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Boost Yourself – Ginny Marsh interviews Beckie Sanderson

Boost Yourself: Ginny Marsh interviews Beckie Sanderson about the inspiration behind the Boost Yourself Journal, for businesswomen to write colour and doodle away stress.

Ginny Marsh Interviews Beckie Sanderson
Ginny Marsh Interviews Beckie Sanderson

See the interview in Ginny’s Facebook Group where we talk about the inspiration behind the Boost Yourself Journal and how it can help you to boost yourself, your vision, and values.

Who is the Boost Yourself Journal for? 

A: This journal is for ambitious businesswomen who feel stressed and overwhelmed, who struggle to juggle their business and personal life with their own self-care and wellbeing while developing their business and their brand.

They need the Boost Yourself journal to focus on their personal and business development, to put into action some of the things they’ve already learned about mindset, manifesting, and goal setting. Or to simply get things off their chest when they are stressed out. 

Ginny says ”This journal is perfect not only for brainstorming business stuff, but just getting to know yourself better!” 

What benefits does the Boost Yourself Journal provide? 

It provides so many benefits and it’s packed with tips, resources, and inspiration. It also provides a safe place to practice journaling, mindfulness, gratitude, reflection, and manifestation. You can use it to get things off your chest, record your achievements and keep yourself on track. 

Use it to set goals, plan out your business projects, manifest your dreams, mind map your ideas, doodle, sketch and colour away your stress with the creative illustrations. The mission & purpose and the ideal client exercises will help to ‘Boost Yourself’ and your business!

Ginny “Amazing so it’s, a really good mix of journaling and colouring.” 

Why did you create the Boost Yourself Journal?

The idea for the journal came about when talking with my client Faye Cox, who is a mindset and confidence coach. 

Faye asked me “What happened with that colouring book that you’re meant to be creating? Me: “Oh Yeah, it didn’t happen.” 

I listed various reasons, you know because this and that, I haven’t had the time and I just haven’t got around to it. They were all BS excuses. I realised that once again my imposter syndrome was getting in the way of my creativity. 

Faye said “Well, what’s stopping you? You need to create this book then! 

Me: “Okay. then, I will!” 

I decided “OK I’m gonna do this, colouring book!” because I love pattern illustration design and as a publishing specialist I really should have my own book! But actually, I fairly quickly realised that I literally didn’t have the time to put into creating a coloring book. I had some illustrations and stuff that I could repurpose. So I thought I know I’ll create a journal instead, as that will be much easier. (haha!).

You and your desk needs a copy of the Boost Yourself Journal!
You and your desk needs a copy of the Boost Yourself Journal!


What’s in the Boost Yourself Journal? 

The Journal includes:

  • lined and blank pages, starting with the “Today I…” prompt
  • Illustrations for colouring
  • Little Lady mood tracker
  • Boost Yourself tips from other businesswomen
  • The mission and purpose, and ideal client exercises, which include the questions who, why, what, where, and how. These exercises are all about developing ourselves, our businesses, and our brand.
  • At the back of the journal is a four-page business directory

Ginny Says: “This Journal gives so many different options of getting to know yourself, getting to know your business better, knowing what you’re supposed to be doing with your marketing and stuff. It’s also helping you to de-stress and get more creative! There’s so much in this and then you get a list of suppliers that you can collaborate with as well. It’s brilliant.” 

How does the Boost Yourself Journal help businesswomen to develop their business and brand? 

In business, self-care is so important, it is especially important for those who are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. The journal provides a safe place to explore, reflect and destress. The mission and purpose and ideal client exercises, resources, and tips all provide an endless source of personal and business development.

Doing that core work on your mission and purpose and having that understanding really helps you to translate that information into your brand identity and brand values, even down to your logo, what colours you should be using things like that. It transcends all of those elements and that is why I had to include it in the journal. 

Ginny said “I think that’s the absolute key. Not knowing yourself properly is the thing that holds so many people back and feeling like they should be doing stuff when they don’t know their own values and really what they want and when you do that core work on yourself, then you become more in tune with actually what you want to be doing.“


Who contributed to the Journal? 

Nikki Sawyer wrote the foreword for the journal. Nikki, who I’ve dubbed the Queen of Journaling, is a coach supporting mum’s with anxiety, she encourages women to practice journaling. I’ve found her really inspirational, she’s just wonderful! In the foreword, Nikki share’s her journaling tips and explains the benefits of journaling for self-care and personal development. Nikki also suggested that I include a permission slip in the book, which I did.  

The Boost Yourself Journal is packed with ‘Boost Yourself’ tips, from a diverse mix of international businesswomen who share their expertise on branding, business development, marketing, mindset, confidence, fashion & style, health & wellbeing, healthy eating, meditation, and breathing exercises and much more. So there is something for everybody, that’s what makes it feel really special. 

What are your favourite Boost Yourself Tips from the Journal? 

Gosh, that’s a tough one! They are all so good I couldn’t possibly choose. But I do like Nikki Sawyers Boost Yourself Tip: 

“I highly recommend defogging in a messy head with a beautiful journal. There are many ways to journal, you can journal positivity and shift mindset, you can journal to get things out on paper. Once you actually see it, it jumps into your conscious mind and you can work on moving forward and clearing the blocks. Journaling is also a huge element of self-care time.  Self-care time is key to moving forward and positivity.” 

You shared some brilliant ones too Ginny for Gorgeous You Coaching & Gorgeous You Photography:

“Write down 20 Things you like about yourself, your appearance. Your abilities, your personality, and your character. See if you can increase it to 50 or 100 positive things over time.” 

Boost Yourself Journal – Boost Yourself Tip
by Ginny Marsh at Gorgeous You Coaching

“Try different poses in selfie mode with the self-timer on your phone and see what flattering shapes are for your unique body shape. Confidence comes from getting good at something with practice.” 

Boost Yourself Journal – Boost Yourself Tip
by Ginny Marsh at Gorgeous You Photography

One of my own tips from Miss Digital Media is:  

“Getting yourself out there is so important to build your reputation, raise your brand awareness and boost your visibility. Creating connections with potential customers and clients is an essential part of running your business. Whether it be online or offline networking and growing your tribe is so important. It’s not all about sales either. As meeting like-minded, passionate entrepreneurs, inspiring it is so inspiring.” 

Order your copy on Amazon today!

If you are looking for a lovely journal that also provides space for colouring and doodling, whilst offering business tips have a look at the Boost Yourself Journal. Would you or a businesswoman you know, benefit from having a copy? Treat yourself, a business buddy, or loved ones to a copy of The Boost Yourself Journal this Christmas, it would make a lovely and thoughtful Christmas gift and be a great tool to help kickstart 2022. 
Buy your copy of the Boost Yourself Journal.

Do you dream of publishing your own Book? Check out how Miss Digital Media has helps other clients to design and publish their books, Workbooks, and Journals. Or if you would like to have a chat with Beckie book a free consultation.

Brands Books and Bios

Brands, Books, and Bios. Miss Digital Media interviews The Simple Mum, Blogger, and Award-winning Author Cheryl Lee-White, who shares her experience and tips on creating, publishing, and promoting Brands, Books and Bios.

Cheryl Lee-White is a mother to 3 girls and lives with them and her partner in Somerset, UK. She is an award-winning children’s author and writes a blog for parents called The Simple Mum. She uses her passion for writing and photography to create a business utilising these. 

When and why did you start your business? 
I started my blog up in 2016 which at first was just a hobby. I had a passion for writing and a blog seemed like the best outlet to share my passion. I have 3 daughters and we love to be active and enjoy the great outdoors so I thought I could write a blog about parenting sharing our experience. I named my blog The Simple Mum as my focus is on keeping parenting simple. Blogging was a stepping stone for me to branch out into other areas.

What products and services does The Simple Mum offer? 
Firstly I have my website that offers readers a wealth of free information on all things parenting. I run my blog like a magazine adding posts on different categories every month to ensure there is a wide diversity of content. 

I have written and published 2 children’s rhyming books, ‘Pete The Cheeky Parakeet‘ and the award-winning ‘The Book of Silly Rhymes‘. I offer local author visits where I will go into schools and discuss how to become a writer and read my story to the children.  

I offer freelance writing services where I write content for other businesses and I also sell my photography on stock websites and occasionally sell prints via my social media pages.

What inspires you to write and how do you develop your ideas?
A love for writing is what drives me to keep constantly creating and trying new types of writing. My inspiration definitely comes from my children. Being a mother helps me to create posts for my blog that can help other parents. My children are also what inspired me to start writing children’s books. 

How did you find the process of writing, designing, and publishing your first book? 
Finishing writing a story is just the beginning of the journey and the easy part the publishing is the hard part. Finding a publisher in the first place isn’t easy. You can’t submit stories directly to traditional publishers so you have to use literary agents that can take anything up to 4 months to get back to you. I was lucky that I stumbled across an interview with a new children’s book publisher called Blue Falcon Publishing who was accepting direct submissions. They are in between traditional and self-publishing as I do pay a small fee for their services but they handle all the publishing, editing, blurb write up, cover design, and help with marketing. 

Would you ever self publish a book? 
Yes, I would consider using self-publishing services I did almost use Amazon publishing before I found my publisher. I am however a perfectionist and don’t have the skills to create a good looking book so even if I self-published I would always outsource a professional to edit and design the book for me and of course an illustrator.

What platforms, tools, processes, and techniques do you use to promote your blog and sell your books, products, and services? 
My favourite platform for promoting is Facebook. This generates me the most leads for my blog and books and is also the platform I am most familiar with. Instagram is another favourite platform of mine and is where I sometimes make sales on my photography as it is a very image-based platform. 

Twitter although I don’t get much traffic or interaction from there it is a great place to find opportunities and connect with other bloggers. 

What tips can you share about how you built your personal brand and Bio? 
Be authentic and create a brand that resonates with you. My brand for The Simple Mum is very personal to me even down to my logo which consists of my family and the beach 2 of my favourite things. 

What tips could you share with other aspiring writers, authors, and business mums about blogging and building an audience?
My biggest tip to share with other aspiring writers is to never give up, keep constantly writing, and challenging yourself. The best way to build an audience is to write and share as much of your work as you can. Starting up your own blog is one way to share your work and gradually grow an audience. Also, guest blogging for other websites will help build an audience and get you noticed. I recently wrote a poem for Captain Tom Moore that I shared on my social media, from that it was then shared on a website for lockdown poetry and from there I was contacted to ask if I wanted to be a judge for a poetry competition. Keep writing and sharing as you never know where it will lead you. 

What projects do you have planned for the future? 
During Lockdown I have written a new children’s rhyming story so I am going through the process of getting it published and hopefully it should be ready later this year. I am also looking into setting up a family photography service to add more to the photography side of my business.

You can find The Simple Mum on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thesimplemum/ and check out her blog at http://www.thesimplemum.com/

Miss Digital Media would like to thank Cheryl for sharing her tips and advice on writing, blogging, personal branding, publishing, and promotion.
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