February 24, 2017

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How to power a business with mindset, motivation and positive thinking! Featuring podcast with business consultant Paul McAnallen

It's been an exciting few weeks here at Itty Bitty HQ! I had the pleasure of meeting with business consultant and strategist Paul McAnallen. Paul runs podcasts on various business issues with people in the industry and I've been featured on an episode! The main conversation of the podcast involves discussing how we run our business with the power of mindset, motivation and positive thinking! Be Great, Small Business, Podcast, Business, Paul McAnallen, Business Consultant, Itty NB

Itty Bitty beginnings to going strong for 4 years! 

Delving into the Itty Bitty Book Co history, (I discuss the initial idea for the business! I'll give you a few spoilers!) Our story began when my sister was going traveling for a period of time and I wanted to make her a little book of quotes for her to take with her for whenever she was homesick or needed encouragement on her trip. 

Flash forward 4 years after the very first Itty Bitty Book was made we went on to create the book range, Strength, Positivity and Motivation to sell online and offline. We secured two online shops and gained a permanent stall at St Georges Market Belfast. Following this, growing our product range into prints, banners and positivity packs meant we even got to expand our team from myself and Al to gaining two employees. 

The podcast is filled with discussion for anyone that's interested in our business or additionally any other small business owners out there who I'm sure faced some of the same situations which we have!

Dreams, Small Business, Work Hard, Itty Bitty Book Co, Irish Craft, Original Design,

Trying to stay authentic and true to ourselves, through running the business!

The podcast covers everything from inspirations to authenticity, I talk about my personal inspirations! Just some of the people who I have been inspired by and their ability to overcome hardship and offer practical, actionable ways on how positivity and your mindset are key success factors.

In reference to authenticity, when we first set up the business and even to this day there are some people that just don't appreciate the products and the idea of them promoting positivity. This is obviously down to personal preference but also to the fact that many people underestimate and are naive to the importance of having positive influences in your life. This often leads to questions of authenticity, however frequent readers of our blog will know that we are constantly writing about the scientific facts on the importance of living a life filled with positivity. Authenticity also comes into play throughout the podcast discussing how we put our brand messages into action and our ongoing sustainability efforts. 

This is just a few of the main things covered in the podcast! Be sure to take a listen to the full thing. Make sure to listen to the end of the podcast (last 3 minutes) when I discuss our plans for the future and how we hope our business will grow and develop!

Itty Bitty Book Co, Small Business, Irish Craft, Podcast, Handmade, Buy Irish, Studio Update 

 Happy listening and hope you enjoying the podcast which you can listen to here! 


 Finally another big thank you to Paul McAnallen for featuring me as a podcast best, I can't wait to hopefully do more of these in the future. Be sure to find out more about Paul, what he does and listen to more of his podcasts! Take a browse through his website.

 

 

 

February 21, 2017

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Talking Kindness, Fairness & Respect. Free Printable Posters - Marriage Equality, Your Vote. Northern Ireland election 2017

Let’s bring it back to basics. Let’s be kinder to everyone - every single person has their own story that we can’t see. Everyone deserves to be treated fairly, to have the same opportunities, we are all human & none of us is superior to the other. Let’s treat each other with respect - even if we have views different from others, or live in a different way, or we struggle to understand each other, we all still deserve respect. View full article →
February 17, 2017

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Random Acts of Kindness and how they can benefit your own life. Plus a special offer!

Find out how Random Acts of Kindness can benefit your own life and get involved in our on-going kindness campaign! View full article →
February 09, 2017

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Positivity & the science behind gratitude. Plus a free 'Daily Gratitude Challenge' download!

You know our mission is to promote positivity - and we want to help as many people as possible, take the 21 day gratitude challenge! 

To help you get into the habit we've made you a beautiful free gratitude challenge worksheet! You can print it out at home - as many times as you like! Just pop your email address in the box and it'll automatically send over to you! View full article →
January 27, 2017

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New design launch! Elbow lyrics "Throw those curtains wide"

Showcasing our newest design! The lyrics from an amazing song by Elbow, the song 'One day like this' and lyrics 'throw those curtains wide' were chosen by a lucky competition winner :) Also for the first time in Itty Bitty history the design is available in two colour schemes! View full article →
January 19, 2017

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Don't give up on your New Years Resolutions! Help to get you back on track!

We believe in you! Seriously we do, whatever you wanted to do, make or be in 2017, you CAN! Even if you feel like you’ve already failed - it’s still the VERY start of the year! Don't give up on your New Years resolutions! Come on! Get your head back in the game 💪🏼 We've got an epic SALE and some easy tips to help you get going again 😄 View full article →
January 06, 2017

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Positive News Group Northern Ireland - sharing the good news!

Find out about how we're trying to promote all the positive amazing things that are happening in Northern Ireland! Mainstream media focuses on the negative, shocking stories... We really need some balance! 

There are SO MANY incredible things happening here in Northern Ireland- medical breakthroughs, political progress, outstanding achievements, local talent being recognised, massive acts of service and charity just to name a few It's all happening right on our doorstep and everyone needs to be made aware of it!

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December 15, 2016

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10 ways to have a happier Christmas when you're not feeling merry...

Out of character post from the 'Positivity people'? Not at all! Life is filled with ups and downs and sometimes those downs happen over the holidays. So if you're sort of dreading this Christmas or just struggling to get into the spirit this post is for you - View full article →
December 01, 2016

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Small Business Saturday was awesome! Why I love supporting small businesses...

Saturday 26th November was 'Small Business Saturday'! A whole day dedicated to shopping with and supporting small businesses both local and afar. Find out what we got up to and what the small business saturday message means to us!

"Everytime you buy from an independent shop you are supporting a dreamer, a risk taker... They all have a unique story & I personally love knowing that, everytime I shop with them, I'm playing a tiny part in them living out that dream - making that risk worthwhile..."

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November 14, 2016

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Itty Bitty Christmas Gift Guide: The most thoughtful gifts

With so many presents to buy, its hard to know exactly what to get everyone. Well don't worry we've got just about every family member narrowed down so you can win the prize for getting everyone the most personal presents this year! Happy shopping! View full article →
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