Archive for December, 2008

A Gavin and Stacey Nite

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Popping out for some tonic.

Last night was one of those Gavin and Stacey nights.  I had cleaned (and my fridge) as best as I could. Then my neighbour ( having returned from Leicester for christmas called me around at  7pm to ask me to pop in saying ‘I have your xmas pressie here for you’.  With good intention, I had kept her pressie neatly wrapped under my tree. I add the extra bit of info that I am ‘popping out’  for some tonic, to go with a Bombay Sapphire pressie and indeed four hours later, I got back.  Although in true Christmas spirit, she was collected to join us in the meantime.
There seemed to be a run on tonic from most of my local stores. On route home, I bump into my son Rhys and son in law and other neighbours, who frog march me to the nearest pub. They were in good spirits having had grand seats plus food and drinks’ to watch the Ospreys V Scarlet’s.  The banter between them was about a young fan (in the tunnel) coming up to my son ( thinking he was an Osprey player ) to ask for his autograph. My son politely tells the young fan, he was not a player and then turns around to get his photo taken with James Hook (for those who don’t know him – alternates with Stephen Jones, as fly half for Wales and is a very popular public choice.
James Hook
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The rest of the evening is spent …taking the proverbial out of Rhys on playing for the Ospreys and a Pics with Jamie!’

The up shot was, I left my place at 8pm for some tonic and return to find a large bottle of tonic left (from a kind neighbour) at 1am.
Not to mention the gins in between. It can only happen around ‘our way!’

 

Brill!!

 

 

“Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher” – Oprah Winfrey

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

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Wellbeing Versus Wealth – A Balance

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

‘The central political challenge of our times.”
DAVID CAMERON will tell business leaders today that there is “more to life than money” as he attempts to make a clean break with Thatcherism.
He will tell business leaders that “general wellbeing” is more important than personal wealth and will list beautiful surroundings, culture and better relationships as society’s new goals’

As a result of this indepth reply from Amanda Vlahakis post, I have responded to her views and here are some of my answers

Amanda said No one is raising the children any more because the government has got everyone chasing money instead.Other Europeans don’t work so hard, so why is it that we are finding that we have to work so hard? Why do they have the time to ‘live’ and ‘contribute’ more than just money to the world, and we do not? There must be another way and when we aren’t working we should be nurturing our children (who are the fabric of the society of the future) and being better citizens ourselves within our own communities.How can we do any of that at the moment, we don’t have any time?’

Madeleine Bunting’s Book called ‘ Willing Slaves’ describes how the Overwork Culture is ruling our lives in Britain.

Wealth – Obviously, most people equate having more money with feeling better, since more money means more luxuries,
more time for recreation, leisure, holidays. More money means a better quality of life, Because of our in-built quest for progress, by which I mean ‘bigger, better, more’, we have an unavoidable desire to increase our quality of life, and the best way to do that in the world today is by earning more money.

There is a constant battle to adapt and survive, anyone who is content to sit back and relax face being odd or left behind even?
It is this fundamental desire for a higher quality of life, this in-built desire for progress which never goes away, even with progress. People will always want more, even if they have all they need to live comfortably. When your wealthier your then faced with how should we invest the money? This current economic climate has blasted that plan well and truly out of the water.

Franck Peters wrote ‘well-being, like charity, begins at home. It is down to the individual, no government can help. The greatest influence starts at home and maybe in local councils, committee work. If you look at the transition town scene, then, those are good signs and good steps – with clever marketing when these towns are mentioned in popular programs such as the Archers so that the message begins to spread. I don’t remember, even from a perspective of looking at the UK from the outside, any mention of a national government.  Only when this has established at a grass roots level, will politicians on a national level begin to listen – because they fear loss of votes and with that, loss of power’

Governments fear the loss of votes? And for me seeing desperate young ‘failed’ teenagers, worn out mums and dads and several stressed out executives on a daily basis, the reality of this quest for ‘better and bigger’ is all too real.

Please add your comments if you have a different dimension or perception?

What does well-being mean to you?  These are timely questions.

 

“Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher” – Oprah Winfrey

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

http://www.scoop.it/t/breathing-for-business

 

Wellbeing versus Wealth

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Forward thinking mindfulness update June 23rd, 2014

The central political challenge of our times.” Perhaps an abundance of money also comes with guilt at the unequal distribution of quality of life. What do you think?

DAVID CAMERON will tell business leaders today that there is “more to life than money” as he attempts to make a clean break with Thatcherism.

He will tell business leaders that “general well-being” is more important than personal wealth and will list beautiful surroundings, culture and better relationships as society’s new goals.

The Tory leader, who enjoys considerable wealth of his own, has made a timely intervention on the subject of Margaret Thatcher’s legacy. Her years in power are the subject of a television adaptation of the award-winning novel The Line of Beauty, which charts the highs and lows of the decade.

However, Mr Cameron will also use his speech to a Google Zeitgeist conference in Hertfordshire to promise that there will be no new laws to promote flexible jobs for working mothers, saying that companies should be free to find their own answers to the work-life balance.

He will make clear that a Conservative government led by him would have different priorities from Mrs Thatcher’s.

“Wealth is about so much more than pounds or euros or dollars can ever measure. It’s time we admitted that there’s more to life than money, and it’s time we focused not just on GDP, but on GWB — general well-being,” he will say.

Well-being can’t be measured by money or traded in markets. It can’t be required by law or delivered by government.

It’s about the beauty of our surroundings, the quality of our culture, and above all the strength of our relationships.

Improving our society’s sense of well-being is, I believe, the central political challenge of our times.

This is likely to be unpopular with right-wingers in his party who think that Conservatives should stand for wealth creation and tax cuts.

 

What are your thoughts?

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

http://www.scoop.it/t/breathing-for-business

 

 

Transformations

Monday, December 8th, 2008

 

Transformation for changes.  Nature can heal.  It can help us create new ideas and re energise for new beginnings.
You sit back and watch the transformations take place. Those transformations are there for us to see.  ‘Take a walk on the wild side,to nurture your resilience?’
If you visit your nearest park, garden, beach, hill, mountain and watch the transformation of autumn colours and happenings. Happenings are happening all around us.

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

http://www.scoop.it/t/breathing-for-business

 

Well-being – Three Cliff’s Bay, Gower

Monday, December 8th, 2008
Forward thinking mindfulness, update June 23rd 2014

After attending an invite last night, from the owners of Swansea Life’s Business Magazine, to hear a panel of speakers debate

” the deterioration of the Welsh economy in light of steady growth from previous years”  the message from where I was sitting, was both loud and clear.  We need to work through the next few years and to spot new opportunities, and remain ‘awake, alert and alive.  Burying heads in the sand, or going to the wall or indeed being numbed by anti-depressants won’t alter our economic situation.  It is how we perceive and think about our work and life that puts the ‘gloom and doom’ into perspective.

Here, I have posted my favourite beauty spot for you all to see and feel.  This coastline was featured on the Great British coastline ‘beauty awards’ programme on BBC. Please take a moment to study the view and to take in it’s beauty.

Britain’s favourite view? I’ve got to agree with Katherine Jenkins, it takes my breath away every time…

Three Cliffs landscape

 

Here too is my weekly training run and climb.  Most weeks I take Louis, my daughter KC Spaniel pooch with me. It is one of the most therapeutic and relaxing activities that I can recommend.

 

To improve anyone’s breathing rates and quality is to lower heart rates and in doing so, calms the mind.

 

A glimpse of heaven on earth and it’s free.

Do you have a favourite view?

 

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you to re-energise for your business.

Breathing for business. I mentor business people and help them improve their focus, energy and clarity for new business.

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Are you on my Radar?

Monday, December 8th, 2008

 sunset at radar tukon by adlaw

It’s Monday and are you on my Wellbeing radar?
Where have all those well-meaning Contacts disappeared? The Mile High and Mile Wide fills up
the Gaps of all those who connected with me when I first joined ecademy.

Being disciplined in the Value adds to my unique selling point. I spring clean my Contact list every Monday, clearing out the debris, any surplus that takes up too much room. I look at my list and decide who relates well, who hears the true value message of preventative health care? Do my contacts practice wellbeing at Home and in the Work Place? Do my contacts have a pastime, a sport, or walk to the shops or cycle to work or indeed SMILE at someone new on a Monday?

I take ownership of my health, a very wise thing in my mind given the near to bursting abscess of the NHS. It’s so much fun having More energy to be on someone else’s radar. It’s so much More fun to be picked up on someone else’s radar on ecademy. It so much More fun to have fun with likeminded energetic, passionate members who truly love their work.

Being on other members energy radar also means you pick up Black Star flash adverts, as I did this morning. I picked up on Emma James BS Spot and admired her flash logo. It yelled out ‘This is who I am and I love my work, my brand, my logo’

Have you picked up on someone’s radar lately?

 

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How effective are you?

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Morning!

I was thrilled with my latest ecademy Testimonial this morning. It was different in as much the gentleman clearly said I have an influence over the wellbeing of other Employees in another Country, namely Germany.
Now my dad would have been grinning from ear to ear. Why? As a WW2 RAF pilot his plane was shot down and it crashed.
Dad suffered several fractures of his spine and countless other injuries. Needless to say he suffered traumas, as did countless other servicemen. While ‘in rehab’ he decided he would become a youth leader and from then on ran youth exchanges between the young people of South Wales and Southern Germany. A very forward thinking man post war in the 50’s and 60’s

This pro active ecademy blogger provoked my ‘Are you on my Radar? Blog. So I was delighted to hear I was on his radar and even more so at the back of his head, primarily (according to him) we try do do the same thing albeit from different angles and a different focus. He felt the word focus was actually really bad – it implied such a narrow vision, where as well being and communication are such all encompassing fields and when you look for the common denominators

So, yes, I received a very welcomed compliment ‘ there is inspiration coming from you, your thoughts and words and it flows right through and reaches the thoughts of several employees of a company in Germany’.
A wonderful testimony that my blogs are influencing the wellbeing of other Employees in another Country.

I will finish on a quality note by adding a few lines from his profile

‘Oh and how do we charge for our services? Let me answer that in the following way: In Antal Szerb’s novel “Journey by Moonlight” there is a wonderful passage about living in Rome. Being in Rome doesn’t cost a penny, or does experiencing Rome, breathing its history, seeing the buildings, the sky, and the trees. It doesn’t cost a penny to be happy and to enjoy the experience. It is the “other” things that cost money, the accommodation, the restaurants, the clothing, and all the tangible things. The espresso costs money. However, the experience of drinking it is free. And if it is a good espresso, it is priceless the espresso costs money. However, the experience of drinking it is free. And if it is a good espresso, it is priceless’.

Being on ecademy clearly influences employees in other Countries. Thank you ecademy.

How effective is your service? How effective are you?

Carolyn, helping you to #Sparkle with Confidence on Social Media

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A Welsh Win for the Northern Hemisphere

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

There is nothing like A Welsh Rugby win to set our Nation alight!!
Patience, Belief, Fitness, Strength, Speed, Agility and Determination got us a Result!
Well Done Boys and Mr.Gatland for getting up after the All Blacks defeat, to come back and beat
a World Class side. We sang our hearts out last week and got defeated by the World Class All Blacks.
A week later still singing our hearts out and we got a Welsh Win against the Aussies!! 21-18
 

A delighted fan and a high Welsh motivator, I have watched Shane, Lee and Stephen train religiously to achieve their Goal after years of training and commitment!

The best business attire, a Smile! 

Carolyn, helping you to #Sparkle with Confidence on Social Media

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Strictly Santana Samba Nudge

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

My Blog ‘Get off our Butts and do something’ post reply from Satin yesterday, prompted this one smile

 

How about burning some festive Xmas calories learning how to Samba? Just type in Samba Dance into Utube search and you even get dance lessons!! What could be simpler? Ahermmm co ordination, rhythm …
Sassy style. Go on give it a go!!

Listen to this Samba track from Santana. Sexy or what??

Here’s to seeing Stars in your eyes! lol

What is your fav dance style?

Carolyn, helping you to #Sparkle with Confidence on Social Media

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Stop what your doing

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Stop what your doing! Take a breather and

 

That’s the Christmas Spirit!

 

Thanks, Carolyn

I am looking to co present Business Seminars – Improving communication in the Work Place. Under my banner Corporate Wellbeing with Employment Law – addressing Absenteeism, Retention and Improved Employee Health/Morale.

It would seem Company Owners, CE, SEO, Directors, Solicitors, Accountants, Insurance Brokers etc are too manic and stressed to SEE the woods from the trees. What is your view?

Carolyn