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Five things we're looking forward to in 2023

Yes, we at Co-Women know that it’s still 2022, but there’s no harm in being excited! After all of the COVID madness, can you blame us?! For many people, 2022 has been more of the kind of year we’d expect and like to have, so we’re going to cross our fingers and build on that momentum as we head into 2023. Here are some things Co-Women and I are already excited about…

Co-Women goes global That’s right, we’re taking over! One of Jo’s long-standing ambitions is to have a Co-Women holiday, and we’re pleased to confirm that it’s all booked and going ahead in March. A group of us are off to Morocco for three nights, on an exclusive members-only trip to go and relax and see the sights, basing ourselves at a private riad in Marrakech.

There’s still the chance to nab a spot and join us too – we’ve got a very limited number of spaces remaining, so if you’d like some Spring sunshine, get in touch to find out more.

A new crop Did you know that the Sussex wine industry is booming? Sadly, it’s partly due to climate change, as our rolling hills are starting to receive the kind of winemaking climate previously found by our near neighbours in France, but the industry is definitely cashing in.

Winemaking is not a short-term business, as it typically takes five years from planting a vine of actually opening bottles of wine, but there’s one vineyard in particular which planted in 2018 and is therefore expecting a first run of production in 2023. Said vine also happens to be of my favourite kind of grape…

In a first of it’s kind, the team behind Leonardslee Gardens in Lower Beeding is producing a Pinotage, a red wine native to South Africa. Whilst not particularly well-known in the UK, it is a highly-regarded wine by those in the know, and it’s been my favourite for over 10 years. I’ve been popping into the Gardens (well worth a visit, particularly at the moment for the festive light trail) regularly to offer words of encouragement to the grapes. Hopefully my speeches have done the trick – not much longer until I get to find out! My next job is to convince Jo to organise a Co-Women tasting trip…

Taking some good advice My reading list is mostly non-fiction, and in true Co-Women style, I prioritise books written by women. One of my favourite authors, Viv Groskop – who wrote “How to Own The Room” and “Lift As You Climb”, both of which I recommend to all who are looking to develop their careers – has got a new offering out in June, all about the concept of happy high status, which is the idea of being comfortable and confident in your abilities, without being arrogant.

I also think that some of the best things to learn are the ones you haven’t even considered yet – are there any books that you think should be on my wishlist?

Business convention… but make it Co-Women Another event that’s already in our calendar is the Acumen Business Convention, taking place in Brighton in May. In 2021, Co-Women had an entire table of delegates for the first time ever, and whilst I wasn’t able to attend, I’ve heard so much about it that I’ve already put the day aside to be one of our attendees in 2023. The FOMO was real!

Together, we’re hoping to make it bigger and better than ever! Want to join us? There’s time now to sign up for membership and book your place to be there.

Building business And I couldn’t leave this one off! I’m sure we’re all hoping to have stronger businesses in 2023, and mine is the literal business of getting people stronger. As of this week, I’ve relocated my personal training services from Crawley to Horsham, and I’m looking forward to keeping my existing clients on track, and picking up some new ones. One to one sessions are available with me on Fridays – you can find out more via my website.

What else should be on our radar for 2023? Leave a comment to let us know!

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