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Retreat, October 6th - 11th, El Gouna, Egypt

Monday, April 09, 2018

In October 2018, Danielle Greason and I will be hosting, for the second time, a retreat designed for virtual assistants and other online service providers, or those who are enamoured with freedom! 

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World Meet Tiffany And Our Practical Guide To Spiritual Woo Woo

Monday, July 25, 2016

What can I say about this post... It's the final blog in my India series, you can check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here - and it's a post that's completely out of my comfort zone, but if you know me, you'll probably know I'm no stranger to stepping out of that. It's also a post which shows a very real side of me that you probably won't have seen before - it may scare you off, or it may bring you and I closer together, I have no idea, but, I've come to the conclusion that in either case, the best decision is to always be genuine, even if it means this genuine side of me isn't accepted by some people, it's all good! 

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Just When You Think Things Can’t Get Any Worse… They *Bleeping* Do.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Yep… This is it, I seriously had not considered how spoilt I have been over the years. I have been on travelling around for over 2500 days, and this last week, has without doubt been the most challenging move I have ever endured. Generally I am so organised with my country hopping moves they are a breeze, maybe with one or max 2 problems along the way, nothing too major… And whilst it has been a little complex it has also been one of the most special. I’ll walk you through the really ‘EEK’ moments, then move onto the special one. 

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Merry Christmas And Happy New Year From Italy

Friday, December 23, 2011

This is the final post of the year before I head offline for a Christmas and New Year’s break. 

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3 Digital Ways To Learn A New Language Quickly

Friday, October 21, 2011

It’s the weekend, and I have decided to treat myself to a new hobby by ‘officially’ starting my journey towards learning Greek. Why you ask? Well, we are all set to move to Crete, Greece in 6 months with the hopes of building a life there for ourselves and our kids. Whilst our children will only be 3 and 4 when we arrive, I have been assured children under the age of 6 will soak the language up like a sponge in school, so we are going to enrol them directly into the local Greek pre-school and hope our kids will then translate for us, ha ha! It won’t be quite like that. 

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The Adventurous Life Of A Travelling Nomadic 4 Year Old

Friday, October 14, 2011

This week we celebrated our son’s birthday, he turned a whopping 4 years old. We went to the beach, it’s October and there was nobody around. Our kids stripped off and played in the sea, they were laughing and running around, and I imagine feeling very free… 

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Are You Feeling Like A Virtual Cast Away?

Friday, September 23, 2011

If you have been a virtual assistant for a while now, and you happen to be someone who is in the house on your own, you may start feeling the “Wilson” effect. Tom hanks in Cast Away was stranded on a desert island with only a basketball for company… Okay, so it may not be that bad, and in fact it isn’t… Let’s look into some ways that you can try to put this whole working from home thing into perspective — sometimes we just need reminding of how we can make it work for us as individuals. 

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Super-VA + Super-Parent = Super-Tired. Tips For Working At Home With Young Children

Friday, August 19, 2011

As many of you know, our family lives rather an unusual lifestyle. We don’t have a base that we can call home as such, and we travel between countries. We first started this because it was an exciting way to live, but now we travel because we are looking for some sort of a base to settle in for most of the school year, but travel the rest. We would like to be able to take just suitcases when we leave rather than all our worldly possessions, whilst they fit quite easily in a car, it doesn’t bode well for flights, only driving and ferries, which is restricting. Needless to say, we don’t have the usual creature comforts such as local family and friends to help us out with the kids, English speaking babysitters we can call up from an ad in the newspaper, or traditional daycare you find in England for example. In reality, my husband an I have spent a grand total of around 6 nights out alone together since our first child was born in 2007. 

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Why Not Unwind This Weekend With Practical Multi-Tasking?

Friday, August 12, 2011

It’s the weekend! What do we try and do? Well, we try and stop working as virtual assistants for a bit and get in some “R and R” time. Very difficult if you’re an entrepreneur and love working! Being a Taurean, I love being practical, even when I’m enjoying myself, and multi-tasking is great for me because I can get several things done at once, but I also like to find practical ways of relaxing too. As I’m getting used to our new surroundings in Italy, here are my top 3 ‘practical’ multi-tasking ways to unwind. 

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“Life Appointments” – How To Step Away From Your Business Without The Entrepreneurial Guilt Factor

Friday, June 24, 2011

In 2011 I’ve been considering “work-life balance” a lot more often. I wrote a post earlier this year about how I have more than halved the hours I spend in my virtual assistance business by basically restructuring my team, and since then my hours have continued to reduce. It was the single best decision in my business which I have ever made, that has had the most positive impact on my life. When I was considering how I was doing it, yes I was hiring more people, and shifting roles to help me in my business, but what really made a difference more than anything else was my own self-discipline and actually ‘scheduling in my life’ into my day, with what I call “Life Appointments,” instead of letting my personal life slip by as an afterthought. 

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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.

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