Inspiration

Why being “the best” could be your biggest hurdle to a successful working life

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 09/12/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Inspiration, Intuition, Making change, Mindfulness, Strategic Planning

Are you a high achiever, a leader in your sector, an award winner? Did you get constant high scores at class and now have glowing performance reviews? Are you the one people think of when they need an expert? And…. Do you also feel isolated, exhausted and alone? Kirsten Neff talks about the importance of self-compassion over self-esteem in her wonderful (and for me game-changing) TedX talk. Self esteem is based on achieving, winning, being outstanding. However, there can be only one winner at one time. Read more...


How to Develop a Career Strategy with Clarity & Confidence

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 01/11/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Inspiration, Leadership, Making change, New Business, Strategic Planning

Start 2020 on the right foot, join Judith Bowtell of Albany Lane for How to Develop a Career Strategy with Clarity and Confidence, a 6 week online course that will deliver confidence and clarity to your action plan and a place where you can flex your muscles and get ready to fly. It's difficult to navigate your career options when you are a solo business owner multi-tasking, but getting out of your comfort zone, and trying new ways of thinking about things, will give you new insights to take back to your business, to build better relationships with your clients and community, and ultimately the business that surrounds you. Read more...


Is it that time of the year already?

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 01/11/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Compassion, Inspiration, Intuition, Making change, Mindfulness

Like mince pies at Woollies, the signs of Christmas and the end of the year come earlier and earlier. Or does it? Now I'm not a scientist, but I am pretty sure that time works the same ALL THE TIME, so the end of year "speed up" is as much a creation of our minds as the Santa stories we tell our children. Read more...


Burnout– A Personal Experience

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 25/10/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Inspiration, Making change, Mindfulness

Why we need time to hang out, chill out and waste time in our busy lives. A new book Burnout: The Secret to Solving the Stress Cycle suggests that at least 42% of our lives need to be spent in rest and recovery for us to function and more importantly avoid burnout. That's 10 hours a day for sleep, exercise, food and reconnection to ourselves. For me that still seems like jamming a lot into my non-sleep self-time. Where is showering and staring at the mirror? Where's the hours spent in wondering the house picking things up just to put them down, chilling on couch with your kids and/or screen devices, aimless (but not pointless) conversations with family and friends? Where's the playing tug of war with the dog and worrying if her teeth are starting to fallout and then playing it again? Read more...


How to make your day last longer

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 24/10/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Coaching, Inspiration, Making change, Mindfulness

Can you remember a period in your life when, if you look back on it now, time seemed to stretch on forever? When a week seemed like four, or an hour seemed like it went on for days? What were you doing during that period? Chances are, you were probably doing something (or a whole bunch of something) that was brand new to you and demanded your attention. The funny thing is, when you focus on what you are doing you actually slowed down time or at least how your brain perceived that time. Neuroscientist David Eagleman explains that this is how your brain perceives time. Read more...


Join us for Strategic Planning for Solo Entrepreneurs

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 04/07/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Inspiration, Making change, New Business, Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning for Solo Entrepreneurs is a new face book group that will take you strategically through 6 weeks of process for more clarity and increased confidence in your working life. Ideal for Sole Trader, entrepreneurs and those who want to make their side hustle a little less side and a little more hustle. The tools we unpack are especially effective for creative workers, as they use visualisation, imagery and break down business development concepts for non-business brains. Read more...


Albany Lane’s top 10 hacks to better networking.

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 01/07/2019   |   Categories: Career Development, Decision Making, Making change, Mindfulness, New Business, Strategic Planning

When you next attend and industry event or conference, prepare yourself for networking and making the most of authentic connections you can build on. It can often feel overwhelming, and the urge to sell yourself and your projects can add pressure that makes you, well not quite you. Here’s out top ten check list to get under your belt before you arrive. Read more...


Five warning signs you have a “brilliant jerk” to deal with…. And what to do before it’s too late.

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 25/04/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Compassion, Decision Making, Facilitation, Intuition, Leadership, Leading in crisis, Mindfulness, Strategic Planning

A brilliant jerk has been defined as a high performer with a bad attitude. The type of person who can bring results, make high level connections, be a creative genius – but no one really wants to be around for any length of time. Having them on your team – as an artistic director, adviser, fundraiser - can lift your efforts exponentially. However, having someone who is solely driven by ego and self-interest will undermine the collective efforts of any organisation. The company becomes about upholding the vision of one individual – and loses the flexibility and agility needed to survive in today’s rapidly changing work and economic environment. Read more...


Five years can seem like a long time when you are creating a vision for the future

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 20/03/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Coaching, Inspiration, Leadership, Making change, Strategic Planning

Five years can seem like a long time when you are creating a vision for the future - yet it can seem like just yesterday that I started on the journey that is Albany Lane. Five years ago, I started with the idea of sharing a bit of inspiration with a few colleagues and friends, and now we have a monthly newsletter for clients and the Albany Lane community. Read more...


TheWheel 2019

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 28/02/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Coaching, Decision Making, Making change, Mindfulness

When working out what you want to get from coaching, it is great to first review your entire life and see what’s working for you now and what needs a bit of attention. Make 10-15 minutes for yourself, with cup of tea or similar, some of your favourite music if you want, and a pen or pencil to capture your findings. This is your time – so make it personal and special. Look at the wheel and consider each of the 10 domains in turn. As you do – check in how you are feeling about each domain RIGHT NOW IN THIS MOMENT and give yourself a rating out of 10. Read more...


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