Archive for March, 2010

#Oi what’s occuring? – Wales Ecademy

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Last night leaving the workplace saying my usual ‘ it’s a goodnight for him and a goodnight from her?’ I drove onto Cardiff in rush hour and was nicely surprised by an invite I’d received to join a new Chapter of Wales Ecademy

Wandering around Park Place and 33 Winsdor Place it was wonderful to meet Dame Barbara or was it Iris Gower oh no, it was our very own Georgina Lester     Trevor Ifa Durham and Mike ‘internet marketing’ Bailey at Bar 33!!

Photo courtesy of 33 Windsor Place

Having engaged in a ‘welsh think tank’ I can honestly say we can point you in the right direction of Meirioneth sausages and mash, Cawl Carreg Cennen, deliciously hot ‘mini’ welsh cakes and Penclawdd Cockles, as I’m near enough to pick ’em on my weekly North Gower runs around the Llangennech Surf. Not forgetting my relaxation well-being treks around Three Cliffs, Gower!

Wandering around Park Place and Winsdor Place would have been complete if Jonathan Davies, Shane Williams, Dame Shirley Bassey, and Ruth Jones were staging a Calendar Girls and Boys Sports Relief fundraising night. Cheers and Oggy Oggy Oggy! for a lovely ‘end of play’ twpper. My weekly muti- national automotive well- being in the workplace ‘stint’ will never be the same again. I will give you a clue as to my influence on the ‘I’m on fire activities list’ that have a wheelies ‘dirty weekends’(mountain biking)

Ty Gwyn – Brecon Beacons National Park

and golfing flavour! What do you think? Do come and join us at our next Wales Ecademy event and enjoy a Dakota.

Happy Networking! Happy Wednesday!.  My Power words are Work Life Balance,


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Business : Monday Tips – How to look gorgeous without make-up

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

A lovely new connection called Shelly Fishel replied to my invite yesterday to connect, asking this question ‘What is #Smiles to Sparkle?’ Here is my reply in a blog – Simple beauty makes my heart smile…

Bare faced beauty – Photo courtesy of Flickr

I had met Shelly, a busy housewife and business lady at the London Boardroom last Monday. Yesterday, reading Shelly’s e-mail, I learnt how she was preparing for Passover, and so I wrote this blog in answer to her question. After a busy few months, I caught up with my belated Mother’s Spa Day yesterday. The whole day was arranged by my beautiful daughter at Machynys Golf Spa, Llanelli in Dyfed. ‘As Wales gears up to the Ryder Cup, a new three quarter of a million pounds Golf Academy opened its doors to the public at Machynys Golf Club and Spa, Llanelli in Carmarthenshire’.

How to look gorgeous without make-up
Machynys Golf Spa – Hydro therapy and aroma therapy Machynys Spa Packages

We arrived by 10am and were greeted by an ‘ever younger’ team of Spa beauticians. As most health club insurances require you to fill in a health questionaire (I conduct mine routinely for my clients) both my daughter and I sat in the stunning bar restaurant, overlooking the panoramic Machynys Golf course, filling in these forms. Lunch was included in the package and having received my personal FoodYoga prescription from Dr.Das, I opted for the healthy option.

I chose the hot stones and oil therapy for neck, arms and facial while my daughter chose the hot stones and oil back therapy. These treatments, hydro, sauna, aromatherapy render you very ‘woozy’ and dehydrated. Laid to bare you naturally get in touch with you dehydrated skin. Here are my Monday tips for you and Shelley to help you ‘kick start’ your working week.

Monday Tips – How to look gorgeous without make up

1. Hydrate – drinking lot’s of ‘still’ (at body temperature) water is essential.
2. Build in a good cleansing skin regime
3. Eat less greasy, heavy foods
4. Eat regular meals with lot’s of fruit and veggies to keep your blood sugars level Dr. Das FoodYoga can help you achieve optimum health, so why not ask for a consultation online?
5. Exercise at least for 10 -15 minutes in the day 3-5 times a week.
6. Get plenty of rest and a good night’s sleep.
7. Condition your hair regularly and visit your hairdresser every six weeks if possible.
8. Get your eyes tested every two years
9. Keep up with your dental check ups.
10.Make sure you keep you hugs topped up

And last but not least, enjoy lot’s of fun and Smile

Before leaving, a gentleman, who was sat with a group of family and friends, came up to us smiling from ‘ear to ear’ to ask if we had enjoyed our visit. I asked his name and he said he was in charge of looking after the Spa facilities. I shook his hand, handed him my business card and suggested he followed up his lovely introduction and enquiry with reading my feedback.

Today my heart smiled – There, have I answered your question Shelly?

Carolyn, The Best Business attire, A Smile on Social Media

Friday Mind Gym – How to maximise your powerful buzz words?

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Power words updated. Work life balance I have always loved the buzz of London for training energy but equally love Swansea for the sea buzz. Now I truly believe that you have to get off your #sparkly butt to achieve ‘Being the change you want to see in the world’

Joining ecademy and then meeting Thomas and Penny my desire to travel to London with a Smile! was rekindled over an Amazing #Twunch on June 23rd ’09. My intention that day was to meet Mike Shraga and fellow ecadmates, I remember meeting someone called Thomas smile who came across as a ‘buzzy mover and shaker’. A commanding sort, that took over the #twunch by asking us to brainstorm our two power words. He sowed the seed and from then on it has been fed and supported by both he and Penny.

Venue – Avanta Meeting Rooms. Regent Street

Less than a year later, I left Swansea to travel to London again to join William Buist chair the London BoardRoom. It became obvious to me throughout the meeting that the two power words (and more) were links in this wonderful chain of networking.

How about your power words? What are they and how do you maximise them through networking?

Since my return I have travelled to Bridgend and returned to Swansea to work on my marketing and referral action plan and at 1.30pm today, young Louis KC Spaniel subject of my work life balance is being deposited, which means…> yes, we’re whoosh…> off to Gower …>

Well as someone from ecademy, who is begining to know me, tweeted earlier ‘there’s no stopping you when you get going!’ I’m on fire!!

Happy Friday smile

Carolyn, The Best Business attire, A Smile on Social Media

Community : Wellbeing – The Malta Experience 2009

Saturday, March 13th, 2010


Back from a most insightful visit to Malta. This was ‘a journey’ in terms of learning all about the history and culture of Malta.
This was no ordinary journey, as it was to a country, my late father, visited so often, before he died there on December 20th 1997. An insight into my dad’s formative and latter years, was made very clear during my visit to the ‘Malta Experience’ theatre. This theatre was full of foreign school children – largely German, French and Italian. This awesome experience teaches you the beginings, the history and and wars that took place on this tiny but hugely friendly island.
Wars do crazy, awful things to people and yet the sea has this incredible power to change history and wellbeing, if you search for it!

Returning to my world of Wellbeing, I would add meeting Zorica, a unique Serbian physiotherapist Zorica Miladinovic M.D practicing at the Feelgood Spa, Preluna Hotel in Sliema, was for me both educational and emotionally therapeutic. We talked in depth, as she treated my very painful right, ‘frozen shoulder’ …astonishingly something our local General Practitioners, have little insight or correct treatment for, here in the UK!!

She explained most of her foreign clients, booked the Preluna Hotel, in Sliema to pursue both rehabilitation and physiotherapeutic treatment privately, having been ignored by our NHS or told to take strong painkillers, as opposed to helping or educating the limbs, so they recover and work correctly. I have developed a muscular imbalance over my upper right side, over the years, compensating for a slightly curved spine. Many of us have curved spines but luckily for some, they receive good corrective treatment from an early onset.

Zorica for me was incredible physiotherapist, as she embraced both the Chinese acupuncture and Reiki healing techniques. I have long been an advocate of Reiki and it’s meditative healing properties, Tai Chi and acupuncture. Clearing both mental and emotional blocks can have such a profound beneficial effect in healing the body, if correct treatment is available.

I truly believe that a combination of manipulation plus latest laser equipment administered by a Reiki Healing physiotherapist, is the answer for chronic muscular aching neck and back muscles.

Here is an explanation From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Reiki (霊気 or レイキ ?, IPA: /ˈreɪkiː/) is a [-[spiritual practice]][1] developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui. After three weeks of fasting and meditating on Mount Kurama, in Japan, Usui claimed to receive the ability of “healing without energy depletion”.[2] A portion of the practice, tenohira or palm healing, is used as a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).[3][4] Tenohira is a technique whereby practitioners believe they are moving “healing energy” (a form of ki) through the palms.[5][6]

There is no generally accepted scientific evidence for either the existence of ki or any mechanism for its manipulation, and a systematic review of randomized clinical trials conducted in 2008 did not support the efficacy of reiki or its recommendation for use in the treatment of any condition.

And yet the Malta Experience was yet another example ot it’s healing properties. It was for me both Inspirational and healing
Hope you enjoy these lyrics? You are so beautiful

Please tell me your wellbeing insights and stories? Carolyn

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Transparency – Who is taking responsibility for our security?

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Validation. This morning I was asked to post something for one of my first, larger than life ecademy connections, Jim Ziegler. It’s no coincidence that I warmed to Jim’s dynamic networking style. Jim’s dad was an American Naval Officer ( both my grandad’s served in the British Royal Navy ) then on Jeremy Paxman ‘Newsnight’ last night we had key defence experts and General Sir Richard Dannatt, sitting alongside Diane ( Ben’s mum) and not for the first time, an injured soldier and the three major defence MP’s discussing ‘A Fighting Future’.

The shift, the paradigm in wars and warfare was obvious for a blind man to see. Crucial defence questions surfaced from the strategic defence review Green Paper. And yet the poltics, the handling of these wars has barely kept up with the costs! The Guardian was represented, repeating several times ‘these wars are simply not working, not winnable any more, we needed to change tack!’ ( nautical term ) smile

There is no doubt that without airforce power our troops would be suffering far more casualties. And the American Nato Speaker confirmed this is a very necessary alliance. Naturally knowing Ben ( the little I do ) and Ben’s mum, my focus was on her bringing the debate back to the cost of war both in lives, and being equipped for it! Young service personnel due to the progress of medicine were surviving horrific bomb blast’s ( like Ben ) and therefore much thought needed to be given, as to their care for years to come. Surely this is irony in itself the cost of security for our personnel and the Nation?.

What struck me the most was that all these speakers were being asked questions and the truth lay in their faces. They were brought together to discuss the future of our forces. Who has the best interest of the young generation in a fighting future. Who truly has their Global future well-being at heart?

Transparency- Q&A’s are good if we can see the panels faces – eyes. Are they looking up, down, straight ahead or at the floor?. Are they taking responsibility?

Carolyn – taking a keen interest in my son’s soldiering future.

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I’m a different person …

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

turn my world around’   No, it’s not my Birthday, Wales are playing France. It all bodes well for a great Friday night!! Whatever the result, it promises to be a great match  Wales! Wales! Wales!!

It’s the weekend and it’s HERE!!  What do you have planned?



Carolyn Williams. Breathing new life into business.  I drive new leads, followers and advocates online for small business owners & entrepreneurs to boost revenue.



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Friday Hugs – Lost and Found

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Have you noticed a pattern that happens when you lose something? keys, purse – wallet, glasses and those darn umbrella’s that you may aswell swap when you enter a Wine Bar Party!!

Photo courtesy of Flickr

Well yesterday, I lost a left lens from my tri focals and searched for it everywhere. Then as I was getting rattled, I decided to practice my own strong beliefs that if you let something go and meditate, it turns up. This morning, I switch my computer on and decide to follow the fall of gravity theory and scramble around the floor for the umpteenth time and Bingo! there it was behind my old computer on the floor at the back. Now the prize for finding this lens was…my being able to read a fab PM for one of my lovely international connections Abdul Ghafoor  who despite living hundreds of miles away had caught a simlar virus to myself! Well Friday hugs go to him and all those who are struggling to find something right now!

Happy Friday, Won’t Go Quietly Carolyn

Lost anything lately? Relevancy to Business – Never, ever give up!

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