Author: Sharon Hughes

Yes I did say Fabric Chair and Paint! I also purposely did not call this 'How to Paint a Chair', because to be quite honest a lot of the process was referencing Insta stories, YouTube and good old fashioned winging it 🤷‍♀️....

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve heard of the Japanese system of Kon Mari for tidying up and keeping your space clear. But you may not have heard of the Japanese system for managing your money in a similar way, its know as...

In my recent newsletter I mentioned that I was just finished my Winter hibernation and I got a few questions/comments/giggles about it so here a post about Hibernation: Why I believe it's not just for Bears, but for People as well. And why I recommend...

Today I've done a wee post on getting started with your Personal Budget. These are some of the steps that I take when I'm getting ready to update my money plan for the coming year. I like to talk about money. A lot. I think its...

As you may be aware I love books. LOVE EM! Reading is always the first thing to go when I get busy, but I do have some tricks for staying on track. Today I’m going to tell you my tips for keeping Reading in my...

I've spoken on the matter of money, by accident, a number of times now. It was never something I felt I was qualified or experienced enough to talk about. I'm not a financial advisor, and I don't have any formal academic qualifications in money, but...

One of my big tips for anyone looking to get a bit of an edge in their career planning is to get a Professional Mentor. It usually comes up at my workshops and the number 1 question I get is: How do you actually find...

Recently I did a talk at a seminar to a number of people responsible for HR in their organisations. I closed my section with a challenge to the room, which was this: On return to your office, take the time to send someone, an individual email...

I have a confession to make: I am a hoarder. Slight correction would be that I was a hoarder. I have recovered now I'm happy to say. I have spent the last three years learning how to live without clutter, and more importantly stay decluttered....

In 2017 I was asked to help with the TEDx Ha'penny Bridge event running in Dublin. I was delighted to be involved as a Speaker Coach. My own organisation then hosted our own event late 2017. I've always loved TED Talks myself, but I was...

We’re just around the corner from Christmas and straight after that comes January and of course your NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS. Before the deluge on ‘How to change your life’ begins, I would like to suggest a radical idea. Before you ‘start’ your new year, take...

Every couple of weeks I see the same question come up in forums I'm on, or I get asked the question: Should I hire a Coach and What should I look for in a Coach? Unfortunately, Coaching is not a regulated industry, which means anyone can claim to be a Coach. This makes it so much harder to choose a Coach so today I am covering who should hire a Coach and more importantly, HOW to find a Coach thats right for you.

'What would you like for your birthday?', he asked, and quick as a flash I replied: 'Two days off!' And I knew exactly how to use them. What was my plan? EP with the huns? Weekend away with the girlos? Romantic weekend away? Not a bit of it. I had a plan alright, a solid plan to hole myself up in a hotel room for 48 hours and do nothing. Nada. Nothing. Zilch. Time for a Personal Retreat. And I'm here today to tell you its time you did the same!

Over the years I have tried many different ways to get fit and while some of them worked for me, a lot of ways didn’t. I eventually came up with what I called the ‘Unit System’ and it works for me. Its a very simple system and I assumed lots of people did similar, but after talking to some friends and clients I realised it wasn’t as used as I thought. So today I am sharing my simple 5-step system for keeping fit.

For something a little different today I will be doing a post reviewing the Dyson Hair Dryer. The Dyson claimed to dry hair in a fraction of the time without damaging hair, so it had my interest, but at a cost of circa €400 I wasn't going running to get one. Reviewing an expensive hairdryer might not seem relevant to Life and Career Coaching but it is.

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One of the things I like to talk to people about around money is a Dream Life Budget. The Dream Life Budget is what I call the actual, physical, amount it would cost for them to live the life they'd love to live. Today I'm going to talk about what the Dream Life Budget is, why its important, and how to do it.

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What is the most important element of an interview? I’ve done lots of interviews in my time and I have been both sides of the table. People think the answer is very complex but its not. The most important element of an interview is ‘Overall Fit’. It is your scoring in Overall Fit that will often win or lose an interview. This is one of the main reasons internal candidates do so well in interviews. Its because the panel are very sure of their current fit in an organisation.

Recently I worked with a client who was really stressing out because no matter how hard she worked she didn't feel she was doing enough in her life. Enough career stuff, enough social stuff, enough life stuff. This comes up with people I work with a lot, and it has a surprisingly simple cure. You see the problem is usually not doing enough; the problem is usually the definition of enough. Todays post is going to look at one simple way you can stop comparing yourself to others and accept your own 'enough'.

In December 2016 I was invited by the DIT Mental Health Society to give a talk to their members around the issue of Anxiety. Anxiety is the most common Mental Health issue in Ireland, in conjunction with Depression. European Health officials estimate 1 in 9 people will suffer from Anxiety at some point in their lives. In America they estimate that 18% of the population will have issues. Theres no way of ever actually knowing the real figure, as in most cases, the issue is never reported. Most people choose to struggle on on their own. Its a pretty big issue and young adults are especially at risk.

A few months ago I was invited to take part in an article about the importance of developing a great work wardrobe while carving out your perfect career. I spoke with Leona MacDaid, from Maven46 magazine ,and we chatted about lots of wardrobe and career related issues including:
  • The importance of interview dressing
  • The balance between style and functionality
  • Dressing for starting in a new job

I get as caught up in the idea of a 'fresh start' as much as anyone and over the years I have used new years as a great kick start to start some great new habits. I quit smoking at New Years 2009, I quit drinking 2010, 2011 I gave up Facebook... but ultimately the 1st of January is just another day. Resolutions, while fun, can often leave us feeling disappointed and frustrated that we didn't magically turn into better people overnight. Its still nice to do something though so here are a few alternative options for ways to mark the beginning of a new year!

Life, Business and Career Coaching are relatively new concepts in Ireland so its hard to explain the benefits to people, and I get asked a lot! However Coaching is well established in the US and this handy info-graph produced by The Life Coach Spotter highlights some the major benefits Coaching clients felt after Coaching including:
  • Increasing Confidence and Self Esteem
  • Achieving Personal Goals
  • Lowering Stress and Frustration levels
  • Improving Personal Relationship.
Have a quick look at the Infograph to see the different areas of your life that Coaching can work in, and some of the reported results experienced by clients. And as always if you're interested in learning more about Coaching please feel free to get in touch

These days having a Linked In profile is essential to your career journey, but profiles can be used for more than just a job search. Today I'm going to look at 7 reasons people use Linked In. If you are in any way interested in your professional development, have a look at these alternative reasons for using Linked In and see if any of them might work for you.

Over the coming months I am excited to be posting a new Blog series called the 'Job Search Series'. This series aims to de-mystify some of the elements around the Job search and application process. It will also include some of my own tips for helping you get to interview, and performing well. Today I'm starting with Interview Panels and a look at how Job Interviews actually work.
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