Posted on 8:55pm Friday 18th Jan 2013
Listed under: News
What a great Morning!
It was so great to see so many faces there, a good mix of old and new members.
What I love about Networking Mummies coffee mornings is the informal structure. Many of you know our Stratford and Evesham Branch leader Kerry was poorly in hospital so couldn't make it, and Laura Morris and myself didn't want to cancel the event but she had a telephone meeting booked in for 9.30am for an hour which overlapped with the meeting times. So we drove over to Stratford and I went into McKechnies to meet and greet everyone, Laura sat in her car on the phone for an hour and joined us 30 minutes into the meeting. Because it's informal it works like that. It's great if you can make it for the whole session but if not you can arrive late or leave early without being frowned upon.
We meet at McKechnies once a month as it's family friendly, the staff are lovely and Bethan the owner is lovely and doesn't shout at us for moving the tables!
So on with the meeting. So many different things were discussed. We went round the table and all did our minute introductions into ourselves and our businesses. It's a good ice-breaker and always takes up longer than a minute as we interact, ask questions and respond to the stories. We also had two Louise's there so had to figure out and remember which was which- we had 'The better Louise", The older/younger Louise (definately not my idea!) and several more fun idea's for names for them. We discussed how Networking Mummies had grown over the last year and also how it helped me gain confidence and grow my other business. We had a great discussion between Alix (Mess around Ltd), Pippa Jenkins (sing and sign) and Louise (Caterpiller corner) about possibly joining forces to do a big day long event, can't wait to see if that happens! But thats what Networking Mummies is all about- meeting people, sharing idea's, and recommending each other and joint projects are a great part of that.
We shared our products and services with each other and talked about the stresses of juggling a family and business. We then exchanged business cards and wrote down everyones Facebook business pages and Twitter accounts so we can follow each other and stay in touch online.
Those at the event were:
Bethan McKechnie- McKechnie's
Alix Hay- Mess around Ltd
Louise Lyson- Caterpiller Corner/ Butterfly Brain
Pippa Jenkins- Sing and Sign
Judith Holloway- The Parenting Pacemaker
Louise Reddington- Blyth- Ella's toys at home
Stacey Calder- Networking Mummies UK LTD/ The Lifestyle Group
Laura Morris- Networking Mummies UK LTD/ Educate Business Ltd
See everyone in February.
Posted on 8:45pm Tuesday 8th Jan 2013
Listed under: Tips and Resources
New Year's resolutions are supposed to be about having a fresh new canvas - upon which we can paint anything we like. We can say goodbye to the old year and hello to a new one, our old mistakes can officially be memories, our future limitless. But, according to statistics, around only 45% of the UK make resolutions, and by January 15th most of those have been broken. Why? Perhaps the time that we have off from our normal lives over Christmas allows us the time to dream, but once we head back to work, and the kids go back to school, those dreams are put to the back of our minds, as our daily resolutions just to get through the day and remember all we have to do, becomes an achievement.
So how do I set my goals and achieve them? The short answer is, I'm specific about what I want and I stay focused on them.
Too many people reflect on their last year and say things like 'next year will be different,' or 'I want a new ____________ (fill in the blank)', and this is not specific enough. The brain has to cope with thousands and thousands of bits of information per second; take a moment right now to notice how your feet feel in their shoes, or how one hand tingles slightly more than another. This is of course information you don't need, so you delete it. If you place little importance and clarity on your goals, they will also take a back seat and your brain will forget to notice all the opportunities you had to achieve it.
Staying focused may also be something you find difficult, so grab your diary, and pen in some 'me time' - make this daily if you can, but weekly is fine. If you do not see making this time as important, what are you saying about yourself, and about your goals? What you want is important - you just need to believe it! Notice all the opportunities achieving this goal will give you too...for example, once you lose weight you'll feel more confident and motivated, when you feel more motivated you can decorate the house, once you've decorated the house you can feel comfortable inviting friends over, once you have friends over you can feel happier and more relaxed, once you feel more relaxed you can notice that job opportunity....you get the drift! With your 'me time' you can do one thing with each time slot to take a step towards achieving your goal.
Sam Holman supports people in achieving their goals, in a way that is perfect for them through one to one coaching or workshops. If you'd like to know more on how to set goals in a really empowering way, you can get her free audios from http://www.holsamlifecoaching.com/. You can also like her on Facebook and follow her daily posts to keep you motivated -http://www.facebook.com/holsamlife
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