Wellness & Writing

Helping Writers Stay Healthy, Focused + Motivated

the healing power of writing and how writing books to help others actually helped me heal

How I unravelled into me

What does one pig-headed man with the affection of a bull (no offence to bulls) and an amazing artist suffering from a psychosis and self-love that would put even the great Narcissus to shame have in common? Me. These were the men I allowed to shape my life for 15 years leaving me penniless, homeless twice and without self-belief. The 3 years that followed though were remarkable thanks to the healing power of writing.

To make a mistake is pardonable. To make the same mistake twice is downright stupid.

I’d heard of karma but didn’t know I was a victim of it. It would seem that universe had a “bad relationship” in store for me no matter what I did. Or maybe I should just own up and claim responsibility for making a bad mistake twice: once with the bull, and once with the psychotic artist. 

On the plus side, the first helped me make two gorgeous boys and the second blessed me with a great love affair. On the negative side both drained me. From a spiritual, emotional perspective they stripped me of my childhood fantasies, my ideals of white weddings followed by fairy-tale happiness and that life is beautiful. From a physical and financial perspective they robbed me of all my financial wealth, career prospects and my health. 

No regrets

What do you mean no regrets!? I hear you cry. It’s true. I bear no regrets. I point no fingers. If I were to place the blame at anyone or anything’s feet, it would be society’s.  Girls should not feel duty-bound by family or culture to stay in a relationship that is not healthy. We should let our girls know that there is always a solution and help at hand. I do not want to describe my situation in any detail as I still have my children to consider and those of my ex. Suffice to say that both men voluntarily relinquished their balls after being with me for just a few months. What do I mean by this? They left their manhood at the front door and happily allowed me to be the breadwinner – plus do all the other things a woman does in a household – whilst they followed their dreams, twiddled their thumbs and clipped my wings.

Should I stay or should I go now?

Since I was brought up with strong family values, I felt compelled to stay for the sake of the family and everyone else involved. Like many of you perhaps, I tried to change things from within, I tried to be heard, but we all know (most) people don’t change. Sometimes we create an unbreakable cycle with our partners that can only be broken with the help of a arbitrator or in my case, by stamping on their emasculated balls that had been left out in the cold unguarded. After wiping the soles of my shoes (both times), I left with my two sons, to make the most of the time I had left with them and to be the best role model possible.

The start of the healing process

I had taken up some very bad habits during my dark days and needed to find my way back to health and hope. Because I was so busy as a single mum and running my business, I didn’t feel I had time for therapy. Unwittingly I found my own way of healing from my toxic 15 years: I wrote books.

As I wrote my advice, on the premise of helping others, I was actually working through my fears, anger and aspirations. I set out the steps I needed to follow under the guise of my writing being intended to help others. Originally under the name of an alias, then the mask dropped and I began to see my life for what it really was. I began to see my worth and my strengths.

Let the unravelling begin:

These were the steps I needed to follow to help me.

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What has money got to do with healing? Everything in this day and age. If you have financial stress, it can put a full stop on your happiness and progress. Writing this book helped me to stop me worrying about money even though I had always been the breadwinner and never had the luxury of someone else earning any money or bringing money into the household. Still I needed to assure myself I was capable because I was completely on my own.

Audio guide on how to stop drinking, beating alcohol dependency, written specifically to help women in their 30s and 40s.

First and foremost I needed to break my bad habits. I did this with great ease since I wanted my life back again with such passion. I felt I needed to share this drive with others. If you want something enough it comes to you. I didn’t realise at the time I should also have been addressing the area of self-blame and negative self-talk, but time is a great teacher and hindsight is a fine thing.

Uplifting personal development audio book: How to Be Happy. To boost your confidence and positivity

Writing about how to be happy shone a light in my darkest hour. Just when I was getting on top of things in year one, I had a serious injury, could not exercise and had complex teenage son issues to contend with on my own. I needed to remind myself of all the happiness in the world. Not knowing I was saving myself from depression, I wrote about the little things in life to remind my readers of how beautiful life is. 

how to look young - the guide on how to align to your true nature and defy the ageing process

The easiest and most rewarding way of going through life is to be aligned with your true nature. By now I’d been through the fires of hell and made Beelzebub my bitch. I’d survived my male tormentors and crawled through the thorny path during the first year of my escape. I had overcome more obstacles sent to torture me and survived!! How? I started looking into self care, healing, went back to yoga, adopted the techniques of Reiki and TM. This next book shares all this wisdom… disguised as a book on how to look young. In fact it is about detoxing yourself and following your own internal compass. 

How to Get Fit with Reiki and Music presents a revolutionary approach to exercise that will keep you motivated for good.

My most recent book is designed to help you release your inner potential, – just as it helped me. Using the same disguise of helping people in a “popular” way, i.e. a fitness guide, I used this book to deliver the amazing benefits of Reiki to find balance and clarity – plus it is a fantastic motivational combo!

They say you can tell a story as a Struggler, Shepherd or Shaman. I started as the Struggler sharing my journey as I was going through it. Now my “reverse journaling” is taking on the voice of a Shepherd. I am a trained and qualified healer, personal development and therapy coach. I am changing people’s lives with my words. The role of Shaman… maybe in my next life. 

My own little empire

Not only did I produce these 6 self-help books and publish them, I also illustrated and wrote several children’s books. Not to mention that YA fantasy novel I have yet to finish. There are so many books bursting to come out of me I can barely contain myself. 

I currently continue to share the importance of looking after yourself through this blog. I also use it as a platform for bringing together local champions of wellbeing and writing to create unique and inspiring fairs.  

I am filled with a positive energy and I have found the right place to channel it. I am currently in the process of publishing my first Kiki and Friends book for young readers, which is a series of adventures filled with messages of friendship, fun and self-confidence.

The power of the sisterhood

As co-founder of The Ladies Writing Club, I was dubious at first to exclude men from the workshops, but I have come to realise there is a strong bond between women. We have all been silently playing the role of career woman, mother, wife and daughter while neglecting ourselves. When we come together it is a therapy in itself. We hear positive words of encouragement instead of grunting from teenage children or the barking of husbands. We give each other constructive advice and open up opportunities; a welcome change from being treated like the doormat in the house that somehow has to do everything, never grumble and still look sexy! 

Joining communities of other women has been one of the best parts of my new life. These bonds do not represent walls to the men in our lives; instead they help us forge better relationships with them because we have the support from our kindred sisters.

Writer, heal thyself

I have stopped searching for the reasons and ways in which I should be broken after over a decade of duress. My head is clear, my soul has been cured and time will take care of the rest with the help of my soul sisters.

Although I went through years of hardship filled with self-pity and huge sacrifices, I would not change who I am today for anything in the world. Going through the process of looking despair in the eyes every day and making it my best companion has opened up an understanding in me I would otherwise never have experienced. By having to dig down deep and forgive myself whilst keeping my family safe and happy has shown me just how strong I can be – just how strong we all can be.

The healing power of writing

Words are my life. They have helped me work through years of emotional entanglement and now they are the foundation of my little empire.

What would my final words be? Mothers, keep a watchful eye on your girl. Sisters, keep a watchful eye on your friend. She may be crying out for help but sinking so far down you can’t hear her. Men treat your girl right and she will bathe you in love – plus, keep your balls close, strong and well guarded. Reader, listen to your gut instinct… it will always tell you to run from a bull and psycho!

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how to look young - the guide on how to align to your true nature and defy the ageing process

How to look Young and Be More Grateful, Grounded and Gorgeous

Look Younger Live Longer. That’s what we all want.
Here’s an unbelievable magic formula for longevity and looking great: Five Elements Diet + Unblocking + Internal Compass

How to Look Young

This guide walks you through the magic formula as dictated by nature, all you have to do is follow and you can say goodbye to those furrows between your brows and hello to younger looking skin and a healthier body and mind.

Sound too good to be true?

Tried and tested methodology based on hundreds of years of research and practice, this guide pulls on all the powers of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yogic beliefs and practices, Ayurvedic theories and our own natural healing powers.

The magic formula targets the glabella lines between your eyebrows by way of example in the book. It outlines a specific diet, routine and steps for a natural facelift.

The diets and tips specifically target organs and ailments directly affecting certain areas of our face and our posture.

Mindful menus! based on the 5-element doctrine combined with attitude management and stretches and exercises to uplift your posture and appearance.

It’s not a crime to look your best: This regime will boost your self-esteem, improve your overall well-being and increase your productivity.

The Detox Yoga Routine

Click below to listen:

Twist Detox Routine

Want to delve deeper?

I offer lifestyle mentoring programmes to help make you more grateful for what you have and who you are, more grounded in your present self and definitely more gorgeous as you radiate a more natural youthful look. With photos to prove it!

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Full spa immersion retreat week
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A week’s full immersion retreat at the beautiful spa hotel Rudding Park includes:

  • tailored meals from the hotel’s organic garden
  • 2 daily yoga and meditation sessions to ease the stress away
  • full access to the hotel’s spa facilities
  • 4-hour daily mentoring in realigning your internal compass

Leaving you feeling health, happy and looking younger.

How to get fit with reiki and music - ultimate motivation guide

You’ve read the book, now you can continue and deepen the experience with assisted audio routines and workshops

A good fitness guide makes you want to workout. A great fitness guide gives you no choice but to workout.

You’ve learned that this book is more than just a fitness guide. This is a way of life. A way to build your inner power in a lasting way. You will be coming back to it again and again on your journey to fitness and motivation. The secrets it provides you to excel in the area of fitness form just one aspect. It is also profoundly informative on the subjects of health and personal happiness.

Here is the daily 10-minute routine that will change the way you approach life forever (click image for audio):

Audio of guided energy exercises
Guided energy exercises

If you would like to go for optimum results as explained in the book, I recommend balancing out your system before starting the 10-minute daily energy exercise routines. This gives you the best chance for success. When you self-heal with Reiki, it can be quite a tiring experience to begin with as you are detoxing your mind and body. When you remove the negative energy it has to flow somewhere, you may therefore find yourself crying a lot during your first session – or you may find yourself sleeping a lot more. I would therefore recommend that you chose the most “unhectic” time in your year to start this process, i.e. not when you are about to go on summer holiday with the family and not at Christmas.

Self-treatment audio for rebalancing your energy (click on image to listen):

Reiki self-treatment routine for restoring the balance within
Assisted self-healing guide

Guaranteed focus and success

“How to Get Fit with Reiki and Music” provides motivational combination to give your training and fitness regime guaranteed focus and success.  Aside from providing you with a balanced, focused and motivated mindset, the symbiosis of Reiki and music gives you that extra push. The force from within you never thought you had.

How to Get Fit with Reiki and Music presents a revolutionary approach to exercise that will keep you motivated for good.

Energy Work

Through your Energy Work/Reiki you will master the discipline of self-control promoting the awareness of your own potential and usage of energy. It not only helps to build up bodily reserves of strength and resistance, and to control and cure disorders, but also has the ability to promote vitality, rejuvenate the body and stimulate intelligence.

  • Grounding
  • Centering
  • Energizing

Ancient methods in modern times

Based on the principles of Tendai Buddhism and Taoism for meditation and internal energy cultivation, Reiki was initially taught as an aid in self-healing. As such it can help in strengthening the body, harmonizing your emotions and calming your mind.  The purpose of the daily energy exercises is to activate, circulate, ground and channel energy also known as qi.  Qi is the energy inherent in all things. When practiced every day for just 10 minutes, Reiki can become a powerful tool for transformation and self cultivation. Many people who practice Reiki have reported remarkable changes in their overall health and energy levels as well as improved self-esteem and emotional outlook. Reiki is simple and easy to learn and can be practiced anywhere as it requires no equipment and just enough space to sit down in.

Energy Exercises Guide - a 10-minute routine to double your energy reserves, give you focus and help you find calm. With step-by-step instructions and illustrations.

Every workout is a breakthrough

Whether you are going through a physiotherapy program, training for a marathon or event or striving to improve your health and physique, this ingenious combination will help you get rid of bad habits, break behavioral patterns leading to lethargy and failure, and spur you on to set new benchmarks in your physical abilities. Through a few easy-to-learn techniques, this guide will give you the drive to get up a challenging hill. This hill can be both physical and psychological. This facilitating combo will support you from the start when you are defining your goals and planning out your schedule, right through to staying motivated.

The power of music

“There is a charm: a power that sways the breast Bids every passion, revel or be still, Inspires with rage or all your cares dissolves, Can sooth distraction and almost despair – That power is music”. – Armstrong, 1774

There is no denying the motivational power of music

  • Transporter of emotions
  • Fuel to your soul
  • Inspiration for dreams

I will be compiling a list of music suitable for jogging and aerobic exercises. When the click here button is live it means the list is available, otherwise I am still putting it together so feel free to contact me in the meantime.

All the hard work has been done for you.

All you have to do is get changed and turn the music up!

Through the symbiosis of Reiki and music, you will find that magic “kick” to propel you around the track or keep you pedaling up the hill. You will be able to dig deep down inside you to your “center of energy” as you disassociate from the physical limitations of your body and soar to mind-blowing lengths.

Reviews:

“An awesome, inspiring book and fab idea to combine the 2 tools of reiki and music to achieve what you want.” – Martha

“I just wanted to write to say how enlightening your guide has been. I have found it really easy to follow and beautifully explained and though it was written as a guide to getting fit I have found so much wisdom in your chapter on vibrations, wisdom that has really resonated with me in my particular situation with my 14 year marriage to a negatively charged selfish man. Thank you!” – Stacey

“The book is exactly right for helping people through life crises. The Reiki really helps you to focus. I thought I had a lot of  willpower, I recently completed a 5k run for charity, but then I seemed to lose my drive. I found this guide at just the right time. Everything is so much easier now.” – Alex

Available as paperback, Kindle and audio book

How to get fit with reiki and music - ultimate motivation guide

Are you ready to realise your potential? Try the 10-minute routine it will help you work harder for longer and improve your life.

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REKI & MUSIC WORKSHOPS

Naturally the best way to get to grips with and reap the full benefits of any new routine or system is to have a mentor. That is why I run masterclasses and one-on-one sessions for anyone who wants to master the power of Reiki with music to realise their full potential.

Full immersion Reiki & Music Combo Retreat: 1 week £5,500

  • Full training in the art of Reiki
  • Guided one-to-one rebalancing sessions
  • Space and time to recover from your “healing crisis” to emerge with focus and more energised.
  • Daily training exercise programme tailored to suite your needs.
  • Full board and accommodation at hotel on the island of Hawaii Takata Sensei’s clinic was located in HiloHawaii
  • Tailored plan for lifestyle and fitness regime

1-to-1 Reiki & Music Coaching & Mentoring
£150/hour

  • Full training in the art of Reiki with Reiki Master
  • Guided one-to-one rebalancing sessions for as long as you need
  • Space and time to recover from your “healing crisis” to emerge with focus and more energised.
  • Daily training exercise programme tailored to suite your needs.
  • Tailored plan for lifestyle and fitness regime
Tired of feeling tired? Here are 10 top tips to stop feeling tired all the time and being more awake, alert and focused.

Typical causes of fatigue often include lack of sleep and being overworked. I’m sure you’re familiar with both – so where are you supposed to get the energy to write when you’re feeling tired all the time!?

No energy to write? Learn how to feel more awake instead of feeling tired all the time with these 10 simple tips.

After a hectic, stressful day, you come home with plans to write, but as you start to relax, that’s it, you’re done in and feeling sleepy. You can kiss any hopes of concentrating or feeling creative goodbye. I’ve been there and would like to share a few “tricks” that can help you fight this fatal bout of fatigue:

1. Fresh Air

A main cause of fatigue and lack of concentration is the “caged” effect where you indoor air has high levels of carbon dioxide. We constantly release carbon dioxide when we breath. Therefore, ensuring you have adequate ventilation is a very effective way to battle off the onset of feeling tired. So swing open the window and breathe in deeply for at least one minute.

2. Movement

Exercise is one of the most effective remedies for fatigue. I have yet to meet anyone who has fallen asleep whilst exercising! Whether you jump on the spot, swing your arms around, do squats or go for a walk – the main thing is to move. This gets your circulation going, increases your oxygen uptake and stifles the onset of fatigue. If you’re in an apartment or office, or aren’t really the sporty type, I recommend doing stretches at regular intervals as described in Yogitivity for example.

3. Cold Water

Nothing like cold water to wake you up! Splash cold water on your face, as well as your neck – just the trick to jump start your mind and body. Plus, don’t forget to drink water to help hydrate and refresh you. Staying hydrated is key to being alert and stress-free.

4. Coffee and Tea

Basically I live by the rule of thumb: don’t drink caffeinated drinks, they will make you feel tired. The stimulating effect of coffee and certain teas is well known. However, I would say if you love coffee, limit yourself to just one cup per day. The rest of the time drink decaf. You could also opt for energy drinks, but ultimately they leave you feeling more tired when consumed in excess – and don’t forget the calories. Go for something more natural and longer lasting, such as amazing teas from Forever Living or Tea Pigs

4. Essential Oils

Talking about natural options…. there is a whole world of natural remedies for fatigue out there. These 9 are the best for reducing fatigue:

  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Black Spruce
  • Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon

Pop a few drops in your diffuser and keep going with focus and purpose. Plus they make the room smell great!

5. Watch What You Eat

We’ve all fallen victim to the post-lunch slump. In biological terms this happens because of the increased demand in oxygen for the digestion process. Apparently, since a lot more oxygen is being directed to the digestive system there is not same level supplying the brain, resulting in fatigue symptoms.

Find out what foods your body deals with best – follow a clean diet (free guide and recipes). The harder is it for your body to digest (e.g. carbohydrates, the wrong combination of food types, etc.), the more oxygen is used for digestion. Therefore, you should opt for a light meal during the working day.

6. Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises are also a tried and tested remedy, which hardly require any time, plus you can do them anytime, anywhere. Here is a breathing exercise that is fun and effective:

Breathing exercise to lift the spirits

Or you can use the “breath of fire” technique to increase new blood flow and oxygen in the brain. This is really powerful! Take care and start off gently. Click here for link to quick video.

  1. Sit up tall, stretching out the space between your belly button and heart.
  2. Breathe in and out through the nose and start to pull your belly in as you exhale, and push it out as you inhale. Imagine your belly fills up with air during the inhale and use your abdominal muscles to push the air out during the exhale.
  3. Start to shorten each breath and pick up the pace. The breathing should be loud and quick.
  4. Try to make you inhale and exhale the same length and strength.

7. Power Naps

This “power nap” is for me a very effective remedy for emerging fatigue. Ideal for gaining new energy in no time. At the beginning, a lot of practice is required until this nap succeeds at all times. But this practice pays off in any case.

How a real power nap works, what it can provide and what needs to be considered, is explained by the sleep researcher Matthew P. Walker, Associate Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley:

Why naps are good for us

8. Sleep

It might be an obvious one, but if you’re not getting enough sleep, you will most certainly feel tired during the day. Since lack of sleep is one of the main causes of fatigue, you should get into a regular sleep routine (e.g. 10pm to 6am). Following the rising and setting of the sun is best.

9. Crystals

Crystals are energy themselves as they are constantly vibrating. Here are some of the top energy-boosting crystals:

  1. Carnelian – boost your energy
  2. Hematite – beat the post-lunch slump
  3. Citrine – calm inspiring energy
  4. Kyanite – encourage efficiency
  5. Calcite – spiritual support
  6. Rose quarts – protect against negative energy
  7. Fluorite – block electromagnetic stress

With the right crystals you can get through anything.

10. Morning and Bedtime Routines

Naturally you need to look at your morning routing and your bedtime routine. I find that these help enormously in getting your body ready for the day and respectively, ready for a good night’s rest.

My Miracle Morning Routine. Create your own morning routine. Don't fall victim to the overwhelm on social media. Dance to your own tune and you'll be miraculous.

These are just a few tips on how to stop feeling tired all the time. Do you have any more you’d like to share below?

Plan for Success. How to get unstuck and find your priorities in under an hour

March: a month of creativity and enterprise 

A few words on listening to your instincts and getting unstuck from your current “state of stuckness”.

In January we are ready for change. To turn a new, fresh leaf. In February we start to see all these great new ideas. In March we have to set these in stone. Don’t let them slip away as you may begin to lose momentum in the coming months. It’s time to plan and capitalise on all these great creative energies within you and around you.

Use the energies of March

According to those in touch with nature, we’re in a month of creativity and inspiration. March is filled with energies that will propel us forward in new directions where we can make progress towards existing goals. Have you felt a shift this month? Are you feeling the need to plan and get rid of the superfluous? I am. Never before have I felt so in harmony with my surroundings and my “gut” instinct. 

This push to really get my ducks in a row (as much as I hate that saying) started at the end of last year. Admittedly it followed the usual need to declutter and start afresh. But this year is different. Why? You may ask with a hint of cynicism. Because this time I’m actually acting on and not just listening to what my “niggling” thoughts are telling me. I urge you to do the same. Get unstuck. The time is ripe to strike forwards at your dreams and aspirations. Use the energies of March to make a real plan to make your projects real, too.

How to move forwards this year

Step 1

Figure out where are you stuck and write it all down. Which projects are taking up too much of your time? Which New Year’s resolutions have already hit the fan? Write down all the areas where you are stuck or not making progress.

Step 2

Figure out what your priorities are. We’re always really good at giving advice to our friends so apply this to yourself. Imagine your problem is your friend’s problem. Imagine they are expecting you to provide them with possible solutions as usual. Even go so far as to pretend they are coming to see you in an hour or ten minutes, so you have to get your thoughts together quick and come up with a plan for them. Write it down. Don’t waste time. No more than an hour. Stick to your priorities.

Step 3

Be creative. Even though you are being more objective because the “problem” is not your own, you can also get creative with this process and ask friends to help out. Present your proposals from Step 2 to a friend. I asked a friend of mine who runs several bars and cafes to give me one hour of her time as a consultant. Just knowing I’d have to present my position to her made me write everything out with the pros, cons, investments, projected revenue, spider diagrams, business wheels, the lot. I answered most of my questions before she arrived, but having her there resolved the stray ends and consolidated my areas of focus.

The time to plan for success is now. Take a few minutes to take charge of your life. Get a step by step system that works and that you will stick to keep. Step one: know what your priorities are. Read more...

Now it’s your turn

Don’t delay. Do the above in a day. Don’t take more than an hour to find solutions. After you have planned out your priorities you’ll finally feel in alignment with your inner values and core beliefs. If you ignore them again and continue fire fighting and spreading yourself thin, you will continue to feel discomfort, dissatisfaction and fatigue. Life is so much more of a breeze when your dancing to the rhythm of your own beat. Pay attention to your internal compass for navigating your life and knowing what needs to be attended to.

Ready for change and the good life

March is a month where you can expect the unexpected. Follow your intuition as you step into a journey or new opportunities. Your intuition will strengthen with your resolve the  more  tuned  in  to your inner voice you become.  

Turn your aspirations in actions

You’re ready for change and ready to live a more authentic life. March challenges you to bravely  move in new directions.  Any kind of forward movement is better than staying  stuck. Face up to those feelings that show you where you’re stuck or needing change. 

Work smarter not harder

Remember your new plan following from steps 1,2,3 above. Don’t be stuck doing endless chores for others or all that work you make for yourself to keep yourself busy in order to ignore the real issues in your life. On the other hand, you may enjoy what you do, but ask yourself: Am I doing too much and not doing any of my own projects the full justice they deserve? 

When I stopped to ask myself that question, I made a brave bold decision to drop half of what I do. I simply struck half of my projects off my to do list – they are on the backburner for when I have time some day in the future. Now instead of inching forwards with multiple projects, I have 3 core areas of focus that will propel forwards through my more targeted use of time.

Don’t forget to think of yourself

Please also consider all your side-hustles and social media stuff. Are you actually factoring in how many unpaid hours you are putting in? Make sure you are getting back a value that reflects the effort you put in. Whether that value is monetary or simply in terms of satisfaction and enjoyment (a spider diagram is good to assess this).

By having a plan that is clear and simple, you will no longer be working non-stop or becoming despondent that your projects are not moving forwards because you’ve been spreading yourself too thin. Now you’ll have time for some self care (a big favourite of mine) and you’ll have time to think and reflect, therefore ultimately make better decisions, both on a personal and professional level.

Structure will give you freedom

Try getting organised using one or all of the methods below (everyone has a way that works best for them). See how you can then start to free up some time for your wellbeing and how this makes you more focused and productive. Notice also how you are more satisfied and content with yourself and your work because it is moving forward. 

  • To Do List: If you’re a checklist person and like crossing things off, make a ToDo list every day so you can cross some great big fact juicy lines through your list and get a sense of satisfaction. Only include your priorities, write the “blue sky” stuff on a separate list.
  • Start using a planner – e.g. Asana or your google calendar or simply with a writing pad. Divide it into your main areas of focus. Keep a cover sheet with an overview monthly calendar so you can see when important deadlines, dates or events are looming. Keep you to do list on the top, visible at all times. Write this list every morning (or at the end of your work day) so you are ready and have direction. This prevents you flouncing around like a butterfly willy-nilly without any true direction.
  • Divide the jobs into little jobs. If you’re a real organiser like me, set aside a few hours for planning each of your main projects and subdivide them into major tasks and then subdivide those down into the smaller tasks until you can create a timeline to getting your wish list done (Gantt chart).
  • Make a pizza. Some people see it like making a pizza in reverse: you know what the end product is going to look like, now break it down into the ingredients and steps required, remembering to factor in preparation time and cooking time for each section. This is how you will approach the subdivision of your major projects into smaller more manageable tasks along a timeline that starts with your ideal or set deadline and works back to where you are today. 

By creating routines, systems, structures and processes in your life this month you’ll be creating an environment that supports change, innovation and continued improvement. You’ll be creating the framework that will give you freedom as your projects take flight.

Since it is the month for inventiveness creativity and thinking outside of the box, isn’t it time you were March-ing in time with your own rhythm?

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The launch of the World of Wellness and Writing Fairs in Harrogate

WORLD OF WELLNESS AND WRITING LAUNCHES ITS FIRST FAIR

An elegant boutique fair to launch the wellness and writing events is being held in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate

This elegant affair is to be held in the beautiful hotel of West Park. It overlooks the open grounds of the Stray in the quintessentially English spa town of Harrogate. There will be stalls showcasing nutritional advice and products to keep you focused, practices to help you recharge and find balance, experts in the field of fitness and posture, literary professionals and of course writing products and services.

We’re on the Health and Wellbeing Show!!

You can discover new healthy lifestyle tips, writing materials/skills and attend mini workshops/presentation. It’s also an opportunity to find out what events and courses are coming up soon in your area. It is important to liaise and collaborate with your local community, both as an individual and a business. It is a very rewarding experience – both ways!

STOP! AND REFILL YOUR CREATIVE WELL

Do you work in a creative field? Are you a writer, author, poet, blogger, novelist, reporter…. or just have to write a lot of reports or marketing content at work? If so, how do you avoid burnout, keep your creative juices flowing, stay focused, become more productive, keep your energy levels up….? Don’t worry, at the World of Wellness and Writing, we have lots of tips and hacks to help you.

Being a writer does not involve musing barefoot through blossom-covered archways and pondering on the meaning of life as many think. The creative process is a demanding and often very draining experience.

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” ― Émile Zola.

As Zola says, it involves hard work. But to be a successful writer you also need several other key ingredients such as patience, passion, the ability to accept criticism, and so on. However, there is one fundamental ingredient required by writers that often goes unmentioned: Self Care.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF CARE

Self care is perhaps of the most important element in a creative person’s life. As we deplete ourselves of energy and constantly delve within to find new ideas, inspiration and drive, we need to look after ourselves. Sadly most of us don’t and we experience burnout or frustration.

Here at the World of Wellness and Writing we believe in promoting self care for all writers from healthy lifestyle choices to ideas for refilling your creative well.

Come visit our fascinating stalls and uncover the secrets to uplevel your writing… or just gentle and inviting ways to improve your wellbeing.

THE VENUE: WEST PARK HOTEL

Our boutique event is free to all and designed to inspire you to write and find a self care routine that works for you.

Venue for our first boutique fair

Just go through the front entrance fo the West Park Hotel overlooking the Stray and make your way to the back of the building to the private dining room. Wheelchair access.

Line-up of speakers + workshops

10am-11am
Susanna Lewis (aka A Yorkshire Girl) Writing as a form of therapy
11am-12pm
Promoting Yorkshire Authors – helping you from idea to published book
12pm-1pm 
Calligraphy Harrogate (workshop with Helen and Jools)
1pm-2pm
Martine Moorby (Reiki Master, EFT, spiritual health)
2pm-3pm
Meditation with Lou – join this relaxing session + feel the benefits
3pm-4pm
Kate Bunney: Young Living Essential Oils + Magnetix – improved wellbeing

We look forward to hosting many more such events, so keep a look out near you. Is your town ready for a World of Wellness and Writing Fair? Please write and let me know: Francesca Hepton (Founder)

Who would have thought self care could be such an effective methodology for success. Discover the main self care routines you should be focusing on to up level your career as a writer.

Self care for writers may not be a sexy topic as we prefer to think of ourselves as artistes slogging away in dank rooms lit by smouldering candles. Romantic as that may seem, if you’re  healthy and have a balanced approach to your writing, you are more likely to have financial success.

Paying heed to your emotional and physical well-being is important for staying creative, healthy, focused and alert! Mindfulness, stretches, workouts, massage, self-care, meditations and healthy eating all play a part. This site gives you tips on how to combat depression, anxiety, exhaustion, and/or stress.

7 relaxation and revitalising techniques for writers - essential self care routine for success

The secret to success is simple: Living a natural, holistic life, making sure our wheel is balanced. The World of Wellness and Writing champions the concept of “Personal Wellness”, offering illustrations, explanations and courses to open up opportunities for writers to push through boundaries, feel better about themselves and be rid of the struggles.

WELLNESS BEFORE WRITING

Most websites addressing the concept of wellness in association with writing, usually refer to writing as a method for improve your personal wellbeing. Writing is often used as a cathartic method for releasing inner emotions, negativity and memories stored at a cellular level. This website however turns this process on its head. We are looking at how wellness can help the writer .

For example, you cannot perform if you haven’t got a healthy diet. Having the right nutrition and diet feeding and fueling yourself properly is essential (read the aloe vera story)

 Writing a book takes a huge amount of energy, in every sense: physically, mentally, emotionally, and creatively. Keep up your energy levels and focus with the right diet for you.

If you are physically uncomfortable or unwell this will be a hindrance to your performance as a writer. Most writers suffer from poor posture as we hunch over when we are engrossed din our writing. And when we get into the “flow” we can hold this position for hours without noticing. Take some easy steps to counteract this pain and potentially harmful writer’s habit.

Writers often sit for hours at a desk - discover how to relieve and even heal your back pain - free ebook.

Self care practices for writers bring balance to the choppy seas of a writer’s life. Learn to cultivate a life that supports your writing! By putting Wellness before Writing and you will perform better.

RELEASE YOUR INNER WARRIOR

Conquer self-doubt, find your true path and become a confident writer

That is why we advocate “stepping out of your body and onto the page”.

If you feel good about yourself and are working with all your engines fixing at 100%, it is amazing what results and work you can produce.

Simple tricks like eating healthily, getting enough sleep and having the right environment can improve your writing  no end. The same also applies to freelance workers of all kinds. I offer tips and routines her to help you become more energised, organised and productive.

I BELIEVE IN WORKING SMARTER NOT HARDER.

STRANGE AS IT MAY SOUND, BY DOING LESS YOU ACTUALLY ACHIEVE MORE. FOR STARTERS YOUR'RE MORE RELAXED AND LESS ANXIOUS. YOU BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE AS A WRITER BY DOING LESS. DON'T FORCE IT. GO WITH THE FLOW.

Only do what you need or want to. Ditch the rest. There really isn’t any more to it than that unless you are looking to make your life complicated. here are some tips to help you plan.

Don’t forget your local community

In order to sustain my personal wellness I noticed that I also needed to  have the right “community wellness” around me as well. By that I mean the right surroundings, support and stimulus. I am fortunate to live in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate in the north of England. Here everything is in balance, the architecture an open green spaces, the nightlife for the younger generation plus activities and communities for the older generation. We have a proactive local council who promote the physical and mental health of local residents whilst also providing a beautiful environment in which we live. This attitude is further supported by local business owners.

A town with a healing past and still developing business for the future. I’m very lucky indeed. What great assets does your town have to offer?

WHAT YOU NEED AS A WRITER

Some key ingredients to success as a writer

  • Personal wellness – you’re probably familiar with this but our blog posts will keep you informed of effective methods and provide you with informative articles on improving your wellbeing, explaining concept of personal wellbeing. A lifestyle.
  • The right surroundings from your home office, to your garden and town. Everything you see impacts on you. In a boxed dark room depressed, open spaces free to think.
  • Changes, stimulus – mental and visual: theatre, conferences, meet-ups.
  • Very active local community with its own Tribes and Book Clubs, Writing Circles, etc.
  • Variety and routine

MACRO level – celebrate and use your town

MICRO level – promote and support your personal wellbeing

When your energy is flowing, your chakras are open and your brain is firing you will set your pages on fire.

Use crystals to get your energies flowing freely. This will improve your focus, creativity and productivity as a writer.

Have a few freebie guides to self-help your way to this state of creativity and productivity. Guides on how to get organised the absolute key to any freelancer’s life, plus some help on getting published, retreats to stimulate your inner writing warrior and courses in Yogitivity that will change the way you live and write forever.

If you need to break free from bad habits, feel a little better about yourself and get focused, one of my own guides can help you with that. Remember self care and personal development are your secret weapons to becoming a great writer.

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Yogitivity© - embracing the benefits of yoga to boost your creativity as a writer. Feel free to join one of our Yogitivity Workshops (held in the glorious grounds of Rudding Park) using yoga to improve your creativity as a writer.

The death of creativity

Once upon a time there was a girl who loved nothing more than to write. For her, it was a way of dealing with her difficult childhood and to feel safe. One day her primary school teacher tore up one of her stories and said: “We do not tolerate such fanciful ideas. Nobody wants to hear the thoughts of a silly little girl. Write a proper story”. On that day, the girl stopped writing. It took nearly 20 years before she could hear the call to write again rise in her soul. On that day she picked up a pen again.

How “shame wounds” can block your creative flow

Unfortunately this is not an isolated case. Studies show that almost 1 in every 3 people harbours such a “shame wound” in the context of their own creativity. Many of us have had similar experiences to the girl in the story – we were not taken seriously, criticised or laughed at. The result: we have internalised beliefs such as “I cannot write”, “I can’t sing” or “I’m not creative”.

The girl’s story shows how vulnerable we are when we express our inner self, but also that we have a deep natural urge to express ourselves creatively that can never be completely silenced. The deepest nature of our being is creative, and our desire for self-expression is in fact our desire to “share our soul with the world”.

But instead of being creative, many of us become consumers. We listen to music instead of singing or making music ourselves. We admire the works of great artists instead of painting, weaving, making, dancing or producing films ourselves. In extreme cases, we numb ourselves with alcohol, or some kind of intoxication, excessive sport, etc. in order not to feel the pain that our innermost being is not allowed to express itself. We feel the pressure of what lies in us like a hidden treasure that wants to escape to the outside world. This results in tension, a dissatisfaction with life and a deeply felt emptiness.

The importance of being aligned with yourself

Letting our natural creative flow dry up can even make us sick, because we do not live in harmony with our true nature. “Musicians have to make music, artists have to paint, poets have to write if they want to live in peace with themselves,” said Abraham Maslow, the founding father of humanistic psychology.

Get in touch with your creative source

Each and every one of us already has everything it takes to be creative. The only question is: how do we access our creative source? How can we tap into and find the artist in us? This is where Yoga can help us.

Create a space that is free from judgment

Creative ideas can only emerge if they are not immediately silenced by the judgmental opinions of the thinking mind. In creative self-expression, there is no right or wrong – just as there is no right or wrong yoga pose. Every body is different, every human being is unique. What is, is allowed to be; what wants to come forth, is allowed to reveal itself, without censorship. Like yoga, creativity is a path to truthfulness.

Perseverance and letting go

In yoga we know the principles of abhyasa and vairagya. We need perseverance and self-discipline to get back on the mat every day, despite all distractions and our impulse to resist. At the same time, it is important to practice yoga unintentionally and to let go of the attachment we place on the fruits of our practice. We need to replicate qualities our writing habits if we want to fully develop our creativity. It is a common misconception that one has to wait for the Muse’s kiss to be creative. Pablo Picasso explains this succinctly:

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you at work.”

Give your ego the heave-ho!

Have you ever been mesmerised by a concerto pianist? They appear to merge with the piano and music. It’s as if the sounds do not just come from the pianist. Such brilliant musicians and artists connect to a source that does not come from within them. They give their ego the heave-ho and feel like a vehicle for a force that is beyond their comprehension. When I write or illustrate my books, I feel as though I am being guided. It flows from within me somewhere and I do not and cannot stop until it is complete. I then stand back in wonder and say: “Did I really do all that?” Sound familiar?

Powerful, authentic writing stems from the ability to merge with what we write, from the fact that our ego dissolves and the words can emerge through. We are the vessel. There is no expectation of success clinging and dragging down our creative process.

The creative process

If we manage to step aside and not let out ego interfere, we enter a creative flow. In this “state”, the writing, pairing, singing, drawing all flow freely and we act as the channel. It is the same with yoga. Those same blissful moments in your yoga practice where effort and resistance dissolve and we suddenly feel that our breath is moving us, we feel as though we are floating.

Being at one with ourselves

It could be said that a trait of a genius or an intuitive with a keen imagination, is a person who seeks to be alone to feel in close touch with themselves and Nature and be inspired by this sense of balance. Already we are drawer closer to this sense of being “at one”, state that we approach through the practice of yoga. Moments of being alone, of retreat, of silence and of listening are necessary to feel how connected we are to everything. They also help us switch to receiving and open us up to inspiration – the muse’s kiss.

Silence your voice of doubt. Heal your shame wound

Both the practice of yoga and the creative journey contain blockages and self-doubt. Every so often we feel stuck again, paralysed and immobile, whether physically or mentally. And we all hear those inner voices whispering to us that everyone else is talented, better and successful – but not us. Vincent van Gogh once said, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

Yoga as well as creativity is about getting moving, facing up to your self-doubts silencing those harsh judgments from teachers. Just start with a deep breath or a few words to mark an empty page, the rest will follow by itself. One thing leads to another and we get into the flow.

Yogitivity© – embracing the benefits of yoga to boost your creativity as a writer. Feel free to join one of our Yogitivity Workshops (held in the glorious grounds of Rudding Park) using yoga to improve your creativity as a writer.

Embracing the benefits of yoga to boost your creativity as a writer. Join one of our Yogitivity Workshops using yoga to improve your creativity as a writer.

Sign up for your online Yogitivity course to release your inner creative. Or join an exclusive Yogitivity Workshop.

The secret to achieving work life blalance

Is it possible to achieve the elusive work life balance?

Interview with Sarah Sanpher-McDowell
Founder of the Women’s Recycling Alliance

Company Director and successful entrepreneur Sarah Sanpher-McDowell explains how she achieves the perfect work life balance whilst holding down a high-powered job and setting up a successful all-female trade alliance.

Interview successful entrepreneur. Sarah Sanpher-McDowell explains how she achieves the perfect work life balance whilst holding down a high-powered job and setting up a successful all-female trade alliance.

Sarah’s professional background

Today’s guest is Sarah Sanpher-McDowell, a Director and entrepreneur based in Harrogate, UK. She is the creator of the Women’s Recycling Alliance – promoting and inspiring women in the recycling and waste industry – as well as a Director at the fast-growing, forward-thinking company Clearpoint Recycling Ltd. Her work has been featured on Stray FM Radio, letsrecycle.com and attracted the interest of leading female professionals all around the country!

I first met Sarah because our sons were best friends at school and we would chat whenever we would pick up or drop off. Our little chats at the door though soon became hour-length conversations, endless catch-ups by phone and ultimately a wonderful friendship. I have always admired Sarah for her strength of character and rational outlook on life. That is why I believe she epitomizes the perfect example of a Wellness Warrior. She embraces the gifts of the universe, practices what she preaches and is as stoic as any mythical Amazonian.

Sarah is a classic case of not judging a book by its cover. Her friendly demeanor and easy manner by no means take precedence over her astute and keen skills of observation and highly organizational mind.

Working her way to the top

This business lady has moved from the detailed world of finance and accounts into the heady boardrooms of directorship in an amazingly short period of time.

Working initially with owner operator businesses to free them up to do what they do best and assisting with business development growth.  Just 5 years ago, Sarah knew she was capable of much more. Although she also ran a very successful and thriving women’s networking group and highly sought after organisational services, her inquisitive and analytical mind needed to broaden it horizons.

She proved her worth as a business entrepreneur as she helped Clearpoint Recycling grow from just a 3-person enterprise to a flourishing enterprise offering employment to over 24 people in 3 years. Sarah nurtures and helps her personnel to grow both personally and professionally with her years of experience and perceptive, empathetic approach.

Work does not take over her home life

I think you’ll have gathered by now that beyond her highly convivial personality, Sarah is an estimable business woman, but she is also a wonderful, caring and devoted mother and wife.

In this interview, you’ll learn more about how Sarah manages to be positive and purposeful ALL the time, how she’s managed to strike the perfect work-life balance with grace, be more confident, and how to create an inspiring alliance in a male-dominated sector giving women in the waste industry the opportunity to network, hone their professional skills and become a force to be reckoned with.

You will also discover:

  • Sarah’s personal wellness ritual to being happy, healthy and grounded
  • How Sarah manages to not just survive but thrive in a male-dominated industry
  • Why Sarah went from freelancer to full-time Director and what the benefits of that decision were for her personally
  • How Sarah intends to help women in the waste industry
  • And finally, Sarah’s advice for anyone who wants to set up an alliance or take that first step in realising your passion and how this is possible in conjunction with your full-time job and sustaining a happy home life.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS with time slots

Thank you for being here Sarah 5:20

Q1. I thought we’d kick off with perhaps the most burning question our listeners will want to know the answer to. How do you strike the perfect balance between work and your personal life?

The benefits are self-evident as you are fit and healthy, motivated and extremely focused. Morning routine: 6:15

Weekend routines and family values. 7:40

Do you think this balance is possible for most workers? And if so, why aren’t more people, in your opinion, able to strike this balance? 10:20

11:50 Sarah’s personal morning routine

Q2. Onto the more serious stuff now. You were initially working for Clearpoint Recycling on a freelance basis. You became such a valuable asset they lured you back into full-time employment. Do you have any regrets about going back to full time work and what made you accept their offer? 14:10

Q3. Do you miss anything about being a freelancer?

Q4. Now it is no real surprise to know that the waste and recycling industry in the UK and in fact worldwide is predominantly male. In fact 78% of the employees within the waste, energy and water industry in the UK are male. That is a very high percentage. Is that one of the reasons why you wanted an all-female alliance? And what other things motivated you to start up the Women’s Recycling Alliance? And tell us a little bit about it. 18:55

Women's Recycling Alliance. Connect with like-minded women in our industry.
Grow your network.
Develop new personal and professional skills.
Discuss industry related topics.

Could having more women in the recycling industry help downturn the trend for more waste?

Q5. What is your motivation behind the Women’s Recycling Alliance 19:37

Q6. What sets your alliance apart? Women in a male-dominated industry 24:30 Inclusive of men 30:00

Q7. The senior executive vice president at Veolia, one of the UK’s market leaders in waste, water and energy management services, Estelle Brachlianoff, is a wonderful example of how a woman can be successful in a male-dominated industry – will you be inviting her to one of your future events? 32:14

Q8. Any parting advice to women in particular who are in a male-dominated industry and feeling the extra pressure? 33:10

Thank you for your time, Sarah. I do not know how you manage to remain so composed and focused with your angel feathers perfectly unruffled with so much going on in your life. Must be those early morning workouts!

Well done on your accomplishments and I wish you every success with the Women’s Recycling Alliance!

A wonderful role model

Sarah is a pure role model of the perfect mother, perfect business women and perfect friend. You do not begrudge her this success for she is down to earth and genuine. If we had more of her kind of caring and no-nonsense individuals in business, companies would be a happier and more productive environment.

Interested in getting in touch with Sarah or seeing her successful Women’s Recycling Alliance? Useful contact details below:

Go for personal growth and develop your lifestyle with these tips for improving your habits for a healthier lifestyle and 6 inspirational personal development books

Life changing personal development books for FREE for you to download as audio books

This is perhaps the most valuable FREE resource page I am offering you. Being able to benefit from well-researched inspirational self help books that will help you grow in every area of your life is priceless. These books will not only help you develop and grow spiritually and mentally, they will also help you manage money, improve your fitness levels and adopt a positive mindset.

Life changing self help books for women. Download the audio version of these 6 inspirational personal development guides absolutely FREE.

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“Books that change your life!” Wow that sounds like a big claim. Can books do that? Not without a little input from you. But they can certainly serve as a source of inspiration on the path of change. If you want to take charge of your own life right now, reshape it, sculpt it and break new ground, then I have some exciting inspiration for books that can change your life. FREE. So you can find your own path leading to a beautiful and good life. The most important factor is to listen to yourself, to follow your inner voice. Only then can you succeed in a self-determined life. I followed my inner voice and went my own way, and I’m still walking. However, change often requires a little food for thought from external sources.

So here are some of my self help books that provide you with new inspiration time and time again to make the most of the precious life you are living.

Beware these self-help books may change your life!

To give you a better overview, I have divided my self-help books into different categories. Depending on the area in which you want to change your life.

  1. Motivation – to help you reach fitness goals and gain clarity
  2. Confidence booster – Feeling good about yourself
  3. Breaking bad habits – Get the right mindset to ditch habits that are keeping you back
  4. Happiness – Having a positive mindset
  5. Finances – Don’t stress about money, get saving savvy

1. The Ultimate Motivation Guide

The ultimate motivation guide: How to Get Fit with Reiki and Music. With step by step instructions from trained Reiki healer and tips on how to select the music to best for you. Get motivated, stay motivated!
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2. How to Feel More Confident, Gorgeous + Grounded

3. Get Rid of Unwanted Habits

4. Discover How to Be Happier

5. A Concise Guide on How to Save Money

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