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Next week is International Coaching Week from 18th -24th May 2015 and we would like to offer you a FREE 30 minute online coaching session.

Why do I need coaching I can hear you ask?
Why wouldn’t you want to realise your full potential either professionally or personally?

You will have a complimentary 30 minute, 121 session with Louisa, who is a fully accredited International Coach and Mentor. She works with professionals at Director level and has a vast array of Personal clients worldwide.

Coaching delivers focus and support with a non judgmental approach to;
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Create an environment for growth and change
Give clarity
Encourage you to commit to taking action
Develop personal competencies
Improve motivation and passion
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There is only one session available per person.
Usual cost would be £45 for 30 minutes, this is a great investment in YOU!

We look forward to working with you and designing the life you deserve.

Vision Board 2015

A Map for 2015

MINDFULNESS

So here we are at the end of January, you have probably made resolutions, you have been to the gym, you may even have had a ‘Dry January’ ?
How has it been for you, this first, exciting month of 2015?
Well ours has be spectacular and it is all down to The Vision Board Workshops, a real boost for everyone that attends.

The doors open, music fills the air and everyone finds a suitable table, ready to begin. We take time to be mindful of why we are here and ask ourselves what do we want for us?
Laptops are plugged in, paper cuttings appear, poems, pressed flowers from the garden, family photos, maps and even pieces of sculpture.
This vast wealth of positive imagery or chosen words of wisdom, will become part of the visual signposts, to direct you through the year.

There is no right or wrong way of making a vision board, it is a map, a reference page, reminding you of your intention.
Some of our clients use only words, that set their internal compass and guide them throughout the year.
Others assign themes; Career, Health, Relationships etc.sorting images or words into each area. They can be bright, colourful, complex or simple, it is YOUR vision board. When we focus more on what we do want, we move closer to realising our goals.

The wonderful thing about creating vision boards with others or sometimes 1:1 with a mentor, is that you drill down to who YOU are and what YOU really want.
There are no outside distractions, no phones and obligations to anyone but yourself.  Those who attend are surrounded by similar people, investing in positive growth, change, possible new friendships and accountability. The friendships that have developed from the workshops have been a fantastic bonus.

So that is it, time to step away from illustrator, put laptops away, clear the paper and the glue away until next year.
It has been a privilege to see these personal maps and vision boards come together.
As Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “You will see it, when you believe it.” 

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Mindful of the Seasons

Well here we are 2015 how does your year look so far?

I use this time to reflect on the things I have achieved, the things I have learnt and the experiences that have given me tools I didn’t have at the start of 2014. It is all part of being Mindful and appreciating the moments, taking time to notice the little things and listen actively to our loved ones. This heightens the colour in our lives and we in-turn feel more fulfilled and connected – why wouldn’t you do it? I would like to suggest for at least 10 minutes everyday you try this, it really works.

10 Minute Mindful Exercise
Take off your shoes and loosen any tight clothing, especially a tight waistband or belt. Sit comfortably. If you’re sitting on a chair, put your feet flat on the floor – if necessary support them with a block or cushion. If you’re sitting on a cushion then sit in such a way that your knees are supported either by cushions or on the floor; you can sit either cross-legged or kneeling (Japanese seiza posture). Aim for a posture of stability that can’t be pushed over – like a doll with a weight in the bottom, which just bobs back upright again.

Straighten the back and raise the sternum, opening the front of the body so you can breathe easily. Keep the head straight and balanced directly above the spine, not tilted forwards or backwards or to either side. Imagine a ‘skyhook’ gently lifting the crown of the head, slightly stretching the spine. Relax the shoulders as you breathe out.

Place your hands on your knees, or in your lap in the meditation mudra – palms up, right hand resting in palm of left hand, thumb-tips very lightly touching.

The eyes may be closed, or slightly open with a soft gaze, relaxed into peripheral vision.

Let your attention travel around the body, checking in with every part, and release any areas of tension. As you become more aware of your posture, make any little adjustments you need to until you find a position in which your body is entirely at ease.

Your posture should be conducive to a state of relaxed awareness. During your meditation session, keep still, avoiding unnecessary movements or fidgeting; however do make whatever slight adjustments may be necessary to maintain your posture – habitually recurring tensions may need to be noticed and eased repeatedly. If physical discomfort arises during your meditation session, sit with it for a few minutes (it may go away); if it persists, just change your position to a more comfortable one and continue as before.

You may like to recall a previous instance of experiencing calmness and clarity; or if not, imagine what it would be like to experience that now. Use that calmness and clarity now to help you enter meditation.

Begin your practice of mindfulness of breathing by becoming attentive to the physical process of breathing, the actual physical sensations. Let the attention rest lightly wherever you experience these sensations most easily: the entrance to the nostrils, chest, abdomen, or maybe even the whole body. Simply be aware of the breathing, noticing a long breath, a short breath, a sigh, making no attempt to tinker with it or change it in any way. Just relax into it and enjoy the process. As you breathe out, release any tension, whether physical or mental, so you are relaxing with each out breath.

If you find your quality of awareness becoming dull or even sleepy, sharpen your attention and focus on the sensation of the breath entering and leaving the nostrils. If you are becoming distracted by thoughts, relax even more and rest your attention on the rise and fall of the abdomen.

If you like, you can mentally count the breaths: count from one to ten, then start again at one; if you lose count, just start again at one. Count on the in breath if you have a tendency to dullness, on the out breath if you have a tendency to distraction.

Keep the sessions short, not more than 10 or 15 minutes to begin with, or even less if necessary; a short, good quality session is much better than a long session full of distraction and dullness. But do maintain some discipline: decide in advance how long you are going to sit, and stick to it.

It’s good to get into the habit of spending a few moments at the beginning of each session reflecting on your motivation, why you want to do this, what is your purpose; then take a few moments at the end to reflect on what you have learned and to dedicate the positive potential of your meditation for the benefit of yourself and others.

If you want to harness this skill this Mindful Workshop is the best in Somerset run by Nicki Hughes.

PS I was given this exercise however I do not remember by whom – many thanks and I hope that you do not mind me sharing.

Enigma Machine

It has been a while since I wrote a blog and some of you will be relieved…all those typos and grammatical errors. Tut Tut.
I am mindful that this is frustrating for others but it is something I have struggled with for years.
When I found out 8 years ago that I have mild dyslexia, I searched for information and started to develope strategies to help me.
The great thing about this journey was I met some amazing people who saw my ‘Learning Disability’ as a ‘Gift’!

Now I see that GCHQ deliberately employs those with dyslexia and dyspraxia, having over 120 members of staff that are “neuro-diverse”.
An IT specialist at GCHQ told the Sunday Times reporter Richard Kerbaj, “what people don’t realise is that people with neuro diversity usually have a ‘spiky skills’ profile, which means that certain skill areas will be below par and others may be well above.”

He went on to say about himself, “My reading might be slower than some individuals and maybe my spelling is appalling, and my handwriting definitely is…but if you look on the positive side, my 3D spacial-perception awareness and creativity
is in the top 1% of my peer group.”

One of the greatest code breakers, Alan Turing was dyslexic he used his gift of ‘spiky skills’ in maths and cryptology to break the Enigma code.
He was part of a team at Bletchley park during the second World War working tirelessly against the Nazi onslaught.
There is a Trust dedicated to continuing his legacy HERE

As with so much we experience in life we have a choice to see things as either a disability or a gift.
I see my dyslexia as a gift and like the fact that I am neuro-diverse and in great company…always wanted to be a spy!

Here is a link to Dsylexia Action

Sowing Seeds for Success

Spring is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition period between winter and summer. Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and broadly to ideas of rebirth, renewal and re-growth.

As I watch those around me begin to open up, stand tall, look forward and plan ahead. The colours in nature become more vibrant and bold. A real sense of positivity permeates the air, a truly transitional period.

Clients are sowing seeds of commitments to themselves, by composing vision boards and planning their route to success. These tools ensure you keep focussed and remain authentic to yourself. The time you take to learn new skills are a catalyst to empowering you and gaining momentum to realise your goals in 2014.

The environment in which you spend most of your time be that an office / home office should be an inspirational space to help you learn and grow. You wouldn’t put a seedling in the freezer when it needs a greenhouse. Cultivating a nurturing and colourful environment enables all of my clients to sow positive seeds, put down strong roots and thrive.
It can only be a good thing!