Saturday, June 20, 2020

New video! Being a chic success and creating your dream life :)

Hello chic friends!

I recorded a video yesterday!  Since my last video was more than a year ago, I thought it was about time :) 

In this new video I talk about my top three tips to becoming a chic success and creating your dream life.  I love to read about, learn and practice self-development, and, looking back, have had incredible results.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the tiny and incremental changes day-by-day add up, but they really do.

For all of my working life, from age 19 until only a few years ago (I’m 49, so almost thirty years), I worked in full-time employment, and dreamed of the day when I could be in control of my own schedule, and spend more time at home, my favourite place to be.

From writing on my blog, I started writing books, and now self-publish on Amazon in English and Spanish.  Some of my books are also available in Lithuanian, Russian and Vietnamese.  Amazing things can happen when you stop worrying about what everyone else thinks about what you’re doing, and just go for it.

If you have any video topic requests, please let me know in the comments!  Thanks so much for watching.  xx Fiona

(The author I mentioned in this video, Rhonda Byrne is here.  Her audiobooks are amazing, so good, and her voice is hypnotizing!)

How about this beautiful sunrise from my front lawn this week?
PS. My latest books, ‘The Chic Author: Create your dream career and lifestyle, writing and self-publishing non-fiction books’, is available on Kindle and in paperback and '30 Chic Days at Home: Self-care tips for when you have to stay at home, or any other time when time is challenging' is available on Kindle or in paperback too.


  1. so lovely and smiley, Fiona xxxx My main thing For Getting Things Done is to have routines. Simple ones.

    1. Love this, Ratnamurti. Simple routines are so easy to dismiss but they are gold :)

  2. Nice to see you Fiona - you look so happy :)
    Key takeaways that resonated for me:
    Allow yourself to dream, otherwise, how the heck do you know where you are heading - I need to start a dream journal.
    Like you I also say, if you don't spend it, you don't need to earn it. During the last 3 months of lockdown in the UK, thanks to shops and cafes etc being shut, I have only spent £200 to replace a broken laptop, and some vegatable seeds for my allotment. I've realised, apart from money for my bills and to travel abroad, I don't need much else.
    I have gone on long walks during lockdown to new areas and found lots of lovely places locally. Took a flask and lunch.

    My simple housework routine, inspired by flylady:
    First thing every morning - make bed, a load of washing in, wash dishes, and a pick up of items.
    I live in a small flat and do a full clean once a month, and just a weekly dust and hoover and quick wipeover in the bathroom.
    Thank you for a previous music tip - Hotel Costes, which I found on YouTube. lots of cool, groovy, french sounding music to listen to whilst doing "le washing-up" :)
    I have been following your blog for years and so pleased to see how many books you have written.
    A few years ago, I visited Agatha Christies holiday home in Devon, Uk andthey had all her books - hundreds of them. I marvelled at how she had the time to write them all. The guide pointed out, we all have the same amount of time, it is just how we choose to spend it.
    Take care and looking forward to seeing your next video.

    1. Thank you for listing the key takeaways! Very useful :) I found that I was happier with less during lockdown too. We have to take the silver linings where we find them.

      How cool about Agatha Christie's home guide. So true!

  3. I love when you do videos! I love listening you you talk. It was cute hearing your dogs growling, and nice to meet them. I'm not very good at this, but I have a very successful friend whom I try to emulate who thinks ahead to what her goals are for the end of the season or end of the year or whatever, and then writes down steps to how she's going to get there. That's where I fail. I have lots of goals, but they stay goals unless I figure out what daily habits or things I'm going to do to actually achieve them. I think you definitely have to keep your spirits uplifted and be in a good mood to move forward on your goals, like you basically said. I hope you don't wait another year to do your next video. :) I've downloaded your new book and can't wait to read it!

    1. Hi Mary, thank you for inspiring the next blog post! Your friend sounds fab and I bet she has some good tips. Definitely keeping your spirits up is a big one. Things seem effortless then. I hope you enjoy my new book xx


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