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Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

It was a joy to speak at the Hay House Writers Workshop 2016. I was offering some insights into the importance of recognising that ‘You’ are the Brand and how to get your message out to a wider audience.

The main act of the weekend alongside Michelle Pilley from Hay House UK, was the wonderful Julia Cameron, the author, artist, poet, playwright, filmmaker, and composer. Apart from being once married to Martin Scorsese she is most famous for her book ‘The Artists Way’ which has sold over 4 million copies and to this day remains a classic on the bookshelves of anyone who wants to expand their creativity.

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Julia is a fantastic workshop leader giving us great insights into how to kick-start our creativity and this is what she believes:

“The bedrock tool of a creative recovery is a daily practice called Morning Pages”

She believes it’s imperative to write what she calls ‘Morning Pages’. It’s literally that –at least 3 pages of longhand every morning, preferably when you first wake up. I’m guessing you had to go back and re-read that – yes, I did say ‘longhand’ i.e. handwriting – remember that? No laptops, tablets or phones, good old fashioned pen, and paper! There’s something unique about letting the words flow onto a page. Julia reminded us that there is no right way or wrong way to do it (and yes you can have a cup of coffee) but you must write everything that comes into your head, don’t think about it, or edit, or assess, just write, and don’t show them to anyone, they are only for you.

Unsure what to write? Just write anyway, it’s a stream of consciousness, it might include…Oops forgot to send a birthday card to Dawn…I’m feeling excited if apprehensive about my next big speaking gig…why did I have that second glass of wine, I haven’t a clue what to wear when it’s this cold…I so don’t want to go to the gym…

You get the idea! It can be about nothing…and everything and interestingly the act of writing it down is very cathartic and brings peace. It’s rather like a creative form of meditation, but where as many of us find meditation ‘difficult’ because we are trying NOT to have thoughts, the idea here is to ‘download’ as many as possible. In fact, Julia says spirituality and creativity are intrinsically linked.

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If you are a writer, Julia believes you are also a critic and she believes this simple daily practice helps you over time to choose positive attitudes, to let all the thoughts flow you must ask your critic to step aside, and let’s face it in the search for perfection, many of us are literally silenced by our inner voices most of the time.

I’ve lost count of the clients who tell me they know they should write their book, create their online course, blog more regularly, share their story, but procrastination, fear of being judged is holding them back.

Give it a shot, if you are currently trying to make some sense of your life and work it’s one of the best tools I know to fast-track you to clarity and to get those creative juices flowing. Julia often finds that when people start committing to writing their morning pages their other writing, whether that be a book, blog, or essays, flows more effortlessly.

If you are a successful entrepreneur it could help you gain clarity on your authentic message, if you’d like to write a book it’s a great way to start – remember my favourite saying ‘You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going’.

 

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What Lasting Impression Do You Leave?

What kind of impression do you make on other people?  And I wonder if you’ve ever asked yourself who was the person who made the greatest impression on you?  The person who encouraged you? inspired you – or just made you think differently?  Often people say it was a particularly enthusiastic teacher, or a relative who saw their potential.

We interviewed Jeremy Paxman recently, he has written his memoirs and of course he is both loved and hated in equal measures, he is known for his acerbic wit, he is irascible, grumpy and awkward and of course relentless at getting the answers he wants, even from the most ‘agenda-driven’ politicians and celebrities.

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The boot was on the other foot as we interviewed him and there was lots of joshing. ‘That’s not a question…it’s an assertion’… He responded to several of our questions but we asked him who had been the most impressive person he had ever interviewed? Who had left a lasting impression?

His answer surprised me, “The Dalai Lama” he said “incredible guy” (I’m guessing he meant his energy), but Jeremy said we did the interview and then he left the studio and Jeremy said to his crew ‘What an amazing man’… Just then a little bald head appeared round the door….” I’ve lost my treasures” he said “I must have left them behind…I can’t leave without them” …” Well come in… lets search”. “What do they look like?” Paxo asked. They’re in a tiny purple bag he said – the tall presenter crawled under the table. He found the little drawstring bag and handed it over. The Dalai Lama thanked him, put his hand into the bag and with his fist tightly closed said …” You must have one’ … “no I couldn’t possibly”. Paxo said. “I insist” said the Dalai Lama, he opened his hand and handed him one of the treas

Now what are you thinking at this point (if you didn’t hear the interview). What were his treasures, crystals…diamonds…special stones…coins?

No –  it was a golden wrapped toffee. Paxo has kept it for years.

It’s the little things that can make the biggest impression.

 

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See Our Award Winners Here!

Our JANEY LOVES 2016 Platinum Award winners are announced!

 

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VIEW OUR AWARD WINNERS HERE

 

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A huge thank you to our sponsors of the 2016 Platinum Awards:

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The Top 25 In This Year’s ‘Who’s Who in Natural Beauty’ – I Made It!

I’ve been lucky enough to have been in the number one spot three years in a row now and this year I’ve slipped down just a bit, but thank you SO much to those who voted for me, some huge congratulations to the winners and I’m super thrilled that Jayn Sterland MD of one of my favourite companies Weleda is topping the bill this year.

The hotlist – voted for by the natural and organic beauty industry is a snapshot of the leading personalities driving the newest trends and best products on the natural and organic market.

Here’s the 2016 top 25 personalities:

1. Jayn Sterland – Weleda
2. Sonia White – Lovelula
3. Luke & Kirstie Sherrif – Pinks Boutique
4. Kim & Alexander Barani – Kinetic Enterprises
5. Graeme Hume – Pravera
6. Ben Wigley – Big Green Smile
7. Tabitha James Kraan – Tabitha James Kraan
8. Sarah Brown – Pai Skincare
9. Francesca Morgante – NATRUE
10. Dr Cristina Llamas-Rey – Naturisimo
11. Fiona Konarides – Beauty Shortlist
12. Janey Lee Grace – broadcaster & journalist
13. Catkin Wemyss-Bodmer – BRYT Skincare
14. Noelle O’Connor – TanOrganic
15. Imelda Burke – Content Beauty
16. Kate Humble – Humble Beauty / broadcaster
17. Amber Felce – AmbersBeautyTalk.com
18. Jo Chidley – Beauty Kitchen
19. Dr Mariano Spiezia – Inlight Organic Skincare
20. Michell Thew – Cruelty Free International
21. Lauren Bartley – Soil Association
22. Rebecca Goodyear – Biteablebeauty.com
23. Sarah Stacey – author and editor
24. Lorraine Dallmeier – Formula Botanica
25. Sascha Layne – Freshious Life & Beauty

 

I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of bringing great natural beauty products into the mainstream.

The Natural Beauty Retail Awards 2016

I love to see natural beauty products being made more available to a wider market and Waitrose, Debenhams, Holland & Barrett, LoveLula, Beauty Kitchen, and Amaranth have all been recognised in the Natural Beauty Retail Awards which highlights the valuable contributions and support of retailers. These Awards celebrate the industry’s dedication and innovations in offering their customers a great retail experience, at the same time as promoting natural and organic beauty for all.

The Natural Beauty Retail Awards 2016 winners are:

Best Supermarket – Waitrose

Best Chain Store – Holland & Barrett

Best Department Store – Debenhams

Best Online Retailer – Lovelula

Best Branded Store – Beauty Kitchen

Best Independent Retailer – Amaranth

 

Formerly The Natural Beauty Yearbook, Natural Beauty News is the definitive trade publication for the natural and organic beauty industry. It covers the best in seasonal trends whilst also retaining the Yearbook’s most popular elements, such as Retailers Choice and the ‘Who’s Who’ in Natural Beauty.

For further information, please visit:

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Spotlight Show: JANEY LOVES 2016 Platinum Awards

This is the first of a few shows I’ll be doing based around our  2016 JANEY LOVES Platinum Awards.

Get my unique take on natural well-being with my recommendations from the incredible natural health products that have entered our awards, which are being held in association with UK Health Radio.

 

 

 

Listen to my spotlight show HERE>>>

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Spotlight Interview: Dr Brian Halvorsen – Holistic Dentist

In my UK Health Radio ‘Spotlight Show’ I interview some of the world’s most inspiring self-development coaches, gurus and personalities about their health and wellbeing services, products and knowledge.

In this interview I speak with Brian Halvorsen the Holistic Dentist and author of two books – The Natural Dentist and Great Teeth for Life.

Dr. Brian Halvorsen has been a holistic dental practitioner in Buckinghamshire, England, for over thirty years and explains a holistic approach to dental care that focuses on nutrition and healthy eating that will help remove toxins from the body, decrease thinning enamel, and ensure the dental health of the next generation.

 

 

Listen to my interview with Dr Brian Halvorsen HERE>>>

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Your Chance to Publish a Book with Hay House UK and Become a Bestselling Author!

I’m thrilled to be speaking at the ‘The Writers Workshop 2016’, sponsored by Hay House in London on 18th -19th November.

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I’ll be speaking alongside the fabulous Julia Cameron author of ‘The Artists Way’ which has sold over 4 million copies and to this day remains a classic, Michelle Pilley, the Publisher and Managing Director of Hay House, UK bestselling author David Hamilton and social media expert Katie Brockhurst.

Join us for a very special two-day workshop where I’ll be sharing my advice on how to handle the media and how to create your best PR strategy as an author.

This is also your chance to publish a book with Hay House UK and become a bestselling author – one participant will be awarded a publishing contract with Hay House and a £5,000 advance!

If you’re a writer with a great book idea and a strong desire to be published and need the inside scoop on how to perfect and publish your book, then this is the workshop for you!

You’ll learn everything you need to know to get your book published, including exclusive videos of leading Hay House authors and as an added bonus, attendees will receive gits worth more than £150! 

All details and tickets can be purchased here>>

I’d love to share this post with you from Julia Cameron – Discover your creative potential with these literary tips from the author of The Artist’s Way.

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Read ‘Julia Cameron ‘s 5 Rules For Aspiring Writers’ here>>

 

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On Our Radar… 10 natural and organic beauty influencers to work with

I’m so proud to be in the top ten (with Gwyneth Paltrow!) as a top organic/natural beauty influencer with Fashion Beauty Monitor. I’m so passionate about the work that I do, bringing natural health and eco products and services into the mainstream and so I’m thrilled to be alongside some really great influencers!

 

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DJ, author, singer and natural beauty advocate Jane Lee Grace pens her tips for living a chemical-free life over on her blog Imperfectly Natural, where she also hosts the Janey Loves Platinum Awards. She has also topped the Natural Beauty Year Book several times.

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You can check out the full article and see who’s with me in the list of 10 HERE>>

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Inga Deksne – Social Media Masterclass

I really respect Social Media expert Inga Deksne and she has a great offer at the moment that is a no brainer for those of us who are time stretched! Inga is offering this special ‘done for you’ social media service at a massively discounted rate as it’s a ‘beta’ programme and she would appreciate testimonials from happy clients!

Are you a business owner feeling overwhelmed with new emerging Social Media platforms and apps? It seems that you can either spend all your time on Social Media or you can have a life. Can you resonate with it?

Inga believes that Social Media can be fun and bring profit to your business and she offers an online masterclass on-demand where she shares with you:

  • How to choose the right Social Media platform(s) for your business.
  • How to spend your time on Social Media efficiently (less work, more results).
  • How to maintain your Social Media presence with ease whilst enjoying doing it.

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You can find all details and sign-up here>>

 

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What Reality TV Stars and You-Tubers Can Teach Us About Kindness

‘We hate it when our friends become successful’ sang Morrissey way back when (a musical reference that most modern day zeitgeisters won’t get) and it’s a known fact that as humans we are hard wired to feel envy and to want to bring others down to our own level.              

Recent research from a German university found that one in three people visiting Facebook felt miserable and jealous after visiting friends pages because other’s happy pictures trigger feelings of envy. Sometimes social networking doesn’t feel very ‘social’ at all.

Theodore Roosevelt once said “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

I’ve been hugely impressed to see how the ‘new rock stars’ are breaking down these barriers.  If you have anyone in your family under the age of 25, chances are they are fans of one or more You-Tubers. These self-confessed ‘amateurs’ have come up with an idea, started making videos and transformed their lives – often off the stratosphere with followers and fans. I’m not complaining – for the first time in years I have been heralded a ‘cool mum’ not because I can arrange a ticket to a Paul McCartney gig or get a signed copy of an Adele album, but because I have interviewed and facilitated my twelve-year-old son to meet… wait for it… Marcus Butler…(who?) oh and Thatcher Joe, Casper Lee and US YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley.  Alfie, one of the first to become hugely successful not just with his YouTube channel but with his book Pointless (it actually was) caused a furore in Central London when he invited his fans (via Instagram, Snapchat et al) to come to a meet-up and signing of his new book at Waterstones in Piccadilly.  The usually fairly busyness of a Saturday side street in Covent Garden was maxed out five hours before the event and thousands (including two of my disappointed teenagers) had to be turned away as they closed off the street.  ‘I will sign everyone’s book’ Alfie had promised…err no, instead of the 1400 people one might expect for – say a David Beckham book signing – eight thousand kids had rocked up desperate for a glimpse of the unlikely star who made videos in his bedroom.

But here’s the thing with this bunch of You-Tubers, despite now being millionaires and key influencers, they are all friends, actual besties – not just ‘oh we meet at star studded parties and ‘mmoi’ kiss on the cheek’… no they are BFF’s, they do shows and meet-ups together, appear on each other’s videos and support each other’s products.

 

We recently interviewed Louise Pentland, better known as ‘Sprinkle of Glitter’ she is a little newer to the game with only around eleven million subscribers as oppose to the hugely well-known teenage girl crush Zoella who has twenty two million, yet when we asked her, are you similar to Zoella? Are you her competitor?, her answer was wide eyed and from the heart. ‘Zoella is my friend’ she said, ‘we are all friends, it’s a bit like a family, you have to remember, success is good for us all, – ‘All ships rise in high tide’

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What a statement, and how true!  Far from being freaked out that someone else’s book on fly fishing has become a best seller, you should be rejoicing that there’s clearly a hungry audience for when yours comes along.

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I also got to meet reality TV star Vicky Pattison from Geordie Shores, she is truly down to earth and totally deserved to win her title of Queen of the Jungle in ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’. She admitted that while most celebs went into the experience feeling scared and determined to ‘play the game’ to manipulate themselves to the top, she got herself totally prepped and went in genuinely just excited to have such a unique experience. It came as somewhat a shock to her to find herself playing the role of peacemaker, but play it she did, diffusing all kinds of potentially explosive situations even with the much salted ‘Lady C’. Vicky came into Radio 2 to talk about her new book The Real Me, and instead of it being what one might expect, a tutorial on eyelashes, nail designs and the best chat up lines, she has weaved in some important messages. She told us the most important thing she wants to get across to young girls is; ’It’s important to be nice’. She continued to say that she believed that being jealous of someone else doesn’t help your success, in fact the opposite it true and we should focus on being kind’ and supportive of each other.

Since I started coaching clients the question I hear over and over again is ‘Am I good enough?’ ‘Can I really compete?’ People who want to write a book or get their book or course out there to a wider audience often tell me they are fearful that the market for what they write about is already overcrowded…‘there are already so many books on my subject’…they lament…’Will anyone be interested in mine?’

Of course my answer is always the same, there may be many books on your topic but there’s only one YOU’ – That’s why it’s critical to really know your YOU-sp (USP) – what it is that makes you YOU-niquely different.

Having said that I’m not immune either to the odd ‘wobble’ about my credentials. Recently I was thinking about planning an event around helping people with their public speaking skills, helping experts and entrepreneurs become the Go-To expert in their field and how to attract opportunities and maximise them.

Just as I was about to start looking at venues I saw some advertising for an event not dissimilar to the one I was planning – except that this entrepreneur had hired a huge venue and seemed to be totally rocking and at the top of her game in that arena. What did I do? Panic! – I went through all those same concerns and fears, am I really good enough, could I ever fill out a big conference venue?

Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle’

I must admit I really did feel as though the wind had been taken out of my sails, it took a session with a great inspirational coach (we all need someone a few steps ahead of us) to make me realise that my experience and message is not the same as my ‘competitor’ and what I share with my audience is different. And just as I remind my clients, I too have my own skills, talents and specific USP – for starter’s I’ve had twenty five years in the media – on both sides of the microphone!

So I calmed down and recognised that by simply comparing myself unfavorably to someone else who seemed to be ahead of me, I was procrastinating, holding myself back from just getting on with sharing my YOU-nique brilliance – I was allowing all the negative inner talk to take over.

Of course it’s good to check out the competition, absolutely Google around and see what others are doing in your field, it also doesn’t make much sense to host your event the same weekend as a competitor if the target audience may be similar, but don’t get obsessed by what others are doing, there will always be people ahead of us (thank goodness – they can pave the way and help us) and there will always be those coming up behind. And perhaps with our unique skills talents and clear definable ‘USP’ we can assist some of those newbies, the ones who are our ideal clients.

That’s the key really, there’s only one YOU and you are the right person for the right ‘tribe’ or ‘community’. Other experts, brand owners and teachers will be the right person for another community. Ultimately it’s a big old ocean and there’s room for lots of ripples, so go ahead and make your waves! Oh and remember to encourage even the waves that roll in stronger than yours, kindness is good for you.