Guacamole recipe

Guacamole is something I make on regular basis. Given that Avocado is good for your health, there are also many nutritional benefits as well.

So here’s my recipe for Guacamole

Snacks? And healthy? What??

Every day, I aim to eat food that is nutritious and healthy, this also includes the snacks I eat. Replacing my snacks with healthier options has boosted my energy and aided towards my general health.

It’s important that you know how your body works. For example, knowing when you will get that energy slump throughout the day, is a sign that you need to eat a light snack; that is full of nutrition, to help raise your blood sugar levels before it happens.

For me, it’s 4 pm, I have a light snack around 2.30-3pm.

My Business Magazine Interview

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Oldham Business Edge Magazine

The moment I received a call about giving an interview for the Oldham business Edge magazine, I was over the moon. This was my very first media interaction regarding my business; I was excited and honored for this opportunity.

My business idea came from a personal place. It was inspired by my change of lifestyle and worldly view. My business is me, it’s my mirror image, and I hope everyone is inspired by it.

My interview with Oldham Business Edge magazine is about my business success in terms of, investment as well as NatWest Bank support; and, great collaboration with suppliers and renowned manufacturers as well.

My thoughts on yoga wear

I have forever been searching yoga clothes that are not linked to sweatshops and not made using organic fabrics.

Since I practice yoga a lot, especially Bikram yoga, I need clothes that are easy to wear quality and comfortable.

After carrying out some research, I have come across some brands that meet my ethical values.

The progress

I am now far closer to my goal, of launching an Animal-Friendly handbag range. I am not denying; that It has been a roller coaster journey, with many ups and downs.

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Who said, launching your own business is easy? The long hours; late nights and early mornings working non-stop to make ends meet. Knocking on every door to get your product out there, making connections and building relations with people and businesses.

“Blazing a Trail: Fashion on the edge”

 

Hi guys, I have some fantastic news to share with you all. I am delighted to announce; that I am officially one of the panelists for the up and coming event, held at the Manchester central library, on the 27th April 2016.

This event will focus on how other fashion and industry experts and, I have forged our way through the industry and started a business.

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We will also share our secrets of start-up and success; how we started from an idea to a full-fledged business. I am also excited to share my tips and techniques that have aided me to come this far. With all the panel members successful in their business field, this is a great opportunity for you all to ask questions about business and more. You will also get a chance to network at the event as well. 

A snippet about me

My idea started with a personal health problem that made me question my lifestyle and consumer choices. My business is my life experience, it’s what I believe in and want to do in order to make the world a better place.

Other guest members 

Adnan Bayyat: Avant-garde and couture designer

Nicola Hebson: Curiosity Shop & Dead Good Jewellery

Sarah Johnson: McQueen Independent

The event will be held at the Manchester Central Library, in the performance space, and it is free to attend.

To book your place, please CLICK HERE

Progress and Hiccups

This week has been emotionally and professionally challenging. Starting a business is not as easy as it may look; the challenges you face and the sacrifices you make along the way are far greater than you would anticipate.

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Sometimes you lose ‘friends’ and other times you are struggling to survive, with pressure from clients, partners and investors.

But at the end of it, the reward is far greater than all the sacrifices you made along the way. Even when people do not believe in you, you just need to believe in yourself. Set a goal and work towards it, make it your priority, your mission; and once you achieve it move on to the next goal.

You can also get emotionally drained, by trying it hard to please everyone, but if you focus your energy on yourself; you can make a difference and work even harder on your dream.

Surround yourself with people who want to see you successful and be around like-minded people.

With all the pressure and unwanted negative energy, I find peace and comfort in doing Bikram yoga and meditation. I feel relaxed and more focused towards my goals, and when I need to release the pressure built up in my system; I find kickboxing the only solution.

Kickboxing helps me deal with the pressure, and also helps with keeping me physically fit; whereas Bikram yoga and meditating keeps me sane.

As an entrepreneur, you need to set a balance in your life, where you not only work towards your goals but also give time to your family and friends. I have found that balance, what will you do to bring that balance into your life? And how will you keep going despite all the negative energy around you?

Music, at the library? Really?

This week has been full of music and harmony. I have been spending a lot of time at the Manchester Central Library, especially the Music library on the 1st floor.

While working from the Library on my handbag business, I have been able to enjoy the sound of music instruments played by artist and students, who on a daily basis spend hours playing some amazing instruments.

The atmosphere and energy in the space is electrifying warm and tranquil, leaving you feeling calm and great. While the variation of music being played, soothes my ears, it at the same time gives me the positive energy to keep going.

The music Library on the first floor is a hidden Gem that is not known to all, and those that do know it, make the most of the space.

Just like myself, I spend my mornings swayed by the sound of music and positivity. The library is open to all; you can work from there or even spend your afternoon playing the piano, or even bring your own guitar along and entertain us all.

The Library has some fantastic music books and best of all the instruments are free to use as well. So why not come along and spread some positive energy and enjoy yourself.

I could talk all day about the Music room, the sounds and the people I meet. But I will stop here, try it yourself and have a great time.

Ethical Consumerism Survey

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Please feel free to complete this survey on Ethical consumerism, & help me understand your consumer choices.

Please follow the link bellow

http://ow.ly/ZJp0K

Manchester Central Library: A modern classic

Situated in the heart of Manchester, Manchester Central Library is close to all major institutions and businesses: From universities to museums and a shopping centre. Following a 50 million renovation, the building has transformed into a wonderful contemporary space.

Not only the learning experience is incredible, the building itself is worth viewing. With a glass dome in the center of the building overlooking the reading room, really helps strike the balance between modern and old Victorian architecture.

The fantastic and improved facilities at the Library, really add to the learning experience. Such as the interactive history section, to quiet study areas – like the reading room. The Library has truly transformed into an ideal place to spend your day in.

One of the most visited and popular areas in the library is the media lounge. The creative atmosphere and vibe in the media lounge really add character to space. With quirky furniture and quiet corners dotted around the room, you can find your very own perfect spot to study or read your favorite book.

You won’t be disappointed; the media lounge has something for everyone. From the latest digital technology including, iMacs and PCs to gaming consoles such as Xbox. And those of you who want some privacy while working, there are quiet and private areas where you can sit back and relax.

All iMacs have creative software such as Adobe suite installed on them. The software is incredibly popular and great for design purposes. So, if you’re a designer or someone who wants to learn and experiment with Photoshop or illustrator, why not give it a try at the media lounge? It’s free and fun to use.

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