Posts Tagged ‘Sparkle’

Sharing Christmas Greetings through social media

Monday, December 24th, 2012


Photo courtesy of a lovely connection Wendy Mason 

 

This beautiful picture is being shared through social media. A gift from a connection on Twitter, Facebook, Google, Friendfeed and Linkedin can help add Sparkle to your Christmas.

 

Smile think Sparkle.   Carolyn

 

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Carolyn Williams

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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
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Capturing Magical Breakthrough Moments On Film

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Pure magical celebrations captured on film.

Last night I watched and listened to this incredible African Childrens Choir, selected to sing for the Queens Jubilee song and concert.

 

 

Gary Barlow’s breakthrough moments in searching for the Diamond Jubilee song for the Queen.  (The official song of the Diamond Jubilee. Performed by the Military Wives with Gareth Malone and musicians from across the Commonwealth including the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Slum Drummers from Kenya’s Kibera slum, African Children’s Choir and many more.)

 

 

Gary visited Australia, Kenya, Jamaica and the Solomon Islands to find musicians for the song, collaboration with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.

BBC headlines about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations brought us another Getty image that defies time. Diamond Jubilee: The Queen’s bond with ‘remarkable’ Welsh

getty images

On Saturday, having studied several ‘magical moments’ of newly retiring Shane Williams and Martyn Williams, I tweeted “Whoop! Whoop! Hook on the money. It all started with Harry Robinson’s try, Wales 30 Barbarians 21. Congratulations! 100th Cap for Martyn Williams”.

Wales 30 – 21 Barbarians
This incredible tackle captured by Huw Evans Wales talented photographer.

This game gave us an insight into the young talent that travels on the test tour to Australia on Tuesday. What better fitting tribute to the two giant stalwarts, who have given us some of the most incredible magical moments on the field. Wishing you both everything you deserve Shane Williams and Martyn Williams. If the Queen’s long serving Diamond Jubilee celebrations are anything to go by…….there is much work to be done yet!. 😉

 

Carolyn Williams

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Daring to be different

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Fraser asked us this question “What is the sum total value of each of the individual parts?” and concluded his post with “Regardless of star, status or bloodline, personally I think it’s a T.E.A.M. effort.”

Penny Power asked this question “So, think about this today, who’s parachute do you pack and who is packing yours?”  I re read my replies to her How can I find time to support other people   post.  I’ll add it here; “As you know my son is a paratrooper and I remember him coming home with three other fun loving Para’s, trying to complete their jumps to qualify for their British wings.  Now for me hearing how some of them ‘ in training’ get dragged and how the harnesses leave marks around their necks was scary but worse, was learning how they jumped out with their chutes for their compulsory night jump!.  That phrase ‘a single leap of faith’ takes on a whole new meaning in the dark I reckon.   According to my son, the best part was the “faces” they pull, as they leave the hatch. Yes, they have to rely on one another for survival, the discipline is immense and the camaraderie second to none.  As you aptly say, it only takes a moment to reach out to someone.

 

Sharing with you the Parachute Regiment Insignia.

“UTRINQUE  PARATUS” – READY FOR ANYTHING
THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT
I proudly carry my son’s (badge) wings with me, wherever I go.

How do you boost the support process in your network?

 

 

Carolyn Williams,  Moving minds helping you do business differently

 

 

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Are you lost in Ecademy?

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Participating in  Ecademy’s leadership second meeting, led by Phillip Khan-Panni – Wordsmith was to bring home ( in my view ) that a lot of us are lost in Ecademy.  We could say this is also true of our economy and of our way in British life.

Prior to this meeting I had arranged a 1-2-1 with John Paul, an Architect from London and a power networker. We arranged to meet in the British Museum not far from our meeting place. This invite was as a direct result from a comment John had made on this post.   What followed on from this visit was that John kindly took me to look at some amazing buildings and architecture. 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.

 

 
“The exception is the magnificent west window (right), 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

 
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 1850s, 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 achitecture in Britain”.
Having listened to John’s story I decided it would be an idea to meet up with a dear friend of mine, now working as a specialist in Harley Street. Again John led me to the RIBA buildings ‘coffee shop’, so that all three of us could sit and chat. My friend is an IVF specialist. Our conversation centred around what we understand is happening to the traditional family.  Family life is changing for all of us. Ecademy has changed and will change again. It’s keeping up with the changes, facilitating, and participating that helps us to embrace this huge challenge.

 

Business: We can all help each other grow richer in Ecademy . ~ We sure can.

 

Carolyn Williams
Keeping you motivated for business.

 

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Things! Encouraging recovery by doing the right thing

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Well-being versus Wealth 
André Bieste The real crisis? We stopped being wise!   included an inspiring video presentation by Barry Schwartz.
How do we aid economic recovery? How do we heal the patient? By using wisdom in doing the right thing. Kick starting wisdom by being happy about doing the right thing. .
Laying down pages of rules and regulations has literally locked down the entrepreneurial spirit instead of celebrating those who do the right thing. No matter where you live, work or spend recreational time you see the destruction caused by robotic procedures without encouraging the free spirit in doing the right thing.
Frequent visits to a local hospital over the past few months has been an eye opener, witnessing it’s excellence being overshadowed by endless paper work procedures that renders the patient lost!. Robotic nursing care which does little to reassure healing and calmness.

 

Forever learning and teaching I wrote this Business : It is how you talk to patients that matter!  but it seems the point of my message was lost in replies discussing how NHS trust budgets are controlled, missing the real issue completely.  So here again giving students experience and encouraging them to do the right thing has been lost in the endless piles of paperwork that needs pure administrative skills to allow the nurse or doctor to get on with healing the patient. Nursing training and specialist skills are vital for patient recovery. Allowing students and employees to think for themselves to learn from improvising and experience under supervision.  Lot’s of teaching layers in that module”.

 

Out of the text book and out of the class room and into the real world of encouraging real  recovery. I wrote that blog in the hope it might raise awareness that rules and procedures are guidelines but to be effective you need to win others over. Becoming influential in ‘winning the hearts and minds of people’ encouraging recovery in others is the ultimate end result and for our sick economy. You could relate this ‘sickness’ to any number of economic issues where skills and training are indeed alarmingly non existent. So it’s not surprising that by burying our heads in the sand it leaves us well and truly stuck in a swamp. By not celebrating wisdom in doing the right thing, things have a habit of coming back to bite us on the bum. smile

We have to invest in our recovery and it starts with us.
Poor health and economic sickness has a habit of crucifying us.

What is it that we in ecademy can do do to help celebrate wisdom in doing the right thing?

 

Carolyn Williams

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In Grand Slam Mode

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Yes, I even dream’t about it last night. We have enjoyed some great sporting achievements and I woke up thinking history is about to happen all over again.

So for those of you who enjoy the French v Wales Rugby here for you are some previous Grand Slam highlights.   Six of the Best – Wales v France Grand Slam deciders   I watched them all.   C’mon Wales let’s be having You for ‘Merve the Swerve’  And Yes Mr. Gatland does have a techie sense of humour ‘And Gatland raises laugh from journalists when he jokes that technology might make the decision for them!’.

You Glow In The Dark turning the Game into Paradise

Thank You Wales, Mr Gatland and Team Coaches for some awesome moments. May the best team win on the day. What 6 Nations matches stand out in your minds?.

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you capture new followers, advocates and how to generate new leads for your business?

@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

Breaking through the Daylight Smiles

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Woop! Woop! More heaven on earth courtesy of Alun Morris Jones and Twitter. I had to share this early Christmas pressie with my follow friends.

Like so many other connections here on Ecademy the past few months have been a personal and professional test.

Whatever circumstances throw at you I do hope this piece of magic lifts your spirit?

 

Coldplay’s Paradise says it all for me.

Previous Blog “I was in heaven on earth yesterday courtesy of twitter”.   

 

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you capture new followers, advocates and how to generate new leads for your business?

@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

Being ethical, professional and a confidential coach

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

 

Being ethical, professional and a confidential coach can work against you in business. We are unable to ask our clients, fellow colleagues for testimonials and most feel so vulnerable in terms of abuse or bullying they are unlikely to step forward to recommend you. Another problem as I see it on Ecademy is that Black Stars can add comments and there are many who are known coach ‘knockers’ and there are numerous Power Networkers who either feel unable or prevented from adding their comments or likes. So a catch 22 here I feel. Now there is one very capable Power Networker I introduced here ~ Are you a builder or a blitzer? I would highly recommend her to fellow members.

Then Andrew posted a brilliant and timely Business : Do company directors need a coach? to re address this imbalance. We coaches are getting a raw deal from the self made and inexperienced coaches on here and out there.

Here repeated is my comment on Andrew’s post
“Personally, I cannot begin to count the so called ‘unqualified ‘self made’ and in experienced personal or professional coaches’ here in Ecademy. The Coach ‘knocking shop’ has gone on since I joined in 2008. And what is more… you also have biased prejudice within the qualified ranks of coaches”.

Even during training and post qualifications you will find bad coaches, so it’s wise to post up some guidelines. Common sense goes a long way here.

Working together for a better tomorrow.

It’s about TIME there was true recognition for the true and valid practitioners who work ‘behind the scenes’ to help fellow members and their clients, either corporate, as in my case or ‘one to one’ business coaching.  No one likes to feel vulnerable or inadequate, even those whose eyesight  (focus changes) symptoms that are age related. Many of my clients cannot spell, can’t count or have stress related problems. The list is endless.

Do you feel that someone who is both qualified and a professional business coach should work for free?. Most of us during our personal and working business lives will need a coach at some point. So come on members, if you have come across someone on Ecademy or on other social networks who has truly helped, please step forward.

Being confidential can work against us.

 

 

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

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Food is Medicine and Fuel (Gut Instinct Part Two)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
When we call food bad we make it even more exciting by excluding it from what we allow ourselves to eat. Or we attach conditions to when we can and can’t eat it. But these strategies don’t work. We feel so guilty that we don’t even enjoy this forbidden food when it is in our mouths’

 

Gut Instinct Part Two
How you can transform your attitude to food and restore nourishment and pleasure to your life. (continued)

Eat the food your body is hungry for.
It is easy to get stressed about the wholesomeness of our foods; so many foods today are made with excessive chemicals.

Distinguish between foods that can harm you because they are made up of chemicals and flavourings and aren’t really food, and foods you designate bad – such as ice cream, puddings, chips – because they are highly calorific or associated with treats. We can be tempted to call categories of foods bad as a way of putting them off limits, when what is really going on is that we don’t know how to handle them. When we call food bad we make it even more exciting by excluding it from what we allow ourselves to eat. Or we attach conditions to when we can and can’t eat it. But these strategies don’t work. We feel so guilty that we don’t even enjoy this forbidden food when it is in our mouths.Denying yourself particular foods is a recipe for bingeing.

To find out what you are hungry for, imagine yourself eating the food you want. It might be the food you don’t usually let yourself have. Take a minute to taste it, smell it, to imagine it in your mouth. If you’re still hungry for it, eat it. See how it tastes and whether you enjoy it as you hoped you would. If you find you no longer want that food, imagine tasting, smelling something else. If it is as wonderful as you imagine it to be treat it as such. Let it be worthy of your attention, not something to sneak in your mouth because you aren’t meant to be having it.

Find out why you eat when you aren’t hungry

Lonely
If you are lonely and you eat, you will have given yourself a reason why you are lonely – ‘I’m too fat and therefore I am lonely. You wont have addressed your loneliness; rather you will have taken a step away from solving it. You will have taken yourself a step a way from solving it. You will have given yourself without meaning to: a food problem.

Sad
If you eat when you need to cry, your tears will always be there, waiting to be shed.

Angry
If you eat when you’re angry, you’re swallowing a feeling that needs to come out. Food cannot satisfy other hungers. It can quieten them temporarily, but when you have finished eating they are still there.

So smell the red grapes, the organic honey. Look at the colour of foods and drinks Taste the medicine and nourish/fuel don’t fool your body

Recognise any of these addictive traits and habits?

Why not start to exercise?  

 

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you find ways to re-energise yourself for your business?

@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
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Gut Instinct

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Talking to so many stressed, whizzy business gurus as I do through the course of my consultancy and networking, I wanted to post a few useful extracts from various experts on Stomach Health. Stress is felt in the Gut! So it makes sense for us to respect our Gut and nurture it. I agree with Pierre Pallardy that the stomach is our second brain. If we all connect with our stomachs and truly listen to the signals, I reckon we are half way to an improved digestive system and a flatter tummy.

Book extract…
How you can transform your attitude to food and restore nourishment and pleasure to your life.
Learning to recognise why you want to eat when you are not hungry, to eat only when you are hungry and to stop when you are full isn’t magic; it takes work. But once you have the knack, it feels magically different from the way you’ve eaten before. It will mean an end to diets, binges, special schemes to control your food, and an end to denying yourself the food you would like to eat. There are five key principles that will help you eat in a new way and to be able to be the size that is right for you. They allow you to trust yourself around food. No diet, no doctor, no trainer, no scheme can know better than you what suits your body.

Eat when your’e hungry
Learning to rediscover your hunger signals can take a bit of practice and a lot of attention. If you are not used to recognising hunger, don’t despair. Perhaps you don’t know when your hungry because:

You eat before you are hungry
You eat because everyone else is eating
You eat because your miserable, weepy, angry
You eat because you are so happy
You eat because you passed a bakery with wonderful smells
You eat because it’s a meal time
You eat because your mother told you to
You eat because you feel fat and helpless
You eat the food your child left over

Sometime we can be afraid to feel hunger. The very sensation frightens us, so we eat in advance of it. That can happen because as children we didn’t have enough food; we had to clear our plates whether we wanted to or not; We sensed our mother’s disapproval if we said weren’t hungry; eating was a shared family activity. Knowing and facing these reasons clears the way for you to use your hunger to guide your eating.

Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy food and eat well? Then we can all relax and have a great weekend

Extracts from Gut Instinct written by Pierre Pallardy coming next…

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you find ways to re-energise yourself for your business?

@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