“Helping you to eat like an Angel” – on the Radio

We were fortunate enough today to be invited onto the Perry Spiller show on Radio Stoke to talk about our recently released e-book “Helping you to eat like an Angel this Christmas“. Once again Perry was most welcoming and gave us the opportunity to talk about the reasons why this time of year can be particularly difficult for those people who struggle to control their weight and that includes me!

If you’ve the willpower of a gnat and find it hard to say No to the constant offers of food that seem to be just about everywhere at this time of year, you might benefit from our approach to staying in control. Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)  and a number of other holistic techniques, the book aims to help you maintain your weight in the run-up to and during the Christmas period. It includes some interactive and practical exercises for you to do as well as raising awareness about why this time of year can be challenging. The exercises are easy to learn and simple to use and can be done in as little as ten minutes.

If you’re interested in hearing what we had to say on the matter, you can find the link to Perry’s show here.  You’ll find us about 2 hours 7 minutes into the show.

If you’re tired of all the usual diet books and want a new approach that helps you understand your behaviours and gives you the ability to change them for the better, you might like to take a look at our book. You can find it on Amazon by clicking here.

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December Resolutions

141207186The run-up to and the Christmas period itself can be a challenging time for many people. We try hard to apply the message of goodwill, peace and joy to those around us although it can often feel like this is achieved by  sacrificing our own needs. How often have you found yourself writing Christmas cards late at night? How often are you the one rushing around to buy last minute gifts? And how often are you completely exhausted by the time Aunty Gladys pops the last sprout in her mouth from the Christmas dinner you’ve prepared and served. I absolutely love Christmas but there have been times when I’ve wondered if it really is worth all the effort.

And for that reason, I’ve decided to approach it differently this year. I’m setting some early resolutions. Yes, I know it’s a bit alternative, but I’m setting some for the month of December rather than waiting for January.  Well in fact, it’s one resolution really. I’ve decided to be kind to myself this month. I’m not going to get caught up in the hype of Christmas and end up with a horrible cold that arrives on December 23rd and lasts until Christmas is over.  I’m going to pace myself and take it steady. If certain things don’t get done, it’s quite simple, they won’t get done. Christmas Day will arrive whether I rush about like crazy or whether I take it all in my stride.

Here’s my top ten “Being Kind to Me”  list to get things started.

  1. Drink more water
  2. Eat as healthily as I can
  3. Buy my Christmas gifts in small independent shops or fairs avoiding the town and city centre crush
  4. Send fewer Christmas cards
  5. Moisturise my skin regularly and particularly at night before I go to sleep
  6. Take some gentle exercise
  7. Talk to myself kindly
  8. Give myself permission to go to bed early if I need to
  9. Meditate regularly through the month
  10. Take pleasure and be thankful for my life

Would you like to join me in my campaign? If so have a think about how you might be kind to yourself this December. Tell me your top ten or simply share your top three. I’d love to hear the ways you intend to be kind to yourself too.

Sending you peace, goodwill and joy and also permission for you to be kind to yourself this December.

Shameless Self Promotion

GooseberriesIn an act of shameless self-promotion, I’m writing to tell you that I’ll be at the Nantwich Show on Wednesday 31st July touting my wares. I love connecting with new people and reconnecting with old friends, so if you know me please swing by and say hello and if you don’t why not come and introduce yourself. It will be great to see you.

As you may well know, the Nantwich show is best known for its marvellous array of wonderful cheeses. Suppliers travel from all over the world to bring you their finest cheeses. Yum, I feel hungry just thinking about it. But when you’re completely full of the choicest Cheshire and the most gorgeous Gruyeres and you want something different, head over to see me and my colleague Anne. We’ll be in the Town and Country pavilion and would love to talk to you about what’s important to you in life and how we can help you. We can arrange life coaching, career coaching, an EFT session, wedding nerves coaching, Reiki and much more. We want to support you in living positively and believe that we have much in our portfolio that can do that.

We’ll be running a competition during the show and two lucky winners will benefit from a 30 minute session with one of us. Does it get any better? Well yes in fact it does. As a special promotion, I will also be offering a show discount of 25% off my prices. So if you book a one to one session with me at the show, you’ll be able to purchase at the reduced rate.

I really hope to see you at the show and let’s hope this weather continues and we get a sunshine day to meet and greet you.

That’s all folks.

Getting Back to Source

I’m very excited as I shall be taking a stand at the Nantwich Show for the very first time this year. I’m sharing space with my colleague Anne Marie Yates from Key to Confidence and we’ll be there to welcome those of you who are interested in self-development. We’ll also be promoting our wedding nerves coaching which you can find out more about by clicking here.

I first attended the show back in 2010 and wrote about my experience on my coaching and cakes website. The show in particular made me reflect on the source of things. The show takes you very much back to source with all the cattle and poultry around and of course by looking at all the entries in the vegetable and flower show. If you’d like to read my original thoughts please follow the link here. Maybe we all need a little time to reflect on who we are and how we got to where we are right now? If we look deep inside, we may well be able to get back in touch with our true source and what’s important to us?

I’d love to chat to you more about this subject and if you’re visiting the show, please drop by and say hello. It will be great to meet you.

 

 

The Great Gatsby

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I was so excited at the prospect of seeing the newly released Baz Luhrmann version of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale “The Great Gatsby”. The original release date was Boxing Day 2012 so I when I found out that it had been put back to May 2013, there was even more time for me to work myself up into a frenzied state of excitement.

  • Could I think of anyone better than Leonardo Dicaprio to play Gatsby – no I couldn’t
  • Was the soundtrack bound to be amazing – yes I’m sure it would be
  • Would the scenes be beautifully filmed – based on Moulin Rouge, I was convinced it was going to be absolutely magnificent.

And then I went to see the film. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it and I thought some of it was beautiful. But it didn’t blow me away and I wanted to be blown away. I wanted to rave to my friends about how they really must see it. I wanted to tell them that if they only saw one film this year, Gatsby should be that film. But I couldn’t and frankly I was disappointed. Continue reading

Pick and Mix

145158838Welcome to the Second Step Blog – the place where I intend to share interesting things or at least I hope you’ll find that to be the case. I’m not sure yet exactly what topics I’ll be writing about. Life is diverse and although naturally it will include posts on coaching, emotional freedom technique and writing it may include other things that I think you’ll enjoy. Perhaps it can be described as a pick and mix blog – you’re never quite sure what you might get if you put your hand in, but hopefully you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

I look forward to seeing you here and of course if there are topics that you are particularly interested in do let me know.  If something is thought provoking or challenging or if you just like what I have to say I’d love for you to comment on the blog so that we can connect.