LinkedIn was built for! Talk to people, network and ask for help when you need it. Before I started The Daily Sales I had never created online content, never designed a logo or ever designed a website!

4) Embrace different technologies or social platforms – After spending a couple of years getting to understand LinkedIn I was very reluctant at first to embrace other social channels like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. LinkedIn did provide a fantastic platform for The Daily Sales to grow but for me to continue growing the brand I needed to start expanding. In reality it doesn’t take long to learn and the more you do it the better you get!

5) It’s about the quality, not quantity – I see plenty of bad content shared around social media and it can be a real turn off. I try my hardest to ensure the meme’s, quotes and blogs that we share on The Daily Sales are good quality, relevant and suitable for our followers. People will follow you if they believe your content will add value to them, if you’re sharing poor content why should or would they follow you?

So there it is, my story of creating The Daily Sales from nothing and turning it into a recognized brand sharing content that reaches millions of people across the world!

What’s next for The Daily Sales?

My ambitions for The Daily Sales are to reach 100,000 followers before the end of 2016,  to start sharing video, podcasts and online articles and to win an award for the content we share. I will continue to commit the time and hard work into creating and sourcing the best content, engaging with our network and always seeking new opportunities to provide the best value to everyone who makes the choice to follow The Daily Sales.

If you work in Sales make sure you follow The Daily Sales for daily sales meme’s, motivating quotes and informative sales blogs.

Sunday Facials

Hey guys,

Who else L O V E S a face mask and a bath on a Sunday ? 🙊🙌🏻

Masks are a great way to keep skin clear and healthy.

This ones exclusively for my Juiceplus ladies and gents as this facial is made from our Premium Capsules!
Our premiums are a mixture of 27 different fruit, vegetables and berries dried and compacted into a capsule for lots of natural goodness 💛

All you need to do is add Greek Yoghurt.
So all you do is; 
-Open up one of each premium capsules and put them into a bowl 

-Pour in half of a quarter of your pot of Greek yog into the Same bowl 

-AND MIX 😱

-Then apply and leave it on for 30 minutes 

-Add some cucumbers to your eyes 

-Relax………

L A Z Y S U N D A Y S 💤💤💤💤💤
LwL x 

Humpday Wisdom

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I’ve never came across something that sums up people so beautifully. This is so true, and i realize it even more so now I have an opportunity for people to better themselves every day, that some do and some don’t take advantage of.

So many excuses, so many ‘yeh buts’, so many ‘maybe tomorrows’. You are the only person in your life that can make the changes necessary to change your lifestyle.

If you feel you can or you feel you cant, you are right.

 

LwL

Its National Cupcake Week!

Did you know its National Cupcake week?

Yes a whole 7 days devoted to indulging on baking cups filled with assorted sponges and light heavenly creams.

Just because you may be living healthily it doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all the fun! The key to successful Healthy living is indulging every once in a while, and learning to make happier, healthier choices as a whole while still enjoying life and food!

Here’s a great cupcake recipe that you don’t have to feel guilty about, made especially with our Juiceplus chocolate powder and lots of dessert amazingness in between.

(No Juiceplus, no problem..just switch it for cocoa powder)

Chocolate Mocha Cupcake Recipe

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Ingredients:

CUPCAKES

  • 1/2 cup (42g) Juiceplus chocolate powder
  • 3/4 cup (95g) of self-raising flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup of natural honey
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond milk

The Coffee fudge FROSTING

  • 1 cup cashew or macadamia nuts (110g)
  • 1/4 cup coffee powder (105g)
  • very scant 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp pure maple syrup (10g)

Easy Peasy Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. Make the cupcakes:Whisk the powders and salt together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, honey,  oil and vanilla together until completely smooth. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then half of the almond milk. Gently whisk and  then
  3. Stir until *just* combined; do not over mix. The batter will be a little thin.
  4. Pour/spoon the batter into the liners – fill only halfway to avoid spilling over the sides

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5.Bake in batches for 18-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

6. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Make the frosting: 

Combine all ingredients together and whisk until creamy.

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There are also many alterations you can make to mix it up a bit

Why not add some caramel extract to add a little sweetness?

Or if you’re not a fan of coffee, stick to just a simple vanilla frosting

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Not a fan of chocolate? Use our Vanilla JP Powder!

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Or try Mint extract, the options are endless!

For mini cupcakes: For around 36 mini cupcakes, line mini cupcake pans with liners or spray with nonstick spray. Prepare cupcakes and frosting as directed. Bake mini cupcakes for 12-13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Can’t wait to get my baking hat on Sunday..Ready, steady, cake.

LwL x

5 ways to be happier in life

Its Monday – doom and gloom day for many. But not me, I love Mondays!

New week, new possibilities and new goals to smash. Hell yeah.

To get you all through the week with a big smile on your face, I’ve put together 5 ways in which I believe you can lead a happier life.

All additional tips are welcome; just post them in the comments section J

  1. Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people

Positives attract positives, it’s a given! The law of Attraction is a powerful thing. If you are surrounded by negativity you will most likely become more negative.

Spend your time wisely with people who fulfill you, lift your mood and make you smile.

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  1. Stop reading the news every day

I’m sure a lot of people will gasp at the sight of this comment. Avoid being updated on the Worlds current affairs – how could you possibly?!

However, if you want to be happier you need a News Detox. The News is filled with negativity and “brain washing” to flood people’s minds with fear and worry. Sad stories do not make for a happy mind. The world can be horrible yes, but it can also be wonderful too! Try a weekly newspaper instead of a daily one.

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  1. Eat Healthier and do some exercise

These two go hand in hand with each other.

I know that sitting around eating chocolate bars and living off caffeine drinks for energy seems like the easier option, but feeling lethargic and fat is not something that will make you smile.

Living healthy has been proven to have a positive psychological effect on living beings. I mean, look at how happy dogs are when they’re running around chasing sticks in the park!

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Get some fruit and veg down you and go for a run to boost those energy levels.

As a wise blonde lawyer once said ‘Exercise releases endorphin’s and endorphin’s make you happy’ Listen to Elle, she speaks sense.

  1. Try something new

Especially on the weekends! Relaxation time is important, but don’t waste the only 2 days you have off of work lying in bed!

Try out a new hobby, do a fun day with friends and family, or how about learning a new language? Knowledge is power after all.

  1. Travel often

“Travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” Hear hear.

Be rich in life and live for new experiences in new places, new cultures and new inspirations. Expand your mind as much as you can and learn and travel often.

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Don’t worry, be happy. You’re alive after all, and life is beautiful thing. No matter what day of the week it is.

LwL x

 

 

OOTD: Monday Blues

So we’re set for another hot week!

I love that summer is staying with us for longer than expected. 

Here’s today’s outfit for me. All blue everything, with one of my favourite nude bags to break it up. What do you think? 



Blue halter neck dress with ruffle by Yessica £18; Nude bag from Zara £22.99; Blue flower sandals from Primark £8, Aviator sunglasses from a boutique in Gran Canaria €8

Barcelona: Sagrada Família

Many tourists from all over the world flock to see this landmark. The buzz around it is incredible, and of course the money perks of charging 16-17 euros to every person who wants to get inside can’t be bad for tourism profits.

This very large Roman Catholic church, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí is a UNESCO World Heritage site, even though it isn’t even finished yet!

Construction of Sagrada Familia began in 1882. In 1926, by the time that Gaudi died at age 73, less than a quarter of the project was complete.

Gaudí devoted his last years to the project. It is absolutely beautiful and the detail is breathtaking.

Every single piece is carefully crafted. So much detail that you could gaze and notice different shapes for days. Gaudi took inspiration from the Vatican in Rome, which I’ve  also been lucky enough to visit and you can definitely tell because of the style and detail of even just the outside of the church.
Being my impatient self I couldn’t be bothered with the queues, but seeing the beauty of just the outside was more than enough.

The towers and most of the church’s structure are to be completed by 2026, the centennial of Gaudí’s death, and the decorative elements should be complete by 2030 or 2032. Making it an architectural masterpiece that will take 150 years!

Can’t wait for that grand opening!