Purpose by Jessica Huie MBE

Whats your purpose? I’ve written a lot about this, as I meet so many people who know there’s something more for them but they just can’t seem to locate it within the chaos and the overwhelm. They find themselves asking…is there something more? And do I count? I loved interviewing Jessica Huie MBE for Hay House radio recently; Her own journey to finding purpose is hugely inspirational. The book is called Purpose, Find your truth and embrace your calling. (Hay house)

You may know of her of course, she is the founder of JHPR, an award-winning PR agency, (she has worked with Simon Cowell and Meghan Markle no less) and she is the creator of Color Blind cards, a multi award winning multicultural greetings card company which drove an early conversation around the importance of ethnic representation in retail and became the first independent brand to secure a high street presence in Britain for multi-racial cards. The Evening Standard called her one of Britain’s ‘Most inspiring Entrepreneurs’ and she sits on Glamour magazine’s Power List as one of the UK’s most influential women

Jessica is brutally honest about the impact of caring for her father as he died, and the fact that despite having what most people would call the ‘perfect’ career and lifestyle, she realised she has been a control freak and a relentless workaholic perfectionist. Her life transformed when she realised that we are not merely our bodies, and the importance of reconnecting with our true selves.

Jessica has also done lots of work to help female entrepreneurs scale up their business and be authentic in their visibility – so you can see why I felt so connected!

I asked Jessica what our starting point should be if we find ourselves constantly busy and yet not ‘connected’ with ourselves, unhappy, unfulfilled and knowing there is something more.  She suggests that should start by recognising that we need to ‘positively disrupt’ our lives, be honest and real, don’t use the ‘PR’ spin.  The truth is we all use our ‘stories’ to excuse ourselves from moving forward, so many of have the ‘imposter syndrome’ and while the exterior  seems shiny and productive, underneath we are struggling and barely coping.

Jessica says we should ask ourselves what makes us happy? What lights us up?  It’s important because once we are aligned with our truth, that’s when we get into the flow.

The book opens with a quotation from Ernest Livingstone Huie (Jessica’s Dad)

‘Some of us on this earth are the candles and lanterns, flickering lights reassuringly pointing out the way in the bends within this vast funnel which is life on earth’.

So have you found your purpose?
Purpose Find your truth and embrace your calling by Jessica Huie is published by Hay House
Purpose: Find Your Truth and Embrace Your Calling

If you want more clarity on your purpose in your brand check out this one day workshop

My Awards for Practitioners and Therapists – Are YOU a Winner?

When it comes to my Awards, it’s hugely important to me to look at the holistic picture, so we accept entries not only from just skincare and beauty companies, and eco natural sustainable brands, but also from therapists and coaches who are doing such important work.

Last year we also had a large number of entries in our wellbeing / spirituality author category, and we think it’s so important to recognise the people who are going all out to inspire us to better health and wellbeing through the books they are writing and apps they are creating.

Check out this interview I did with Inga Deksne about how heart-centered businesses can attract more customers.

 

Join us for the interview

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Do you have a brand you’d like to get recognition for, or perhaps you are a therapist or a coach, author or ‘changemaker’?

There is great opportunity for exposure across the many platforms which have a reach of around 500k potential consumers. Entry in my coveted prestigious annual awards offers superb marketing opportunities for expanding business visibility, we don’t just accept entries and hope for the best – we love helping to raise awareness of the great holistic stuff out there!

Here’s where you can see our judges line-up and some general info>>

Of course, our judges can’t visit everyone for a treatment or a session (sadly) so we will be relying on what we see from your marketing and importantly your testimonials, if you enter we ask that you please provide us with as much detailed information about the work you do, and also some recent testimonials and case studies for your work.

We had a great response last year and look forward to this year’s entries!

We encourage you to get your fans and clients voting for you – readers votes go into the mix too!

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I’m so glad Janey asked me to enter the Platinum Awards last year.
Aside from the publicity, the extra credibility and exposure it gave me, it was a massive confidence boost, and probably one of THE proudest moments of my life!
Therapists, healers and coaches work SO hard and transform peoples’ lives, and as a holistic therapist and spiritual teacher myself, it was so nice to be recognised and rewarded for the hard work that I put in to empower others to heal themselves and create the life they desire!

Raspreet Sagoo, Holistic Health Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher and Motivational Speaker.

 

The Media Hub Facebook Group

I’ve created a Facebook group ‘The Media Hub’ and this is the place where I offer regular Q and A’s and will be popping in with tips, advice and press opportunities when they arise. In the last few weeks I’ve posted some juicy press opportunities there which have resulted in some mainstream press for individuals just for being part of a free Facebook community.

If you would like to join this group, then please click here>>>

The link will take you to the private group page and in the top banner you will see ‘Join Group’. Please click on this button to request to join the group and once we receive your request we will add you into the group

Once inside the group you will see a ‘Welcome’ post outlining what the group is all about with a few simple but important rules, please go ahead and read this post first, thank you. Come and join us and make sure you let me know about your work!

Spotlight on Dr Marilyn Glenville #Platinum Awards judge

We are so thrilled to have Dr Marilyn Glenville as one of our esteemed judges in the 2018 Janey Loves Platinum Awards for natural and organic products and services….We asked her 7 questions

Tell us a bit about your background, how did you come to be doing this work?

From an early age I was plagued with migraines, which caused me to go to bed in a darkened room, often vomiting and affecting the quality of my life.  Over the years I had been given numerous drugs, been checked for a brain tumour and also referred to a migraine clinic but to no avail.  In my early twenties, I had my first taste of natural medicine when I went to see an acupuncturist who along with the acupuncture suggested I look at my diet.  This was a revelation to me, to think that I what I was eating and drinking could be affecting my health; there was no connection in my mind about this at the time.   As the migraines disappeared this inspired me to study the effects of nutrition and diet on health.

I have now been in clinical practice over 35 years and as well as the clinical work I also give talks both to healthcare professionals and the public and have written 14 internationally best-selling books and the feedback, emails and letters of how changes in diet along with supplements has changed people’s lives around has been so inspiring.

How do you relax?

I love to dance.  I find it relaxing because I am listening to the music, my body is moving and I am not thinking.  I try to ‘dance as if no one is watching’.

What’s the most important health trend currently,  (or whats your current focus?)

It really is about getting people to realise that sugar and foods that are broken down into sugar quickly (eg white flour etc) are the major culprits behind most people’s health problems and that having low or no fat is not the issue.  There are many people who would think it healthy to buy a low fat fruit yogurt (even organic) when that pot of yogurt could contain eight teaspoons of added sugar.   When I think of many of the symptoms that women, especially, come into the clinic complaining about they include:  irritability, aggressive outbursts, palpitations, lack of sex drive, crying spells, dizziness, anxiety, confusion, forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, fatigue, insomnia, headaches and muscle cramps.  These are all symptoms due to fluctuating blood sugar caused by caffeine and sugar and also long gaps without eating.

What do you eat for breakfast?

An egg with tomato and might have a piece of toasted rye bread with it.

How much do you exercise?

I like to do some form of exercise every day.  If I am lecturing away it may only be walking.  When I am at home I go to Zumba 2 or 3 times a week and also one or two Body Balance classes which combines yoga and Pilates.

What’s your mantra ?  / favourite inspirational quote

Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live – Jim Rohn

If you would like to enter the Platinum awards for natural products, therapists and practitioners and authors look at the various different levels of entry Click here 

Spotlight on Glynis Barber one of our Platinum Award judges

We are thrilled to have a team of amazing celebrity and expert judges for the Platinum Awards for natural products and services, here we shine the spotlight on actress and health and wellbeing pioneer Glynis Barber and ask her 7 Questions..

Tell  us a bit about your background, how did you come to be doing what you do in the health and well-being sector ?

‘Whats your big ‘WHY’

I’ve always done acting as my main job but over the years I became more and more interested in health and well being. It’s become a passion and 5 years ago I decided to become active in the field and started my agelessbyglynisbarber.com website.

How do you relax?

I’m quite capable of being a bit of a couch potato and flopping onto the sofa to watch TV after a busy day. However I also like to do exercise to properly unwind and de-stress. 

What do you focus on most in terms of health and wellbeing?

I’ve always been very active and exercised in some form or another and I think it’s stood me in very good stead. However I also focus on eating an anti-inflammatory diet and eat in a way to boost my energy.

Whats do you eat for breakfast ?

I don’t eat breakfast! Instead I exercise on an empty stomach and then eat afterwards. One of the best things you can do to burn fat and not sugar and activate your longevity genes.

How much do you exercise ?

I aim for 5-6 days a week. However the acting work does quite often get in the way of that.

If you could be Health Minister for a day what would you do ?

I would take food manufacturers to task and not let them get away with making foods that are so processed and full of sugar. Parts of the food industry have completely undermined health on a global scale.

What’s your mantra / favourite inspirational quote?

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right. (Henry Ford)

Glynis Barber is one of the judges in The Janey Loves Platinum Awards

Sponsors of Janey Loves 2018 Platinum Awards – That Guy’s House

We are thrilled to have Sean Patrick of That Guy’s House as sponsor of our 2018 Platinum Awards!

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Sean Patrick is an author, international speaker and the owner of an Independent publishing company ‘That Guy’s House’ that exclusively publishes inspirational and positive mindset titles.

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Sean is self-proclaimed ‘in recovery’ from high levels of anxiety and depression due to the pressures of modern day living and he dedicates his work to reaching other people. Sean is part of Generation Y, a generation that is seen to be experiencing a mental health pandemic right now.

Sean has achieved recognition from the British Psychological Society (BPS) for his research in the field of Positive Psychology (specifically Mindfulness, Emotional intelligence, Spiritual IQ and Flourishing) and has been featured in the Daily Express, The Mail Online, Reveal Magazine and the Sunday express on topics and trends in up to date mental health research.

He is the founder of the blog ‘That Guy Who Loves the Universe’ which reaches over 20,000 subscribers and 100,000 visitors.

https://www.thatguyshouse.com/

Worried about your kids education? And are you in your element?

Spoiler alert!!!!  If you don’t have school age children, you might still be inspired by this post!

As the kids start back for the summer term, there will be parents everywhere feeling exhausted by the motivating their children back into their uniforms and out the door, not to mention concerns about homework and testing. How important is education to our health and well being?  Hugely –  I’m sure you would agree, but why is trying to determine the right education for our children or supporting decisions made for our grandchildren so stressful for so many? How do you feel about your own education and do you ever feel that your creativity is help back by having the ‘wrong’ education? I loved the line in The Durrells (my all time fave TV show) where Mrs Durrell is worrying about Gerry’s schooling  (or lack of it) her wise guest tells her…My mother always knew there is a fine line between formal education and ‘fannying about’

As someone who has been through this and is to a certain extent still living with this stress – we have two school age children, one who doesn’t fit the mould and recently gave a TEDX talk on What’s wrong with the current education system(click to watch) …I am inspired by Sir Ken Robinson, we were lucky enough to interview him on Radio 2 recently on his new book You, your child and school.- Navigate your way to the best education.

Ken has balanced various roles: as a teacher, writer, researcher, adviser and speaker and has directed and been involved in many initiatives around the world, with education systems and with corporate, cultural and community organizations.  Sir Ken Robinson is the most watched speaker in TED’s history. His 2006 talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity” has been viewed online over 40 million times and seen by an estimated 350 million people in 160 countries! The book is great and very timely because so many parents are deeply concerned about education which has become a minefield of politics and controversy.  It’s so difficult to know what  to look for in a school, and to know what we can do if we feel it isn’t right for our child,  With good schools oversubscribed and a panic to get the school of your choice depending on catchment areas, we can feel powerless which leads to huge stress and anxiety.

Ken dispels some myths and challenges that many of us might feel are set in stone. He has argued in the past that art and dance are just as important as geography and physics, and that ‘Imagination is the source of all human achievement’.  In our interview he pointed out that there are many wonderful teachers, but in many cases they are straitjacketed by the system which perpetuates way too many tests and the ‘one size must fit all’ approach.  He suggests we should look to Finland where they have a far superior education system, which revolves around ‘life skills’ and zero testing.

It’s an inspirational read, but if you don’t have children or grandchildren at this point, don’t pass Ken by, check out his New York Times best-selling book The Element, How finding your passion changes everything, – co-authored with Lou Aronica.  It doesn’t really matter what age you are, it’s never too late to find your passion and make sure you are doing what you love.
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

The Blurb says…The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves, most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. With a wry sense of humor, and drawing on the stories of a wide range of artists, scientists, athletes, business leaders, academics, and many others, Ken Robinson shows why finding your Element is essential for all of us and explores the conditions that lead us to live lives that are filled with passion, confidence, and personal achievement.

He got a cool accolade too….

Offers life-altering insights about the discovery of your true best self.” – STEPHEN R. COVEY, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Its so true, we need to be in the flow, be in our element to feel fulfilled, if you have kids, help them to find their element, its not too late for you either – to be the best person you can be, love what you do!

If you have a business and want to attract clients and a tribe, make sure that you know what makes them tick,  and make sure they know about you.  Your vibe attracts your tribe remember so ensure that you are giving off the right energy – one of being ….in your element!

Surely that’s the recipe for well being

 

You, Your child and school by Ken Robinson is out now
You, Your Child and School

Are you going for it 100 per cent?

How committed are you to growing your brand? Getting recognition for your work? Finishing your book? Attracting the right clients and media attention?   Fully I’m guessing you will say.  I too consider myself a very ‘committed’ person, once I make a decision to do something I usually see it through…however I read a blog post recently on the Greatist website by Susie Moore, a British confidence expert who is based in the US, which gave me one of those AHA moments, and made me take a long hard look at myself.

Her post is all about committing wholeheartedly to something, she starts the blog by describing going out to dinner with a friend who quit sugar, if she teases her and says …want a bite of my dessert?, her friend says ‘No thanks’ with ease and indifference. Susie asks, is it hard for her to turn it down every time?  NO,  because she is fully committed.  Susie argues that its our ‘well meaning 90 per cent effort’ that is exhausting, it consumes energy without producing results, and we fall short of our potential

She quotes Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles, who says  “99 percent is a b*tch. 100 percent is a breeze.”

I started to think about how this could relate to me, and I realized that there are areas in my life where I am 100 per cent committed.  I don’t use synthetic chemical skincare, beauty products and wherever possible (and husband and teenage kids not withstanding) I avoid chemical cleaning and laundry products.  I am committed to constantly researching great new products and services to blog about and I am totally committed to  my #changemaker clients – helping them become more visible in the media.

There’s other stuff too of course, but it got me thinking about my own goals.  I wrote a novel a couple of years ago, and despite having written five non fiction books including a Number One Amazon Best Seller Imperfectly Natural Woman, Imperfectly Natural Woman: Getting Life Right the Natural Way
I found myself floundering and nervous as to whether its any good and how to get it away.   If you had asked me a few weeks ago, Am I committed to getting my novel published? I’d have said, of course I want ti more than anything….sort of…. Why then have  I wasted a year without approaching a good literary agent or really making in-roads into publishing?  If I search my soul I know its fear, yep the inner critic doing its thing.   Ironically I bang on about this when I speak at events, I remind people who have a talent, a passion, an opportunity to make a difference, NOT to allow their inner critic to determine how small they stay, or how much they grow.

I often quote Julia Cameron the fabulous author of The Artists Way,The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity  I had the pleasure of working with her at a Hay House conference, and she told the audience of wannabee authors, to listen attentively and notice the inner voice when it tells you that you arent good enough, that you can’t possibly attract an agent or publishing deal, that you will never finish your manuscript…listen and the reply (inwardly probably best) ‘Thank you for sharing…now f**k off!’

I’ve been though phases over the last year to trying to get my book away, but not following up, I tried one agent (v big time) and was refused so instead of picking myself up and starting again, I allowed myself to wallow in rejection (bonkers right?  Didn’t JK Rowling have a load of rejections?  Julia Cameron herself had 42 rejections for her debut novel and then a publishing bidding war on the 43rd attempt)   I waited and waited and procrastinated about the edit, about  how much time I could commit to it, about getting started on my next one, (I have lots of ideas)  The truth is it has taken a lot of my time and energy ’90-percenting’ it, perhaps it will flow more easily if I finally give it 100 per cent of my attention.

Susie suggests we identify what needs 100 per cent of our attention, from a habit you need to quit altogether to a business goal, maybe even the need to declutter and detox from certain ‘friends;

Then we must put the effort in and commit.  Do what it takes and don’t look back, its tough, but in tbe long run easier than constantly thinking about the problem and agonising over it.  Then she recommends that we repeat the same process with the new priority, because once something is properly finished we have a sense of completion and feel ready for the next thing.

I am going to make a few changes, the truth is I wear a lot of hats, I can’t just do ‘one thing’ I know I know I know that’s advised but it just ain’t me, I can however decide which of my many ‘projects’ are taking too much of my mental energy without getting anywhere, then I will decide if they are really worth committing 100 per cent to, if not …out they go.

What are you currently 90 percenting?  if like me there are several things, take stock, choose what you really want for your life, your work your success and go for it 100 per cent, so that whether you work on it today, or tomorrow, or regularly is just not a variable.  You’re committed.  End of.

Check out Susie Moore’s  website and Susie if you read this, thanks for the kick up the butt!