Monthly Round-Up Of Inspiration and Confidence Building Hacks – December 17

Welcome To Our Monthly Round-Up Of News And Inspiration From Woman Ready.

How many of you were looking forward to some down-time?  I was so excited about  Christmas but secretly pleased that we didn’t have to get up at 7am every day – yay!

It’s the start of a new year.  It’s important to take some time to think about what you’ve achieved in 2017,  no matter how small.  Create your ‘Done’ list rather than just focusing on a new To-Do list.

Hope you had a fabulous holiday and as always, thank you for all your support and encouragement during last year – we couldn’t have done it without you.

Here are the highlights from December to help you feel more confident & inspired!

Enjoy, Lou | @WomanReadyBlog | @womanreadyblog

December round-upAwesome Interviews

Talk about inspiring.  If you’re looking for an inspirational woman who is blazing her trail and has an amazing set of achievements under her belt, look no further!   Interview with Anne-Marie Imafidon, co-founder of Stemettes.

From the tills at Tesco to the Board of Asda.  Interview with Hayley Tatum, Senior Vice President – People, Asda.  Hayley is currently the only female board member at Asda.  She talks work life balance, her breast cancer journey and the biggest challenge she faced at work.

So excited too that we have an amazing interview with Libby Jackson coming up.  Libby is a British physicist and engineer who worked with Tim Peake on his 6-month mission to the International Space Station.

Confidence Hacks

Did you know that only 40% of women try to negotiate a salary when offered a job?  Here are our tips on how to negotiate and actually get what you want.

‘By the time you’re 50, you have half a million hours of life and work experience – it’s your most valuable asset.’  Why age diversity is the future and how to stay ahead of the game.


I had a mentoring session with a lady, in Dec, who asked me to think about what I’d achieved in 2017.  I was so busy focusing on what hadn’t gone to plan and my goals for 2018 that I had forgotten to celebrate my 2017 wins.  We’re encouraging you to do the same.

2017 was a tough year for many of my friends.  Read some pearls of wisdom from 2017 on navigating tough times.

On Instagram, we talked about our constant need to apologise.  Why does ‘I’m sorry’ roll so easily off our tongues?  Time to stop apologising and let’s mean what we say!

2018 – Year of Collaboration!

2018 is going to be all about collaboration.  We’re looking to collaborate with brands, bloggers, writers and women who want to share their experiences.  If that’s you, give us shout!  Email me at

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Lou - Woman Ready


I'm Lou, founder of Woman Ready. I started this blog as I realised lack of confidence had affected so many areas of my life over the years. I want to feel bolder, more inspired, more empowered, more self-assured - and I want other women to feel the same.

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