Award entry guidelines for Therapists & Coaches

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We are excited that it’s AWARDS time of year again.  We are pleased that Medichecks are our premier sponsor this year as we believe it is so important to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing.

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

We introduced the Therapist and Coaches category because we so wanted to recognise the work of the great holistic therapists and coaches in the UK.

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 are entering this category, please provide us with as much detailed information about the work you do, and also some recent testimonials, case studies for your work.

We had a great response in this category 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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R.I.P George Michael

RIP George Michael

Some of you may know I worked with George Michael and Wham! in the eighties.  He made such a difference to my professional life and I was devastated to hear of his death.  Even though it made me really sad, it was good to be able to pay tribute and share some memories on BBC Radio 2, in The Guardian and on ABC News….I thought I’d share some here too

Early eighties…oh the leg warmers!

It was 1981 and I was a session backing singer in my very first job working with Mari Wilson and the Wilsations.  When Wham’s first single was such a big hit they were suddenly wanted on the road for a tour, I heard that they were auditioning for backing singers but  the tour manager told me it was unlikely we would have a look in, as they were auditioning Kokomo (big time US vocal section)  I rang a friend Janet Mooney who was a singer and Gee Belo (from Light of the World) we had done some sessions together.  Nothing to lose we said so we rehearsed a few Wham harmonies and rocked up, the MD was Tommy Eyre, George heard us jamming with the band, and chose us for the gig, we were young, fresh and super ambitious, even then George knew exactly what he wanted!

janey-lee-grace-wham-in-china-georgeI had the most awesome few years touring with the band, it was literally like Beatlemania and they guys had to be ferried out of the gigs in Black Maria’s while the audience waited for the encore that never came, I remember we played Whitley Bay Ice Rink, and while we were sound checking the crew found a couple of literally frozen fans who had stowed themselves away from the night before to get close to the front!

This pic of me with George was taken backstage on one of the first tours,  I remember that amongst the merchandise were dolls of George and Andy, the guys would have a little competition at each gig to see whose doll sold the most, George used to get quite miffed if Andrew Ridgeley’s sold more!  The first trip to the US was amazing, we played the Apollo Harlem, (wow the history) and the Limelight club, just two years later we went back and did a stadium tour, I remember playing and open air stadium in Dallas Texas, on stage at about 11pm in blistering heat – we were supported by Chaka Kahn and The Pointer Sisters, I remember Elton John  came to that gig – I mean why wouldn’t you!

George was always a perfectionist, when we played China – we were the first Western band to go there, it was a bizarre experience, before any changes, tickets to the gig cost the equivalent of several months wages out there, we gave some freebies to the cleaners in the hotel.  Wham’s management were making a feature film and we had a huge film crew, after the first few scenes were shot, George and Andy looked at the rushes of the film and George was seriously unhappy with his hair, so he flew his sister out to sort it, (the lovely Melanie – a hairdresser)  he knew exactly how he wanted to look and how he wanted his music to sound   The feature film eventually came out on video Wham in China.  Check it out – great fun!

Factoid Even though my colleagues and I were the backing singers on all the live gigs and the live videos, he rarely used session singers in the studio ? why ? because he was SO brilliant he did all his own ‘BV’s – infuriating for us, but what a star!

Factoid  The awesome  ‘Wake me up before you go go’ came about because Andrew left a note on the door for his mum one morning, he wrote…’wake me up before you go go’…  and the rest is history…

Last Christmas..

One of my fave memories is doing a series of nights at Wembley arena when Last Christmas was a hit, – I thought it was magical, fake snow et al

In more recent years..

I was invited to his Cowboys and Angels birthday party,  (must have been 1998) we had to go in fancy dress, I was eight and half month pregnant so couldn’t really go as an angel,.(though there were some incredible wing-spans in sight that night!)  but managed a cowboy outfit,  it was all just after the ‘shannigans’ had gone on  (George being arrested in the public loos) …The invitations said…Please note there will be no public conveniences so please go before you come…he had a fabulous sense of humour, that’s why he was so beloved..

 George was very much a family guy, his dad ran a restaurant in North London and would often invite the whole band there (I remember being introduced to fried zucchini)  they were a close family and I’m not sure he ever got over the death of his mother, she was the most lovely woman, so proud of her son and we had several long discussions about the horror of losing someone to cancer so young.  (I had just lost my mother in law around the same age as George’s mum)

In recent years I’ve come across Family Constellations –read my article on it here http://www.familyconstellationsherts.co.uk/#!articles  and I can see how George’s experiences shaped who he was, I SO wish I could have taken him along to a session, he could have found some peace.  the last time I saw him was a few years ago when he came into Steve Wright in the Afternoon to be interviewed.  RIP George…. you were such a hugely important  part of my life

Cut and Paste a Fabulous Year

I’ve been suggesting for a good while now that standard new year resolutions don’t really work, if you’ve already written your list and promised yourself you will lose weight, go to the gym, give up chocolate and alcohol and learn a new skill I wish you well but I’d love to recommend you take time out to visualise what you really want this year.

I was thrilled to see the article in You magazine by Lydia Slater. She says ‘Forget new years resolutions and to-do lists, the smart way to realise your dreams in 2016 is with a vision board. And if its good enough for Oprah..

A vision board (or it can be a scrapbook) is a combination of a mind-map and a collage, the idea is that you focus on what you want and allow your creative sub conscious mind to wander through images and phrases in magazines and newspapers, you can add your own photographs, postcards, drawings, anything that visually represents what you want to attract into your life.

Alongside business leaders, celebs love vision boards it seems, Lydia writes…’when Jim Carrey was at his lowest professional ebb, he reportedly used a vision board to jump-start his acting career, attaching to it a cheque made out to himself for $10 million for ‘acting services’.   Oprah Winfrey made a vision board showing a picture of Barack Obama as president’  

What’s fascinating is how we seem to attract what we focus on, often we don’t really know what we want till we see a visual representation of it, our subconscious mind draws our attention to an image which makes us realise that is our deepest desire and by taking the action of cutting that picture out and sticking it onto a board we are setting the intention. It’s as if we are allowing an image of what we hope for to come to the forefront of our mind and then it’s much easier to attract that to us. It gives us clarity of what our goals and dreams are, the images, and words that we are attracted too are usually already somewhere deep down in our thoughts.

Don’t make the mistake of spending ten minutes on this though, my suggestion is that you switch off your phone, put on some relaxing music and give yourself at least 90 minutes uninterrupted time, gather all your bits and bobs before you start, a large piece of paper of card, lots of mags, newspapers, photos, plus scissors, glue, photos, pens and crayons, even glitter and fabric if you want to get really creative. Don’t think for too long about each image, pick out what you are attracted too, you can then position the pictures however feels right, it may be totally random or ordered and colour coded. You can of course create a vision board (sometimes called a moodboard) on the computer too, but I think there’s something quite cathartic about cutting out images.

It can be quite magical what happens next. I have a colleague who wanted a complete change of direction, living in another country and working with her passion which was being a Tarot card reader.   She had no idea how she would get her dream but she started creating a vision book and literally stuck any images that appealed. One image was of a coastline, it was beautiful and an unusual shape, she had no idea where in the world it was, another image was a photograph of her with her cards. Months later she got a call from an acquaintance suggesting she offer her services as a PA to a businesswoman in London, the entrepreneur wanted someone to live and work with her temporarily, she was then offered the position of moving to Spain to run the retreats the entrepreneur hosted, she jumped at the chance and arrived at her new home only to see her room overlooked the exact coastline she had ‘visioned’ It was in Deia Majorca. Some time later the entrepreneur decided to add Tarot readings to the list of extras for guests and my colleague was called upon to do her dream job!

My own experience was not quite so dramatic but highly amusing, I did a general vision board (I often recommend that my clients do one specifically for a business project) and amongst the usual offerings, pictures of our family on holiday, lovely beaches, some fabulous glittery images that represented success. I found myself unconsciously cutting out and sticking a picture of a scruffy black dog.   When I showed the vision board to my kids they said ‘finally!!!) They had wanted a dog for a long time but we have said no, it just doesn’t fit with our lives.   Don’t get excited I told them, I don’t know why I was attracted to that image, we are NOT getting a dog, I found myself in the bizarre situation of wishing that what I had wished for wouldn’t materialise!

A few weeks later a neighbour appeared at the door with a dog on a lead, yes you’ve guessed it, the exact dog in the pic, meet my puppy she said, just wondered if the kids would like to take him for walks sometimes?   Result! All the benefits of a pet with none of the responsibility.

They do say be careful what you wish for because your dreams just may come true!  Take some time and map out your dreams – I wish you a magical 2016

If you want help getting clarity on your USP for your brand or work get in touch with me janey@imperfectlynatural.com

 

 

 

Introducing the ‘New for 2016’ Awards

We’re excited to be launching entries for our ‘New for 2016’ awards. For new flagship products launched between July 2015 and March 2016 and you can enter up to three individual products.
Please complete your entries and fill in the form asap!
Products must arrive with us before January 10th 2016.

We look forward to receiving your entries soon!

The Heart of The Matter

In my work helping experts, coaches and authors to get clarity on their uniqueness and their key message I realised that I need to offer clarity on my own USP which is that I work with heart centred businesses or entrepreneurs.

A very practical colleague who prides himself on not having any of that hippy dippy woo woo stuff asked me – what’s a heart centred business? Don’t you just mean someone who enjoys running their business, doesn’t everyone, especially if it’s successful and they earn money?

I had to think about it, I realised I couldn’t help anyone who didn’t love their work, I wouldn’t be able to help anyone to stand in the spotlight and share their key messages if they weren’t passionate about it, I asked myself If someone enjoyed earning a good pay packet from running online gambling websites would that tick the heart centred businesses box?

Not for me, unless time stood still for them when they were absorbed in their work and they felt called to do it on some level, (and it was genuinely for the greater good), I’d question whether they had found their purpose, whether they were doing the work they were really born to do.

For me being heart centred when it links to your work means being connected to who you are and why you are here to share your message, whether that’s by way of your product, service or talent.

I attended a wonderful matrix re-imprinting course – yes the room was full of heart centred practitioners – and the founder of the work Karl Dawson told us about the importance of the heart, not just our emotions, the physical organ. He pointed us to extensive research on its powers reminding us that scientists say it picks up on thoughts, events, actions, even before they happen, it operates in quantum time.

To begin with this can seem far-fetched, surely when we think of a heart we just see lovely cute Valentine’s day images, it signifies romantic love or love for a child or an animal, but there are negative images attached too, we also know that a high proportion of people have heart disease, heart failure, heart attacks, we worry about cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and stress and when its linked to our emotional state, we talk of a broken heart, we recognise that our heart can expand to an even great capacity than we thought possible (enough to love subsequent children as much as the firstborn)

Heart Moniter

Most of us acknowledge the importance of our brain but sometimes don’t recognise that the heart is Emperor within the mind / body system, it’s the first port if call to receive the ‘energy’ of anything, it communicates this to the brain, the brain signals to the body to tell it what to do, and then we have a conscious realisation – oh I’m feeling scared…need to run, I’m feeling upset, my ears will fill with tears, I will cry.

Of course all of this all happens automatically but as we all well know it’s going on constantly and the more negative the emotions the more stressed we become. Many people live in a constant state of stress, the adrenaline is high, they are ready to fight or flee – but there isn’t really a tiger there – it’s just that the bus is late, or the delivery hasn’t been despatched, or we didn’t get chosen to participate in something we had worked hard for, but we don’t fight, and we don’t run either (interestingly that’s why if we do physical exercise it can be brilliant for relieving stress) usually the stress is internalised.

Karl also made us aware of the work of the US Heartmath organisation. HeartMath was founded by Doc Childre in 1991 to help individuals, organizations and the global community incorporate the heart’s intelligence into their day-to-day experience of life. They connect heart and science in ways that empower people to greatly reduce stress, build resilience, and unlock their natural intuitive guidance for making better choices.

Surgeons have reported that they have given heart transplants to patients who when recovered, take on the characteristics of the donor.

 

The film Heartless portrays Angus Deayton as a straight laced divorce lawyer who has a heart transplant after a sudden heart attack, acting on a new impulse he gets an urge to buy a leather jacket and motorbike and takes off to the wilds of Scotland, there he decides to stay in a B&B, sees a photo on the mantelpiece of a guy on a motorbike, it transpires it’s the owners husband who died in an accident and donated his heart – to Angus’ character – its fictitious – yet according to some surgeons plausible.

What can we do with this kind of information? Well quite a lot it seems, Heartmath have made popular a simple breathing technique that could transform our lives, from the school room to the workplace to our personal relationships and could probably massively reduce the burden on the NHS with anxiety and stress related illnesses.

We watched Karl via the internet link up his heartrate to a monitor on the Heartmath site, we saw his starting heart rate graph, fluctuating between 90 and 50 bpm, the graph showed a chaotic jagged line, then he did the simple Heartmath exercise, with his hand on his heart he took 6 slow breaths in and out, then he consciously thought of something positive, a time when he felt great, a place where he wanted to be, someone he loved deeply, within seconds his heart rate had stabilised and the graph become a gently flowing wave – no more jagged rises or dips – it was extraordinary.

This is what athletes call being ‘in the zone’ – others call this state being in flow…it’s a state of high coherence bringing the brain in sync with the heart. In Ireland it’s used widely in schools, some forward thinking teachers are using it in UK schools too, can you begin to imagine how different everyone’s day might look if it became standardised?

Ask yourself – are you heart centred? You may decide to spin the word around and feel centred at your heart space, try the simple Heartmath technique before the next potentially stressful thing you know you need to do…and check in with it to ensure that you are on course with the decisions you make for your work and your business …..Let me know how you get on.

www.heartmath.com
www.matrixreimprinting.com

Your life in 7 days

I’ve written lots of articles and blogs around procrastination and recently I’ve had to take note of my own issues around stopping short of doing something just because I know I can’t make it as perfect as I’d like, sometimes good enough really is good enough!

I’ve also written recently about the death of Wayne Dyer and how that amazing man with his legacy has inspired so many people to follow their dreams – his phrase ‘Don’t die with the music still in you’ is something I trot out regularly especially to clients who tell me they know they want to write  a book, start their business, become the founder of a charity…

Nothing brings this home more than the analogy of ‘Your Life in 7 days’  Years ago a normal lifespan would be seen as ‘3 score years and 10 – meaning we will hopefully make it till the age of 70 – (of course most of us hope to live a lot longer but bear with me!)

So if each decade represents a day, and we are born on a Monday, most people reading this will be over twenty so onto Wednesday already, some of us are into Thursday or even (ahem) Friday or into the weekend ….

It really focuses your mind as to how you are spending your time, if there’s something you know you want to do, when will you start it ?  If not now – when ?  Having explained this to my hubby he sometimes says to me (especially if I’m asking him to do something for me rather than himself)…’.darling I’m on the Friday of my life, I need to do XXX’    Of course he is right, we all must prioritize what it is we are really here to do, define your purpose and get cracking.

By the way if you are on ‘Sunday’ I wouldn’t worry about that one bit, the great Louise Hay is 89 (way past the sell-by 70) and she is rocking (and recently learnt a new skill of playing the piano)    Heres hoping we will all make it to that ripe age and beyond, still feeling young, still feeling energized by living our purpose and passion, but why wait to see what age you make it to ?  If you know what you are meant to do, start right away.  remember you don’t have to get it right, you DO have to get it going.

If you want help getting clarity on your passion purpose, and USP (unique selling point) and your YOU-nique brilliance get in touch I offer a one hour clarity call.

Don’t Die with the Music in You

I was sad to hear recently of the passing of Wayne Dyer, as a Hay House author I had met him and heard him speak several times and was always struck by his humble yet inspirational persona.   He has regularly been listed as one of the ten most spiritually influential people in the world and last year Mind Body Spirit magazine ranked him at number eight.    Wayne was a best-selling author of over 40 books including his first book Your Erroneous Zones, which is believed to be one of the best selling books of all time, (an estimated 35 million copies sold around the world).

Hay House said of Wayne – ‘He offered a way of being that was at the heart of change, a way of experiencing the world so that your focus is internal — on the I AM — and connected to the Source energy of creation.  When we move from “what’s in it for me” to genuinely putting our energy and attention into visualizing ourselves in a capacity of serving, the doors to fulfilment open for us, when we extend ourselves in a spirit of giving, helping, or loving, we are acting as God acts’.

People giving tribute to him included Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGenres. Fellow motivational speaker Tony Robbins also wrote on twitter: ‘Wayne Dyer has passed away today. For those of us who loved him it’s sad, but he knew death was a transition. We send love for his next adventure.’  Many tributes mentioned that Wayne had no fear of dying and I must confess I envy him that.

Many fans called him Mr Motivation, one thing Wayne was brilliant at was helping people to overcome feelings of guilt and inadequacy and get started on what they wanted to do, where they wanted their light to shine in the world, one of the phrases made famous by Wayne was ‘Don’t die with the music still in you’    He certainly didn’t and his huge catalogue of work remains to inspire us.  It’s a great reminder to us all if there’s something you have always wanted to do, be it write a book,  start a charity climb a mountain, if not now….when?

If you want help with clarity and confidence to get started and get your message out there get in touch!  www.janeyleegrace.com

 

 

 

Janey in FORBES – ‘Getting your Message Across’

Media now means much more than it used to. “If you want to use any kind of platform to get your message out there, you need the right skills to get on that platform. You need to be prepared to attract the opportunity and then maximise it.” But it’s also possible to miss that opportunity: being media-ready takes preparation. “One of the reasons I started working with clients on media training is that, as an interviewer and co-host on BBC Radio 2, I see this from both sides of the microphone,” says Lee Grace. “I’ve seen guests come in to do a pre-recorded interview that would have gone out to eight million people – but was dropped because they weren’t prepared.”

See the full article at Forbes  HERE