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New Local Charity – Ailsa’s Aim

We are delighted to introduce our new charity, Ailsa’s Aim.  Founding trustees, Sara and Niven Whatley, say;

“The object of Ailsa’s Aim is to relieve the needs of persons in England and Wales who suffer from cancer or gestational diabetes or have experienced premature and problematic childbirth and their families and carers; in particular, but not exclusively, by the provision of support, items and services and signposting to other relevant and appropriate services.”

What we actually do is to create, source and deliver some of life’s little personal comforts to those in need, ailment and distress, and to offer ‘a ray of sunshine’ into people’s lives. For this reason, our slogan is “Putting You First.”

Our campaigns have so far included: giving comfort and cosmetic care bags to parents of children in Special Care; providing Christmas presents and treats to children on Children’s Wards in hospitals; sending Fathers’ Day gifts to Dads in SCBU; providing care bags to NHS and Key Workers during the Covid-19 Pandemic; providing and filling snack stands to hospitals; installing Baby Changing facilities in Cancer wards; running auctions and events for donations to research into cancer treatments.

In 2018, having struggled for 6 years to conceived, we were finally successful with IVF treatment, however the pregnancy was traumatic and at the premature birth of our daughter, we discovered that Sara had 3 very advanced and rare forms of cancer and would need intense chemotherapy and that Ailsa would also need Special Care.

Nevertheless, thanks to Sara’s and Ailsa’s strength and determination and the skill, care and expertise of the NHS, Ailsa has grown into a healthy and happy toddler and Sara has recovered incredibly well and is in full remission.

We began running Ailsa’s Aim as a charitable cause to repay those who have helped us and to support and offer care packs to others who are going through or helping with medical issues similar to those we ourselves have faced.

Through Ailsa’s Aim we raise funds and awareness and to provide care packs to people from all aspects of our journey, as well as to the carers and staff who work tirelessly to make sure that we can enjoy the time we have together.

We have already completed a series of successful campaigns professionals in Kettering General, Northampton General, Charing Cross, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, CARE community services, Ovacome and the Imperial Health Charity.

We are now in a position to seek donations, volunteer assistance and new liaisons with support organisations, both local and national, so that we can continue to build on the early work we have done.

We are run entirely on donations and our own personal efforts and input, so any support which people can afford us will always be gratefully accepted.

There are several ways to donate to or support our cause, depending on your preferences.

Please contact Sara on 07919536833, on Facebook @ailsasaim, or via email sara@ailsasaim.co.uk to enquire.

 

Hair Care Subscription Box Shows Hair-loss who’s Boss

  • Clinically proven subscription service with 94.1% success rate.
  • Exclusive Black Friday offers and Christmas gift cards. 
  • TV star Jamie Laing and racing driver Clayton Kingman are huge fans of the brand. 

 

It’s the age-old stereotype, men are notoriously hard to buy for and there is only so many socks or jumpers that one can own. This Christmas, men’s haircare brand Sons has launched its Christmas gift card – on sale throughout the month of December. The perfect gift for men, Sons is helping to ensure their hair gets some TLC. The innovative men’s brand is also offering Black Friday discounts for new customers to give their hair some love. In the 2 weeks leading up to Black Friday on 30th November, Sons is offering £20 off the first 3-month subscription plan. Additionally, from 1st December they will be selling both 1-month and 3-month subscription gift cards. So that’s Christmas shopping for him sorted!

sons HAIR CARE

From gaming merchandise to make-up, subscription boxes are showing no sign of dwindling in popularity due to the constant innovation of products and the ease of regular doorstep deliveries. But how about one that also delivers a true boost of positivity too? Combining an easy subscription service with clinically proven products, Sons is a male hair loss service that is revolutionising the male grooming market and providing real results for men, discreetly and effectively.

 

Whether it’s for yourself, your mate or your partner who is experiencing hair loss, everyone could do with a little luxury treatment for thicker, healthier hair. A gift card from Sons makes a great stocking filler for all men. With a range of subscription models to suit the individual, from a monthly delivery of Sons argan oil and saw palmetto shampoo, to the full works to tackle hair loss, there is something for every man this Christmas.

 

This is a subscription box that makes a difference, with an impressive 94.1% success rate to achieve thicker, fuller hair. The brand has also teamed up with esteemed mental health charity, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), donating a portion of sales to the charity. So not only is this gift good for his hair but also good for all men.

 

Find us at www.sons.co.uk and Follow us at @Careforsons

Terms and conditions: 

Black Friday offer: 17th November to 30th November get £20 off your first 3-month treatment plan.  £15 off your first 1-month plan, including free consultation with a Sons clinician via the website, to determine the best plan for you. Offer ends 11.59pm 30th November. 

Christmas gift cards: 1st December to 23rd December Sons gift cards will be available to buy exclusively from www.sons.co.uk. 1 month at £22.00 and 3 months at £65.00. 

 

Freedom from Labels at Last

I sigh with relief, I truly hate scratchy labels in things!

Contemporary bra company, Wear My Freedom has made the Freedom Bra.  One of the UK’s first wire-free bras that provides genuine support and lift for D+ cup. The Freedom Bra provides noticeably enhanced lift for wearers in comparison to competitors, thanks to its combination of four-way stretch fabric and M-TEC foam cups. The weight-distribution within the bra has been engineered by D+ cup specialists for both comfort and support.  I always prefer an underwired bra but know that they’re not the best things to wear, having tried on the Freedom bra I found it extremely comfortable.  Mine is black and I love the rose gold coloured detailing.

I also hate scratchy labels and cut them out of most of my clothes – often then wondering how to care for things as the label has been thrown away!  The labels in the Freedom bra have been scrapped, and care instructions are instead printed on the hook & eye. The bra’s wider under band smooths as it lifts and its seam-free design means no cup lines, so it is completely hidden when worn under a t-shirt. Priced at £55.00.

WHERE TO BUY https://wearmyfreedom.com/

Freedom Bra

Small and Wild Tea for Children and Children at Heart

I’m a big fan of herbal and fruit teas, but they have to be the right ones.  How many times have you smelled delicious raspberry, blackcurrant or strawberry only to realise the tea has no taste at all, or been courted by the marketing of ‘sleep soundly’ or ‘have more energy’ only to discover the herbal concoction tastes like lawn mower clippings.

Too harsh?  Maybe so, but so many big brand fruit teas are just chemical mush or just don’t have the taste to back up the fragrance.

Along came Small & Wild, two mums Kate and Becky, who wanted great tea for their little ones to enjoy.  Well move over tinies – I found them delicious!  Will the tinies get a look in in our house? I very much doubt it.

Lots of tea manufacturers add in licorice herb as a natural sweetener.  I’m afraid I think it’s far too sweet and some how tastes artificial too.  These teas for tinies don’t have that.

I’m currently enjoying Jolly Croc – a blend of strawberry, banana and apple.  The others are;

Snoozy Fox – camomile, lavender and spearmint, this smells divine and I intend to try it tonight

Happy Toucan – rooibos, cinnamon and vanilla

Merry Tiger – mango, pear and raspberry

I can’t wait to try them all!

Also, the makers of Small & Wild, award-winning herbal tea for kids, will be launching a limited run of its popular tea sets for sale this Christmas; featuring a perfectly child-sized, silk-screen printed mug, along with the popular children’s tea, beautifully presented in a gift box.

For more information

www.smallandwild.com

Facebook @Smallandwild

Insta @small_and_wild_company

small and wild tea

Improve your Skin with Skin Woof

Skin Woof is an innovative natural supplements business committed to providing premium, yet affordable, scientifically-backed beauty products that deliver lasting results for our customers’ skin from within without any hassle. The current Skin Woof product range consists of Skin Woof Collagen Beauty Drink, Skin Woof Original Vitamins for Healthy and Radiant Skin, Skin Woof Tan Enhancing Vitamins and Skin Woof Vitamin C Radiance Serum.

skin woof

Skin Woof Premium Natural Vitamins

Skin Woof Premium Natural Vitamins contain minerals and botanicals that add vital ingredients to your diet, resulting in healthy, radiant and beautiful skin.

60 tablets (one month supply) provides the ideal platform for the appearance and overall health of your skin to begin to thrive. Each ingredient in the natural and safe formula has been carefully chosen with the help of dermatologists. As well as containing health boosters such as omega 3 & 6, multivitamins (A, C, D, E & K) and amino acids, Skin Woof Vitamins are rich in collagen to help with skin’s elasticity and hyaluronic acid. Skin Woof Vitamins are available from www.skinwoof.com at £24.95 for 60 capsules or £19.96 for a monthly subscription.

Nene Local thoughts:  I’m trying to vitamins but will need time to see a difference,  there are some typical results here which look very impressive https://www.skinwoof.com/pages/how-it-works

skin woof

Skin Woof Collagen Drink

Skin Woof Collagen Beauty Drink delivers a synergistic blend of marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and other ingredients that work from within to nourish, smooth and firm the skin. The collagen used in the drinks is scientifically researched Peptan Marine Collagen, with 3,000mg per sachet. It contains no sugar, gluten, lactose and no artificial preservatives, flavourings or colours. The drink is available in Strawberry & Lime flavour at £39.95 for 30 sachets or alternatively you can subscribe monthly at £31.96 from www.skinwoof.com.

Nene Local thoughts: I’ve tried collegen producs before, this is a very pleasant tasting drink with enough mg in each sachet to make a real difference.  It’s a product that would fit easily into your day.

skin woof

WHERE TO BUY https://www.skinwoof.com/collections/all-products

Single purchase or monthly subscriptions available

YubiKey Protects your Digital World

Whether its paying your taxes on gov.uk, to checking your Facebook, to collaborating on Dropbox – the YubiKey is by your side helping with internet security.

YubiKey Protects your Digital World

The YubiKey, the world’s first security key invented by industry leader Yubico, it physically protects your accounts at every login.  When I first looked at mine I wondered how it could protect everything, when it didn’t look like it even fitted inside the port!  It’s so cool – insert it into a USB port and tap it when prompted, or just tap it straight onto your mobile.

YubiKey Protects your Digital World

It’s great protection for all online activities!

 

The YubiKey offers convenient, passwordless online access so you can log-in to gov.uk and pay your taxes, then check your Facebook, browse Google for some last minute gift ideas, and save a picture onto Dropbox – all with a single tap. The YubiKey not only looks good, but it’ll offer users a more secure New Year by keeping them safe from hackers and free from the headache of passwords.

YubiKey Protects your Digital World

To keep YubiKey extra cool there are personalisation stickers in the pack too, so when attached to your keyring it looks smart and unobtrusive – no one will know what it is for!

Find out more here:

 

https://www.facebook.com/Yubikey

WHERE TO BUY – https://www.yubico.com/gb/store/

Nene Local Christmas Gift Guide

Here is Nene Local’s guide to Christmas gifts… We’ll be adding more items as we find them, so do pop back.  As Christmas 2020 will be like no other, we’re including an online ‘where to buy’ for anyone who wants to do all their shopping from the safety and comfort of home.

Tirastan Art

Pet portraits are an ideal Christmas present for friends and family, but I realise that trying to get that perfect photo in secret can me problematic! The ideal solution is a gift voucher, available at three levels, it gives the recipient time to find or take that perfect snap ready to be immortalised in pastel, and something to look forward to after Christmas.

Tira Stanford – Tirastan-art – Email@ info@tirastan-art.com – Tel: 07734816243

WHERE TO BUY your gift vouchers https://www.tirastan-art.com/page/gift-vouchers

tira-stan graffix - gold-voucher

pet protraits for christmas

Help & Safety at Work – HASAW

For a novel Christmas gift idea for the person who has everything… how about the gift of safety!  You can buy extinguishers and fire blankets in Thrapston from HASAW!  Place your order with the team and pick up from their office on Market Road, Thrapston.  They’ll even give you a quick lesson in how to use them correctly.  Every kitchen needs its safety equipment….  A set with Fire blanket, Extinguisher and Smoke Alarm – just £49.99 from HASAW.

WHERE TO BUY call 01832 735874 – Help and Safety at Work Ltd – www.hasaw.com  –  Market Road, Thrapston

fire safety hasaw

Samantha Alice Photography

Beautiful gift vouchers, just right for Christmas presents!

Vouchers to the value of £25 and higher,  They will be valid for 1 year from date of purchase and  can be used towards any photography session.

Get in touch via: www.samanthaalicephotography.com or Social Media (FB + Insta) @samanthaalicephotography

WHERE TO BUY www.samanthaalicephotography.com

 Samantha Alice Photography

Ottilie Home and Gifts – Acorn Bird Feeder

We love the quirky Acorn Bird Feeder, £12 from Ottilie Home and Gift

Turn the hanging ring at the top to remove the top, fill with raw peanuts or other bird feed (make sure it’s filled with feed that won’t fall through the holes like seeds though!), reattach top and screw in firmly, then use that ring to hang the feeder in your garden.

www.ottiliehomeandgifts.co.uk – Facebook.com/ottiliehomeandgifts

WHERE TO BUY https://www.ottiliehomeandgifts.co.uk/shop/4584032616/acorn-bird-feeders/11413632

Acorn Bird Feeder is also available in Healthy Pet Supplies, Huntingdon Road, Thrapston

Freedom Bra

More information at https://www.nenelocal.co.uk/2020/10/freedom-labels-last/

One of the UK’s first wire-free bras that provides genuine support and lift for D+ cup. The Freedom Bra provides noticeably enhanced lift for wearers in comparison to competitors, thanks to its combination of four-way stretch fabric and M-TEC foam cups. The weight-distribution within the bra has been engineered by D+ cup specialists for both comfort and support.

Nene Local Says “This is the most comfortable bra I have ever worn!”

WHERE TO BUY https://wearmyfreedom.com/

Freedom Bra

Small and Wild Teas for Children

A range of teas aimed especially at children, flavours include;  Jolly Croc – a blend of strawberry, banana and apple.  Snoozy Fox – camomile, lavender and spearmint, Happy Toucan – rooibos, cinnamon and vanilla, Merry Tiger – mango, pear and raspberry

For a full review click here https://www.nenelocal.co.uk/2020/10/small-wild-tea/

WHERE TO BUY https://www.smallandwild.com/ 10% off your first order

small and wild tea

The Skin Woof Range

Find out more about collagen boosting skin supplements here https://www.nenelocal.co.uk/2020/10/improve-skin-skin-woof/

Skin Woof is an innovative natural supplements business committed to providing premium, yet affordable, scientifically-backed beauty products that deliver lasting results for our customers’ skin from within without any hassle. The current Skin Woof product range consists of Skin Woof Collagen Beauty Drink, Skin Woof Original Vitamins for Healthy and Radiant Skin, Skin Woof Tan Enhancing Vitamins and Skin Woof Vitamin C Radiance Serum.

WHERE TO BUY https://www.skinwoof.com/collections/all-products

Single purchase or monthly subscriptions available

 

Microplane Professional Serrated Peeler

The latest addition to the meticulously engineered range is the Microplane Professional Serrated Peeler with an elegant, balanced design ideal for peeling soft-skinned fruit such as kiwis, mangoes, peaches and papaya for festive fruit salads.  Soft vegetables like peppers and tomatoes are also easy to prepare for winter soups and sauces.  The ultra-sharp, curved, stainless-steel serrated double blade swivels up to 30° to expertly contour fruit and vegetables and guarantees perfect results every time. Simply place the serrated blade on the skin of the ingredient and gently peel, the skin will come right off doing away with the need for blanching.

The soft-touch, ergonomic handle, expertly created for right or left-hand use, enables the thumb and forefinger to find the optimum position for precise and comfortable use.

Aside from easily peeling soft fruits and vegetables, the new Serrated Peeler can also be used for zesting. It removes perfect strips of citrus without the bitter white pith and is ideal for use with extra-ripe fruits where one wrong move with a knife can reduce the flesh to juicy mush!

Nene Local says “We were impressed with the weight of the serrated peeler, as it meant for ease of use.  Being left and right-handed was a bonus in our house too.”

WHERE TO BUY – RRP £19.95  WWW.hartsofstur.com

serrated peeler

Special Edition Rhubarb & Apple Chutney

The latest addition to the Tracklements range of award-winning Christmas condiments is NEW Special Edition Rhubarb & Apple Chutney (RRP £3.60 220g), available from fine food delis and farm shops nationwide and online at www.tracklements.co.uk.  Rhubarb and Bramley apples come together in perfect harmony for this deliciously tart yet succulently sweet food fan. Charismatic with cheese, over-the-top scrumptious with oily fish, ridiculously moreish with roast pork and last, but definitely not least, tantalising in a Turkey Sandwich.

Nene Local says “At under £4 it makes a great stocking filler gift, and tastes delicious!”

WHERE TO BUY www.tracklements.co.uk

apple chutney

Tracklements 9-Mini Jar Gift Set

The Tracklements 9-Mini Jar Gift Set (RRP £6.20 280g) makes a tasty treat for a stocking filler or a thoughtful gift for the Christmas Day host. The selection complements every well-stocked festive table from Sticky Fig Relish, Caramelised Onion Marmalade and Apricot & Ginger Chutney to enjoy with cheese and cold cuts to Strong Horseradish Cream for the Boxing Day beef sandwiches and classics such as Fresh Chilli Jam and Cranberry, Port & Orange Sauce and, of course, a variety of Mustards for which Tracklements is famous.

Did you know, back in 1970, William Tullberg made the first British wholegrain mustard?  50 years on William’s son, Guy, carries on his legacy.  However, that one mustard has matured into eight varieties and over 40 award winning chutneys, relishes and sauces. The range is still handmade in Wiltshire, abiding to traditional recipes, with an underpinning principal to buy the best quality ingredients sourced locally wherever possible to ensure the products taste as good as, if not better than, homemade.

WHERE TO BUY www.tracklements.co.uk

Tracklements 9-Mini Jar Gift Set

VASO Glass Straws

VASO’s range of premium glass straws are a great gift for the eco warrior in your life, offering a reusable, sustainable and recyclable product (and packaging) that delivers a 100% pure taste as they are free from plastics, toxins, mineral oils and BPA.

The straws are an extremely high-quality product, engineered in Germany from toughened glass. They also have a range of bamboo travel cases that have been specifically designed for their straws.

The sustainable, reusable and eco-friendly market is seeing huge growth as the consumer awareness grows and straws, cotton buds etc get banned in more and more places.

WHERE TO BUY  https://glassstraw.co.uk

Sons Saw Palmetto and Argan Oil Shampoo

Sons are a men’s haircare start-up, whose products are tried, tested and loved by guys, with products from their luxurious thickening shampoo to the full works box which is clinically proven to fight hair loss – which affects an estimated 6.5million UK men.

Sons recognise that a guys’ hair can impact their confidence, and that taking care of male grooming needn’t be fussy or expensive. As something that’ll be put to good use, it’s the perfect gift for the man in your life at Christmas.

For more information read our full article about their subscription service here https://www.nenelocal.co.uk/2020/10/hair-care-subscription-box-shows-hair-loss-whos-boss/

WHERE TO BUY www.sons.co.uk

sons hair care

 

Gluten Free Panettone by Vergani (750g £15)

No-one has to miss out on this Italian classic at Christmas. Panettone is a rich Italian bread made with eggs, fruit and butter. The word derives from the Italian word “panetto”, a small loaf cake and dates back to the Roman Empire when ancient Romans sweetened a type of leavened cake with honey.  Packed with raisins and candied orange peel, this Gluten Free version is perfectly fragrant, moist and delicious enough for the whole family to enjoy. Simply cut into generous pieces and share, or just treat yourself – with a glass of white or rosé Moscato or anything chilled and sparkling.

Gluten Free Panettone by Vergani

Vegan Panettone by Vergani (750g £15) 

Vegan or not, there’s no need to miss out on a Christmas classic! Enriched with candied orange peel it’s fragrant, moist and moreish.  Give as a gift or serve up to guests over Christmas with a chilled glass of Moscato.

 

WHERE TO BUY https://www.sacla.co.uk/search?q=PANETONE

 

Magnesium+

Pack size: 1 x 28 capsules (28-day supply)

  • A special formulation more easily absorbable than standard magnesium oxide
  • Contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Contributes to normal muscle function

Magnesium plays an important role in many aspects of our health. Magnesium+ contains magnesium lactate, an organic formulation shown to be more bioavailable (easier to absorb) than standard magnesium oxide.  A subscription service is available.

Magnesium-capsules

WHERE TO BUY https://futureyouhealth.com/magnesium

 

Selma by Rosa Faia

Selma by Rosa Faia lingerie set in gorgeous Patriot Blue, Black or White and Rosewood

Beautiful underwired bra Available up to a J Cup – £52 Underwired bra

Plus matching lacy undershorts – £27 Boy short

Make the most beautiful gift for her.  Packaged in adorable pink and brown boxes

selma by rosa faia

WHERE TO BUY  www.embraceluxurylingerie.co.uk

 

Unique Trendy Art Poster Prints from Ink & Drop

Ink&Drop create high quality, beautiful art prints for your home or office. Styles ranging from street art, botanical art, customisable prints, to Scandinavian style minimal prints, we have something for every style of interior design. The posters are all designed in-house by their own designers and artists, with backgrounds in graphic design and fine art, so you can be sure the artwork on your walls will be as unique as the rest of your home.

WHERE TO BUY https://inkanddrop.com/

 

Binary Botanical Beers

This light, refreshing beverage pairs wonderfully with an array of cuisines, and also makes the perfect base for cocktails – try it in a stemmed glass with cucumber and rosemary or with orange and fresh mint as a spritz alternative.  Our full review is here https://www.nenelocal.co.uk/2020/11/female-founded-health-conscious-beer-launches/

Binary Botanical

WHERE TO BUY www.binarybotanical.com

 

YubiKey Protects your Digital World

Whether its paying your taxes on gov.uk, to checking your Facebook, to collaborating on Dropbox – the YubiKey is by your side helping with internet security.

For more information click here

https://www.facebook.com/Yubikey

WHERE TO BUY – https://www.yubico.com/gb/store/

Let’s Get-Nourished Together

It’s well documented that getting all our vitamins and minerals and being in tip-top condition helps with our immunity and who wouldn’t want a great immune system at the moment!get nourished

I was approached by Nourished to take a look at their bespoke vitamin stacks.  To begin your Nourished journey you need to go online to www.get-nourished.com and take their quiz.

get nourished

By answering a few questions on your age, gender, lifestyle and diet choices the team asses your needs and make a vitamin stack just for you.  They use technology that would be at home in a Star Trek replicator – producing your products with the aid of a digital printer.  They are vegan and eco-friendly.  At Nourished they hold over eight patents across their 3D printing techniques and ingredient encapsulation methods, the pioneers have developed all these entirely inhouse in the facility in Birmingham.

get nourished

After my little quiz, I placed my order.  For full disclosure I was given a code to get my pack for free to try out.  Every step of the way I had an email; your Nourished stacks have been printed, your nourished stacks are on their way, you’ve unlocked Nourish rewards – each email is informative and not intrusive, although you can opt out of course.

My Nourished stacks for the month turned up very quickly and looked lovely and inviting.  They would make an interesting gift for someone too.  The website claims ‘delicious’ I’d say pleasant to eat rather than delicious to be honest.get nourished

In my stack I have;

  • Selenium
  • A probiotic
  • Ginger Extract
  • Cordyceps
  • Beta Glucan
  • Maca Powder
  • White Kidney Bean Extract

And they all depended on my answers in the online quiz of course.  You get a leaflet letting you know what each one will accomplish for you.

I’ve only just started the stacks so can’t comment yet on whether I feel any different on them.

For more information go to www.get-nourished.com

get nourished

 

 

 

 

Empaths and the Challenges of a Zoom Meeting

The term empath comes from empathy, which is the ability to understand the experiences and feelings of others outside of your own perspective.  To be an empath goes a little further than this though.

Empaths are highly attuned to other people’s moods, good and bad. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme. They take on negativity such as anger or anxiety, which can be exhausting for them. If they are around peace and love, though, their bodies take these on and flourish.

For me personally, when I practised as a holistic therapist offering reiki and reflexology, I had to be extremely mindful of cutting the ties with clients as they left.  Not doing so could leave me with their energies, good bad, high or low and result in Compassion Fatigue – which is often felt by therapists, hairdressers, counsellors etc.helen dawson healer

There are different types of empaths and Heyoka Empath’s have the ability to subconsciously feel other people’s emotions. They often have psychic-like abilities when it comes to people’s feelings and emotions. They are great people to confide in, and they are wonderful at giving advice too.

I first really realised I was an empath in my early 20’s, I owned my own house and mum had a key, she would sometimes pop over when I wasn’t there, do a bit of cleaning or gardening to help me out.  The minute I returned home, on walking into my empty house my mood would change – I realised after a short time that my mood was switching to match that of my mum, who had been there hours before.  Mum was known for strong feelings, in whatever direction, I was picking them up.helen dawson healer

I’m fairly certain that as a young child I would pick up on these things too, from her and my friends also, I was too young to understand and ended up just being fed up of feeling different to everyone else.

It has its upside, if a ‘friend in need’ is suffering in silence, I can pick up on it and tease the feelings out them to help, without them knowing what I’m doing.  In my day job with Busy Women Networking I experience the success of the members almost as vividly as they do, which is why I love to help them succeed.  Obviously, there are downsides too, and this is why I write today….

2020, it’s certainly been a challenge to us all!  At the start there was a lot of anxiety in everyone. I work from home and don’t travel abroad for holidays so much of my day to day life stayed the same.  The lovely summer sun was great for gardening, and once we are allowed to, spending time in the countryside aboard our boat was lovely.  My anxiety levels and clenching of neck and jaw were sky high though – simply because I was picking up the mood, not only from friends but the general population too.

Again, once the feeling and the reasons are identified then the empath can effectively shield from it in certain ways.  Just recently I had begun to feel very down, unlike any feelings I had had before, I wondered whether it was depression.  I posted on Facebook asking for some suggestions on how to ‘bounce back’.  Suggestions ranged from chatting to friends to hugging a tree – I am quite open to all sorts of suggestions, although must add, I got really bitten by midges when I walked in the woods!

After much deliberation I have concluded it’s Zoom!  Zoom is my doom…

I’ve realised how much I enjoy and actually need interaction with people, socially and when working too.  I pick up emotions, I read you subconsciously and this is pretty much impossible when I can only see a 5cm picture of you on my screen.  Zoom is fantastic for all our meetings, but the little nuances, facial twitches, partial smiles and frowns are missed by the technology – I’m no longer connecting with you all as much as I was and a little black cloud was following me around because of this.

I will add, now I’ve defined what it is the black cloud has moved on somewhat, as I can ensure now that I have some real person interaction.

Let’s hope that soon we can start to meet and run our businesses again in person, so for empaths everywhere, it’s not so much of a challenge.

 

 

 

 

Firms Join Forces to Deliver Profit Masterclass

A team of expert business coaches joined forces with a Northamptonshire accountancy practice to deliver the first in a series of free masterclasses to help local businesses emerge stronger from the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

ActionCOACH business growth specialist Jo Sahunta and expert accountant, Nishi Patel of Northants Accounting, partnered up and ran the ‘Masterclass to Massive Profits’ session to provide additional support to the clients of Northants Accounting.

The interactive workshop was the first ‘in person’ event run by ActionCOACH since the start of lockdown and numbers were restricted to allow for social distancing measures to be adhered to.

 

The workshop, designed for 15 people, concentrated on the five key areas business owners should address to increase their profits. Attendees were also shown strategies to improve the running of their business and identify areas where efficiencies could be made.

Nishi and Jo have joined forces to create these workshops to offer free help to local businesses and would love to see more local firms attend.

ActionCOACH business growth specialist Jo Sahunta and expert accountant, Nishi Patel of Northants Accounting, partnered up and ran the ‘Masterclass to Massive Profits’ session

 

Jo said: “As a business

ActionCOACH business growth specialist Jo Sahunta and expert accountant, Nishi Patel of Northants Accounting, partnered up and ran the ‘Masterclass to Massive Profits’ session

coach, I’m passionate about helping business owners to improve their business and work life balance and it was great to see so many engaged and motivated business owners. The feedback we’ve received was really positive and we’re looking forward to holding more workshops in the coming months.”

 

Northants Accounting managing director Nishi Patel added: “Good businesses aren’t built by chance; they take deliberate planning and execution by business owners who know where they want to be. This series of workshops will help our clients create businesses that support their personal goals in life.”

 

Among the attendees was Tom Saevarsson of TS Electrical. He said: “The workshop was well focussed and very informative and gave me a great insight into how I should focus on my business.”

 

The team at Northants Accounting and ActionCOACH will be running monthly workshops designed for Business owners. Anyone who is interested in attending future workshops should email Helenwildgoose@actioncoach.co.uk

 

For further information about ActionCOACH visit https://jogindersahunta.actioncoach.co.uk/ or Jo’s LinkedIn page at https://www.linkedin.com/in/businesscoachnorthampton/