Dear wanderer,

Perhaps you grew up dreaming of receiving your Hogwarts letter, or stumbling upon Narnia. Perhaps you long to visit Pemberley, to Defy Gravity, or to go to the ball. I will write you that letter, and build you that wardrobe. [A metaphorical wardrobe, that is.] Here you will find step-by-step lesson plans with takeaway homework assignments that show you how to embody fictional heroines in the everyday. This means chasing your dreams and making the impossible happen with your own inner magic.

For the full experience, you can Own Your Story, or request letters from Jane Austen.

You have the potential. Heroine Training provides the tools.

Welcome to our headquarters, where dreams meet reality, where fiction is cherished, where magic is real.

Sincerely, your guide on this journey,

P.S. Read more about Heroine Training

How to Socialise as an Introvert

How to Socialise as an Introvert

Like Rory, my social behaviour at school was frowned upon.

After being in class with the same groups of kids all day, I chose to spend my breaks by myself, reading, journaling, or even doing homework. Throughout my entire childhood, I accepted this as weird. Nerdy. Socially awkward. Insert negative connotation here.

How to Socialise as an Introvert

Lunch? Check.

Book? Check.

Headphones? Check.

So for most of my life, I believed that I was abnormal and anti-social.

Then at university I found myself connecting with so many amazing people. My lunch calendar filled up with 1:1 appointments with these people. I would spend my mornings in the library, meet a friend for lunch, then dive back into my work in the afternoon. And it worked.

It took me a while to realise that introverts have different social needs.

Being an introvert means that I recharge best by myself, while extraverts recharge best around others. It doesn’t mean I’m a social anomaly. It does mean that I spend time differently with people than may seem ‘normal’ – which is silly, since at least half the population are introverts like me!

How to Socialise as an Introvert:

How to Socialise as an Introvert

Lunchtime reading/walkman-listening club, anyone?


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P.S. Another alternative form of socialising that I swear by

How to Do Anything Regularly

How to Do Anything Regularly

One of my favourite songs in all of Disney is “When Will My Life Begin” from Tangled.

This is because Rapunzel literally spends the song describing the details of her daily routine.

7am the usual morning lineup
Start on the chores and sweep ’til the floor’s all clean
Polish and wax, do laundry and mop and shine up
Sweep again and by then it’s like 7:15

It is a princess planner in a SONG and it is marvelous.

She fits an extraordinary amount of activity into her day. While part of this is movie magic (that “book or maybe 2 or 3″ she’s reading each day must have a LOT of pictures in it…), there is a lesson to be taken from her methods.

What’s ingenius about Rapunzel’s planning technique is that each task leads into the next.

She’s got the ritual down, incorporating all her favourite things into her daily life. (Sadly, her tower-dwelling circumstances do not give her the freedom to break the routine and take a day off, but that’s another matter).

The verses of her daily routine song are structured around daily fixtures: getting up at 7am, having lunch, and fitting in extra tasks at the end of the day if there’s time. While the tasks may differ from person to person, what everyone can learn from Rapunzel is how she sets triggers:

  • 7am —> get up
  • have lunch —> puzzles and darts and baking

How to Do Anything Regularly

How does this work in the “real world”?

A couple months ago, I made a bad habit goal: eat something green every day.

My heart was in the right place. My motivations were sound. Healthy, even.

But “every day” is a terrible point of accountability. I kept finding myself, at the end of the day, going wasn’t I supposed to do something? Oh yeah. Eat green food. Did I do that?

Better goals:

  • Go outside every morning.
  • Tackle my emails for 30 minutes after lunch.
  • Meditate before bed.

What do these goals have in common?

They are all time-bound.

How to Do Anything Regularly

Setting a trigger

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you already have triggers set in your daily routine.

  • Get up –> Brush your teeth.
  • Sit down at a café –> Take off your coat.
  • Stand in a queue –> Take out your phone and start scrolling.

A key to habit-forming is to incorporate a trigger that will lead you to performing the habit.

Set your habits around what’s already fixed in your day.

The Morning Routine gets a lot of attention, but you can have routines and rituals in the afternoons and evenings as well.

After eating lunch, I put on the kettle and enjoy a cup of tea while I work on my emails. While I’m on a roll at my computer, I check on the Lumos Your Life common room right afterwards. After dinner, I sit down and plan out the next day. After a call with my business coach, I go for a run to process the new ideas we’ve discussed, and shake out all the stress of the day.

When you’re setting a new habit, or taking on a new commitment ask yourself:

  • What do I want to get done?
  • What am I already getting done? What is fixed in my schedule?
  • When is the best time for me to do the new habit?

Let me know how it goes!


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P.S. Still stuck? For some extra guidance, how about we sit down to chat about your organisation methods? I have a limited number of free Prologue calls to give away each month: sign up for yours here!

Planner Wars: Bullet Journal

Planner Wars: Bullet Journal

What is a Bullet Journal?

On Planner Wars, I talk to inspiring individuals about their tools for productivity and planning. The Bullet Journal is a DIY planning system with a basic structure that can be modified and customised to your personal preferences. I follow so many Bullet Journal users on Instagram because those books are just so pretty, but the process looked overwhelming. Sarah Starrs gives me a tour of hers, and you guys – it’s actually quite simple! Take a look:


You can catch new episodes of HTtv here every Friday at 5pm BST, or subscribe on YouTube.

Have you ever tried bullet journaling? What do you look for in a planner?


P.S. Still trying to figure out a planning system you can stick to? I’ll help you find one: book your free 30-minute prologue session here.