Thursday, 29 December 2011

Getting attuned to Reiki



Big day today……..I’m soon to receive my reiki attunement.
So,  what does this mean? Well,  to be totally honest,  I’m not really sure I understand it.
What I would like to think is that it will allow me to open myself up to understanding and knowing the universal laws even better than I do now.
Asking the universe this one question creates magic:  “What can I do to allow even more openness?”
You can use these type of questions all the time to open up possibilities. 
How does it get even better than this?
What can I  do in this situation?
Universe,  help to show me what I need to do
And the list goes on…..
Asking Joanne what exactly to expect,  she seems to think this is something that I am worried about.  However,  I can say I’m not worried.  I trust Joanne with my life.  This is the lady who helped me look after my children while I went back to college to retrain.  If I trust her with my children, I trust her with my life.  End of.
Breaking down barriers.  This is something that Joanne has told me to expect.  Barriers I have put up to protect myself may well come down.  This does concern me slightly.  I pride myself on being a strong woman.  What if suddenly I cannot be strong anymore?  Cancel that thought.  Use the art of allowing.  
What is the art of allowing you ask?  Allowing something is just letting something happen.  Stop worrying about it,  let it be and let it just do whatever it’s going to do.  Leave it to fate you might say….  At the end of the day, call it what you will,   yet know that worrying about things,  being afraid of things or unnecessary fretting Is not going to change things.  Being positive,  expecting a good outcome,  thinking everything is for a good reason is the art of allowing.  Let go of the past bad stuff,  know it’s part of the journey that we are all on.
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Last night,  I slept at Joannes house.  This house has such a lovely, homely feel to it.  Cannot explain it.
Joanne and I had a conversation last night about ‘not being able to explain something’ .
“If you cannot explain it,  then it is something that is coming from within.  From a source of what we are made up from. All that we are is working in other ways than our conscious thoughts and conscious feelings.  When we say we cannot explain it to someone else,   this  gives it even more substance.  It’s coming from inside.  We cannot quantify it, yet must not question it either.  Especially if it is a strong feeling that feeling right or wrong.”
Wise words,  clever lady.
The room I slept in was full of crystals.  Now,  I’m not totally sure of crystals and all of their meanings but apparently I may have experienced “A clearing”.  I woke totally soaked with sweat and the good thing was,  I was totally full of direction,  ideas and positivity that I must head in a certain direction.  This was with my writing and my wishes of helping others in life with weight loss goals,  fertility and and and and and……woah I’m sooooo ready to go…….
Looking forward to getting away to my beloved second home, Egypt next week,  I’m feeling very grounded and the future feels so rosy.
So,  I’ll write more after finding out about the history of Reiki.  
Exciting times!
Well, the whole story of Reiki is pretty impressive and just a little bit scary. 
There is definitely more to life than what we can put our hands on,  what we can see and what we can comprehend. 
During my lesson,  I found out that through the power of meditation,  we can create so many answers for ourselves that were previously unanswered.
Attunement took place, whatever that really is……but some sort of magical power that opens me up to the power of Reiki.  Right at the very end of this I could see a really bright white star appear. 
Looking remarkably like a star that you would find on a Christmas card,  directly above a camels head in front of the hills.
After doing my practice Reiki sessions on my 3 family members,  I was shocked to know that my husband spoke right at the end of his session that he saw a bright white star just like the one you see on a Christmas card……..woahhhhhhhhh.
Well for sure, this stuff worked,  my hands got very hot in certain places on the body and there was a feeling within me that there is very much something going on inside of all of us that is more than unexplainable.  I felt a sense of peace and tranquillity.  Knowing that no matter what journey life takes us on this crazy path,  all will always be well.
All is well.
We are loved.  

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Gratitude - Just a word until something is taken away from you?





Guilty as charged m’lord!
How about you? Are you guilty too? 
For sure I am, despite my best efforts to try and appreciate everything. That said, yesterday from my sick bed I watched a hilarious episode of “Friends” where Phoebe had a boyfriend who was so upbeat about everything in sight. It was nauseating! Different from him, I can see the bad in some things but choose not to let it into my space to make me feel blue.
So, what exactly is gratitude? Let’s talk about health for a minute; we walk around in our happy bubble appreciating nature or something else beautiful that we can write about in our gratitude journal, not always realising the comfort our bodies are in. Have you ever suffered at the hands of a basic need like going to the loo? Or being able to chew? Let’s think of a water infection – ouchie – now doesn’t that make you realise how comfortable you were prior to the water infection?
Have you ever sat there suffering and thinking this exact same thing? Uh hummm sister me too, I feel your pain!
Being well and healthy is something that we all very much take for granted which is a good thing. Were we to spend time worrying all the time about which illness we might get next, well, frankly that’s another whole illness in itself isn’t it!
When that health is taken away, however temporarily, it sure does make us realise that we were so lucky previously to this. Can you see my point? Where am I heading? Well maybe you already keep a gratitude journal. They can be so powerful. Every single day you realise that even if it might be one of those days  you put down to being a ‘bad day’ there will be at least 3 things you can list in your gratitude journal. As you do this, you will in simple terms, realise there is a reason to be cheerful – (wasn’t that a song?) – in complex terms you will raise your vibrational frequency which will in turn take you higher and higher up the emotional scale. This is excellent news!
What is the emotional scale? Now that’s a long answer and a whole other blog……let me tell you a secret (one we want everyone to know about) you want to be as close to the top as possible. What emotion is at the top?
Joy
And that, my friends, is the meaning of life…………
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Manifesting the perfect new boots

My ankle was sprained.

Well, that was the good news.....it could have been broken of course......but thank goodness it was no break, "just" a sprain. Now this was 6 weeks ago and I was still really struggling to walk on the glamourous high heels I loved so much. Like the desert loves the rain! So, accepting that I either walk semi-normally on flatties or walk like a really badly injured person on heels, I opted - without question or agenda  - for flatties.

Last years "ugg" boots (which were definitely not ugg boots but this is the easiest way for you to 'get the jist') were starting to do that little 'off to the side' walk all of their own accord! So this was not my smartest look, although definitely comfortable and for sure the warmest. The other flat boots I had let in the rain and left me walking, with shoes, in a puddle!

Cut to the chase, I needed new boots. I loved the 'riding boots' that were all the rage this year and I wouldn't have minded some of those but it wasn't the look I wanted. After looking in many different shops I was almost resigned to the fact that my only choice seemed to be the riding boots for this winter.

Visiting the gorgeous London lights took me into River Island on Regent Street.



 There they were!!  The perfect boots,  I loved them so much.  "Yee haa" screamed out to me,  so a little cowboy type of thing, you know.  Although they were out of my budget that I'd set myself for the boots,  considering it was coming up to Christmas too.  Damn.....

Giving up on the boots idea totally while accepting the fact I'll be walking in puddles, I shopped  few days later for a Christmas gift that is still a pre Christmas secret (so I won't tell you here what it was!).  Thinking I had finished shopping for the day,  I headed back to the car when on the way a shoe shop "called" to me!!!

"SALE"

Ohhh,  this could be interesting.  So in I went,  with this magnetic force pulling me in!!  Finding the size 6's was easy.  Straight to the back of the shops..........YEE HAA boots in there!!
Woahhhhhhh
PERFECT!

I picked them up to look for the price tag.  All the other boots in the sale had a red price tag.  No Red price tag here.  Not these boots.........I looked,  there was another pair,  identical! FAB.

No price.

Hmm.

Lady with a badge was there so I asked,  "If there is no red tag does that mean these aren't in the sale?"
She replied,  "I'll go and find a price for you." Without further delay she was gone,  one YeeHaa boot in hand...........have a little guess what I did?

I put a request in to the Universe, whispering: "Make it £15 please."

Then I waited.........

The lady came back............ "They are 15."
"Fifteen pounds?" I asked, astounded to the point of almost falling over.
"Yes."  She replied in an 'of course' voice.
"Ok,  I'll take those!" I exclaimed before I realised I should try them on.  Of course, they were a perfect fit!

Till exchange taken care of,  perfect boots in possession........


YEE HAAA!!!!!!!!!!!


Thank you Universe!
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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Gratitude - Just a word until something is taken away from you?


Guilty as charged m’lord!

How about you? Are you guilty too?

For sure I am, despite my best efforts to try and appreciate everything. That said, yesterday from my sick bed I watched a hilarious episode of “Friends” where Phoebe had a boyfriend who was so upbeat about everything in sight. It was nauseating! Different from him, I can see the bad in some things but choose not to let it into my space to make me feel blue.


So, what exactly is gratitude? Let’s talk about health for a minute; we walk around in our happy bubble appreciating nature or something else beautiful that we can write about in our gratitude journal, not always realising the comfort our bodies are in. Have you ever suffered at the hands of a basic need like going to the loo? Or being able to chew? Let’s think of a water infection – ouchie – now doesn’t that make you realise how comfortable you were prior to the water infection?
Have you ever sat there suffering and thinking this exact same thing? Uh hummm sister me too, I feel your pain!
Being well and healthy is something that we all very much take for granted which is a good thing. Were we to spend time worrying all the time about which illness we might get next, well, frankly that’s another whole illness in itself isn’t it!

When that health is taken away, however temporarily, it sure does make us realise that we were so lucky previously to this. Can you see my point? Where am I heading? Well maybe you already keep a gratitude journal. They can be so powerful. Every single day you realise that even if it might be one of those days  you put down to being a ‘bad day’ there will be at least 3 things you can list in your gratitude journal. As you do this, you will in simple terms, realise there is a reason to be cheerful – (wasn’t that a song?) – in complex terms you will raise your vibrational frequency which will in turn take you higher and higher up the emotional scale. This is excellent news!

What is the emotional scale? Now that’s a long answer and a whole other blog……let me tell you a secret (one we want everyone to know about) you want to be as close to the top as possible. What emotion is at the top?

Joy

And that, my friends, is the meaning of life…………


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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Perceptions of Paradise

Knowing we are all different is commonplace.
Accepting that can be a little tough. 
Realising what makes us -and others- tick is a fascinating subject and one that has brought me to a place of new found freedom.
Having spent the last few days completely connected to the source within me (some of you may know what I mean when I say I’m in the vortex) I have been taken to a place which has again opened my eyes to a new world.
Since turning 40 I seem to be learning so much! You would think you know everything by then....
So, what is Paradise?
Sharing with you my thoughts and feeling of paradise may be what one other person sees as an idea of hell on earth. Sounds pretty obvious right? Well, it is! I’m not telling you anything new when I say we all have objective opinions. Here in Egypt this week I have met some amazing people as always and as I have felt so open in my vortex, it’s easy to freely communicate with new folks.
To me, where I am right now, is pure heaven on earth.
Paradise:
I’ll enlighten to you how I see it......
Red sea full of fish, like a scene from “Finding Nemo” yet better than that is being in the hands of experienced divers who give you the total feeling of safety. 
How can it be that the very same waters which houses some dangers can set you so at peace. When you look under water and see the natural tranquility that glides effortlessly throughout the waters everyday, the rest of the world seems so far away.
At the end of every resort (built for the holiday makers) there is a pier. Don’t imagine Eastbourne or Brighton. Much much more simple. Less complex making way for the natural beauty. 
Which is, a backdrop of mountains, the red sea, the shimmering clear waters.
Just this morning a heron came to greet me at 6am on my windy walk. Like a well rehearsed actor he glided in settling in front of me, watching for fish.
Excited, I grabbed my camera and took dozen of photos of him catching his breakfast. Despite the brightness of the suns rays blinding the pictures, I was sure there were some fab photos on there. Literally with fists punching the air with excitement, I could have screamed out,
“YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!”

Nature is a wonder of beauty. She is all around. Being here gives me the freedom to experience really seeing her. Not looking at, but looking through, feeling her, experiencing her, letting her in and soaking her all up.
Loving nature as I do, I always connect and ground myself no matter where I am. Last year in November was Scotland. 
That was emotional! Quite a work of natural art. This October its Egypt. Sharm el Sheikh. So what sets it apart for me?
Have you ever read trip advisor? Leaving the holiday behind seems easy for many. They write on trip advisor in such a manner that you cannot fail to feel their pain of such a clearly awful trip. 
The porcelain in their sink was cracked. 
Lunchtime was self service in a certain restaurant.
Beer was served in half pint not pint measures.
The sun is too hot.
The sand isn’t small enough grains.
Ok.
The list is endless.
For every individual it is relative. For some, a self service restaurant may make or break the holiday. Requesting to move hotels would demonstrate how this is keeping them from connecting, getting in the vortex. What should a holiday be about? What is PARADISE?
I am thinking right now that our entire lives should be paradise. We should be connected all of the time, in the vortex. However, not only listening to Abraham Hicks but also observing while in paradise has shown me that if we spend all of our time without contrast, then the whole life experience becomes on one level. For me, the contrast will come tomorrow, when I leave paradise to come home. Leaving here the last time gave me a pain in my heart which took some getting over. This time I will try to be safe in the knowledge that I can return, making this a part of my life which I can experience at free will. Using the law of attraction I will manifest more trips which fill me up with so much happiness and connectivity. 
Staying here all the time, would I lose the desire to punch the air and shout “YESSS” when I see the heron come for breakfast? Would I take it all for granted?
Most likely.
So what has made me feel that this is paradise? 
The surroundings?
The weather?
The bouganvillia?
The food?
Well in reality they all helped. Although if I were to pick one thing to place at the top of the heat.......
It’s a feeling. 
It’s the feeling the people give you here. The locals, the holiday makers, the staff. If I could have one wish for the world, it would be that we all treat each other lovingly, with respect. Wishing for the world to be at peace.
In a bubble of happiness, my husband and I arrived here feeling like celebrities. Somebody. We were somebody.
Somebody who was appreciated. They all smiled with big hugs and kisses and lots of “Welcome back”. If I could bottle that feeling of appreciation and being ‘somebody’..............sigh........what a wonderful world this would be. 
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Saturday, 9 July 2011

The Best Mint Tea

Freshly grown mint has so many excellent properties to it if consumed!
It is easy on the stomach and relaxes the intestine. Great for trapped wind!

I could sit and list lots of excellent reasons to use mint. But trust me - it's good for you!

So how do you consume it? From a fresh herb, pick off a few of the top leaves and infuse in water to make tea. This is far superior to dried tea bags (although they are still great).

Anyway, after a trip to the wonderful  Leon restaurant (Which I cannot recommend highly enough for customer service and amazing healthy food - even gluten free goodies) I was thrilled to find they serve what they call a mint "steeper" which is loads of full of flavour leaves in a cup.

After growing mint in my herb garden at home, I have decided to regularly make tea and I have an excellent tip for you:
Pick the mint tips fresh, place them in a mini cafetiere and top up with water. After infusing for a few minutes, plunge and pour. Then you aren't picking bits of leaf from your teeth and it's so delicious!

Try it!
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Friday, 8 July 2011

Lightbulb moments!

AHA!


That's it!


I know!


Why didn't I think of that earlier?


IT's a SIGN!


Sounds familiar doesn't it?!

Occasionally, you will wake up in the middle of the night, sit BOLT upright and remember something you had been trying to think of all day long!

You walk into a room, forget what you went in there for and to quote Lee Evans (genius) you say out loud "What did I come in here for?"
"Why are you asking you? You DON"T KNOW!!" Say's Lee. Quite right.
then as you turn to walk away, you remember, just as you have stopped thinking about it.

Well, in the world of the Law of Attraction, this is easy to explain, yet would take me a while to explain in a blog.

Suffice to say, it's good to know that sometimes you just need to 'go with the flow'.

Did it come from nowhere?
Did it seem like an idea you had thought about before?
Does it seem like the RIGHT thing to do?
Does your gut say "Go for it"?
Maybe you wonder why you didn't think of it sooner.

The big question:
Does it feel easy?


If it does, it is most likely the right thing to do.


So, when that lightbulb goes off, gets you very excited and you feel very positive.....I ask.....Why not?

GO For it!!!

What's stopping you?

Some power, stronger than us, has lead you there. Do it! Enjoy it.

Loads of love

Louise x
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Monday, 20 June 2011

Paradise on earth

Picture this:

I'm cruising swiftly through deep blue waters. The heat is delightful at 43 degrees with the cool wind blowing.
There is a crew onboard this beautiful boat that treat all visitors simply like royalty. They cannot do enough.


After sailing for a couple of hours, dangling my legs over the side and posing bravely for photos Kate Winslett style (Titanic) there seemed to be another neighbouring boat getting excited. I more like felt the energy than saw it. One man was pointing at something with such conviction that I felt sure he was doing a catalogue pose! Suddenly, I knew assuredly what the excitement was all about.

DOLPHINS!
"Oh my goodness!" I screamed out loudly, "There are dolphins!"

The two boats began honking horns, the crew calling out loudly "Dolphins" And blowing whistles and stomping their feet. The dolphins loved this.....they playfully jumped through the water, circling the boats.
My children squealed in delight at what we could see before our eyes.

After they had played with our senses for a while they were gone.....
Recovering, We sailed some more.

The expert diving crew anchored the boat in the middle of the Red Sea in what I can only call Paradise. I'll use a capital P as it feels rude not to.
Hardly able to describe the feelings I felt, I will tell you a short story instead:
I was looking out at the Red Sea, watching the deep blue water change shades into a gorgeous pale blue turquoise as the water got more shallow leading up to an island in the middle of the sea. Covered by white sand, it simply looked like paradise. I would have loved to have taken a couple of models there for a photo shoot! Wow.
Most of my fellow travellers had left the boat to go snorkelling. Luckily they also swam to the island and walked up onto the sand to experience that paradise under their feet.

Beginning to feel quite overwhelmed by the sight before me, I took a moment looking out from the back of the boat and tried hard to control my feeling. It was like I was being grounded, rooted my feet into the world, the earth, this amazing country. Whatever was going on with me on a spiritual level that day, it moved me.
Leaning on one of the pillars at the back of the boat I couldn't help my eyes as they filled up with tears.
Thinking noone was watching, I was softly asked by the tour guide, "I am so sorry to disturb your thoughts, but can I please ask what the English mean when they say I am pondering?"

Obviously this was a very clever way of asking me if I was ok, without actually being as blunt as that. I felt his warmth was kind.
Deciding that he probably knew exactly what pondering was, I gave a brief explanation hoping that I could speak without the emotions I felt getting worse.

I failed.

I cried.

Happy tears? Well, yes, I believe so. I'm pretty sure what I felt was "Joy" which is the thing we should all be feeling all of the time, every day of our lives. That is the highest emotion. Everything is going to be ok, because we feel Joy.
Part of me felt a little sad. What were we doing to our world? The biggest house, the fastest car, the fattest wallet, the fattest waistband (!), the lack of time for others, dashing around all day every day, stressed, just to pay the bills. This is still never good enough for us as we always want more.
Yet, right there, at that moment in time......none of this mattered.

I was having "a moment" with the universe. It was spectacular!

The tour guy and me went on to have a very very deep conversation, speaking about lifestyles and the differences between muslim countries and Europe. How the ladies are so happy to be treated like princesses, they just look after the family. I say JUST like it's nothing much. Yet it's a hard job. Rewarding, but tough. When you work full time and expect a show home and perfect meal cooked every night before helping the children with their homework, and walk the dog, and goto the gym for the perfect body........
On the surface of things, looking materialistically, we might be forgiven for thinking these guys have less than us. Although do they? They make time for each other, respect the world and respect each other.

Tell me, who has got it right? Studying the Law of Attraction over the past couple of years, I can clearly see from that moment and that conversation that in Egypt, the locals naturally live life by the Law of Attraction. They are at peace every day while smiling thankfully. This is something I am 'practising' to get good at!

Bringing about these thoughts gave me even more access to the beauty of mother nature that day. I then jumped in and snorkelled myself, I FOUND NEMO! Amazing sight.
That evening I watched a lunar eclipse in a perfectly clear sky.

I felt the universe was telling me not to walk around with my eyes closed. There is so much to see. So much Joy to be felt. Allowing myself to feel it was a true honour.
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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Going Blonde - just like magic???

"I'd like to go blonde please" is a request I hear many times from clients. They think I can wave a magic wand and when I explain it's simply not easy to do (near on impossible) they seem to think my skills aren't "up to it"

I am so {SO} pleased to see that Katie Price addressed this issue beautifully on her latest show Katie on Sky Living. Watching late last night on catch up -as we call it- (sky plus) I could have squealed with delight (but there was a snoozy husband beside me) as I could see that the story unfolding in front of me was one which would do the hairdressing industry endless favours.

A massive icon such as Katie Price is well known for her utter devotion to image (I know it is her job but nevertheless) and she was definitely a woman with a bee in her bonnet wanting to change her hair colour from black to blonde.

Stylists would tell clients, this cannot be done in one go. For me, I have recommended to clients that they start with a few highlights and they will look kind of orange and build up and up until after a few months (if they visit the salon every 6 weeks) they will start to see some blonde resemblance. This is not an exaggeration or a lack of skill. It's Science!!!

Bleach lifts colour out of hair.
Tint adds colour to hair.
Black is tint.
So everytime you top up your roots with black and think "I'll just pass that through the ends for a nice bit of shine" you are adding another layer into the core of the hair. Consequently, the bleach will need to remove those layers of colour that months and months of tinting have added.

Katie showed her hair at various stages and you could clearly see a rainbow type effect from root to end of the hair as the several applications of bleach were beginning to strip the colour out.
Needless to say she was using TOP salon experts for this and they were obviously and expectantly struggling. It's an impossible task-really-not one that can be achieved in normal circumstances within the couple of weeks that Katie managed to achieve it.
I think I recall that it took 19 hours of bleaching and while Katie was training for the marathon she confessed that her natural hair was a combination of cotton wool and chewing gum now. This is what happens when you loose the condition of the hair and by using back combing and heat treatment on the hair for her photo shoots she will do well to get her experts to use the best conditioning treatments on the hair. Breakage will happen and there will end up more extensions than anything.
After trips to LA to have more colour correction and extensions added for more blonde colour (plus lots of hat wearing while avoiding the paps) you could clearly see that Katie was 100% committed to the cause of changing hair colour.

It also cost her over $11,000

Why?

Because the products used are expensive, and the skill and expertise of the stylists comes at a price. Often people complain that it's expensive to get your hair done. Have you tried doing it yourself? :o) I have seen the result of people who try it at home.
We goto college for years and continue to learn constantly and this truly is a skill that takes much practise.


Your hair is the outfit you never take off.
Invest in it, look after it and just think before you decide to dye it from blonde to dark! Going back is not quite so easy.......Katie spent lots of money, loads of time (had to laugh at Gary saying he was exhausted after spending hours in the salon watching her - tho his hair was a fantastic cut! WHO did that?) and she was very very patient indeed. I must say, in this latest photo, her look works fabulously!
I LOVE IT

So, Katie; it was all worth it and thank you for educating people that these things are not achieved easily, no matter how much money, where you fly, the best experts you can give to this delicate operation! But I love this colour!

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Weight Loss emotions

Ok, so most of us have gained a few pounds here and there over the years.

A pound on, a pound off, not really noticing much.

Funny how it can add up to 7lbs, a dress size and before you know it you are joining Weight Watchers!

That happened to me. I was stunned to realise that I had spent lots of my life yo-yoing and going from quite skinny to really overweight.  Enough was enough. A neighbour talked me into joining Weight Watchers and I was up for it. I needed that level of support where somebody inspirational would help me acheive a figure just like my idol Jennifer Aniston

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She is gorgeous, no denying that!

Ok so there is no way folks I'm going to post my FAT picture after this one, maybe on another post! 

Anyhow, sadly the neighbour didn't join me at the meeting. My mum did though.
Dissapointingly, we both found the weight watchers leader far from inspiring and we left after a few weeks. Although the plan seemed easy to do we needed someone else. 
My mum found another leader who was ok and kept going, having quite a reasonable weight loss. I gave up. And gained more weight!

Wedding fast approaching, no diets working, I decided to hit the gym EVERY DAY! Thanks Roko
Much as I loved it, I didn't loose any weight.........so  I got married a very curvy (but fit!) girly.

Hubby loved me anyway and I was happy. I just craved a different look. Was that Jennifer dream gone forever?

After being spolit in Venice on honeymoon (tiramasu-YUM) and then also giving my taste buds even more to smile about in Florida for the family holiday my weight was at an all time high. I joined Weight Watchers again with high hopes. 

Desperately unhappy with how every item of clothing looked, I clung onto the leaders every word. She was Amazing with a capital A. Her name was Lee and she was the inspiration I had been waiting for. The weight came off slowly at first and although I hadn't realised at the time, I actually had a pretty serious illness (that's another post entirely) and once that was diagnosed I went off armed with information and decided to research.
Able now to eat according to my illness, I adapted the Weight Watchers plan and I was home and running!

3 weeks after my 40th birthday I got to my goal weight and boy did that feel good. I cannot describe the feelings of pride and joy I felt. Right up there with the good events in life!

Everybody seemed pleased for me and even school mums who I didn't know would stop me in the street and tell me how good I looked and asked how had I done it. Can you imagine that? What a BUZZ!!!

The new Propoints plans from Weight Watchers became a new area for interest for me now as I am such a huge (Now not so huge!) ambassador for "You are what you eat" and for me, healthy eating is the key to life. If you put rubbish in, you won't perform to your best. So this new plan made me sit up and listen. It was much more encouraging of healthy eating and I finally did agree to go on and train to be a Weight Watchers leader.
Well, I was asked to be a leader  when I lost the weight and wasn't sure. Seemed like a lot of hard work to me. Yet this overwhelming desire to help other people like me who have been struggling makes me want to shout "Come on Down! The time is right! I'm here to help"
Starting training was a massive step and it has been very intense indeed. After qualifying, I have been to the handover of a lovely group of ladies and spent time contacting those who have missed a few weeks - "Come on down! The time is right!"

Tonight, my first group kicks off at 7pm in the Lordswood Leisure Center, Chatham. 
I will motivate and inspire these ladies and look for a nice weight loss next week! Imagine the feeling you will get from seeing that happen for these ladies.  

Watch this space for another post on how I get on!
Oh, and here is my "after" photo...
Ok so me and Jennifer look nothing alike

But as you can see, I'm happy with that!!
First Choice
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Monday, 28 February 2011

Fish Pedicure at ExCeL



Not sure of what I might find at the Professional Beauty show at ExCeL yesterday, I drove excited and happy!

The sunshine over the M25 on a Sunday makes driving seem so much more attractive than dizzly November Friday evening.....My ears soaked up an old found CD of 100 best R N B. I LOVE that when you find old music that you used to listen to all the time and then discover it again. THAT brilliant CD

Isn't the mind amazing how it remembers the song words! Magic.

Anyhow, after lots of traffic in London I arrived at ExCeL for the show. I never knew *so* many companies offered such differing advice regarding anti ageing skincare routines. Personally, this is my favourite here; Arbonne. You need to use an online consultant number: 441024856 should help...

Anyhow, after spending lots of lovely time in the exciting nail area and stocking up on minx nails I came to the pedicure section!
Fish.....

YES Fish!!

Have you heard? The latest craze, you sit on a special chair and pop your feet into a kind of square fish bowl and let the little fishes eat all the dead skin off your feet! This leaves you feeling baby soft :o)

Look!

I cheekily took a small video to show you the fish swimming around!!


I could quite fancy having a go at this!! What about you?
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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

TGI Fridays customer Service

Leaving School - a massive EVENT!! The junior schools really go to town now and watching the year 6 children coming out of school was a very emotional day to witness.
Sobbing, in floods of tears, the girls hugged each other. Boys in an almost football crowd kind of depth to their voices calling out “yeeeaaaarrrrhhhhhh” as they left the doors to close behind them. 
Stretch limos in abundance, there are proud mothers and fathers galore taking photographs and capturing the new uniform of signed shirts in different colours. 
Off to a new life, full of new challenges, experiences and valuable lessons, they head to TGI Fridays.
Ok, we know TGI restaurants are always a popular choice: I wonder sometimes if my children love it there because of the buzzer that goes off when your table is ready! 
Why is it so popular? 
It’s a very strong brand. 
At the top of this page is a red and white photograph. That was the tablecloth. Most people will recognise this as part of the TGI brand.
The staff dressed in school uniform on this special day. A minor detail but one that showed they like to go the extra mile and join in the celebrations.
Menu choice is huge, including the many exciting cocktails. Oreo cocktail?? Have you tried that? Well you haven’t lived! Try it! 
Gorgeous. 
Catering for many different needs is one magnetic pull that we the public now demand in every retailer. Yet I sat at the table watching and wondering what it  is that takes them head and shoulders above others. My opinion? 
The Staff.
They are fun, they interact with diners, especially children in an almost Red Coat kind of way...one of the waiting staff was almost Disney like in the way she was speaking to one little girl of about 4. The girl was in total awe of the waitress.
When they ask, “is everything ok? is there anything else we can get you?” - you wouldn’t mind saying if there was something they could tweak to make you a tiny bit happier. This is an art form that I suspect the HR department of TGI’s have got perfect. 
As a critique, we could all find a fault in everything. Yet to be able to say out loud what that is and ask for it to be changed is really often quite a daunting thought. 
Next time you are somewhere receiving a service, make sure you feel comfortable. Nothing should be too much trouble. You have a right to expect a high standard. However, twin that with gratitude. Be very thankful for the service provided. Let them know what you have loved about the service. Watch the body language. You may have just made someone’s day: you have made them feel successful in their job, made them feel appreciated. 
In return, you should feel appreciated and taken care of. Everybody is happier, the world is a brighter Place!!!




place!


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