Over the past week I have had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people at my first ever networking group, enjoyed a wonderful day indulging in the delights of Belgium and my wonderful Belgium travel buddies, and spent some quality time with my youngest cooking a meal and laughing as we did when he was young and his troubles were small.
As a consequence I find myself feeling quite relaxed and smiling a lot, for no obvious reason and this I take to be the power of good friends, good food and good times.
It has become increasingly important to me to develop my hypnotherapy business further, and to promote the Lightning Process as much as I can, as this is something which I am passionate about and truly believe that everyone would benefit from the life skills contained within, not only poorly people. For this reason, I embarked on my first ever networking group! I decided to tread carefully and went to a group called Viva networking, which is also known as mums unlimited and came highly recommended. Whilst its primary target was women, men are more than welcome to join and their focus is supporting small businesses and growth. The topic for the day was a guest speaker talking about blogging – well that was just what I needed so I booked on and went along to spend a couple of wonderful hours in the company of some of the most inspirational women I have met! I simply had no idea there were so many small businesses out there, with such a diversity of focus!! I met a lady who supports the less confident in their dressing needs: wantherdress.com, the pampered chef, Joanne Todd with some delightful fudge – yum yum, the pregnancy genie who will support you through pregnancy to 6 weeks old and many more besides. They were a highly motivated and lovely group of woman whom I much look forward to meeting again.
The guest speaker was ‘actually mummy’ who became a professional blogger after writing a blog herself about her days as a mum. She was highly knowledgeable and informative about the art of blogging, and didn’t once cause me to feel silly with all my questions – thank you! She is the reason I am now so disciplined in writing my weekly blog, and really hope you are enjoying reading it. I certainly am enjoying writing it and receiving the positive feedback I have so far. Thank you all for your support.
So then it was off to Belgium for an indulgent day of good food and Belgium Beer. We were fortunate enough to arrive at the Westveleteran Abbey in time to purchase a couple of boxes plus partake in breakfast comprising of bread, cheese and a Westveleteran 12: it had to be doneJ whenever we go on these days out, I find myself completely lost in the moment of great company, great food and beer. I consider myself truly blessed to call these people my friends and very much look forward to our next visit, which I believe will be a weekend trip!
Finally to the time spent with my youngest son. He is a truly troubled soul with complex learning needs and mental health issues. His journey has not been an easy one and has caused many challenges which I believe have made us so much stronger as individuals and as a family. Having finally received a diagnosis of his condition and medication that actually works, he is calmer and more focused, and performing well in the world. He came to the house and cooked wonderful roast potatoes to go with the pie I was cooking and we sat down with his step father and his girlfriend to a lovely meal which was enjoyed by us all. We laughed, and were relaxed in a way that we haven’t experienced in years, and for this I am truly grateful.
So all in all I have had a week of appreciating people who are inspirational, fun, and empowering through their sharing of the gift of friendship.
And my closing wish to you all is to emerge yourself in the moment and enjoy some good friends, good food, good times. This certainly is the best time of year to do this, and notice how good you feel as a result.
I look forward to hearing your good times stories.