Sign up for this FREE training on running a membership

Register HERE – it’s free https://mo311.isrefer.com/go/workshop/a718

Some of you know that in addition to offering media and PR stuff I also run a membership group The Sober Club https://www.thesoberclub.com/, which is for people who have ditched the booze and want to focus on living their best life. I can honestly say it’s the most rewarding work I do, AND it’s all online so continues to work, even in uncertain times. I learnt from the best about running a membership site. In fact I am eternally grateful for Stu Mclaren’s insight into how to really provide awesome content and create a supportive community of people.

Stu Mclaren is an absolute legend and he is offering an awesome FREE live training from April 23rd called “Turn What You Already Know, Love, and Do Into A Profitable Membership.”

How do you generate money when the perception is focused on fear and anxiety, and thousands of business owners are closing their doors? Stu will point you in the direction.

Register HERE – it’s free https://mo311.isrefer.com/go/workshop/a718

Now more than ever, millions of people are looking online for educational resources, entertainment, and new outlets to keep their morale high. And not only that, people are craving connection. A membership is the safest place where like-minded people can connect on a much deeper level. (That’s definitely what I have found with The Sober Club.)

If you are an author, a speaker, a teacher, or even if you work as an artist, musician, crafts, this training is for you. Maybe you are into organic skincare or massage therapy, whatever you do Stu will show you how you can take your knowledge and expertise online and create a membership that is incredibly fulfilling. I work with lots of therapists and practitioners and the big frustration for many of you is that there is only one of you! You can’t ‘clone’ yourself! Creating a membership site means that you can share your expertise with an infinite number of people anywhere in the world for a very low cost. You can to share your message and really shine.

In this exclusive limited-time training “Turn What You Already Know, Love, and Do Into A Profitable Membership” Stu is going to show you the critical first step to take… Hurry and register now; seats will fill up fast. This training only happens once a year.

Register HERE its free.https://mo311.isrefer.com/go/workshop/a718

How to Be an Award Winner – Watch my THREE Training Videos (No Charge)

Why should you enter your natural / organic sustainable product or service into an awards programme?…Even in these strange times! .(and not just mine, though I hope you do take a look!)

As it stands we are guessing that there will be fewer entries into our Awards programme, we recognize that this is an incredibly testing time for brands, however if you can invest in some promo for your brand right now there is so much opportunity.  People need your holistic products more than ever before, and magazines and newspapers still need to fill their columns.  We have discounted entry fees till the end of April and our judges are all still on board.

If you are interested, or you just are thinking of entering any awards in the future watch these trainings that I recorded last year

I LOVE awards, running them, presenting them and receiving them, and I’ve created a 3-part video training to convince you that as part of your marketing, entering your products or services into some kind of awards can be hugely beneficial towards building your personal brand.

It’s not only about winning an award… whether you get the gong or not, it’s worth getting into the running.

If you’re an author, a coach, or a therapist, you will probably have felt a bit daunted at one time because there are so many people offering the same message, or treatment or method – but there’s only one YOU, and your own story, your big why is part of your USP, it sets you apart – and entering and potentially winning an award could really help you stand out in the best possible way.

Part two of my video training shows you why entering an Awards programme can be hugely beneficial towards building your personal brand.

In this final video I talk about the best ways of boosting your PR and getting more engagement when you are part of an Awards program. Enjoy!

If you enter our 2020 Platinum Awards at premium MAX level this includes maximum exposure with a personal showcase blog, a showcase snapshot on UK Health Radio Show (200,000 unique listeners per month) and a personal video feature of your product presented by me and promoted via Janey Loves and UK Health Radio social networks with a combined reach of 100,000+ people AND you can have free PR included.

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Stop Press! 10% discount extended till end of April!

Stop Press! 10% discount extended till end of April!

NOW is the time to enter our Janey Loves 2020 Platinum Awards!

You can benefit from 6 months of exposure AND we are offering 10% off all entries until 3oth April 2020! AND If you enter our awards at Premium or Premium MAX level, you will also receive the opportunity to offer a competition on our website (this feature is usually reserved for our spotlight clients or for our brand collaborations).

A competition keeps you in the gaze of our viewers. With our competition pages receiving thousands of visits per month, and our thousands of subscribers being pointed to these competitions in our regular newsletters, it’s a fantastic way of increasing your visibility, profile, presence and of course potential sales!
*Competitions will run for a period of at least 12 weeks and we will supply you with the database of all the entrants (competition entrants have ticked an ‘opt in’ box that allows you to send them emails).

 

 

A premium MAX level entry includes maximum exposure with a personal showcase blog, a showcase snapshot on UK Health Radio Show (200,000 unique listeners per month) and a Social Media Video of your product/brand promoted via Janey Loves and UK Health Radio social networks with a combined reach of 100,000+ people.

We also give you the opportunity to invite your community to vote for you with our ‘Readers Vote’ buttons – (please note the final decisions will be made by the judges but it’s great to invite your clients and customers to vote and they will be entered into a prize draw to win over £100 worth of organic goodies!!)

We have a fabulous team and are delighted to announce we are thrilled to welcome back actress Glynis Barber, beloved Organic living guru Jo Wood, and ‘voice coach to the stars’ Carrie Grant, alongside Janey for these prestigious awards. Watch this space for further announcements on our judging panel!

 

 

Testimonials from previous winners…

 

 

If you own or know any ethical brands then suggest they enter @janeyleegrace Platinum Awards. They’ve helped Incognito become the #1 #ethicalinsectrepellent because of the huge amount of publicity we’ve received!

 

Incognito

 

‘Wow! Once again, we’ve won in Janey Lee Grace’s prestigious ‘Janey Loves Awards’. We enter every year because these awards offer rigorous testing by a qualified judging panel. Janey has worked tirelessly over the years to set herself as a top natural health guru and to have her endorse your products sends a very positive and strong marketing message to potential customers about you and your brand’

 

Rebecca Martin, Founder of Conscious Skincare

 

 

As a small business, awards are a fantastic way to receive recognition and raise awareness of our products and brand. CHOC Chick has been fortunate to have won Platinum Award these past two years running, and Janey’s support had been invaluable to the growth and success of our business. Starting off in my kitchen 7 years ago, we are now stocked in 600 Holland and Barrett stores in the UK and Europe, are in all UK Whole Foods Market store, as well as in Ocado, Asda, John Lewis Food Halls, and in around 200 independent health food stores. We are extremely proud of our Platinum Awards and of how much we’ve grown. Thank you Janey for your CHOCtastic support!

 

Galia Orme, Founder CHOC Chick Raw Chocolates Ltd

 

 

We are sponsored by My Green Pod which last year was distributed by The Guardian, and UK Health Radio. We are thrilled to be partnering once again with Hello Love and the Hello Beautiful Foundation, a UK based Cancer prevention charity who have a design studio / vegan cafe in London’s Bloomsbury where we will be hosting our award Winners presentation on Wednesday 16th September.

We will also be launching a fabulous ‘pop-up’ shop to showcase selected brands from our awards! This is such a great opportunity to gain new exposure and customers.

 

If you have any further questions or need any assistance in relation to 2020 JANEY LOVES Platinum Awards, please feel free to contact me at janeyleegrace.accreditation@gmail.com

10% off all entries until 30th April 2020!
Use code awar2020 at checkout

 

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I talk to Angels by Bev Densham (Janey Loves Books Series)

There’s no doubt its super exciting being an author, holding you book in your hand for the first time feels amazing and when I think back to writing my first, Imperfectly Natural Woman, it was such a labour of love, I couldn’t have been prepared for what might come next.  It was  my ‘life’s work’ in that book, years of experience and knowledge about natural and organic living, sustainability and natural parenting, and it only came about because one woman, Caroline Lenton believed in me.  She heard me on the radio talking about eco balls, natural detergents, organic soaps et al and asked me if I’d like to write a book, I said ‘Don’t be daft, I’m not a writer!’  but she explained what I needed was the passion and the rest would follow.  We often joked that I was talking about coconut oil and kale long before they had their own publicists!   With Caroline’s support and perseverance the book was a massive success and a number One Amazing best seller, (back in the day when that was tough to crack!) I think I proudly knocked Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code off the top spot)  so when Caroline came to me a mere 13 years on and asked if I wanted to have my own Janey Loves series within her new publishing house of course I said yes!  Caroline knows all there is to know about publishing!

So here’s release number 2 in the Janey Loves series, I Talk to Angels by Beverley Densham,  Bev also didn’t necessarily think of herself as a writer, but she had passion and enthusiasm by the bucket loads. She is a certified Angel Therapy® Practitioner and ‘Angel Expert’ with years of experience.  I introduced her to Caroline and this is the result, a beautiful book published by Caroline Press.

I remember many years ago needing make a  really difficult business decision, it required a huge amount of investment and commitment and was way out of my comfort zone.  I genuinely didn’t know if it was the right thing for me, but there was time limit on the decision.  I had a sleepless night, tossing and turning trying to make the decision, when suddenly I realised I should ask my Guardian Angel, I didn’t feel quite confident just ‘talking to an angel’ so I rang Bev and asked her if she would pick an angel card for me.  I didn’t tell her anything about the programme, just that it was a massive decision, a huge amount of money, potentially a big risk for me, and it was basically a ‘Yes go for it’ or a ‘No, Don’t‘ answer I needed.  Beverley asked me to give her five minutes while she meditated on the question, picked from an Oracle deck and connected with the angels.  I waited wondering how I might interpret whatever the card picked represented, would a floaty flowery image mean yes or no?  How would I be any clearer?  A few minutes later Beverley rang me and said, The Angels say its a big YES!‘  She pinged me a picture of the card she had picked and it was of a girl about to walk up the steps of an aircraft…..The business project and investment was called Flight.  Yes really, I said yes and made my money back and far more within a few months.  I really showed me the power of trusting the angels!

 

In more recent years as a Hay House author I have had conversations about the power of working with angels many times.  I have interviewed leading angel authors Kyle Gray, Jenny Smedley and Lorna Byrne and must say when I had great angel experts on the line during a radio interview we were usually inundated with callers.

Why are all so fascinated by angels? I think we all like to imagine that we have a Guardian Angel (we do) and that there is a higher power and an angelic realm to help us achieve our dreams and keep us safe.  In this book which is choc full of tips ideas inspiration and space for you to record your experiences, Bev above all encourages us all to connect with the angels.  The book is part journal, but also offers guidance on how to use angel cards,  visualizations to help us think more clearly and meditations for a morning routine.  The foreword is written by Dame Kelly Holmes who says ‘I have always felt Angels around me. my Angels have lifted me at my most difficult times.   There is also a fabulous quote from Patrick Swayze who said.”I’m trying to shut up and let my angels speak to me and tell me what I am supposed to do’

Above all this a little book of inspiration, gratitude and kindness.  It couldn’t be more timely.

You can buy I Talk to Angels – Connect with your guardian angels by Beverley Densham here 

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Find out more about Bev’s work at www.angeliclifestyle.com

Are you a wellbeing / spiritual author?

If you are interested in submitting a book proposal for the Janey Loves book series with Caroline Press please contact janey at janeyleegrace.com 

 

How to rock a TEDx talk

Its official I can now tick ‘TED talk’ off my list, it always irked me a bit that my son when he was 13 did a young innovators TED talk so I thought it was time I went for it.  My talk was called Sobriety Rocks – Who Knew! as part of the largest (and one of only two in Europe)  TEDxED conferences in Norwich.  The theme for the day was Look Again, all TED events have a theme, more on this later as its super important that your talk reflects it.  We had a phenomenal day,  all the speakers were live streamed and incredibly our live stream trended on Twitter (top 5 in the UK) for 6 hours, A massive 32k different people joined us on the Live Stream at some point in the day.  Between them amassed over 120 minutes of view time.  Tweets about the event were seen by over 6.7 MILLION people- woah!…and of course that’s before our talks go live on TED.com which takes a few weeks.

Some exposure right?  I can honestly say that despite being a seasoned public speaker, presenter on the UK’s biggest radio station, with a show broadcasting to 9 million people daily, and confident on stage it genuinely was nerve-wracking, and all ‘consuming’   For weeks I could think of nothing else, I had a whole host of other projects going on but in truth most of it went by the wayside especially in the last three weeks when I literally could think of nothing else but my speech and my appearance (You too will become obsessed by what to wear!)

I thought I’d share a few of the tips I picked up along the way in case any of my experience can help you when you too go for it, and become part of the this incredible brand

When I teach people how to speak in public I encourage them to realise that its all about Preparation.  Not just the writing and shaping of the content of the speech, but also how they prepare themselves to present.  Once the script and style is ‘nailed’ it becomes all about the mindset.  I found that because TEDx talks are short, they are a specific length of time which must be adhered to (usually between 8 and 20 minutes) there was far more pressure to ensure that it was near as dammit word perfect.

Some people use Powerpoint but I didn’t, there seemed no real need, and I hate slides for the sake of them, the downside to that is that no notes are allowed, so there are literally no ‘cues’ in case you freeze during your talk!

So  my top tips for attracting and rocking a TED  talk include…

Make sure you have an ‘idea worth sharing’ That’s their brand, it isn’t a platform to promote your business or speak to a niche tribe,  in fact many people who give TED talks aren’t in business, and have nothing to ‘promote’  They are schoolteachers, nurses, parents, ex-military, who have never taken a course in entrepreneurship or sent out an ezine to their subscriber list.  But you know what, get them on stage and they are captivating, because they have a message to share.

The application process is usually straightforward if you are going after a TEDx talk in the UK, you will need to succinctly explain what your idea is (and proposed title though that may change)  and be sure to check that it fits their theme, usually these are fairly generic.  The theme for mine was Look Again, my talk was about the positive benefits of ditching the booze, so obviously I was able to tweak that to …’Look Again…at your relationship with alcohol’

Make sure you include a link within your application to you on stage, or speaking to camera, this is clearly imperative if you want to be selected from the hundreds and hundreds of application each event gets.

Choose your title.  Whoever is running the TEDX event will help you finalise your title,  but you need to put one on the application. Contrary to popular opinion they don’t need to be cryptic, some of the best TED talk titles are very straightforward.  One talk I referenced in mine was by Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language may shape who you are, is exactly what it says on the tin, so don’t agonise over it too much.  You do also get a chance to change your title before the main video goes onto the TED site so if you really think of a stronger one, you should get another opportunity.

Craft your talk. Once you’re in, it’s all systems go to craft your talk.  Usually the event facilitator will work with you and help you get your key ideas in place.  I’d recommend one main point and a supporting argument.  Ask yourself what will be the main takeaway of my talk?  What do I want people to remember?

Use the time as cues.  Of course the timing is critical, so as most people don’t have visual cues, you can use the time as a cue.  When you have nailed your final script (and I highly recommend nailing it within two weeks of your talk, if you change it too much after that you will find yourself flipping to the wrong version when nerves kick in!) then rehearse it and check the time at the start of each section, that way you know that you need to be onto a certain point in the talk when there is 5 minutes left etc.

                                                       ‘Emotions not logic inspire action’

Research your statistics, quotes and images. The best TEDx talks are usually heartfelt and evoke a powerful emotion, they are not usually a list of statistics, but if you do need to use any to make your point they must be fully researched and referenced before the final script is submitted.  If you are using slides they will need clearance.

Handwrite your script, or at least a draft of the sections.  You will probably need to re-read that, yep I said handwrite, that’s with a paper and pen, it’s good for the cognitive brain, and when you have written something ‘longhand’ you are far more likely to remember it.

Rehearse your talk out loud  You will find yourself reading and re-reading and making tweaks to your script and you will find that you fall asleep thinking through the script and will wake up murmuring lines from it, you will close your eyes on the train and present the script in your head, kicking yourself if you ‘slip up’ …all good but its hugely important to rehearse OUT LOUD as much as possible, this is because it’s not just about the recall, its muscle memory too, you need to physically get your mouth around the words.

Decide how you will use the stage – Will you use props ? if so keep them simple and rehearse with them, will you stand in the centre on the famous red circle or will you move around?

Present your talk in front of an audience (even its its only your partner or friend)  As someone who has been speaking at events for years I didn’t think this was important, but an opportunity arose for me to present my first draft of my script at an event.  I explained what I was doing, and that I might ‘forget’ or need to check my notes and the audience were very forgiving.  ‘Performing’ that first draft live in front of a small audience made a big difference to how I tweaked the script and made subtle changes to my delivery, I was able to see what worked and what didn’t.   Weeks went by for me after that first ‘airing’ and then finally I rehearsed in front of my partner just a few days before the event.  I was crap!  Suddenly in front of someone I cared about, someone who I knew would tell me the truth, I almost fell apart, I was very timid, he said my voice was too high pitched and I looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights (charming)   I realised I hadn’t done enough ‘performing’ of my talk, I had become too insular, just me walking along a beach reciting it quietly to the seagulls, who I must confess, I found to be a much easier to please audience.   Anyways I pulled myself together, got an emergency confidence boost (more on that next) and performed it at least another three times to other family members.

Shift your mindset

It’s incredible that I spend so much of my time making recommendations for others but forget for myself, I am trained in EFT (emotional freedom technique) and I often use it with people who are feeling nervous before an important presentation or appearance.  Had I remembered to use it on myself?  Nope, Fortunately a lovely therapist Wendy Stolen offered me a session by skype, and in one twenty minute speed session she completely helped me to not only release my fears but to embrace the excitement of it all, quite honestly I was in danger of ‘missing’ the whole experience and not being fully engaged in the joy of it because I was so nervous

EFT is so simple, try and remove your preconceived skeptical thoughts, it really can work to let the ‘Amygdala – the part of the brain that wants to keep you safe and in the same place know that its all ok,  you may be feeling anxious and stressed, but there aren’t actually any tigers coming at ya any time soon, and you can remind yourself that you have had times before when you have ‘shone’ and you can do that again.   She reminded me to think of ‘releasing’ the fears and worries that I would forget my words, and instead ‘embrace’ the opportunity and the buzz of the event.

It helped SO much!  I felt lighter and assured and just before I went on stage (which is an ok time to have butterflies…but butterflies flying in perfect formation)  I did some tapping and ‘embraced’ the joy of it all.  Remember a time when you were hugely successful and ‘won’ or did well in front of an audience, anchor that feeling,  see yourself delivering your TED talk, and visualise yourself coming off stage after the talk, punching the air and saying….I rocked it!!!

                           Its ok to have butterflies, but hopefully they’re flying in perfect formation.

Watch your body language  

If you are used to speaking in public you know the importance of good posture, make sure you film yourself and identify any little ‘habits’ I watched a rehearsal back and realised I had a bit of a habit of dropping my head down, as I walked across the stage, not a big deal, but I was able to tweak it.

Before you go on stage, remember the excellent TED talk by Amy Cuddy ‘Your body language may shape who you are’ (I referenced this in my talk)  She recommends that you adopt the ‘Power Pose’ – research from University College London, shows if you sway from side to side and keep your hands by your side it feels submissive,  if you stand with feet wide apart (power pose)  and make expansive hand gestures you appear confident, convincing, knowledgeable, inspirational and leader like,  your Unconscious mind translates your intentions into actions, if you are nervous, it shows, if you are in distress or crying it will be unlikely you will be sitting up straight!

Psychologists call this is Cybernetic loop,  master it to align your thoughts to success

Before you go out on stage adopt the power pose and feel a sense of confidence and strength, literally sending a signal to your body that you feel great and in control.

The dress code

We were told there isn’t one, often people start out thinking they should try and replicate the TED brand by wearing a black jacket with red buttons but that’s total overkill, we were advised wear whatever you are comfortable in, but preferably not black and red together.  I think if I were to rationalise it I’d say block colours and structured clothes work well, I started out thinking I should wear a green or yellow jacket with a white shirt and black trousers, crisp and ‘clean’   Many days and hours of trawling round clothes shops made me realise that I don’t look good or feel comfortable in ‘smart’ structured clothes and in fact I ended up wearing a flared dress and a funky little red and white check jacket.   I honestly couldn’t say if it was the best thing to wear but it is what felt comfortable for me, and feeling that you are wearing clothes that portray your personality is really important.

Where does the mic go?

A word of warning though, you will need a microphone pack attached so if you aren’t wearing trousers or a skirt with a waistband then make sure you can add a decent width belt to the outfit so that the mic pack can be easily attached.

To conclude

Giving a TEDx talk is without doubt a major highlight in your life, it is a huge amount of preparation and work but anything worth doing is!  Everyone involved in the TEDx experience works on a ‘gratis’ basis, so don’t expect any payment, but do think of the incredible opportunity you have to make a difference and reach far more people than you could have dreamt of.

Janey Lee Grace TEDxED Norwich talk Sobriety Rocks – Who Knew! 

Janey offers media coaching in being a great interviewee and public speaking

Check out www.janeyleegrace.com or email Janey@janeyleegrace.com

For inspiration around the topic of Janey’s talk sign up to be on the wait list for www.thesoberclub.com

Want more visibility? Smartphone training with The Vlog Academy

Gals, Are you ready to step up to be more visible this year but need help getting started?

Many of you will be aware that I highly recommend using video to promote your work, and yet I held myself back for years because I had my ‘professional TV presenter hat on’ and thought it was better not to do anything at all if it couldn’t be ‘TV studio’ quality. I did the same thing with my podcast, as I’d worked in radio I figured I couldn’t achieve the same standards so for years didn’t bother, finally I launched a podcast (Alcohol Free Life) which has reached 270k downloads before its first birthday!

Just look at how times have changed!, a huge percentage of people watch video content (and often on their phone!) and whereas at one time you really did need to invest a huge amount of money in a top class camera crew, now you can share you message online using your smartphone.

HOWEVER, there is an art to doing it well!

I can really recommend the Eye Storm programme, where a good friend and colleague of mine, Mi Elfverson (founder of The Vlog Academy) offers holistic support for women who are passionate about what they do and want to share their message online, without having to hustle or lose their authenticity.

MAKE YOUR PASSION YOUR MISSION

Learn how to create videos on your smartphone

Become camera confident with tools, practice and feedback

Create a visual content plan

Get prompted to take action

Special offer if you act now

Don’t miss this opportunity to get £100 off the Eye Storm membership programme with my friend and vlog coach Mi Elfverson, her training is absolutely amazing!

To get £100 off use VOUCHER CODE:  2020LAUNCH 
*Offer ends 31st January 2020

Click here to grab this special offer 

 

Here’s the important ‘blurb’ from The Vlog Academy

HOW DOES IT WORK?

 EYE STORM IS AN ONLINE MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMME YOU DO IN YOUR OWN TIME. 

  • An initial 6-week foundation with weekly modules (£295)
  • An ongoing membership with continued training and an accountability group on Facebook at £19/month (you may cancel after 3 months)
  • Further monthly webinars with Mi and other industry experts (I am one of her experts talking about what journalists want)
  • A closed Facebook group with interaction, further training, Q&A, prompts, tasks and feedback
  • Access to all foundation material for 12 months from subscription and continually for ongoing subscribers

The 6 modules contain training videos, learning checks and worksheets that you can complete in your own time.

You also get access to a closed Facebook group with Mi Elfverson and other supportive women, where you can ask questions, get further training, share your videos and get feedback on them before you put them out in public, see what videos other people create and get continued fun and inspirational material.

Heres the link to get in now!

WHEN YOU SIGN UP:

You will get a weekly Email with access to one video module each week for 6 weeks plus you can join the closed Facebook group.

After the 6 weeks, you will keep getting valuable content in the form of webinars and talks plus all the interaction and events in the closed Facebook group.

Sign up here, if you do this before 31st January there is £100 off, after that you still get 10 per cent off if you use this link 

To resolve or not to resolve, the experts share their tips

Its a debate that’s raged for years, should we make resolutions for new year or go with the flow?  In years gone by I have exhausted myself trying to stick to my resolves which are usually thoroughly unrealistic so I am very much in the camp of NOT making resolutions of the ‘I resolve to lose weight’ ‘I will go to the gym daily’ kind…because I almost certainly won’t…(well I hope I might drop a bit of weight but resolving to go on a diet is unlikely to achieve that)

Having said that though I do think its good to take some time for reflection at the end of a year.  I’ve borrowed the idea from the lovely Jo De Rosa founder of Quantum Sobriety and Inner Guidance retreats, to choose a word for the year, Jo says it acts as a kind of gatekeeper for all that you focus on, people on my Media Hub facebook group have been toying with ideas such as Abundance, Focus, Authentic, Accomplish, space, Spectacular.  In The Sober Club, the membership community I run, words such as Connection, Joy, Happiness have popped up.

jo de rosa close up

Jo by the way is queen of ‘resetting’ and empowering yourself to be your best self, check out the incredible retreats at Inner Guidance including the one I am hosting at the end of Jan and in May 8-10th Sobriety Rocks www.innerguidance.co.uk

I also like the idea of setting intentions or goals, and making a commitment , being clear on what you want is far more productive than making a ‘resolution’ which tends to be merely berating yourself for what you haven’t done well the year before.  I love creating vision boards to literally see what I would like to manifest, and create some affirmations that will work for the year ahead.

I intend to reflect on the year just gone and practice gratitude, even for the bits that weren’t so good,  hopefully I can find the learning in there somewhere….and I will definitely create that vision board.  I am going to set definite diary dates for self-care, for me that means going to walk by the sea, so as I don’t live near it, that’s going to mean a trip, minimum monthly even if its a quick train ride to Brighton to blast away the cobwebs walking along the sea front!

I asked some of the changemakers and colleagues I have been working with this year to give us their thoughts on setting intentions for the New Year ….

Often our thoughts do turn to doing something about our weight or fitness levels,

Nutritional therapist and fitness expert Louise Mercieca says.

If top of the list for many people at new year  is to lose weight or eat healthier, people can be unrealistic and set themselves up for failure!  Drastic changes rarely work in the longer term, so it is best to be gentle on yourself!   How should you really set achievable goals and not be like the estimated 90% that fail with resolutions?

Don’t banish everything in the first week of January.  Instead gradually make changes, this way you won’t notice them as much and are more likely to stick with them

Make a plan but make it for the whole year – something relevant to you and your schedule.

Involve friends and family in goals and plans so you don’t feel isolated.

Set realistic goals in small steps and allow yourself one indulgence a month so that you don’t feel you are depriving yourself, this way you are less likely to give up completely

Drink more water, it’s amazing how many people are dehydrated and yet this actually will make you less efficient at metabolising fat!  Start with day with hot water and lemon.

Look after your gut health, when this works you will manage your weight more effectively include both pre and probiotics in your diet.

Move more but within your own capabilities.

Don’t compare yourself to others especially those you only see on a screen or magazine cover.

Stay calm! Cortisol (stress hormone) increases abdominal fat storage so please don’t create more stress with your New Year’s Resolutions!

Sleep – never underestimate the healing powers of sleep. Lack of sleep also affects your hunger hormone Ghrelin; That leads to poor sleep = increased appetite.

Louise Mercieca is a Nutritional Therapist and author of the award-winning How Food Shapes Your Child nutritional cook book. www.louisemercieca.co.uk

 

Love Yourself 

Its something I talk about a lot, and have only found possible in recent months, but its a great idea to start with ‘body positivity’

Carolyn Bointon doesn’t class herself an ‘expert’ in positivity but she has a lovely idea, Carolyn says..

I’ve learned that over people’s emotions impact on me so I strive to make friends appreciate the good in themselves, whether its a compliment on their hair or clothes or a simple ‘wow you handled that well’ I find surrounding myself with people who feel good  about themselves makes me feel good too! So not entirely altruistic but a good resolution and one that I can keep!

If you’re looking for more fulfillment  in 2020 here’s a comment from Nadine Searle

‘Follow your heart and listen to what it is telling you.
Give yourself the gift of some calming connection meditation everyday. It needn’t take up much of your time but it will be a valuable habit to cultivate in 2019. Spend time in nature if you can or establish a delightful ‘me time’ space……tune into the rhythm of your breath and use the Mindfulness practice of gentle questioning. Ask your heart “What do you need?” ” What direction you might take?” “what do you really want to do?”, “How best you might serve the universe or just serve yourself?”…….resist the temptation to answer these questions, instead just continue to listen to what comes up.
We have all the answers we need within ourselves if we only just listen. This practice will lead you to a happy, healthier you in 2019′.
Nadine……Transformation through Relaxation……..www.calmerself.co.uk

Ever heard of The Wheel of Life?  Leah Dixon writes..

There are 3 steps to successfully reaching your goals and one of them is more important than you think:
1.The Wheel of Life is a coaching tool that emcourages you to look at your life in 8 parts. You choose these, but generally areas such as career, health, relationships, hobbies, finances, personal development, spirituality and social life are good examples. Look at your life and review where you are at and decide on your most important priorities. Rate each area from 0-10 and get a clear picture on what needs to be worked on and how urgently. Once you have decided on your most pressing goal (consider anything under 5) that needs urgent attention, the next step is visualising the future outcome.
2.This is the fun part, it is also the one many people overlook. Its not enough to say ‘I want to be a size 10’ and put a photo of yourself 20 years ago on the fridge. That’s the past. Allow yourself to dream of the future you who has realised your goal already. This can be done in meditation, before bed or on waking, when our brains are more receptive. So imagine what would reaching your goal feel like? Engage all of your senses in this dream. How confident would you feel walking down the beach in your bikini at your ideal weight? How desirable would you be as you feel the sun on your toned skin? Notice how strong and flexible your body feels swimming in the sea. What would you say to yourself? What clothes would you be wearing for an evening out? What compliments would people give you? Your subconcious cannot tell a dream from reality. Engaging in this visualisation everyday will mean your body has to catch up with this new future version of you. It will also make any changes more enjoyable as you relish in the achievements your future self has already made.
3. The how is the final stage that people usually go straight to. Yes researching and planning is important but don’t skip step 2. Break down your big goal into manageable chunks. Find out who has already succeeded doing what you want to do. There’ll be a book, an app, a blog or a workshop that tells you how others have done it. Use their knowledge to achieve results. Adapt it to suit you. Modelling is a great technique to achieve success. If you want to be more confident find someone you admire and copy their body language. Babies learn to walk by modelling those around them. Its the easiest way to learn and adapt. No need to reinvent the wheel. If there’s already a tried and tested method then use it. Just be sure to commit the time and energy where its needed. If you’re not a morning person then don’t plan to go to the gym before work. Reaching your goals isn’t a punishment so don’t make it one.You’ll find once you’ve got your vision the universe will line up to place people and resources in your path to help you with the how. Aligning your current self with the vision of your future self will create your new reality. So if you’ve tried writing down your resolutions and then skipping straight to the planning stage back up and immerse yourself in visualising your new future where your dreams are already a reality.
www.metamourphosis.com
 

To Conclude..

So at the start of a new year take some time to reflect on the one just gone, ask yourself what you want for the coming year and tune in to how you might go about making that happen.  If there is something you have been putting off, something you know has to be addressed there’s no better time than harnessing the energy of a new year.  Treat yourself to a new journal and scribble away, read my blog posts on writing being the best therapy, it might change your life!

You’ve heard me say it many times before…If there is something you want to achieve, whether is a new business, a charity, the book you always wanted to write, the relationship you know you deserve, you will need to visualise it, imagine it and then take action and above all remember

You Don’t have to get it right…you DO have to get it going’

I wish you a wonderful blissful abundant and joyful …and healthy New Year and of course becasue of the work I am now doing, I wish you a sober one too!

Check out my work with The Sober Club

Cut and Paste a Fabulous 2020!

Heres a blog post re-jigged from a year ago. Still relevant for 2020!

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 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

, 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 2020

If you want help getting clarity on your USP for your brand or work get in touch. I also offer ‘Gray area drinking’ recovery coaching in case thats of interest! janey@janeyleegrace.com 

 

 

 

Great to work with you in 2019 Happy Christmas!

We have had a fabulous year and it’s been so great to work with you in 2019!
A highlight was of course our 2019 Platinum Awards – congratulations to all our winners – we created some amazing media attention across many platforms, including with My Green Pod, our media partner, and Hello Love, which hosted the awards –
We are delighted to announce our 2020 platinum Awards will be starting from March 2020!
I started The Sober Club, my new project and am proud to have built a thriving online community, a place to connect, share without judgement, and discover sober tools and tips. My TEDx talk was also another great experience.  Te Podcast Alcohol Free Life has had over 240k downloads  and we are gathering an audience who are increasingly interested in all aspects of health wellbeing and spirituality so there is definitely scope for some collaborations!
I loved working with all of you who are members of my Media Hub on building your brand and creating much deserved exposure for your businesses, and it was great to meet you at the many events I attended during the year including NOPE 2019
Merry Christmas and we look forward to our collaborations in 2020!

The Sober Club is OPEN!

 

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Sober Curious? Ditched the booze a while ago?

Do you now want to focus on health wellbeing and positivity?

Have you found yourself saying…”I will only have one drink”…but then you finish the bottle!

Maybe you’ve stopped drinking but are still feeling unhealthy, overweight or out of sorts….or you’ve woken up at 3am berating yourself for drinking too much?

The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

My new project is The Sober Club online community. Despite talking about holistic health on BBC Radio 2, writing five books including the number One Amazon bestseller ‘Imperfectly Natural Woman’ and running imperfectlynatural.com, there was one missing piece of the ‘holistic health’ jigsaw for me and that was ditching the booze.

I now encourage people to ask themselves not “Am I drinking too much?” but rather “Would my life be better physically and emotionally without alcohol?” I take a very positive approach and want the focus to be on health and wellbeing, passion and purpose.

In The Sober Club you can connect with others and have open conversations without any judgement. You can learn therapeutic techniques such as EFT (emotional freedom technique), get inspiration and support to make lifestyle changes and discover sober tools and tips.

Come along and learn how to set healthy boundaries around relationships and put yourself first….and much more!

90 day course

In The Sober Club you will get:

  • ‘Get the Buzz Without the Booze’ – 90 Day Online Course
  • Live monthly talks with me, and advice from leading health, wellbeing, and mindset experts.
  • Access to an exclusive Facebook community.
  • Mindset Buzz – Guided meditations, hypnosis audios and relaxation videos.
  • Nutrition and Fitness Buzz – Detox advice, recipes and exercises.

So many people find that once they have removed the Alcohol Obstacle they have a new perspective and want to increase their fitness, their mental wellbeing, set new goals and challenges. In the coming weeks we’ll bring you so many pieces of the Optimum Wellbeing ‘jigsaw’. There will be something for everyone whatever stage you are at. Its all about positivity and moving forward.

If this resonates with you The Sober Club has just opened up and there is not one but two special gifts if you sign up now, see below the hypnosis audio worth £9.99 courtesy of Ailsa Frank and an exclusive audio by Janey Lee Grace – How I stay motivated.  

To sign up go to www.thesoberclub.com

 

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BONUS: Get a free hypnosis download when you join The Sober Club: Ailsa Frank’s De-Stress Your Life (worth £9.99)

I have been alcohol free for over a year and it is no longer part of my life, it feels almost as if I have forgotten about it sometimes (which is great but also a shame not to bask more in the achievement!)   I love the sober club because I get to celebrate everyday with my new “tribe” the amazing “joy” of being sober and gives me a platform (via the FB group) to interact, support, encourage others.   I’m so grateful for the new connection the sober club provides!

Alistair

I’ve finally realized it’s not just about putting down the booze and staying sober, it’s so much more than that! It’s a mindset change, looking at everything as a whole, caring for both my physical and mental health.  The “Sober Club” website is FAB!! I am really enjoying working through the modules in the 90 Day course “Get the Buzz Without the Booze”. All Janey’s podcasts are there to listen to at any time, there is so much expert advice available on nutrition and fitness, and also some great tips on how to take care of, not just my body, but my mind too which I never had before.

www.thesoberclub.com