I absolutely LOVE Christmas; I always have and always will. In fact I enjoy it so much that it is no trouble at all having everyone to my house and I have been lucky enough to be the host for the last three years.
The good news was announced a couple of weeks ago, - the UK is coming out of recession! I think that this is also a good time to take stock and work out what we want now that the feeling of fear, contraction and stuck-ness has begun to lift.
Sandberg claimed that the type of insecurity she feels as a high-powered executive is not only reinforced in the workplace but also instilled at a young age, making the point that accusations of being 'aggressive' in the workplace have evolved from the childhood equivalent, 'bossy'.
Small Business Saturday UK (7th December 2013), born in the USA as a way to get more consumers to shop within their own communities, has now migrated to this side of The Pond, and with very good reason.
A lot of women are perfectionists, and in some situations, it's a real plus. Perfectionists aim high and strive to give of their best. More often than not, they get whatever they are doing right. But at what cost?
Having it all is possible, desirable and perfectly OK. If anyone tells you that you can't have it all - run a mile from them. You can have exactly what you want on your own terms without hurting or offending anyone or anything else you fear will happen when you get to have it all.
Quota implementation in Latin America has not gone unchallenged. Detractors frequently argue that quotas interfere with meritocratic recruitment, alleging that "quota women" are the female relatives of male politicians, thereby perpetuating - rather than destabilising - elite control. Similarly, quota women are criticised for being dependent on party leaders, lacking autonomous voices, and failing to promote feminist policies.
If you have all this choice, why is it sometimes you reach a point where life seems so incredibly cluttered and pressured? Probably it is because you have lost sight of what you're saying yes to and what you are or are not saying no to. And you have equally lost sight of why you are saying yes or no.
If you haven't heard of TED Talks by now, where have you been? Seriously, they are fantastic! With conferences taking place all over the globe, TED, who are a non-profit organisation, are dedicated to an 'Ideas Worth Spreading' ethos.
The Middle East is a key region of interest because although increasing numbers of women are receiving a good standard of education, the region still lags behind on the core issue of economic equality. On a global scale, the latest figures from the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report show that although the gender gap in education is 93% closed, the gap in economic equality has closed by only 60%.
Three cheers for Germany, where politicians have thrashed out a deal that will see companies forced to have at least 30 per cent of their boardrooms made up of women. The two parties expected to form the next government have not only agreed the quota, but also put a timeline on it arrival: Two years. Good. We should be embarrassed.
I need a drink but in this country where everyone is happily killing themselves with sugar, fat and salt I'm having a real problem buying a nasty glass of wine, let alone a spicy cocktail. Can you believe it?
This last week has been crunch time. All the months of talks and negotiations have come to an abrupt end. Despite the event still being nearly a month away, the actual winners' issue of our Ultimate Women Awards goes to press.
Teija Eilola takes the business of fashion, like many of her peers, very seriously. And why shouldn't she - she boasts a background studying at the Royal College of Art. She also appeared on Fashion Fringe, as a finalist, in 2012. After, she spent summer being mentored by Burberry's Christopher Bailey.
If we want the third sector to maintain its well-respected image and continue to thrive, surely calling for charities to spend their money on training to improve the work of its senior decision-makers should be top of our agenda before we offer out salaries.
I also am extremely thrilled to have been part of the panel judging Professional of the Year. Sarah Pierce was such a worthy winner. She is making such an impact on so many lives both within her career but also personally, with talent, energy, grace passion and a smile!