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Thoughtful Tuesdays : Business Start-Ups

So, for those of you that follow me, I want to apologise for not being 100% real about me and my business journey.

I’m a huge one for keeping up with the optimism and the positive air, even though sometimes I am extremely stressed and uncertain on things.  And the reason I’m being open with this, is that it dawned on me today, when I left my accountants – he’s literally my ‘Ask Jeeves’  – that there are so many of you out there also running your own businesses, or trying to set them up, that are also in the same rollercoaster of a boat. (Sounds more like the log flume but you get the picture).

I want to try and relate and also get some comfort from those who are on the ‘log flume’ journey, knowing that we are in it together.

No one tells you how hard it is; how you suddenly should know everything. Because honestly I have to play about 25 different job roles within my business and, holy moly, I do it quite well but it’s definitely not always a smooth ride.

I encourage, and will always do so, for everyone to follow their dreams and do what they love but I have to be real and say being an “entrepreneur” is probably the hardest career to go down. Definitely the most rewarding but the most challenging.

Key factors to consider or things to have when opening your own business, and ways around them if you don’t:

Contacts
Some of you may be lucky that we are already surrounded by people who can help benefit our brands and businesses, and if so, GREAT, use them!

Regardless if you know them, and it may be feel awkward, asking for help or for insight when it’s for free should be the first thing on your list to do. And if you don’t… well, NETWORK! There are SO many networking events out there. Get your best clothes on, jazz yourself up and go and talk to complete strangers, because honestly it’s done wonders for me. www.eventbrite.co.uk

Finance
So this is sometimes a tricky one. I started my own by initially working and saving, working and saving and working and saving! Then I put that money into the start of this business. Having started and shown promise, I was then lucky to have some help from family to help me progress further!

So if you know someone who can help then great! If not, there are plenty of options – crowdfunding, bank loans, government grants and more. Or work and save as I did. All the options are out there.

The right attitude
Working for yourself can be challenging, SO CHALLENGING, so make sure you REALLY want to achieve your goal. Badly! I’m lucky that I’ve always been that annoying 5.45 am riser, bouncing full of energy, ready to take on the day. But, truth be told, I’m also very disorganised, so it took me a while to really get into a routine for working. You have got to want it to work because if you don’t put 100% effort in… then who will?

And for those of you that are a total whizz at everything with the contacts, the funding and the right attitude, then go be fabulous my friend! But what I’ve learnt is that sometimes it isn’t always possible to have all of those key things.

It’s weird to call myself an entrepreneur because when I started, I was just simply ‘Evie’, creating some cool stuff in the kitchen and selling them! I liked to think of myself more as a creative. It is only until now that I’m trying to grow my business (and oh it’s growing), and since going to E-Spark in Manchester (business accelerator), that I’ve realised that I AM an entrepreneur …and really I need to start acting like one.

Cue briefcase and blazer!

Just kidding. But honestly, it does mean that I have to play the parts of roles that, really, I know nothing about. It means that things are going to get tricky and I can’t just stick to the parts I love. And finally, it means that your motivation and attitude needs to be on fire.

I’m currently reading a book called ‘Create Special’ by Jim Duffey, which I won by the way for presenting the best Pitch in a small competition (smug Evie). And it is amazing! I highly recommend you read it as it’s already providing me with even more motivation.

Enough from me now,

Much love

Evie Xx

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5 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

The darker days are looming, the break up with summer ’17 is official and I’m feeling just as heartbroken as you. With winter around the corner, it’s normal to be feeling a little bit drowsy, lethargic and unmotivated. Don’t worry, we’re all in this together.

 

If you’re already turning to the hot chocolate instead of the iced tea, or the scarf instead of the sunglasses, or rolling out of bed instead of springing, then check out these 5 ways to fight the winter blues.

 

Take Up a New Hobby!

 

It’s cool, I get it. The last thing you want to be doing when you’re waking up in the dark to go to work and coming home again in the pitch black is finding the energy to do something other than snooze on the sofa binge-watching Netflix.

 

However, according to Sue Pavlovich of the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association (SADA), Keeping your mind active with a new interest seems to ward off symptoms of SAD, says Pavlovich. “It could be anything, such as playing bridge, singing, knitting, joining a gym, keeping a journal, or writing a blog. The important thing is that you have something to look forward to and concentrate on,” she adds.

 

Dose up on Vitamin D

 

It’s the time of the year where we’re swapping the sunshine for vitamin D capsules. Since we see a break in the gloomy clouds approximately once a month during winter, it’s wise to get your vitamin fix elsewhere.

It’s not a coincidence that you may feel low during this time of year, so many diseases correlate with vitamin D deficiency – the most relevant being depression.

 

So, fight them winter blues and head to your local pharmacy ASAP! The New York Times best-selling author Joseph Mercola, DO, suggests that adults take as much as 5,000 IU per day. Certain foods are good sources of vitamin D, including cod liver oil, swordfish, salmon, tuna, milk, yogurt, sardines, eggs, and cereals fortified with vitamin D.

 

Go Carb Crazy

 

Carbs are your friend. Eeeeeeek!!! Yes, you read correctly. Complex carbs don’t cause spikes in blood sugar that can create roller-coaster moods; they also increase levels of serotonin in the brain so you won’t feel as drowsy and as dull as the weather.

Opt for whole grains and complex carbs like spinach, yams, broccoli, beans, zucchini, lentils, skim milk, and more, which will fill you up while also providing long-lasting nourishment.

 

Don’t Over-Indulge

 

Unfortunately, ‘storing food for the winter’ isn’t a good enough excuse to be eating rubbish. You’re not going into hibernation – it’s winter, not the ice age. Researched published in the Public Health Nutrition journal found that people who consumed fast foods were 51 percent more likely to have low moods. During this time of year, try super hard to stick to your routine, it will benefit you now more than ever.

 

Fish are Friends…Not Food!

 

Omega 3 is your best friend during the snowy season. Studies have long linked deficiencies of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids to Seasonal Affective Disorder. A 2011 study in Nature Neuroscience has even demonstrated how lower omega-3 levels change brain activity. With high levels of omega 3 racing around your body, you’re also more likely to fight off the dreaded cold and flu that creeps up on us every icy season.

 

With these tips in mind, you stand the best chance of staying healthy (and most importantly happy!) during the winter, whilst maintaining a balanced diet and energy levels.

 

Hope this helps!

 

Much Love,
Evie Xx

SMOOTHIE OF THE WEEK

Hello friends and followers,
I hope you’re all doing well and the happiest one can be.
I have a smoothie to share with you all that is just…divine.

I wish I could keep it a secret to myself but at this moment in time I’m bursting with energy and love and I must share it amongst those who love their greens and goodness.

PROTEIN MINT BLISS

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One whole coconut (obviously we’re not using the shell!)
3 frozen Bananas
1/2 tsp of spirulina
1 scoop (24 grams) of vanilla pea protein
1 dash of peppermint essence

Whizz this concoction together in a blender until ingredients are all combined and the mixture is of a nice smoothie-like consistency. Pour this mint-full beauty into you’re nearest glass or jam jar (if you’re that kind of person) and enjoy!
It’s probably the most delicious smoothie I’ve ever come across and a perfect post-workout meal especially when you’re not exactly feeling you can stomach a big meal just yet.

Please, give it a go! You wont be disappointed.
Let me know your thoughts.

Much love friends of the world

Evie X

 

TOP TIPS TO KEEP HEALTHY WITH A BUSY LIFESTYLE

TOP TIPS TO KEEP HEALTHY FOR A BUSY LIKE YOURSELF

The biggest question / advice that I get asked for is:
“ How do you live such a busy lifestyle with business and social but still keep healthy”.

It’s not as hard as one would think, BUT it does requires determination, time management and passion.
Don’t get me wrong though, I probably push myself too much, trying to fit in SO many things into one day and then also workout, I am rather tired most of the time but my passion for what I’m doing gives me that energy that I need to run out on those long days. This is what you need to remember too!

Before I started my business, I was gyming once or twice a day, practicing a lot of yoga, eating very freely and healthily because I had the time to use. However, when I started this calm and Evie free world I was living, suddenly came to a crashing holt. I struggled massively. To fit in my workouts around my busy day. To eat healthily as I was forever working. To get some down time for brain space. Yep. Evie was on the road to increased weight and wrinkle overload.
It took time and it’ll time for you, to find your feet and get back into a routine. Whether that may be a longer daily routine.

Now …*sigh* … Get out your rulers Ladies and gents because you’re about to enlarge your day-to-day planners.

Tip 1) Get up earlier. I get up every day at 5.30/5.45 to fit in going to the gym. This means I am out and at work for 7.15/7.30 to start my day of craziness.
I’m guessing the general internal response to my 5.30 wake up, is “ew”… am I right? But honestly, I’ve never felt so good. It means I have WAY more time in the day to do my work and then actually go and give my head a break and meet a friend for a well-deserved coffee.
Also, it helps, to get it done in the morning and then voila you’re dreading it throughout the day or too tired to train when it hits night time.

 

Tip 2) Plan your schedule. Quite recently, I’ve started planning my weekly workouts. So, every Sunday, I’ll sit down for 15 minutes and schedule in my workouts for the week. This includes booking onto classes.
This week, my workout schedule looks like this:
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Sounds a little lame I know, but sometimes, don’t you ever feel a little tired of having to think? Well… this helps massively.

Tip 3) Do not leave yourself too hungry that you end up craving sugar and then splurging crap.
This is my biggest downfall. I’m lucky that I actually ENJOY eating healthy wholesome foods, and I can (usually) walk past the sweets isle without a blink of an eye. However, sometimes when I’m running around like a mad woman from the crack of dawn… I tend to forget to eat. This means that eventually when I do finish up for the day, my hunger pangs kick in and I’m craving anything quick and fast for a boost of energy.
I usually make sure I have a huge salad at lunch time which keeps me going till I end up home.

Tip 4) Schedule some YOU time. 
This means physically writing in : ‘ hour to myself ‘ into your day-to-day schedule. This could be as small as a half an hour lunch break, (taking no phone calls) or a whole day at the weekend where you spend all day doing what YOU want. For me, working out is massively important and I always schedule that and at least an afternoon off at the weekend. I also try to keep an hour in the evening solely to myself with no contact with anyone else. Watching a lame programme or reading a book. It’s good to switch off and very beneficial so you don’t burn out.

Hope you found these useful!

Any questions, please email me on evie@rawbakestation.co.uk

Much love

Evie X

A bendy weekend.

What a weekend.

A weekend full of getting bendy.
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So, for those that weren’t watching my one million gazillion Instagram stories, I spent my Saturday morning with the Lulu Lemon crew at their second yoga event in the city!
I had the pleasure of joining in, on the hour of yoga class… which was amazing! The teacher was, by far, the most hilarious yoga teacher I have ever come across, she had the whole room laughing with her crazy lingo and prosecco phrases. Find her at Loft Yoga in Eccles!
I then jumped straight from the yoga to spreading the Raw Bake Station love to all those that came!
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It was a wonderful morning, spending an hour of connecting with my body with another 150-beautiful people. Namaste lovers.
To top that off, on Sunday, I went down to the Magna Pass’ yoga in the city event, situated in an unbelievable space in the old Granada studios! Fortunately, the sun was glistening hard that day so whilst lying in savasana pose, we all had the pleasure of the warm tingles off the sunshine blaring down from the glass roof. Dreamy.

If you haven’t yet checked out Magna Pass, they are a platform of fitness classes and unique workout sessions.  The best way to find out what classes are around you at that time… aka the bomb of an organiser.

Another hour of yoga to then a break with Raw Bake Station treats.
This was like the dream team morning which I was so happy to be involved in.

So, a totally different way of spending my Bank Holiday weekend but an absolute flower of one. Feeling totally revived for a new week ahead, and woke up this morning with no headache ( thank you, thank you ), no grogginess and body that is feeling totally relaxed.

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Hope you all had a smashing weekend.

Chow for now.

Evie X

A smile for a smile

I noticed today that the sound of laughter makes me smile.

The sight of friends rejoicing makes me feel warm inside.

On my way home from work today, I saw a young boy showing off his car to his Grandma, holding his (what I believe to be) driving test papers… I couldn’t stop smiling for the rest of my journey home.

It’s funny how little things like that can have an impact on someone else too… someone else out of the situation.

I feel we’ve become a world where there is less and less eye contact with strangers, less warm smiles to walkers by, and less “please” and “thank you”. I’m too sure why we all think we’re better than the person next to us not to crack a smile because at the end of the day no matter who we are, we are all on the same path and it may just be you can change a strangers day with just one smile…

A few of my personal friends reading this will probably be cringing at how soft I sound but I felt I needed to write this as honestly I bounce off peoples energies and although I was already buzzing inside with happiness, seeing that small moment of laughter and joy made my cheshire cat smile grow even more.

The more you smile, the more everyone else will.
The more you love, the more love you’ll feel around you.
The more you compliment, the more positive air you’ll be surrounded with.
Make someone smile today!

 
It’s friday, enjoy

 

Evie X