Creating real connection through the wonder of words.
I connect small businesses to ideal customers and charities to those who care by pouring your passion onto the page.
I use words both on and offline to connect you to your higher/unconscious self, through coaching, poetry and sharing stories about personal growth.
I'm also a perfectly imperfect parent and share my stories to connect with other parents and remind them that we're all making this up as we go along.
I'm a big fan of bubbles.
Copy for 2016 brochure for The Hobbs Consultancy, a team of coaches working with organisations to "transform the workplace via inclusivity".
At the start of this year, following our appeal for items to take to Calais, we headed to the 'Jungle', loaded with blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, torches, warm clothes and other winter essentials thanks to all of your generous donations.
At Dost, our overarching aim - the reason behind everything we do - is to improve the quality of life for young refugees and migrants, including children seeking asylum, victims of trafficking, undocumented children and those newly arrived in the country.
Dost was founded in 2000, to provide support to young refugee and asylum seekers, many of whom are in the UK without their families. In recent years we have also extended our services to recently arrived young migrants.
If you're feeling stressed at work, what can you do about it? Too often, we hear from surveyors that talking about stress at work remains a taboo. Whether the source is work, home life or a combination of the two, most feel that it is not something they can discuss with their employers.
Every year, around one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem, ranging from isolated instances of anxiety and depression to ongoing conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Even if you think it doesn't affect you, the chances are that someone you know has experienced mental illness at some point in their lives.
Every year we ask RICS members to consider making a £20 donation to LionHeart along with your RICS subscription fees. Many of you do make this annual gift to us and we are very grateful.
Small Biz/Freelance Blogs
In our latest podcast episode, we finally get the chance to catch up with Nick Begley, Founder and CEO of PSYT (Psychological Technologies). PSYT has developed the Experience Sampling Method (ESM), which measures how people feel in real-time, and has been described by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as the "gold-standard" in ...
The end of this month sees the start of spring and we are seeing the early signs already - the days are getting longer, flowers are starting to bloom and we are getting excited about WordCamp London. This year, we are especially excited as Wholegrain Digital co-founder Tom has again been selected to speak at ...
In our first podcast episode of 2016, Tom Greenwood and Ed Murfitt get together again to talk to Will Gardner, fellow Impact Hub resident and CEO of popular millennial sustainability website Collectively.org. Will shares the story of the origins of Collectively, which was born in 2013 following the Davos World Economic Forum.
If you're a WordPress fan, then you may already be well aware of the #ilovewp hashtag all over social media at the moment. But you may not be. So, for those who don't know.. What's it all about? Last week, WordPress updated their testimonials page and asked people to share their passion for WordPress on ...
Every year since our birth eight years ago (we're still in primary school, age-wise), Wholegrain Digital has been looking forwards. At first, when the team was just a few of us, this was easily done around the table in the office on a day-to-day basis.
When's the best time to go freelance? Freelance writer and mum, Rachael Blair, says the time is now... So, you're thinking about going freelance. Maybe you're working part-time already. Perhaps your workload is spilling over and you're looking for something with real flexibility.
When Marta asked if I'd like to write a guest blog on the tools I use in my business, I jumped at the chance. You see, when I started out I spent a lot of time looking for ways to make more time (I do see the irony in this).
WP Engine has made a big mark on the WordPress hosting world in the past few years. A relative newcomer, they were founded just five years ago in 2010. Since then, they have been at the forefront of demonstrating the benefits of a dedicated WordPress platform as opposed to a generic host.
Finding it painful to write your 'About Me' page? Let Rachael Blair soothe you through the process of creating an engaging story...So you've just started out as a freelancer. Maybe you have a few clients already, or maybe you've just decided what services you're going to sell. At
What? Proudly Imperfect? Yes! Back in March, I ran a coached workshop for working mums, which focused on addressing the specific challenges of those mums who work outside of the home.
Do you often feel that you are somehow failing as a mum? That you could or should be ‘better’? Learn how to spot your parenting crap cloud and replace it with something MUCH more positive!
"Lovely Rachael Blair (otherwise known as @MushroomsMum) of Mothering Mushroom and Writing People Poetry shares her thoughts on this month's theme of Unlikely Meditations for Mamas, and includes a meditation for stressed out mums, recorded especially for you."
I'm not saying that mothers cannot multi-task. We all can, and do. Even if it's just eating a sandwich while nursing an infant to keep blood sugar levels up during a Wonder Week feeding marathon (took me a while to master that one), we all do it.
I talk quite a lot about mindfulness and meditation. I even wrote a blog post mindful meditation for Story Of Mum around this time last year. As some of you may have noticed, I use my coaching experience a lot in my parenting style and I'm definitely an advocate of gentle parenting.
Ok, hands up those of you who didn't think about chocolate cake after reading that title? Did you put your hand up...? Liar. Often when we hear a command, our brains will ignore the don't, and focus on what it is we're being asked not to do.... Funny how that works, isn't it?
It's 5.30am and I'm at my desk. If you had told me five years ago I'd willingly get up before 6am I would have struggled to believe you but here I am. The birds are not yet singing but if I listen very carefully I can hear the distant hum of other early risers.
"Don't know what I'd ever do without you from the beginning to the end. You've always been here right beside me so I'll call you my best friend" - Brandy I was four when my sister was born. I don't really remember what it was like not to have her.
It might sound counter intuitive, looking back to move forwards... I mean, how can thinking about the past help with the future? All the stuff you've read about visualising your ideal future so that you can move towards it is at odds with my suggestion, is it not..?
Some days I feel like giving up. Everything feels like too much work. It feels as though now that I've come this far, I'm not sure I actually want it enough to keep going. But I do... I hesitated to post this blog. I even hesitated to write it... Why?
What are you doing? I said you shouldn't read this! You should go and read something else. Get back to work, or whatever else you were doing before. I don't even think I should write this. It's just my opinion and who am I to share my opinion?
A couple of weeks ago I was walking home from the park with my son when a van drove past us, stopped, reversed into a parking space for a bit and then drove off again - in the same direction it had been going before.
It's taken me about seven months to write this blog post. Seven months! Why? Because, for some reason, even though I have two personal blogs already, this one felt BIG. The business blog - it's a big one, right?
Ever wish you could surround yourself in a bubble of confidence to help guide you through difficult situations? We share five steps to help you do just that.
Earlier this month I shared a piece of poetry in my second ever vlog, in which I set my intentions for the year ahead. One of these intentions was to share more poetry. As I sat down today to write my blog, I looked at my notes.
A pre-school 'graduation' poem for children leaving nursery to start primary school
A domestic violence victim finds the strength to leave.
I wrote this poem a while ago to raise awareness of domestic violence. It responds to often-asked the question:, 'Why doesn't she just leave?' By Rachael Blair Comment is free hosts dozens of discussions on a wide range of subjects, including news, politics and culture, as well as personal perspectives on the way we live now.