Fighting back by Karen Staniland-Platt

When I was younger I suffered a lot from bullying. I was an easy target. I was pretty. I was intelligent. I was funny. I had good friends. Those gifts made me a magnet for bullies. I remember some bullying in primary school, towards the final couple of years but although it made me unhappy it wasn’t unbearable. I still had a little of my invincibility cloak left… the one that really young kids have when they haven’t learnt yet too worry what other people think of them.

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Fear of being seen by Karen Staniland-Platt

I have struggled with a fear of this for so long. It’s not shyness, it’s entirely different to shyness. Put me in a room of people and I can chat and talk and meet people, that’s fine but actually standing up and being seen for who I truly am, my skills, my talents, my truths, now that’s different and has in the past been a HUGE struggle for me.

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Face your fears, then face them again by Karen Staniland-Platt

I've learnt to swim three times in my life. Well four times actually but the first doesn't count because I never actually managed it. Growing up with parents that couldn't swim meant I never went near a swimming pool until I went swimming with primary school, by which point most of my classmates could already swim. So there was just myself, and John Liversidge, stuck in the shallow end with polystyrene boards on our backs attached by a string tied around our waist (I say string but I have a very distinct memory that it was actually a pair of old nylon tights!!!)

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Turning my passion into my full-time career by Karen Staniland-Platt

I’ve always loved photography. I remember having a camera as a child. It was one of those long thin ones, a Kodak I think, that would take a film lasting 26 shots. On our family holidays in Dorset I’d carefully ration the shots out over the week we were there, take it to Boots as soon as we got back, wait the 3 or 4 days for the film to be developed and then excitedly examine every single shot, hoping like mad I’d have at least 1 or 2 good ones.

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Why having children is no different from having a business and 4 tips for surviving both! by Karen Staniland-Platt

I really don’t like the term ‘Mumpreneur’. For me it conjures up images of something like baking cakes and making some pocket money from it. Don’t get me wrong I’ve nothing against bakers, but ‘Mumpreneur’ just makes me think of someone trying to earn money at the school gates as oppose to being a savvy, fully-fledged businesswomen who also happens to be a mum.

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Ballet, and why I still dream of being a Prima Ballerina by Karen Staniland-Platt

When I was 3 years old my mum took a job cleaning at the local ballet school and each day I would go with her to work. The school was reached up a windy driveway, edged each side with woods and once you cleared the trees this grand Victorian mansion stood before you like a castle from a fairytale with sweeping grounds to each side. Everything about this place was magical from the fairy woods full of unicorns and animals that could talk ( I swear they were real), to the house with it's grand bay window overlooking the lawn upon which for some reason I often imagined Alice playing croquet with the Queen of Tarts.

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Creativity & kids by Karen Staniland-Platt

It took me a while to understand the role creativity had to play in my life and now I know the sheer life-changing power it has I'm never letting go. Creativity could unlock a whole new career for you, create an interesting side hustle or simply be a way of escaping from the day to day, but either way I think it's vital in everybody's life...even those of you who say you're not creative (which I will happily challenge!) 

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Self-care & creativity, and why in my experience it's more than just a phase by Karen Staniland-Platt

If I think back four years I’d never even heard the words self-care before. But that was before my diagnosis with depression, pre-medication and, well, pre-me really, and before you get your hopes up and skip to the end I haven’t got any short cuts or perfect solutions when it comes to looking after yourself, but I do have experience and as my parents always told me, that counts for a lot. 

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