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I was browing around facebook this evening after posting some photos from a recent trip to Cambridge when I saw this advert.

It looks really cool and if you are a cycling enthusiast then this may be something you would enjoy.  check it out.

p.s. why not connect with me on facebook!

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…how funny life can sometimes be.   I had a very productive afternoon springcleaning my daughter’s flat in return for a bed at night for a few days (not a requirement; I offered).    Whilst whizzing (ok so maybe not whizzing) but while manipulating the hoover (actually it’s a morphy richards POD), round the flat upstairs and down, I had time to reflect on life.

Like how did I get to this place.  I don’t mean London as such but to the place in my life.   Here I am almost 55 & I have no home of my own, I don’t own a car, I have no furniture and all my possessions are in storage!  Is that a good or a bad thing?

A few years ago (blimey it really is almost 3years ago), I embarked on a helter-skelter journey of personal development. At one of the courses I did we had to list our five highest values.  My top value is freedom, my 2nd travel and so on.    My absolute passion is to travel.   Be careful what you wish for….

I work as a Carer for the Aged and in that capacity I get to travel round the UK, sometimes to larger cities like Cambridge, or Oxford, (see my previous blogs), other times to tiny little villages that don’t even have a Postoffice or grocer.   Now although that sounds great and I get to see some fabulous, interesting and quintessential places, and although I am travelling, this is not quite what I had in mind!

I tend to get jobs in far-flung places like Newton-Ferrers or some tiny village in Norfolk, or a farm in the depths of Kent where I can’t even get phone reception never mind internet, and yet I am travelling, living my passion; albeit my highest value is constantly challenged.

How does the law-of-attraction work like that?   A few months ago I saw a fabulous house in an estate agents window in Highgate, and secured a portfolio of the house, saying to my daughter: “I am going to live in that house”.   Now I have a job that I start on Monday in Highgate on the estate, but not in the house I admired.   All well and good you might say, except I get to live in someone else’s house on the estate….not my own.  So how does that work then?

I have read a lot about the LOA and listened to ‘The Secret’ dozens of times (literally), and yet it still baffles me.  If I say ask for £1million to be in my bank account by a particular date….that doesn’t happen.  So how is it that when I said one of my highest values was travel, do I get to travel and yet not in a way that I would like.

Is there something I am missing? Some ‘secret’, some point?    I find it exceptionally frustrating, that although to be honest I do love what I do, expecially when I get to care for someone really nice, I find my highest value is constantly challenged: freedom.

Yet if I look at the other side of the coin, I have no overheads in terms of mortgages, council taxes, bills, no transport problems/frustrations and it takes me maybe 2minutes to ‘walk’ to work….ie leave my room and walk to the next, it would appear that I do have freedom of a sorts, yet again, not the sort of freedom I would prefer.

During these personal development courses we are instructed to write down what we want, to be specific and itemise the list carefully.  Is that really what it takes?   Is that what people really do? 

Anyways, so that’s it.  Just wondering!

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how fortunate I am….today I got to realise a long-held dream….to ring church bells.

I accompanied my client to church this morning, and without any warning as we entered he suggested to one of the vergers that I be allowed to help ring the bells!!!

I was gob-smacked and delighted, with no hesitation, I was up the stairs in a flash before they could change their minds.

What a thrill.   I had to stand on a special spot, and helped to ring the 5-minute bell calling the worshippers to service. My role was the back-ring, and I pulled the rope in harmony with the leader of the group. I had to hold the lower end of the rope firmly in my hands one above the other, and pull down firmly towards the ground and then she would pull the upper part of the rope and release it.  I had to hang on though as the rope lifted my arms above my head and not let go.  It was great fun and I felt the pull of the rope, lifting my feet off the floor.  I was reminded of Christmas cards that depict the Monks pulling the ropes and being lifted off the floor, skirts flying 🙂

Rope pulling is not just a case of yanking a piece of rope and hoping the bell will ring; it has a definite method and rhythm with a leader who calls time.  there are a number of different patterns and names for the different tunes played. 

The church where I enjoyed this little escapade has stood on that spot for over 800 years and has enjoyed a few re-incarnations, starting off in wooden form.

So dreams do come true….and sometimes at the most unexpected times. 🙂

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In the words of Suze Orman: When you take control of your financial clutter, you are left with the power to act and the power to create. Suze Orman

Clutter in our lives leads to more clutter.

Have the courage to make room for more money.

If you hold on to what you have for longer than you should, you’re using yesterday’s space to hold tomorrow’s offerings.

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Dr John Demartini is one of the most inspirational speakers I have ever had the good fortune to see and meet.  His Breakthrough Experience course is just brilliant for breaking the chains of past history. His philosophy on life is always really interesting and he makes great sense. I have posted this video for your interest. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think.

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I am a great one for ignoring sell & use by dates, mostly because they are quite absurd and there is nothing wrong with the food.  So much food gets thrown away as it is, and the sell by dates play it safe in my opinion.  I was therefor quite interested to read the article. I have posted the link to their site at the bottom of this article, for your perusal

Over 60’s are particularly susceptible to this potentially fatal form of food poisoning.

Many of us, especially the older generation – think we’re being frugal by eating food that’s past its use by date, preferring not to discard produce that’s ‘a little past it’s best’.   However, this seemingly thrifty lifestyle can leave the over-60’s particularly vulnerable to a virulent strain of food poisoning.

Listeria is a bacterium that can live and grow in food: in particular, chilled produce such as pates, cooked sliced meats, soft cheeses and smoked fish.

According to research by the Food Standards Agency, many older people are unaware that consuming food after the ‘use by date’ or having their fridge set at the wrong temperature could put their health at risk.

Although the number of people affected by listeria is very low, one in three of those who do contract it tragically die as a result.

Rather worryingly, cases of listeria amongst the over-60’s have doubled in the past nine years – and, in 2007 alone, increased by 20%.

So, adhere to basic food hygiene guidelines and you’ll minimise your chances of contracting listeria.

Three key ways to avoid listeria

Don’t eat food past it’s ‘use by’ date.

‘Use by’ dates appear on foods that can go off quickly (these are different from ‘best before’ dates, which are more about quality that safety).   Even if food looks and smells fine, consuming it after the ‘use by’ date could put your health at risk.

2)         Set the correct fridge temperature

If fridges are kept at between 0c and 5c (32f and 41f) – this will help stop food-poisoning bacteria from growing.

3)         Follow food storage instructions.

Food that goes off quickly often has special packaging and storage instructions, stating how long it can be kept and if it needs to go in the fridge.   Once opened, it may go off fast, hence guidelines such as ‘use within two days of opening’.

For more information visit http://www.eatwell.gov.uk/listeria

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Some things are worth repeating:

“Note for pet owners.  The following information is to be read with a sense of humour!  This article is purely a bit of fun. We are confident lots of cat’s owners will relate to the unfolding tale!”

1.         Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby.   Position right forefinger and thumb one either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand.   As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth.   Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2.            Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa.   Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3.            Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away.

4.         Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand.  Prize jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger.  Hold mouth shut for count of ten.

5.            Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe.  Call spouse/partner from garden.

6.         Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws.  Ignore low growls emitted by cat.  Get spouse/partner to hold head firmly with one hand while placing wooden ruler into mouth.  Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.

7.            Retrieve cat from curtain rail.  Get another pill from foil wrap.  Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains.  Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set ti one side for gluing later.

8.         Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse/partner to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit.  Put pill in end of drinking straw, prize mouth one with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

9.         Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink beer to take taste away.  Apply Band-id to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10.            Retrieve cat from neighbour’s shed.  Get another pill.  Open another beer.  Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing.  Prize mouth open with dessert spoon.  Flick pill down throat with rubber band.

11.        Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges.  Drink beer.  Fetch bottle of scotch.  Pour shot, drink.  Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot.  Apply whisky to compress to check to disinfect.  Toss back another shot.  Throw blooded T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12.        Ring Fire Brigade to retrieve the cat from tree across road.  Apologise to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat.  Take last pill from foil wrap.

13.        Tie cat’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining room table, find heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed.  Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak.  Hold head vertically and pour 4 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14. Consume remainder of Scotch.  Get spouse to drive you to Accident & Emergency Dept., sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearms and removes pill remnants from right eye.  Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.  Arrange fro RSPCA to collect cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

How to give a dog a pill

1.         Wrap something to eat around it.

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All the Guru’s talk about setting goals and taking the steps to achieve them.   Very often we set doen ideas and thought about what we think we would like to achieve and possibly even make a start.  But, how long does it last and do you even know how to get there?   Do you really know what it is you want to gain by setting these goals?  I read a very interesting article recently about setting your GPS and some great tips for achieving those goals:

start of article:

“Determine a main goal for each area of your life: career, health, relationship, and spiritual.

Give yourself a deadline, putting the date on your calendar. The more specific you are about writing down your goals the more realistic and REAL they become.  And, give yourself a true and reachable deadline, yet allow yourself to stretch beyond your current boundaries.

Now break each end objective down into quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily goals.  When you figure backwards from the end destination it makes for smart planning so you don’t end up short, running out of time or trying to cram too much into your plan.

Allow yourself room to sway off course for fresh opportunities that cross your path.  Keeping your eyes open for alternative ways to get to your goal may actually get you there quicker or in a bigger and better way than you first imagined.  And, here’s where your smart GPS system comes in.  As long as you keep it set on your goal your plan will recalibrate you right back in onto your path.

Enjoy the journey.  How dull would a trip to the Grand Canyon or Yosemite be without taking time to enjoy the view along the way?  Remember to breathe and relish in small victories as well as the bumps in the road that you’re bound to encounter.  That’s the good stuff!

The final step once you set your career and life GPS, is to let go and trust.  I’m sure if Gertrude could talk that is what she would tell my parents.  “Trust me!”  Once your smart plan is set in motion, trust your plan and let go of trying to place too much control over it.  Let your smart GPS guide you.

Margaret Thatcher said, “Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.”  Worked for Britain’s PM, it’ll work for you too.” end of article extract.

Seems like there are some really useful tips there for getting to where it is you want to go, after all if you do not know where it is you are going, how will you know when you get there?

What do you think?

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This little gem came to me in an email the other day!!! It’s really funny and well worth sharing:

“My son came home from school one day, With a smirk upon his face.
He decided he was smart enough, To put me in my place.

‘Guess what I learned in Civics Two, that’s taught by Mr. Wright?
It’s all about the laws today, The ‘Children’s Bill of Rights.’

It says I need not clean my room, Don’t have to cut my hair
No one can tell me what to think, Or speak, or what to wear.

I have freedom from religion, And regardless what you say,
I don’t have to bow my head, And I sure don’t have to pray.

I can wear earrings if I want, And pierce my tongue & nose.
I can read & watch just what I like, Get tattoos from head to toe.

And if you ever spank me, I’ll charge you with a crime.
I’ll back up all my charges, With the marks on my behind.

Don’t you ever touch me, My body’s only for my use,
Not for your hugs and kisses, that’s just more child abuse.

Don’t preach about your morals, Like your Mum did to you.
That’s nothing more than mind control, And it’s illegal too!

Mum, I have these children’s rights, So you can’t influence me,
Or I’ll call Children’s Services Division, Better known As ‘C.S.D.’

Mum’s Reply and Thoughts…………………

Of course my first instinct was to toss him out the door.
But the chance to teach him a lesson Made me think a little more.

I mulled it over carefully, I couldn’t let this go.
A smile crept upon my face, he’s messing with a pro.

Next day I took him shopping At the local Goodwill Store..
I told him, ‘Pick out all you want, there’s shirts & pants galore.

I’ve called and checked with C.S.D . Who said they didn’t care
If I bought you K-Mart shoes Instead of Nike Airs.

I’ve canceled that appointment To take your driver’s test.
The C.S.D. Is unconcerned So I’ll decide what’s best.’

I said ‘No time to stop and eat, Or pick up stuff to munch.
And tomorrow you can start to learn To make your own flipping lunch

Just save the raging appetite, And wait till dinner time.
We’re having liver and onions, A favorite dish of mine.’

He asked ‘Can I please rent a movie, To watch on my VCR?’
‘Sorry, but I sold your TV, For new tires on my car.
I also rented out your room, You’ll take the couch instead.
The C.S.D. Requires Just a roof over your head.

Your clothing won’t be trendy now, I’ll choose what we eat.
That allowance that you used to get, Will buy me something neat.

I’m selling off your jet ski, Dirt-bike & roller blades.
Check out the ‘Parents Bill of Rights’, It’s in effect today!

Hey hot shot, are you crying, Why are you on your knees?
Are you asking God to help you out, Instead of C.S.D..?’

Send to all people that have teenagers or have already raised teenagers, Or have children who will soon be teenagers or those who will be parents someday OR ANYONE WHO’D JUST GET A LAUGH. I love this One!!!
From a MuM (Mean Unappreciated Mother.)”

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What is Personal Development and what does it mean to you?

Personal Development takes many forms and is not necessarily just about attending a course or seminar.  It can be learning to drive a car or raising funds for charity.

How do you know if and when you need Personal Development and why?   What would be the point of engaging in a given course of action?   What would be the steps you need to take?   And why would you even want to start?   When you engage in a given course of ‘Personal Development’, what are the components needed?

Say for example on the 1st of January as one of your New Year’s resolutions you decide to run in a marathon, where do you start.

First of all think about why you want to do the marathon and what is the result you want to achieve.

Are you competing or participating?   Do you see yourself actually completing the course?

Are you doing the marathon to raise funds for charity, and what is your objective?

If you are raising money for charity, is it a cause you feel passionate about and how much would you want to raise?   Will you advertise to raise funds, depend on your friends and family or seek corporate sponsorship?   Will you raise a lump sum or a set a goal per kilometre?

Are you doing the marathon as part of a group or on your own?

Or are you running in the marathon because you think you need to get fit and lose weight?

Are you already fairly fit or are you an ex-couch potato?

Did your Doctor suggest the programme or is this something you just want to do for yourself and why?

Will you have a buddy to keep you motivated?   Who will you buddy with and what is their objective?   Is it someone you know will stay the course?

Identifying your motive, where you are now and your end result will help you to clarify your objectives, and set the parameters of action steps to take.

What date is the marathon?   If it is 6months away and you are really unfit, how much time do you need to invest per day, and how many days per week?

Do you need to give up anything in order to start the programme?

What level of fitness do you have to achieve in order to last the course?

Do you have to make changes to your routine and or home life in order to participate?   What equipment do you need?   Do you have to change your eating habits and give anything up?

Before you start on any programme of Personal Development it helps to identify your reasons, what will motivate you and keep you going, what will you need in order to overcome the challenges that lie ahead?   Do you have the time to participate and what do you have to give up in order to set that time aside?

Lets assume you want to learn to drive a car and get a Driver’s Licence.

Why do you need to learn to drive?   Is it just because you want to, or because you have to?

How will learning to drive make your life different once you have gained your license?

Will you hire a Driving Instructor or arrange for a friend to teach you?

Do you have a deadline for achieving the license?

How will this help the people around you and what are the benefits to you?

In order to achieve any objective as part of a Personal Development plan, it helps to identify your motivations, your desires, your objections, the challenges, your final goal, and how will it affect the people around you?   Are you prepared to make the commitment needed, and most importantly, when times get tough, as they do, what is it that will get you to continue?

As with any course of action, having a solid reason and a plan for doing it will help you to achieve what you set out to do.

quote# “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising, which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.’’  Ralph Waldo Emerson – Poet and Essayist

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