Who’s In Your Squad? You Are The Sum Of The 5 People Closest To You

They say you’re the sum of the Top 5 people you spend the most time with. Have a think about who that is, for you. 💪Are they helping you to achieve your goals? Are they beacons of positivity? Do they share their skills, contacts, expertise? 😇 Or are you surrounded by people who have constant drama, money issues or other problems …

Is Self-Sabotage Costing You More Than You Realise?

No matter how successful you are, there can be times when you fall into the self-sabotage trap, or let ‘imposter syndrome’ impact your output. The consequences can feel awful: your income can suffer, self-esteem can plummet and confidence can suffer even in wider aspects of your life. The end results can include frustration, burnout and even resentment: of your clients, …

Why Do You Need A Coach?

Even if you’re thriving in your industry, it’s a mistake to assume you’ll never need a coach. Even the highest functioning global leaders and founders often need help to think clearly about their business, or benefit from an objective third party — a neutral, outside perspective — to discuss personal and family matters.    “Thank you very much for the …

7 SELF-CARE TIPS FOR ACTIVIST WOMEN OF COLOUR

Self-care isn’t only about facial masks, relaxing in the tub, or doing difficult yoga postures. It’s not something you do every once in a while. To be a better activist, feminist, and friend, you need to check in with yourself and commit to your own healing and find ways to feel appreciated. Find things that make you feel alive, keep …

Rifa on the Clearleft podcast

I worked at Clearleft 10 years ago and they inspired me to start SheSays Brighton. I was honoured to be part of Jeremy Keith’s latest podcast on diversity and inclusion, out this week. Listen here Clearleft is one of the most influential and respected independent design consultancies in the UK. They’re a multi-disciplined team of designers, technologists and strategic digital …

Self-Love – 2021 Women of Colour Wellbeing Festival

10 workshops/events and over 100 people participated in the first Women of Colour Brighton Self-Love Festival yesterday – all online. It was like being on a proper retreat with Kemetic yoga, meditation, nutrition, trauma healing, Azonto dancing, radical poetry and lots of joy! Just BEING with so many Black women and women of colour all day, was relaxing in itself. …

What is a Diversity Champion?

A few years ago I decided that I needed a qualification, to help me with my coaching work and to better understand what the work of a diversity champion might involve. It was a great course. I learnt a lot, getting a much deeper understanding of the protected characteristics and issues around them. The course gave me an in-depth understanding of …

THREE Money Mistakes that STOP Your Business THRIVING

Poor money management is a major cause of business failure. And that’s no surprise: we aren’t born knowing how to manage money. Growing up, many of us were never taught how to handle it, especially women and people of colour, who’ve been historically pushed out to the edge of business conversation. Too often, with money management, we’re left to figure …

When Rifa interviewed Trisha Brandon for Wired Sussex

I was lucky enough to host the final Wired Sussex Breakfast Session of 2020 with consultant and content strategist, Trisha Brandon, last week. How can we do more with less and be happier with the results? Trisha’s experience since the mid 90’s has gone from being a digital editor and creative lead to a content strategist and content platform specialist, including …

When Rifa interviewed local artist – Mish Fit

If you missed the Private View you can watch the replay on youtube. I was honoured to interview my good friend Mish Maudsley about her new exhibition Wild Skies. Together we explored the virtual 3D gallery space and had a very informal chat about the Wild Skies exhibition. After the tour there was a Q&A with the audience. Mish Maudsley, or …