#NicolaLovesLife Valentine’s Competition Time

My blog is called Marketing With Love; and although I celebrate the power of love everyday of the week, it would be remiss of me not to run a competition for Valentine’s Day.

arapinaIn partnership with Arapina I am offering one lucky winner the opportunity to receive a wonderful box of Arapina chocolates.

About Arapina Bakery

Arapina is a Healthy Lifestyle Bakery, with roots in reinvented Mediterranean recipes, offering delicious and guilt free products for a sophisticated clientele. We’ve mixed things up to create a range of delicious desserts that not only taste great but support today’s healthy lifestyles and dietary intolerances. We make decadent cakes and desserts from the best natural ingredients so you can enjoy scrumptious guilt free treats.

Terms and conditions:  You will need to collect your prize from Arapina:  8 Little Thames Walk, SE8 3FB, London, UK or you can pay for shipping

 

To enter it is simple:    Follow Arapina Bakery on any of their social media platforms and enter with your name and email address below.

Closing date:
Midnight 10th Feb 2017 GMT (Open to uk residents only)

 

 

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#NicolaLovesLife Competition Winners

This page is dedicated to the winners of our competitions

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Christmas Winner 2016

If as a business you are starting at ground zero, how do you build your audience?

When I started my business I started with great dreams and aspirations for building an amazing client base, of people who wanted to build the next big brands.  However, as a business woman with no experience of running a company, you have to figure out the pieces as you go along.

This post is specifically for the women and men, who cannot see the woods, from the trees as they grow their business.

Keep trying.  Keep persisting.  Keep  Keeping on!

However, I want to share a few tips to help you through those long nights and sometimes even longer days.

  1. Stay focused and believe.  I have read stories about women who have lifted burning cars to save their children.  That should be you.  Focus your energy, stay focused and keep moving forward with purpose.  Because that business you are building can become the saving gift for future generations.
  2. Connect with your audience.  Study and understand the people you are communicating with.  Connect with them and let them know why you are happy to serve them.
  3. Take risks.  Success does not come easy.  Be ready to fail.  However, be ready to shine as bright as the stars.  Someone said to me the other day, “there is no guarantee that working with Influencers would work” (we were talking about Vlogging).  My response was, “you are correct.  But you definitely guarantee that it won’t work if you don’t try.

I seriously dislike fear, especially when other people use it as an excuse for why they are stuck.

I ask you to; Keep trying.  Keep persisting.  Keep  Keeping on!

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I have this vision.  It is a something that I am looking forward to doing.

I am looking for an Influencer that wants someone to believe in them and the work they do.

I am looking to sharing the surprises.

My name is Nicola and this is my blog.

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I am extremely happy that Trump’s policy has ‘woken’ people up to the reality of humanity

So the cat is out of the bag.  Donald Trump meant what he said when he stated he would ban and limit Muslims entering the USA.

Over the weekend of 28th January 2017, Muslim travellers returning home or travelling to the USA, were detained at JFK airport.  Now as an independent world citizen, who has not researched this story fully, I cannot verify the facts of the detentions.

However, what I do want to discuss in this post, is the response to the news of these detentions.

Protesters assemble at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 after two Iraqi refugees were detained while trying to enter the country. On Friday, Jan. 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending all immigration from countries with terrorism concerns for 90 days. Countries included in the ban are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, which are all Muslim-majority nations. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Protesters assemble at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 after two Iraqi refugees were detained while trying to enter the country. On Friday, Jan. 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending all immigration from countries with terrorism concerns for 90 days. Countries included in the ban are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, which are all Muslim-majority nations. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

United We Stand

Social media and the news has been overwhelmed with; pictures, live-streams, and tweets about the numbers of people who have come together to protest against the new policy imposed on many Muslim people at JFK airport.

People of all races, denominations, genders and persuasions, are gathered at JFK airport in solidarity for these individuals who have been detained and against the ban imposed on a number of Muslim nations.

Now, besides the millions of people whose voices are never heard, because of the indiscriminate actions being taken by Trump, there are people of power who are also being impacted by this policy.

Conservative, British MP Nadhim Zahawi, born in Bagdad, Iraq but is a British National (so has dual nationality), has been restricted access to USA due to his origins, despite having a valid 10 years visa to travel to the States.  However, what I found interesting was Nadhim’s perspective.

During an interview on the Andrew Marr show, Andrew Marr asked him

“How does it make you feel that Donald Trump does not want you in America now?”

Nadhim’s response was telling.  The realisation that his privilege and money did not mean anything in the face of hatred and stereotyping. He responded;

 Huh, gosh I don’t think I have felt discriminated against probably since little school, where kids are very cruel … as a young boy coming from Iraq or Kurdish origin. For the first time in my life last night I felt discriminated against, it’s demeaning, it’s sad…..

he continues about hs son having a life-threatening illness in the recent past whilst studying at Princeton College in the USA and the impact of that if it had happened today.

Does Nadhim Zahawi deserve this?

What strikes me about this particular case is that Nadhim’s one-day situation is the reality of so many people, every single day.  However, it is only when it impacts the privileged few, that in their opinion we must all come together.  I am extremely happy that Trump’s policy has ‘woken’ people up to the reality of humanity.  His policies are discriminatory, in-discriminatorily.  Trump is equal opportunities of hate, and as a consequence, I believe that his policies are working to bring people together.

“Nadhim, I literally feel your pain.”  As a black woman and a mother of sons, your connection to this situation has brought to bear on your shoulders the reality of so many people on a daily basis, whether you have acknowledged it or not.  I only hope that when your situation is resolved (and it will be), that you remember the unfairness of the hatred shown by Trump and that you and all other people in power who are impacted, will continue to fight for the fair treatment and equal opportunities of all humanity.

It is not Trump’s fault that his policies are negative towards humanity.  No.  He is a businessman and he saw a ‘GAP IN THE MARKET‘ and exploited it.  Simple.  We have to stop being consumers of his. It is only then will his light diminish.  He is interested in the money he can make, his bottom line and power.  We must stop being consumers of Trumps. Stop fighting each other, start building our communities to help and support each other.

I for one, do not have to see what Trump does next to know that we have to stand together to build our communities.

Bye for now.  

My name is Nicola and this is my blog!

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A wave of success in 2017

Don’t you feel it?  
Do you feel the optimism in the air?

Don’t you feel that 2017 has an air of optimism and excitement about it?  Many people bemoaned that 2016 was a universal year of tragedy, sadness, and unrest.  However, for many it was a year of transition; a year to regroup, assess and build.

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Already, day 2 of 2017 and I have seen people blossoming, businesses being born and more businesses emerging from being small to medium sized businesses.  Are these the results of New Year’s resolutions?  Maybe. However, I willing to place a wager that this is not so.

When I look at social media, read the business press/blogs and look at vlogs, I am enthused by the growth taking place nationally.

What is driving this success?

When you look at the deep essence of any business success or any movement, people are at the core of it all.  In 2017 we are witnessing people coming together and really elevating others in agreat ways.  People are building communities and focused on building together.

Steve Harvey’s Jump for Success is an example where over 10,000 strong – people are tangibly supporting other businesses internationally – literally reaching people who help you drive sales.  AMAZING!

For years Oprah has been the Queen of empowering people.  But, if you have not heard – Whole Foods’ – John Mackey  is also leading the charge of capitalism and ethics in the workplace.  He is providing us with examples of what has worked and failed, in his pursuit of conscious business growth.

I am highly optimistic about  2017 and what it hold for all of us.  I believe in our individual and collective power to create change and I am so excited!

  • So what are your hopes for 2017?
  • Do you feel as optimistic as I do?  
  • Do you believe that you have the power and do not have to subscribe to the ‘reality’ of the negativity?
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I would love to hear from you?

It is lonely at the top!

Oh yes – join me on 7th Feb, I am doing my first event Marketing With Love – Networking event

 

First they came ….

As you celebrate this Christmas holiday, I reflect on conversations I have had over the past few days about international politics.  Brexit, Trump, Syria and even Cuba.

At this time of change, people are feeling uncomfortable. For many, this feels like uncertain times; the personal changes that will occur in their lives, the anticipation of pain in their lives, the frustration at the lack of control.

However, I believe that this time in history is your opportunity for greatness.  It does not have to be celebrity/fame greatness (unless that is what you want), it is a greatness of self-awareness.  I have a strong belief in a person’s personal power and I believe that this moment – this time in history, is a perfect excuse and reason to propel yourself into a life that builds and does not destroy you.

Of course, I know that to be in the position to make a difference, it takes bravery and courage, because, in demanding change, you are confronting the status quo of inertia; a willingness to accept the current situation and having a feeling hopelessness.  However, for me that is not acceptable, you can and must do your best.

Do you remember or know the poem First they came … 

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Many people complain that the demise of our society is in a large part down to the ‘ruling classes‘.  I disagree.  The demise of our society in a large part is down to our own sliding scale of acceptance.  Our personal inability to recognise our inner power and the grace we have to create change,  So as you live each day and believe that you deserve better, figure out what better looks like for you and start the process of achieving it.

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My personal final thoughts
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If you want to see a difference in your life, please stop and consciously think about what you really want to see in your world and life and then go about the process of making it happen.

Do you really think it is easier said than done?  REALLY? 

Well try not living your life and see how that feels?

Do not allow your power to die with you.  Take action and take control of the possibilities of what you can create today!

My name is Nicola and this is my blog!

How can we elevate humanity through business?

The other day  I was having a conversation with a friend about Brexit and how powerless many people feel about creating a positive economy and society.oprah-quote

In the past, I would really get involved in that kind of conversation and the seemingly desperate, futile nature of the situation.

However, more recently as I am growing my business, where I am encountering emotions I never anticipated, I have become more aware of the power I hold within me to create the change I want to see; in myself and within society.  That is not a cliche, this is an action and manifesto for my life.

For those of you who have never read any of my previous posts, I need to explain that I love business.

I know that today’s business has the potential to achieve many great things in the world, but what is it and how can we create humanity through business?

I believe that the power of business carries greater weight than just consumerism and corporate greed. Business can be a tool of empowerment, creativity, and economical expression.  The great thing is the power is not only accessible to the people who create businesses but to all aspects of the business structure, from employees to suppliers. Everyone has the power to engender the attributes of a positive and powerful business culture.

It starts with just that, attitude.  I and we all personally know that the greatest changes start with a choice, a choice with a compass dial facing in the direction of our own personal wellbeing.  However, the irony is that many people subscribe to the notion that to achieve personal growth, it has to be at the expense or comes down to the marginalisation of another, which is not the case.

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Great businesses can be and are built successfully, through smart, intelligent and profitable actions, without the demoralisation of others.  Look at Oprah as a classic example.  Perfect she is unlikely to be, but it is undeniable that as one of the wealthiest people in the world, she has built a business on a foundation of teaching and helping others to find their true calling.

Can you imagine, what the world would be like if we decided to fundamentally help elevate each other, simaltaniously valuing people in the process and respecting their skills?

I started this post mentioning the fact that a friend of mine, felt powerless to create change.  I beg to differ, we are not powerless, in fact, we are powerful.  We individually have the power to take our thoughts and create change through our actions for a better society.

I know that the unifying message of what constitutes a better society is not universally agreed upon, in the same way, hate seems to be unified.  That said Love (being the opposite of hate) is a great place to start.  Respect, Dignity, Patience are also part of the process.

I encourage you to really discover what will make you happy and start from there.

My final personal thought
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One of the many things I have witnessed are people sharing powerful and thought-provoking messages on social media.  However, the true test is not only in the sharing of the content, but the action you put behind it to reinforce your well-intentioned ‘like’.

Hi, I am Nicola and this is my blog!

 

Competition Time! #NicolaLovesLife

Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, Feliz Navidad, Mele Kalikimaka and all that wonderful stuff!
I invite you to enter my
#NicolaLovesLife ChristmasGiveaway

 

As Christmas day approaches, I reflect on the wonderful year and great businesses I have had the privilege to meet, represent and encountered. I know that Christmas is not always, peace, happiness, and light for all.  So in the spirit of sharing the joy I have received throughout the year,  I have pulled together a few of the amazing emerging brands I have encountered and am running a bumper Christmas Giveaway.  Worth over £230 with some of the most amazing premium and growing independent businesses.

  • The competition runs from 11th December – 17th December 2016, midnight GMT
  • One prize, one winner
  • NB:  This competition is open to UK Residents only.
  • No cash substitution

THE COMPETITION IS CLOSED.  TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FUTURE CONTESTS, PLEASE FOLLOW AND SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG.

ARAPINA – GUILT FREE HAMPER

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The contents of the Arapina Guilt Free hamper includes:

  • 3 handmade & award winning Greek preserves
  • 2 varieties of free from or low in pasta from brands whom we share the same ethos and pathos with
  • 300g of organic whole coffee beans
  • 250g of our finest dried fruit and nuts
  • 300g in total of our decadent chocolates
  • A cute box of Organic Pink Himalayan Salt Rocks (Great for pinching into the fruit and nut mix!)
  • One re-usable jar of our crowd favourite pistachio protein ball mix (makes 2 and have fun making it by just adding coconut oil!)
  • One 750 ml bottle of Spartico sulphite free organic red wine

All encased  in a white metal cutout box totally re-usable and easy to lock!

 

Butterfly and the Bee

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A selection of manmade preserves.  Flavours include:

  • Rasberry, Apricot & Citrus Zest
  • Sweet Orange, Honey, and Vanilla
  • Pear & Vanilla seed

 

Etieno 

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Puriskin 

 

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Puriskin Gift Set includes:

 

Toulou Organics Skincare

 

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The Toulou Organics Skincare gift pack will include:

 

To enter the competition, complete the form below:
  • The competition runs from 11th December – 17th December 2016, midnight GMT
  • One prize, one winner
  • NB:  This competition is open to UK Residents only.
  • No cash substitution

THE COMPETITION IS CLOSED.  TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FUTURE CONTESTS, PLEASE FOLLOW AND SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG.

#NicolaLovesLife Competition

It is Christmas time and despite the fact that it is essentially a Christian holiday, celebrating the birth of Christ, it does not stop people from focusing on presents and food ….. etc.  This season can be a-lot  of pressure for individuals across the world.

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I love Christmas.  For me, it is a time for family, love, reflection  and self-analysis.  That said, I cannot deny that this is not the same experience for everyone.  Some people do not have a family, others have lost someone at this time and so it is a sad reminder of their loss.  For others, they may have been made redundant or lost their jobs, and cannot afford to purchase some of the things they would like to.  Whatever the situation, this is not all laughter and joy.

thinkingSo this got me thinking, what can I do?

To myself: “Well, what if I went around to some of my clients and asked them to contribute to a massive Hamper giveaway?

How does that sound?

Well, I am super excited to share with you the prize.  It is amazing!  Worth over £200 which one lucky winner will takeaway.

I will be sharing the competition details with you on my Sunday post, which I hope you will find as pleasing as I do!

Can I be honest with you?

The reason I do this is because I know what it feels like when you believe that you have the trouble of the world is on your shoulders and no-one is there to help you.

I know what it is like when you feel alone and it is taking every ounce of strength to be positive and know that you will get through.

I know what it is like to just wish and pray that GOD, the Universe (whoever and whatever you believe in) would just give you a helping hand.

So I hope the competition puts a smile on someone’s face and helps them to realise that we live in a society where some people just care because we just care. Simple!

Anyway, enough of that.  Bookmark this blog to discover when the competition is launched.

NB:  This is a UK only competition because the postage internationally is no joke!  Next year, I will look at an International comp!

My personal final thoughts
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I just want to take this opportunity to thank our clients who work with us at FP Comms.  Without you, I could not do this.

My name is Nicola and this is my blog!

To follow any activity on social #Nicolaloveslife

 

 

 

My Small Business Saturday Blogging Competition Winner Part 2

 

How to maximise on Small Business Saturday in 2017

Hopefully, you have read my previous posts pertaining to my Small Business Saturday Competition.

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In part 2, I want to share with you some of the tips you can employ, to help you maximise on Small Business Saturday 2017.

  • Build your database. Throughout the year you would have received calls, enquires and definitely sales.  Remember to capture and store safely and appropriately basic details of these interactions.  Collate first and last name, along with email address and maybe mobile numbers.  You can use tools like Mailchimp or Constant Contact to help you manage this process.  On the next Small Business Saturday you can reward those customers for their loyalty, with a special offer or discount.
  • Share your story with your local press. Connect with the local media and let them know about any special activities you have going on for local residents.
  • Do your research. See what your local council or MP is doing to encourage customers to your area.  I personally travelled from Essex to Streatham, because of something I saw on Facebook from  their local MP.
  • Share your story with your sector press. Within your sector there are always publications which are read by fans and enthusiasts of your sector. Share your story and offers with them.
  • Show off that you are part of the campaign. Small Business Saturday UK is about energising local economies.  If you have a High Street presence, put up posters so that people can identify you as part of the campaign.  On that day, many people are deliberately seeking small businesses to support.
  • Collaborate.  With other small businesses.  Host an event or sponsor something to help a specific sector within your community.  This demonstrates the power of successful small businesses within your community.
  • Work with Bloggers.  Do not underestimate the power of working with bloggers to help you spread the word and increase brand awareness.
  • Make it obvious. Plan your 2017 Small Business Saturday activities.  It is a day to celebrate, so make it obvious, and make your store extra welcoming and engaging.
  • Don’t be afraid to run out of stock. This is an opportunity to take additional orders, capture details and deliver later

There are also national press coverage and campaigns for you to be part of.  Visit Small Business Saturday website for details and additional tips.

 

MY PERSONAL FINAL THOUGHTS

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I hope you enjoyed this two part post of my Small Business Saturday Challenge and Competition.

These tips were generated through my own personal experience on Saturday 3rd December 2016.

I have been spurred on to make this an annual campaign and I already have friends, who want to participate with me. If you want to nominate a business, follow me on any of my socials or here to find out when the details for entry are released.  Hi, my name is Nicola and this is my blog.  Enjoy!