Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Keeping that holiday feeling

August 2012

Welcome to the Dare to Blossom newsletter

In this issue:

Reflections: Keeping that holiday feeling
Special offer: Signed copies of Dare to Blossom: Coaching and Creativity
Inspiring links and events

Reflections: Keeping that holiday feeling
This will be a short newsletter this month as I've been having a break. I have just returned to work after a wonderful week on holiday at home. Those of you in the UK will appreciate how lucky we were - it was virtually the first proper hot week of summer after a very cool and wet June and July. 

I feel refreshed and rested and - perhaps as we all do - have resolved to keep some of the essence of 'that holiday feeling' in my daily life. I intend to do that in part by granting myself what Susan Cain in Quiet calls 'restorative niches'. These can be very short, sometimes just enough time to stop and breathe properly, stretch and clear my mind. At other times reading a chapter of a book at lunchtime, or a walk in the park.

For you: some suggestions for your journal or meditation reflections:
  • How can you work in 'restorative niches' into your regular daily routine?
  • Make a list of those things that would enable you to feel that holiday sense of space and relaxation.
  • Choose a few and practise giving yourself the gift of one or two every day.

Special offer: Signed copies of Dare to Blossom: Coaching and Creativity

The Daring to Blossom workshop on 20 October (see below) will be using exercises from my book and signed copies will be available there at a special price.  If you would like a copy of my book and are unable to come along to the workshop, please contact me to arrange delivery of your copy with a personal dedication for £8.95 including UK postage. Details and reviews are to be found on Lulu.com, and on Amazon.

Inspiring links and events

This is a sweet and sad  video about how women under-value themselves and their contribution - thank you Anna for sending the link to me.

The ECL12 (Euro Coach List 2012) conference takes place on 24 and 25 November this year. The details are not yet finalised but you can pre-register here if you are interested. It is open to members and non-members and to anyone interested in coaching in the broadest sense.

Daring to Blossom Workshop Saturday 20 October 2012: 

Autumn: A time for reflection and renewal

This workshop will be an opportunity for you to take a day out from your busy life to review and reflect and choose, if you so wish, some actions that will move you on towards being more of the person you already truly are.We will share meditations, activities, talk and laughter. We will take the opportunity to spend time outdoors in the wonderful Pine Lodge Gardens - whatever the weather! (Bring appropriate shoes, coats etc)

Just one price: £25 per person: Your booking fee includes free entry to the Pine Lodge Gardens, plus light refreshments during the day. Bring a packed lunch or visit the cafe in the gardens.

Places are limited so book now if you can! A detailed programme will be available on the website soon and will be included in the next newsletter.

Thank you to all who read and comment regularly - your support means more to me than you will ever know. 

very best wishes