well hello there!
I’m Maddy Shine!
SEO and Visibility Queen, cocktail drinker, podcast host and 80s music fanatic.
I work with ambitious independent business owners to help get them visible – and so I thought you might want to get to know me a bit better, too.
I’m not exactly a brown paper packages tied up with string kind of girl – more of a pink sequinned packages tied with a metallic bow kind of girl – but I am obsessed with Julie Andrews. Going to see her speak at Festival Hall in 2019 was one of the highlights of my life – so I thought I’d list some of my favourite things here in case they inspire you too! Is there anything on here that we have in common?
Quick note: Some of these links are affiliate links, which means that if you buy them through the link, I may get a small commission. It’s important to note that a) it doesn’t cost you any more and b) I only share things I’d have shared with you anyway!
What I’m reading
(both for business and for pleasure)
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
Ready to do some good-old smashing of the patriarchy? This is basically the handbook, a brilliant resource to help you challenge outdated notions and fully own your power.
Hello my name is Awesome by Alexandra Watkins
We all know that names are so much more than names – so reading from a naming expert on what makes a good one is fascinating. No more naming paralysis here, please and thank you!
Purple Cow by Seth Godin
A purple cow is something that’s ‘phenomenal, counterintuitive, exciting and flat-out unbelievable’ and Seth Godin wants us to put one into everything we build to create something that truly stands out. Sounds pretty counterintuitive in itself, which makes me take notice, which makes me want to know more…he’s good, huh?!
One Simple Change Makes Life Easy by Balanced View
This book is a simple set of instructions for changing your life. It sounds hyperbolic, but it’s true – the changes they suggest build up to be something incredible.
The Middle Finger Project by Ash Ambirge
I’d read Ash’s writing for the pure lol factor alone, but she also happens to write brilliantly about a topic I’m very passionate about; an alternative view of work, which leaves you happy, creative fulfilled, and feeling like a boss bitch.
Short Moments Many Times by Balanced View
It sounds cliche, but it’s true – our brain is such a mindblowingly (pun intended!) powerful tool, and practicing short moments of clarity many times builds up to spontaneous, constant open intelligence, helping us expand our understanding on everything.
Clarity in Everyday Life
I mean, the title of this one kind of speaks for itself – a really practical manifesto full of empowering tips to help you gain clarity in all situations, all of the time
Era of Great Benefit
This book lays the foundations of a model for the mind’s open intelligence – in other words, how to fully harness the incredible powers to the mind to flourish.
What I’m watching
(WHEN IT’S NOT PROUDLY WATCHING OTHER BUSINESSES KILLING IT ON INSTAGRAM!)
Don’t say I’m not kind to you ! I watch and have watched so many brilliant and inspiring things over the years, that I keep them in this spreadsheet here.
What I do to look after myself
(because SEO and Self-care go hand in hand, don’t you know)
Evolve beauty discount
I’m on a mission to make my beauty bag more vegan and cruelty-free, as well as upleveling my skincare routine – this does both! You can get 20% off using this link
These retreats are all over the world and online, and have genuinely changed my life and I’ve been going since 2011. You can watch the initial videos for free here.
Women with Sparkle consultation
Part of looking after yourself is protecting your energy and nurturing yourself – Sally helps take you from struggling to sparkling, which you know is a bit of me!
Delicious, and nutritious nationwide fresh food deliveries. I especially love the doughnuts. Enough said! You can check them out here.
Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper
This amazing toilet paper company gives back 50% of their profits to building toilets in developing countries. Amazing, right? I’ve had them on subscription for years – love their products. Get £5 off your first order here.
Needs Ice Only is the name of NIO cocktails and I’m obsessed. This cocktails by post company has been going great guns since lockdown and they’re perfect for cocktail nights over Zoom 🙂 They’ve always got special offers going on, sign up here.*
Since moving into my own place I’m printing a lot of photos in cute retro frames + magnets and I’ve found LaLaLab to do this in a quality way. Use my code “PGLUERB8” to get free prints here*.
I’m always looking for ways to upgrade my household stuff to more eco friendly options. I now subscribe to Smol laundry capsules which a) only come when I need them and b) are incredibly good for the planet by reducing plastic use. Get your free trial here.