Archive for October, 2014

Write your own story

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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I was reading ‘Ten Top Tips For Focusing Your Writing Creativity’ by Lisa Cherry, a social media connection and I particularly liked this tip:

‘Allow yourself to be risky with your writing. If you’ve got something to say, say it but say it well. People want to read something challenging, something different and something that speaks to them’.

Over the weekend, while catching up with my e-mails, work and reading a few of my favourite friends posts, I came across this beautiful illustration and quote on facebook:

‘Write your own story’ from Healing Light Online

“You are the designer of your destiny. You are the author. You write the story. The pen is in your hand, and the outcome is whatever you choose”.

This illustration (I am a visual learner) spurred me to read through some of my previous blog stories and I decided to re write one called ‘Serendipity alive and well in London’  This was a story about an offline networking event, I attended in London. I felt  this experience was challenging enough to write about.  The post had a reasonable response from my social media network, so that encouraged me to do some more searching online, using google. I then came across Everyday Learnings  and recognised a few faces and authors, who over the nurturing years have become my friends, through connecting on social media networks.

I agree with the authors mentioned above, I do find the whole process of writing posts and connecting with my network thoroughly rewarding. So here is my question to you readers ‘How many of your friends and social media connections do you know, have written their own story, book or e-books?’

 

“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

Serendipity alive and well in London

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Wandering around a few busy streets in London having studied  map directions for a networking event I was attending, I became aware of  the very tall buildings staring down on me, on either side of the streets.  I had arranged a 1-2-1 with John Paul, an Architect from London, a fellow net worker. We had arranged to meet in the British Museum, not too far from our main meeting place. It turned out to be the most insightful, architectural invite I could possibly wished for. There is so much to learn about London’s famous buildings.

After the networking event had finished,  John kindly showed some amazing buildings and architecture along Portland and Harley Street. Soaking up this vast wealth of architectural history, guided by a London architect was a privilege. Starting with the British Museum, leading to the buildings around Portland Street, All Saints Church, Margaret Street with its stunning stain glass windows and carvings in the company of John Paul.

 

Church

“The exception is the magnificent west window, the glass of which dates from 1877. Designed by Alexander Gibbs, it is based on the Tree of Jesse window in Wells Cathedral, and replaced the initial glass, designed by Alfred Gerente and installed between 1853-58 (and which was generally thought to be a failure).  It was designed in 1850 by William Butterfield, an architect strongly associated with Gothic revival church building and the Oxford Movement. Completed in 1859, the red brick church was built around a small courtyard with an adjoining vicarage and a choir school.

Butterfield’s masterpiece

 

Butterfield

 

 

The interior is noted for its rich decoration and beautiful fittings – a true “hidden gem” in the streets of central London.  Sir John Betjeman, the poet, writer and enthusiastic advocate of heritage and architecture said of All Saints: It was here, in the 1850’s, that the revolution in architecture began…It led the way, All Saints Margaret Street, in church building.” All Saints Margaret Street is a Victorian church in Fitzrovia, near Oxford Street, London. It is regarded as one of the foremost examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture in Britain”.

Having listened to John’s guided tour, I decided to call a dear family friend of mine, now working as a IVF Specialist in London, to join us for a cuppa. Again John led me to the Royal Institute of British Architects buildings ‘coffee shop’, so that all three of us could sit and chat.  A fascinating diverse meet-up with two incredibly gifted men.

 

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

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

 Swansea