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All You Need

Love, Trust and Fairy Dust

That’s all you need, to plant a seed

don’t be afraid to dream

listen to your heart, what does it say?

let love lead the way

you can be all that you want to be

simply trust and you will see

share a little kindness wherever you go

you’ll soon reap what you sow

Love, Trust and Fairy Dust

that’s all you need

to plant a seed.

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Journey

Let me take you on a journey

It’ll be lots of fun you’ll see

lots of adventure for you and me

wild, wonderful and wise

let’s try on a new disguise

a different face for a different day

time to try a new way

a new way of being

a new way of seeing

a clean slate

a welcome break

time for a new start

time to come from the heart

no more tears

no more fears

step into your power

this is your hour

time for you to shine

every thing’s going to be just fine

this journey is what you make it

so do what you see fit!

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Water

Like water, go with the flow

one moment at a time, let’s take it slow

it doesn’t matter about tomorrow

there’s no time for sorrow

what matters is this moment

not words that were once spoken

yesterday has gone

RIGHT NOW is beautiful like a swan

time to swim along your life with grace

only you, can choose what you face

like water, we can flow or stagnate

make your choice

use your voice

this life is yours

go ahead and see what the river of life has flowing to you today

and know everything is going to be okay.

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January 2015- Hey, I Put Some New Shoes On and Suddenly Everything is Right…

Wahey the first month of the year has just been and gone! and I’d say it was a pretty good month. I’m starting to like January again!

So here’s my usual round up for the month that’s just been.

My Key Focuses for 2015

FRIENDSHIP- I’m actually feeling pretty good about this at the moment. I’ve pretty much done something social every week, and I’m developing some more close friendships, so I haven’t experienced any feelings of loneliness at all during January- hooray!

FUN- I think I’m still discovering what ‘fun’ is for me, I do a lot of social/group activities but although they are wonderful in various ways (deep conversations, sharing, spiritual activities) i don’t know if I would label them as ‘fun’. I think the most fun I had so far was joining in with the drumming workshop at the E.D.E.N conference I went to, I really let loose, dancing, making some noise, and there was no alcohol involved! Just pure joy, and that’s what I need to find more of!

CREATIVITY AND INSPIRATION- I did a lot of writing in January as I had to write my first draft for a chapter about feminism I am contributing to an actual real life going-to-be-published book! It was hard, I put it off and off, but eventually I motivated myself to get moving and make my deadline. I am awaiting to hear what the publisher thinks about it!

I also wrote one poem, and took part in a Vision Board workshop as well as making a joint vision board with my husband Miguel. As for feeling inspired, I’d say I’m not quite there yet but I did attend some inspiring events.

Goals/Aims

Regular Paying Clients for my Healing- no clients at all this month but I didn’t really focus on promoting this during January due to the chapter I had to write taking up a lot of time.

To get to supervisor training in my job- I’ve been studying almost daily, and I actually started my supervisor training last week, so i am well on the way! I just need to gain my confidence a bit more when it comes to handling money for cashing up etc.

To finish my book- again, didn’t really have the time to focus on this due to the chapter!

To visit: Glastonbury, Gaunts House and Three Wishes fairy festival- nothing towards this yet

To be better at birthdays- I organised a surprise get together meal for Miguel’s birthday and bought him tickets to see Simon Amstell- I think I did pretty well!

Get involved with the Green Party- I attended a local Green Party meeting, but didn’t feel it was for me, so I will see if maybe there are other ways I can get involved or help, rather than go to meetings.

go along to Street Spirit Southend- most of my Saturdays were busy so haven’t got round to this yet unfortunately.

Spend less time on Facebook- think for the most part I managed this, I’ve been cutting down times between looking by 5 minutes a day (not that I would really look that many times a day but I know this way I won’t let myself waste time on there unless my allocated time is up) and I have got to two and a half hours between looking at the feed, and for the most part I have stuck to this.

reconnect with my pagan/witchy side- I don’t think I really did anything towards this particular goal during January.

go into nature more- haven’t really done this yet

watch less t.v- I think I have been watching a bit less, and trying to do other things if Miguel is watching something I am not interested in like read a book.

get into music again- been listening to the radio more (XFM mostly) and I’ve discovered the joy of listening to full albums on Youtube! I’ve also discovered that I like Paolo Nuttini and Royal Blood.

Finally the things I did in January:

Had a meet up with at my friend Carina’s flat with a few other friends including the lively Lorna who lives in Oxford now. A typical vegan get together as we ate far too many goodies and discussed various vegan related issues including raising vegan children. (not me personally but a few of the others are parents)

I went to the Inspiring Women meeting which was the Vision Board workshop I mentioned, this is my board:

vision board hay

I read a few of my poems at a poetry event at the Westcliff on Art gallery, which I think went quite well.

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I went to my friend Stella’s Goddess group, where we worked on the throat chakra and also took part in a beautiful shamanic flower ceremony.

I went to the Green Party meeting.

I met up with my friend Lola (my best friend from infant school I recently got in touch with again) at her flat and got to meet her gorgeous cat, have a great chat, some coffee and vegan rocky road!

It was Miguel’s birthday and I arranged a surpise birthday meal at The Oaktree market, so although he knew we were going for a meal he didn’t know there would be friends waiting for him! It was a complete nightmare to organise but went really well in the end, the right people were there and the food was amazing! It was all Japanese themed.

birth

Miguel and I got invited to have dinner at our friends Maria and Simon’s flat, we had a lovely meal, deep conversations and a play with tarot cards.

I went out for lunch with my friend Lauren at The Railway Hotel

and it all ended with the marvellous E.D.E.N conference which I blogged about here

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E.D.E.N 2015- Transformation

As regular readers might know for the past year or so I have been a regular member of a local women’s group called Inspiring Women of Southend.

We get together once a month, for sharing, connecting and creativity!

For the second year running the lovely ladies organised the E.D.E.N conference.

Last year I got involved in the organising, but found it a bit much with everything else that was going on at the time and sadly didn’t attend on the day so missed out on the actual event.

This year I decided from the onset that to get too involved would be too much (especially as I’ve been writing a chapter for a book with a deadline)! but I was intrigued and wanted to be involved in some form, luckily for me, founder Adri Ana was kind enough to let me help with simple tasks on the day like setting up, helping with teas and coffees, and helping tidy up, which didn’t involve me having to get too involved with the regular meetings etc about it.

Yesterday was the big day of the conference, it was on the theme of Transformation. I wasn’t too sure how the day was going to go and whether I would really enjoy it or not, but it turned out to be a really fun, uplifting day spent with a lot of amazing, inspiring women, quite a few I’m lucky to have as friends and hopefully there are a few new ones forming too.

My friend Fiona came and picked me up and we got to the church hall where the event was being held so we could start setting up. I helped put up the decorations which were mostly lovingly handmade by the ladies who had a few creative sessions beforehand, that included heart bunting and handmade table decorations. It soon got to 1pm and ladies started to arrive (men were also able to attend but it was still mostly women really).

After a brief hello to each other and teas and coffees consumed we headed into the main hall to kick the day off! After a brief going over the ‘house rules’ etc, Kim Bailey introduced Adri Ana to the stage, who told us a little more about the idea behind Inspiring Women of Southend and her vision.

Afterwards Susan Giles graced the stage in her fabulous purple outfit (we were invited to ‘Dress to Express’) and recited some of her wonderful poetry, including a poem to give us a giggle, to set the day off to a light hearted, happy tone.

The first speech of the day was from Kym Ciftci and was about the power of ‘I am’ and how important the words you say after that phrase are, if you continually label yourself in a negative way, then eventually you’re going to really believe it! To demonstrate how much of this we all do to ourselves, Kym put up on the projector many of the excuses and negative self beliefs we have, and got people to stand up if they had ever said any of that to their selves, by the end of the list, almost everyone in the room was standing. We then had to place our hands on our hearts and say “I am amazing!”

Next up was Jill Poet who did a speech about ‘Your Purpose’ and how we need to discover and then follow our purpose to find who we really are and our true happiness.

Founder of mental health charity ‘Just Listening to You‘ Bernie Bentley was up next and spoke about her amazing charity which she self funded, and also shared some of her inspiring friend’s stories.

There was a brief break before the next speaker who was the fantastic Anna Heim. She gave us a brief rundown of some of the traumatic experiences of her life, and how it broke her down, but she found herself building herself up again and rising like the phoenix from the ashes. It really gives you a sense of perspective when you hear from these women who have had to deal with severe trauma in their lives, that really if they can get back up, and live their dreams, well you certainly can!

The last talk of the day was from Kim Bailey, a life coach about ‘the genie inside’ Again, this was about overcoming tragedy and turning it around to your advantage and discovering YOU can follow your dreams, no matter what anyone else says.

Feeling motivated and ready for some action, the workshops kicked in! The first one was from Rosemary Cunningham where she taught us something called ‘Story Massage’ which was basically the idea of drawing pictures as a massage technique, she showed us ‘weather’ pictures and techniques, and yes it’s very nice! I suggest you give it a go!

After feeling all relaxed but also playful from ‘drawing’ pictures, Susan came back out to really let our playful sides out with a drumming workshops! there were drums, but also rattles, tambourines and all sorts of other instruments, and as Susan and her friend led us, we were soon dancing and making one hell of a merry noise! I’ve done quite a few drumming workshops/circles in the past but I’ve never enjoyed one so much as this one, it was really infectious, and I didn’t really want it to stop!

Then there was the fashion show, with some brave ladies from the audience being dressed up and made up in beautiful African clothes, they all looked amazing!

Then the day started to draw to a close, as the prizes from the day were given out, including for the ‘best badge’ (as we were invited to handmake our badges), thank you’s and pictures taken, and then everyone could just socialise and network before going home.

I came home feeling motivated, inspired and feeling like I’d had some fun!

You can see photos over on the Facebook page taken by the fantastic Steve Lily

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