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An Interview with Tyra Leeming: Our In-house Photographer

Pouring over Tyra Leeming’s work makes you realise the extraordinary extent to which she has created what Signature Living looks like.

As we start to chat, it’s clear to see that our in-house photographer is passionate about her work – although she did begin our interview by showing me “the boring side of her job.”

As she sits at her desk, the photographer remembers her first forays into photography, shares her aspirations for the future – and reveals why she loves what she does.

Tyra Leeming – Photographer

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First and foremost, “I helped scrub the floors before The Shankly Hotel opened. I started by taking Breakfast up to Lawrence and Katie Kenwright‘s room, then I was promoted to hostess – that built my confidence.” There is a hint of a smile on Tyra’s face when she speaks of how far she has come in such a short space of time. You know talking to Tyra that she was never going to leave her career to luck; although she is quick to acknowledge just how lucky she was that Lawrence and Katie “got wind” that she was “into photography.”

“They asked to see my work, they liked it – and then they asked me to be the photographer.” Prior to this, however, Tyra was studying photography – the ‘Photography Higher National Certificate’ to be exact, which enabled her to work and study at the same time. Suddenly we dial back, and she relates how her workmates once came to her aid:

“I had to write a 5,000-word dissertation and I lost my USB stick the day before I needed to submit it. The next day, I came in to work and told Paul Ashcroft who set me up in a room with a computer – he kept checking on me to see if I was okay and helped me write the whole essay.” She turns suddenly nostalgic and adds: “It was amazing. Everyone said don’t work, just get the essay done.”

It’s Not Corporate, It’s Family

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Tyra describes a dream of almost epic proportion when asked what she loves about photography and what the future holds for her: “I want to launch a company that hires young, aspiring photographers and teaches them how to work in the industry and not with fine art.” She passionately continues: “You’re not taught how to work in the real world, they don’t teach you how to take a picture of a bottle of Coca Cola or how to style flowers properly – nothing that makes you money. I want to team up with companies like Signature Living and train young photographers.”

What comes across so prominently as our conversation develops is just how much Tyra loves her job, although she did say she “didn’t know” why she loved it at first, before exclaiming: “I find it quite therapeutic, I like being creative; it’s nice – I like that part.”

As for Signature Living, Tyra is keen to praise the company and its ethos: “It’s not exactly what you’d consider corporate, it’s family; they take care of the staff like family,” a sentiment Claire McGinnis – the new General Manager at Shankly Preston – echoed when we last spoke.

As our chat drew to a close Tyra, despite her reluctance to answer what she said was a “cheesy question,” described Signature Living in one word: “Fun.”

A Career With Us

If you think you’re ready to take that leap of faith just like Tyra did, then make sure you don’t miss any of our latest vacancies. Also, why don’t you check out our article which explores what it’s like to work here, with us.

To enquire further about our latest events and deals, contact our friendly and successful team on 0151 588 0017 or head over to our Facebook.

We hope you enjoyed our interview with our in-house photographer Tyra Leeming.

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5 Things Successful People do Every Day

If you want to be successful, one of the best ways to do so is to emulate other like-minded, successful people. While everyone is unique, there are a lot of common patterns, tropes and behaviours that are sure to make you more successful if you were to adopt them.

There are no secrets to success. Whether you’re a business person, parent or student, take a look at what it takes to be successful – no matter how you interpret success.

1. Set Boundaries

The word “no” is as powerful and important as the word “yes.” Successful people quickly realise that they cannot say “yes” to everyone and every venture – they know they sometimes need to take a break or, vice versa, need to work harder. If you want to be a successful person then set boundaries and know when to say “no.”

Of course, if you can say “no” in a creative manner that leaves the door open for future opportunities and doesn’t annoy your friends, then you’re onto a winner.

In essence, if you say “no” just as much as you say “yes,” be sure to watch your success rate rise.

2. Keep Failure in Perspective

Not to sound like a corny Facebook post from an account with a lion as its profile picture but, you learn more from failure than you do from success. Success is built on a series of failures and lessons learned. Successful people learn from failures every day and they certainly don’t let failure hold them back. Take a leaf out of our very own Lawrence Kenwright’s book who bounced back from bankruptcy to build Signature Living. 

Provided that you address your failures, keep them in perspective and ultimately learn from them, then you’re on the road to success; so much so that C. S. Lewis once said: “Repeated failures are the posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”

Wannabe successful people take note.

3. Exercise

Some of the most successful people wake up early and exercise. Former-president Barack Obama exercises for 45 minutes every day. Richard Branson, when asked how he stays productive answered: “work out.” While editor-in-chief Anna Wintour plays tennis at 5:45am every day. These people are successful people.

So, if some of the most powerful and successful people in the world can find the time to exercise, so can you.

4. Take a Leap of Faith

The main reason why people don’t succeed is because they don’t try to; they find comfort in the ordinary and banal and criticise those who don’t. Don’t be one of those people who never take a leap of faith. Start that business, leave that job you hate and work harder than you’ve ever worked before, it may transform your entire life.

Successful people fail – we’ve established that. But what successful people don’t do is entertain people with tales of what could have been. Don’t be that person.

5. Focus on Productivity

Time does not equal success. If you are always busy but never productive, then you are not successful. We live in a ‘pay by the hour’ world, however, if you want to be a successful person, you need to use your time wisely and, more importantly, productively.

When your productiveness outshines the busyness of those around you, then you are truly indispensable and, ultimately, a successful person.

A Career With Us

If you think you’re ready to take that leap of faith we spoke about earlier, then make sure you don’t miss any of our latest vacancies.

Also, why don’t you check out our article which explores what it’s like to work here, with us.

To enquire further about our latest events and deals, contact out friendly and successful team on 0151 588 0017 or head over to our Facebook.

We hope you enjoyed these five pointers on how to become a more successful person.

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The 7 Best Ways to Destress from Work

From torturous tasks to mundane memos, a lot of us take our work home with us and that means we take our stresses home too. Despite the amount of motivational Instagram accounts that say we need to “hustle 24-hours a day,” it’s important to take a step back, pause and unwind. Rather than making the most of our time spent not at work, we instead waste our time on stress and tension.

Not sure how to destress? From meditation to mindfulness, here’s our pick of the best ways to destress from work.

1.Create a Post-Work Routine

Having a post-work routine is a wonderful way to help yourself unwind and destress after a hectic day at work. Not sure how to destress? A post-work routine does the work for you, so you don’t have to.

Your routine may consist of something as simple as taking a deep breath but, no matter what it is, make it a habit and watch your post-work stress disappear.

Create a post-work routine and re-focus your attention to your existence outside of work.

2. Enjoy Your Commute Home

Nobody enjoys their torturous commute to work by virtue of what it is, but you can enjoy your commute home. Rather than being another obstacle to overcome before you can unwind, your commute home, be it on a train or a bus or in a car, can be pleasurable.

Loosen your tie and loosen up by listening to a podcast or audiobook, or simply celebrate the fact that you’re going home. Nevertheless, your commute home doesn’t have to be stressful when it can be enjoyable.

Maximise your commute home and unwind and destress

3. Meditate

Even if you love your job, the pressure of deadlines and the tenseness of workplace stresses can create unwanted stress. So, when you come home from work, you want to relax and destress; but it’s not always as easy as it seems.

When you return home, though you may want to unwind and relax, your brain may not want to. That’s where meditation can become a valuable tool. Meditation can help you achieve a peaceful state of mind and, if you feel that the urge to work is too robust to repress, you can use the time to deal with your stressors so that you feel productive – if you must.

For those of you who don’t know how to destress, meditation is an ideal way to find inner peace.

4. Mute the WhatsApp Group

What started out as a useful way to organise work drinks or a co-worker’s baby shower has now turned into an extension of your desk. The continuous spew of notifications from your co-workers about their stresses is guaranteed to add to your own problems.

So, when you clock out, make sure you mute that WhatsApp group. Plus, it stops you from saying something you seriously shouldn’t have said.

5. Stop Feeling Guilty About Doing Nothing

Doing nothing is often unfairly labelled as being lazy, but in fact it’s probably the best way to destress sometimes.

Most of us spend our time either at work, commuting to and from work or thinking about work, so, why is it then that when work doesn’t cross our minds for a matter of minutes we feel an horrendous sense of guilt?

Richard Branson once said that “there is no reason why people can’t work less hours and be equally – if not more – effective.” So, if it’s good enough for Branson then it’s good enough for you.

6. Exercise

Whether it’s a brisk walk or a front room workout, exercise is one of the best ways to destress from the 9-5.

Exercise releases endorphins that are guaranteed to make you feel happier and more positive and therefore, a lot less stressed.

So, the next time you feel stressed, do some exercise and sweat your troubles away.

7. Take a Relaxing Bath

One of the best ways to destress is to wash away the tension from your body. Try a lovely, long bath to help your muscles unwind followed by a cool splash of cold water to liven you up.

So, the next time you’re wondering how to destress, spark some aromatic candles, pour yourself a drink and let the water work its magic.

You certainly wont regret it.

A Career with Signature Living

If you’re looking for a career change and you think Signature Living may be right for you, then make sure you don’t miss our latest job vacancies in Liverpool on our jobs page.

Also, why don’t you check out our blog which gives the lowdown on a week working at Signature.

To enquire further about our latest networking events or co-working space, get in touch today on 0151 588 0017 or head over to our Facebook Page.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Career Productivity

The party season is over and it’s time to get back to work. Now, if your anything like us and January is not the driest month of the year or you’ve avoided joining the gym because it’s “always busy” come January 1, then you’re probably searching around looking for a New Year’s resolution to forget about in a week or two.

Maybe if you were more productive you would have found one by now.

Easier said than done we know, but that’s why we’ve put together a selection of handy pointers on how to increase your productivity in 2019.

Keep Your Workspace Clean

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Are you a hoarder or maybe an untidy worker? Then it may be time to tidy your workspace and start anew in 2019.

It doesn’t take long to clean your desk and, by doing so, you’ll boost your productiveness as you won’t be wasting time searching for a scrap piece of paper that was on your desk but is now somehow lost to the rubbish dump you call a workspace.

Simply by knowing where things are keeps you on top of your game.

Ensure You Work for Someone who Inspires You

Our mindset determines how we approach work. Productivity tends to blossom when you work for someone who inspires you.

Here at Signature Living we work for Lawrence Kenwright, a chairman who inspires us to be more productive every day.

Working for Lawrence, or anyone else who inspires you, is a sure way to boost your productivity and embolden you to work hard.

Update Your Resume

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Whether or not you’re in the market for a new career, January is the ideal time to update your resume. Updating your curriculum vitae enables you to not only browse the job market, but also to evaluate and remind yourself of your achievements thus far.

Nothing boosts productivity more than a boost in your morale thus emboldening your go get it demeanour.

Leave Your Phone at Home

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Let’s be honest, if your phone wasn’t constantly vibrating from the steady spew of notifications, you’d be able to focus more and be more productive.

Boosting your productivity doesn’t mean head down, blinkers on, madly working until you burnout. It means connecting with people, networking and making new contacts.

Leaving your mobile phone at home may be somewhat of an overstatement but locking it away on occasion could improve your output.

So, the next time you can’t find your phone don’t panic, it may be a good thing.

Work Harder and Smarter

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The proverb goes: “work smarter not harder,” but why can’t you do both?

By working smarter, be it adhering to a routine, stopping procrastinating or communicating clearer, you’ll have more time to work harder thus boosting your productivity.

It doesn’t have to be an either or choice, you can both work extremely hard and cunningly smart while at work.

Meditate

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Again, meditating may be somewhat of an overstatement but unwinding in the wake of work is imperative so that you can be more productive.

The issue of unplugging is particularly relevant in the working world as technology has made it easier to bring your problems home.

So, unwind, read a book, meditate and prepare yourself for a productive day ahead.

A Career with Signature Living

If your looking for a career change and you think Signature Living may be right for you, make sure you don’t miss our latest job vacancies in Liverpool over on our jobs page.

Also, why don’t you check out our blog which gives the lowdown on a week working at Signature.

To enquire further about our latest networking events or co-working space, you can get in touch on 0151 588 0017.