The Autumn season is now in full flow and Mother Nature continues to delight as she exhibits her stunning beauty with a burst of glorious rich autumn colours; a sight which always brings joy to my heart and a smile to my soul.
Whilst most of the country were sunning themselves during our Indian Summer weekend a couple of weeks ago, I joined a group of 70 amazing people gathered inside a London hotel to attend the Love and the Ennegram course with happiness expert Robert Holden.
I had wanted to work with Robert ever since his QED programme on the subject many years ago and was delighted to be invited to join him and his team for this amazing course. I have to say that it was one of the best training programmes I have ever attended and the experience was well worth the sacrifice of three days of sunshine!
I just managed to fit in a quick visit to the Mind Body Soul show at Olympia on the Sunday afternoon and caught up with Naked Dragon’s next two speakers, Tim Wheater and Dr David Hamilton, as well as my lovely friends Emma Armstrong Ahqulieah Roger Hanson and Lucinda Drayton from Bliss.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending two fantastic London events.
On Saturday I had the great honour of meeting Dan Millman at his Four Purposes of Life event hosted by Mind Body Spirit Events.
Not only was Dan a fantastic speaker, he even agreed to do a short interview with me! The link to the interview will follow when I've managed to sort out the technical challenges :-) My grateful thanks go to Mel Carlile and his great team for creating such a wonderful and uplifting day.
On Sunday I was invited by Steve Nobel to the Michael Beckwith event hosted by Alternatives.
Michael Beckwith was one of the featured speakers in The Secret and this was his first London event. As he took to the stage with his lovely wife, singer/songwriter Rikki Beckwith, together they raised the roof with the energy of their presentation combined with their amazing presence.
Again, many thanks to Steve and the Alternatives team for doing such fantastic job of organising another brilliant event - the stage and the lighting looked great!
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With four different events happening at Naked Dragon in October - including the launch of our new Inspirational Film Circle hosted by Movies by Mills - it is pretty busy around here these days, so it was wonderful to take a little time out to catch up with some old friends before gearing up for the exciting times ahead.
Have a wonderful month and I shall look forward to seeing you all very soon!
Much love as always,
We have some fantastic events lined up for you this month!
Wed 12th Oct - Tim Wheater's Circle of Sound at 7.30pm
Wed 19th Oct - Inspirational Film Circle at 7.30pm
Sun 23rd Oct - One-Day Workshop with Jason Chan
Wed 26th Oct - Dr David Hamilton at 7.30pm
***And remember that if you book two different Talks, Films, or Music Experiences - you can choose a third event FREE!***
This Great Offer is only available until 31st October.
For further details, please click HERE
The following article was written by Naked Dragon’s Events Co-ordinator, Cim Bartlett, in celebration of her recent wedding anniversary.
Cim is a lovely girl who always communicates from the heart and I found her article so touching that I thought I would share it with you.
How to Keep the Sparkle Going in a Long-term Relationship
This month my husband Jerry and I are celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary!
Please note that the exclamation mark is not for “phew” as in “gosh I can’t believe it” - as though it was a competition to see how long we can stay together!
Our friends and family know there is much more to our relationship than a race to achieve a certain number of years together and we still love each other deeply.
For some years we lost a bit of sparkle in our relationship. One of the main reasons was because of my ill health. Not being well can definitely contribute to the loss of sparkle. It's been back for some time now though, and I want to share with you how we are keeping the sparkle going in our marriage.
When people hear that we have been together for a long time, often they ask us how we do it. How do we manage to still be together …and love each other… and be happy together? Do you never fight or have an argument?
Of course we have arguments and disagreements, but we know how to learn from them and move on instead of being stuck in repetition.
And we regularly do a 'check in' - especially at our anniversary time of the year. We ask each other, “what does work for us and what do we want to change for the better?”
The Foundation Stones in our Relationship
Allow each other to be - and stop trying to control the other
We don’t try to control each other; it never works in the long run! Jerry never tries to control me by telling me what to do or what I can’t do. What he does instead is support me and encourage me in what I want to do in my life. We often discuss things; our businesses etc. and how to move them forward. He is my emotional support in life.
Working on Ourselves
We both take responsibility to work on ourselves, like making sure that we continue to grow as people, as lovers, partners and friends. There are lots of ways to do this, such as reading self-development books or doing workshops, or seminars.
We make sure that intimacy and sex is part of our life, not a separate thing that we mostly avoid because it’s a sensitive topic. To do that we make sure that we read books and do the occasional workshop - but mostly we talk about it. We have reached a new level of intimacy. It’s amazing when I think about it, I’ve gone from nearly giving up on intimacy and sex in our relationship, to a level of closeness and intimacy I didn’t know existed.
Fun and Excitement
Fun – of course fun has to be there. We plan and do fun things together.
Giving Each Other Space
It’s very important for both of us to have our own life and interests. We have areas of our lives that are separate. Apart from anything else, it’s always interesting to hear what the other gets up to.
Creating a Display for Our Next Year Together
Every year on our wedding anniversary, we have a fun session where we go through the past year; what we did, what were the key things that happened to us, and so on. And then we make a display of our vision for our next year together. We use coloured pens and big sheets of paper to create a inspiring vision board.
We pin it up on the wall afterwards, and then when we celebrate next year’s wedding anniversary, we can look back and see how things turned out.
One key question that we both ask is “why would we continue to be together for another year?” It might sound a bit odd, but it’s really refreshing. It’s about coming from a place that says we don’t take it for granted that we are going to be together - unless we really put ourselves into the future -TOGETHER!
Why Continue Our Relationship?
When she isn’t working her magic at Naked Dragon, Cim can be found teaching her Nia dance classes, or changing women’s life through her Sparkle Coaching Programme. You can read more about Cim’s work HERE
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