To Freelance or not Freelance

That is the question I get asked a lot when I’m coaching or giving a talk. It’s a risky business being freelance and doesn’t suit everyone but I love it. Maybe it’s the old actor gypsy in me of having several projects on the go at one time or possibly that I have the attention span of a goldfish, call me Dory. Ah, but you know that’s not true at all, I thrive on the thrill of having lots of plates spinning at any one time.

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Shift That Christmas Belly with a Fat Little Bowl of Goodness


So, the Christmas binging is over and you want to lose that stone that you’ve put on. Enter the Buddha Bowl – a bowl full to the brim of nourishing grains, raw or cooked veggies, healthy fat, lean protein and heaps of greens. They’re simple to make, delicious to eat and the internet is littered with recipes. Here’s 9 hearty recipes to get you started, courtesy of

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Happy New Year – One-on-One Coaching Sale

HAPPY NEW YEAR – with a One-on-one coaching offer!

Want to brush up or perhaps re-discover those PA skills? Do you need to feel motivated again? Do you want to work on networking and learn how to build up your contacts?

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Credit: Dave Willis

From now through to the end of February only, you can have 2 hours of one-on-one coaching with Donna for just £99 (usually priced at £150).

All this and much more whilst working from Donna’s own textbook in a Central London location, book now, dates are limited.

 You can be a PA who kicks A!

We’d love to hear, why not drop us an email:

Be the best Assistant you can be with one-to-one coaching and mentoring sessions designed especially for you
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Searching for the right novelty stocking filler? Here are my top 5 from


1. Animal Toothbrush Holders for the kids and wannabe kids. 
2. BACHOX  for the dark chocolate lover who can laugh at their wrinkles and crow’s feet.



3. Zombie Blood Shower Gel for the zombie obsessed. 




4. Washable Hair Colour Crayons for the experimental hair stylist.




5. How to Speak Emoji for the parents that will use cringy emoji speak regardless.
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Oh my, this cake is a blend of the three wonders of the world.


  • 1 cup soft unsalted butter
  • 1⅔ cup (316 g | 11⅛ oz) dark brown sugar
  • 1⅓ cup (170 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, such as Maldon or Fleur de sel (or use ¾ teaspoon kosher salt)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces best bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted (I did this in the microwave at 30 second intervals, but don’t walk away — it will burn quickly)
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or bourbon
  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee


  1. Heat the oven to 375°F. Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper — just shove a whole sheet in there (versus cutting to make it fit — this way no batter will seep through the cracks). Also, prepare a smaller loaf pan (or some other vessel such as a muffin tin) in a similar manner — I butter the smaller loaf pan well, and I never have issues getting the cake out.
  1. Cream the butter and sugar, either with a wooden spoon or with an electric hand-held mixer.
  1. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  1. Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter-sugar mixture and beat until combined.
  1. Next, fold in the melted and now slightly cooled chocolate, taking care to blend well but being careful not to overbeat. You want the ingredients combined: You don’t want a light, airy mass. Add the brandy and mix to combine.
  1. Next, gently add the flour mixture alternately spoon by spoon with the coffee until you have a smooth and fairly liquid batter.
  1. Pour into the lined loaf pan, being sure the batter does not come closer than 1 inch from the rim of the cake pan or it risks overflowing. Pour the excess into the smaller prepared pan. Bake 30 minutes. Turn the oven down to 325 degrees and continue to cook for another 15 minutes. (I remove the smaller pan after the first 30 minutes.) The cake will still be a bit squidgy inside, so an inserted cake tester or skewer won’t come out completely clean. Place the loaf pan on a rack, and leave to get completely cold before turning it out. (Leave it for a whole day if you can resist.) Don’t worry if it sinks in the middle — it will do so because it’s such a dense and damp cake.

Source: How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson

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Beauty Product Review: White Glo Diamond White Pen and Strips Kit


Author: Sue Davison

Having bright, sparkly teeth is definitely a confidence booster. When I can smile with confidence I smile more often. I don’t know if it makes me look younger or any more attractive, but it makes me feel it and that’s good enough for me.

My teeth are naturally fairly white as I look after them and visit the dentist and hygienist regularly. I am a tea, coffee and red wine drinker though so they do stain a little between polishes. I have tried various home whitening kits in the past but they’ve been a faff and not especially effective. Technology moves on though so I thought I’d give White Glo Diamond White Pen and Strips Kit a go. I’m glad I did.

If you’re after a Simon Cowell dazzle, then an off the shelf home whitening kit probably won’t cut it. I’m more into the ‘girl next door’ natural smile, so White Glo Diamond’s promise of restoring my teeth to their brilliant original white condition sounded promising.


The White Glo Pen doesn’t contain peroxide so I was less nervous about my enamel and gums taking a beating than I have been with other whitening products. I have experienced discomfort with peroxide-based whiteners and I was very pleased to find that I didn’t feel anything with this gel. So far so good but I was still skeptical about performance. White Glo should be painted on to your teeth and left on for 10 – 30 minutes. My biggest concern was that closing my lips over my teeth and salivating would remove the gel. I did the inevitable and held my mouth open in a Wallace and Gromit Style grin whilst sucking saliva away before it reached my teeth – an attractive look. I sustained this for about 5 minutes before my focus lapsed. Surprisingly the treatment seemed to cling onto my pearlies regardless. Half an hour later I rinsed and inspected my gnashers in the mirror. They did look a little whiter, more so than after one application of any other product.


White Glo Whitening Pen

The White Glo treatment is supposed to be applied three times a day for optimum results. I’m afraid I have a life though. I’m not committed to sparking teeth enough to use the treatment that religiously. I’ve been using it once or twice a day most days for the last two weeks and there have been a few days at a time when I haven’t used it at all. It’s been enough though. My slight staining has gone. Smiley Sue just got a bit smiler.

White Glo has won me over with this product. It’s not a regime that I will carry out routinely but I will use it to boost my smile between hygienist appointments. The kit lasts several weeks too so I feel that I’m getting value for money. I haven’t used the strips yet as I’m not convinced that they’ll reach the nooks and crannies but who knows, they may give surprising results too.

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Lessons in Life – Mental Health

Let’s talk about mental health. I know that I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by incredible, amazing, intelligent, successful, talented people. Friends and colleagues, colleagues who are now friends. People I’ve met through events, conferences, friends I’ve made through being a parent, coaching clients, and so on. Don’t get me wrong, I am choosy in those who I keep close and there is a wide circle. Some who have been with me for always, some more recent and still it grows, what we all bring to the table are our different qualities, topics for discussion, insights and life journeys, yet we are all united in our ability to communicate.

Donna Coulling shot at her home in Belsize Park, London. NW3

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What I’ve come to notice in recent times is how much more we are all searching for someone else to speak to. Someone of a more professional nature.
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