The beginning

As the clock struck 10 (I cannot stay awake until midnight) on January 31st 2017, I vowed to make a million pounds in 2018 and I had no idea how I was going to do it.

Positive thinking was going to come into it, as was faith, determination and a lot of good coffee.

It all started on a chilly October morning in 2016. I was moaning to my sister for the umpteenth time, about the rates I was getting paid as a freelance writer. I’ve been doing the job for 25 years and what was once a good living is now peanuts.

I’d been working gruelling eight hour shifts on a national magazine for £120 a day and it cost me £20 to travel there and back. By the time I’d had lunch, paid tax and forked out for a dog walker, I was literally taking home pennies.

Rates had stayed stagnant for decades and were now plummeting. Magazines were closing. Colleagues were being laid off. It was grim.

Online was destroying print journalism. Granted there was plenty of demand for ‘content’, but unlike ‘stories and features’, content is not valued. You can expect £60 a day for churning it out if you are lucky.

When I suggested that I was going to look for cleaning work, my sister told me to zip it. She’d heard enough and urged me to read a book by American author Jen Sincero called You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life

It sounded a bit hippy, dippy, touchy, feely. She promised me that if I read it, I would feel as if I could conquer the world.

To cut a long story short, she sent me a copy of the book and it worked. I now worship at the altar of Jen. I want to be her best friend.

Her words about how we all create our own realities with our thoughts rang true. I looked around me. All the negative thinkers I knew were miserable. Good things rarely happened to them and if they did, they always looked for the downside.

Then, I looked at those who believed in themselves. Who knew their own worth and brimmed with a positive attitude. On the whole, these people were successful and lead happy lives. I could see there was something in this. I was a cup half empty kind of person and that had to change.

I started doing crazy things, like looking in the mirror and shouting ‘I love money’ (much to the horror of my straight laced husband). I set up my own PR agency in November 2016 and my husband and I started a business selling pop-up greetings cards. By November 2017 I had doubled my income.

This shit really works as Jen says. That’s why, on New Year’s Eve 2017, I decided to go for broke. If I can double my income with the power of positive thinking, then why not go further? Why not test this theory and go for a million? A million pounds in one year. Six big fat zeros. It sounded way out of my reach, but other people have done it, so why not me?

The challenge is on! I am on day 10 now (and have only just come up with the idea of writing this blog). I have kept a diary, which you can read here and from now on, I will post daily.

Why not come on the journey with me? You might make a million pounds…

Let’s do this!


  1. I embrace the philosophy and have been practising it myself … but have a tendency to fall back into old habitual thinking and behaviours that are exactly what I’m trying to change about myself. Those deep ruts in my brain are hard to climb out of and avoid! Anyway, I’ve just found your blog and it is going to remind me and inspire me. It already has!


    • Hello there Fairweather Walker. Tell me about it. It is so easy to fall back into old patterns. Constant vigilance is both necessary and exhausting. Thanks for reading the blog and your advice on writing. You are absolutely correct – I must spew it all out and not self edit. Onwards and upwards!


  2. […] Jen Sincero’s You Are A Badass – How To Live An Awesome Life and Stop Doubting Your Greatness has worked wonders for me. What it’s done is opened my eyes to what was already there. Anything has always been possible. If it weren’t for that conversation I had with my sister back in 2016, I would be sat here, worrying about the bills coming in, weeping over my lost freelance work and counting down the days until my retirement. […]


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