I am writing this on a Saturday afternoon, after a realisation during the week that has created some clarity a few days ago and then a burst of energy to write this today viagra en vente libre en espagne. I have been backwards and forwards with social media for Find Your Inner Unicorn since setting it up last autumn. I got all involved and engaged about 10 months ago, and then felt a bit baffled by how to be effective and not feel overwhelmed, so my activity level tapered off.
I went to some great social media training, run by the brilliant Jo Booth from Social Media Makes Sense (www.socialmediamakeseense.co.uk) and thanks to Hayley Hulme for coming with me. I had a 1-2-1 session with Jo a few months later. She was fab, really energised me, explained a load of stuff I didn’t understand and helped me create a strategy and an action plan that I was sure would work for me. I was back on track! I was ready to go! Yay!
Then I was away for almost all of June and had pretty much no wifi connection for a month and the whole thing came to a grinding halt again.
So all summer I’ve been procrastinating, telling myself that “there’s no point starting this again until the website is updated and the video testimonials are on there as I don’t want to direct people to the site unless it’s the best it can be for the moment”. Great excuse huh?! Sounds entirely plausible!
We filmed the testimonials a couple of weeks ago, and I must say a huge thanks so much to those of you who came and those of you who couldn’t but offered a written one. Having got some feedback that evening bout the idea of The Blessing, I had this realisation . . . I feel attachment and belonging to those who have been through the retreats, in a way I just don’t when I use social media more generally and can’t connect to strangers. I haven’t known who I belong to when I post stuff on Facebook or use Twitter. In creating The Blessing I get to belong and now I can feel a new energy for writing, posting, blogging and tweeting.
You know me, my unicorn friends, you know most of “my stuff” is Level 2, about belonging, and experiencing a lack of that and how that has shaped my beliefs my whole life to want to create connections, nurture relationships and feel that I belong. What wasn’t working for me with social media is that I didn’t know who I was connecting to or meant to belong to when I wrote blogs and posts. I didn’t know “who for” and so it felt faceless, nameless and so quickly became meaningless. And so of course I just stopped doing it. Because that’s what happens when we are not living in our values or purpose, we don’t prioritise stuff. I have a core value around connection and this is a new expression of that for me.
Now I know how to keep my motivation levels up . . . I draw on my value of connection and write for you, our blessing of unicorns, because I feel a sense of belonging with you. I can write authentically, with integrity, as “just me” because my purpose in writing blogs and using social media is to nurture our relationships and sustain the power of the amazing friendships and support that has formed already through the Unicorn retreats.
I can write for you, tweet to you, put posts on Facebook and find pictures, quotes and inspirational sayings to share with you all day long, because I know you, I love you all and I want to be of service to you.
I want these blogs to be thoughtful and thought-provoking, so I’ve come up with a schedule of blogs, posts and tweets that I hope will be interesting and useful for you. From now on, please watch out for Mindful Mondays, Wellbeing Wednesdays, Thankful Thursdays and Celebration Saturdays. I hope these themes will resonate with you. I’m going to have Fun on Fridays with Unicorn of the Week and any contributions of unicorns seen / posted anywhere that can be shared would be fabulous. All comments, thoughts and responses received with gratitude.
So thank you to all of you in The Blessing, whether you wish to be an active member or not, whether you choose to go for one of the paid membership options or not, whether you ever read this or not, I know you’re out there and that makes the world of difference to me.
This is the design I ended up choosing for the logo . . . it represents outward-facing connection whilst having each others backs. And looks much less like the European Union flag than the other design I came up with!
On Sunday I ran my first workshop from home and it was truly a blessing, of unicorns! A blessing is the collective noun for a group of unicorns. I am in awe at how perfect a description that is for what I have experienced in this work and yesterday in particular.
I’ve worked for years as a facilitator, coach and trainer and mostly in a corporate setting, with teams or individual leaders. Running personal transformation workshops, Find Your Inner Unicorn, is a new venture for me.
Since finding and clarifying my purpose during my transformational adventure, I have wanted to integrate my love of “home” into my work.
Home for me means a safe place in which I can be myself, a space that is both beautiful and functional, relaxing and energising. Sharing my home is something that I have realised I wish to do more of, through the workshops and making my guest bedrooms available through Airbnb.
My unicorn sisters came from afar, Scotland, and not so far, Heaton Moor in Stockport, and a variety of places in between. I wanted them to have a lovely day, to feel nurtured, cared for and pampered, so we started with proper coffee and warm pastries, followed by some energy medicine practice in the garden, underneath the 100 year old poplar tree and clear blue skies.
I used my dining room as our main workshop space. The amazingly talented Heather Linnett from www.eclectic-chair.com recovered my original 50’s dining chairs just in time for them to provide comfy seats for the day in gorgeous velvet and retro fabrics.
Lunch was next door with food by Eddie Shepherd, have a look at www.walledgardensfood.com to see what he does. His purpose, passion and talents to create modern vegetarian food that is both delicious and aesthetically delightful deserves it’s own post as it was a magical experience.
We used my newly built living room for reflective conversations and guided visualisations. Thanks to Mark Roberts and the team for your months of hard labour in the rain, snow, sleet and occasional sunshine, to create this beautiful space that I still can’t quite believe is mine to enjoy on a daily basis. Mark is so busy that the last thing he needs is a website to promote his business!
During the excavation for the foundations, he unearthed a memorial stone for a little girl, Praxedes Hailwood, who died in 1927. Feeling the need to establish whether or not there were graves in my garden, I got my mum on the case with her skills in researching family history. We followed an extraordinary tale that I will share in another blog which culminated in discovering my house is built on the site of a spiritual retreat for women. This had been running for about 100 years until the plot was sold off for development.
Hundreds of women from around the world had come here to find their inner unicorns seeking rest, solace, peace and prayer in my garden .
The alignment I feel around this is so powerful. My purpose is to illuminate the way for those who seek their path to freedom and my work in running the Unicorn courses allows me to live that in every moment.
I have had an strengthening desire to run transformation workshops from home right about the time that little Praxedes came to light. Her name is Greek in origin and means “she who has firm intentions”. That feels like a description of me and I believe I am coming to deeply understand the power of intention-setting achat viagra 10. The blessing of unicorns on Sunday was a manifestation of this.
It was born from a legacy created by women in this place in the last century, which I can feel in the energy and peace of my home. It is my legacy to continue to evolve and develop it, from this home and as my intentions grow , in beautiful and functional spaces around the world. That is what I would love to do, run transformational retreats on a global basis for all those who are seeking their path to freedom.
So these days, when I count my blessings as part of my gratitude practice, I realise I am counting unicorns and that in itself is a blessing.
Thank you to each and every being who has supported me to do this and enabled me to experience the blessing of unicorns. Especially Sarah, Lynn, Val, Wendy, Lesley, Debbie and Vicki who were with me yesterday. I feel truly blessed and as a symbol of the magic, power and beauty that is in each one of us, I feel like a unicorn too.