Archive | June, 2013
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A Gift to All who don’t have it…..

22 Jun

A Gift to All who don't have it.....

It’s so important and already inside us all. Many don’t believe it because they can’t see or touch it but its so magical once you find it. For all my students who are just finishing their exams, go on step onto that staircase, you won’t fall. For everyone else who lives in this world of ours, it’s great if you have yours because you will know the importance of holding a child’s hand and helping them step onto the staircase too. It might take a minute but its time well spent.

The Good Old Days?

21 Jun

Wow what a week. It’s been such a whirlwind of activity. Non stop but how fabulous, my glass is always half full. What is more is that I get a great feeling of the fabulous people I have in my life. I am blessed and living in this moment in every way. This led to my thinking about the ‘old’ days. In reality, do we just create a romantic view of them because they were when we were young and ‘carefree’.

Walking out with my son this morning, I took a deep breath. There was a mere hint of sunshine but it was warm and the blue in the sky was trying its best to peek through. It felt so peaceful that I started to smile and couldn’t really stop. Didn’t want to stop. I was thinking that life really can be all that you want it to be. In that moment, I felt like my children could be safe and carefree and that is what is so important for me.

I do think that the speed with which the world turns these days has left people quite breathless. Many don’t have an outlet for the breathlessness of it all and that spills over into unnecessary confrontation. You see it everyday because I dropped my son off at child are and there it was, a man and woman throwing punches at each other on the main road as passers by stopped to watch. I just can’t. That sort of thing scares me for me and makes me want to hold my children closer rather than letting them grow.

But summer is coming,a time of year which should have more smiles than any other. In my view every year gets better because every year I learn more about how to live in that peace that I have found. My children make me laugh everyday and, as they grow and learn fill me with a new breathlessness, one of pride. Everyday I know I have found my happy.

And with summer comes summer workshops. I met two fantastic young ladies whilst writing my next book in the coffee shop yesterday. They are running a summer scheme, free to young people with mental health issues. What a worthy cause. They are called No Ball Games Allowed (www.noballgamesallowed.com, @noballgamesall). That will be a fantastic scheme, guaranteed with such enthusiastic and inspired leaders.

The Codey Learns summer school will be running too. More detail to follow.

I hope that more people can begin to see how great today is. It is as good as or even better than the good old days. I found my happy and I hope y’all can too.

See you all next week. Stay safe and keep smiling ūüėÄimageimage

Codey Learns Apprentice -The search begins

9 Jun

So I woke up quite excited today. I am starting the search for the first apprentice for Codey Learns Ltd today. Getting all of the paperwork together and finally getting things moving. Do you know what is the best part, it is knowing that this is going to help another young person begin life or move their life in the direction of their dreams. You see, when I teach, I always tell my students that their success is down to their hard work. I merely steer the ship if it veers off course. This is another case of exactly that, it will be steering a little more of an experienced ship to its next destination . My passion is in helping the young to make the most out of this fabulous life, there is enough room for everyone to take a big old chunk. They just have to want it. This is why I know that the first attribute that applicants must have is drive or vision…. This was nearly lost with me as a teen.¬†

Let me take you back to a time when I was in Year 9. It is such a pivotal day that I will always remember it. That morning I woke up deciding that life would end on that day. So I got all that I ‘needed’ to bring it to an end, went into school early as usual. It was sunny but a little chilly that early in the morning. I recall pulling up my blazer collars whilst sitting in the playground thinking. I looked around at the tall buildings and the silence and felt absolutely happy with what would come next. With hindsight I know that that wasn’t happiness, that was just wanting peace. And then some of the reasons for my sadness came tearing through the silence like a pack of rabid dogs. They were gathering around, pulling my clothes, up in my face snarling horrid comments. I got up and went inside to registration, no, my first decision this morning was the right one.

I sat in registration, answered my name and didn’t say much more. After registration, as everyone went off to lessons, I could think of nothing worse, so I picked up my ‘kit’ and headed for the door. As I walked down the almost clinical corridors to walk out, I almost smiled. But then came the voice that changed by direction, not only literally but forever! ‘Where do you think you’re going’ the voice sounded so large, so loud, so powerful but Miss Carabin was actually tiny. She stood there with her shaved head, partly dyed red, what we termed hippy clothes, pink cheeks and a half knowing smile. She led me back in and spoke gently as she coaxed everything out of me. That day I was moved out of the class with the rabid dogs, things began to get brighter. In fact, im so lucky to be able to have changed my life through education and having a big heart.imageThere was other stuff but as far as the educational parts went, my life restarted. There is something more about those rabid dogs, I saw one again a few years ago, just in passing, it is an amusing story but if you don’t mind I will save it for another time..

After that, you will excuse my excitement and real gratification for being in this position today. My mom might have been grieving if Miss Carabin had not come along but instead today she is an ever proud mom and grandmom. I know that I have been given life for a reason. Everyone has a story that no one knows about. I am grateful to be able to offer a hand to someone else to take that step in the right direction. I’m excited to be able to contribute in this way because this will be the first of many.

As the process begins, I tell you hand on heart, I appreciate every hand that was ever put out to me. Now I am putting mine out too. It’s so hard for young people today to spot the opportunities and see clearly how they can benefit. Miss Carabin, my grandad and Aunt Ita (RIP) are perhaps my greatest influences and who I learned the most from but believe me, if I started this list of my influencers, it would be huge!

I will let you know what happens as the applications start coming in.
Have a great day and a great week ūüėÄ

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Sometimes I sit down and I wonder…..

7 Jun

Sometimes I sit down and I wonder.....

What I did that was so fabulous in a previous life to deserve such lovely children! My babies are my key motivators. In a world which has so many broken bits but an abundance of blessings they never fail to raise a smile . My daughter is a kind, loving teenager (turning 16 in September, she would want me to let you know!) my son is an extremely funny nearly 2 year old. He inspired my business through his love of exploring and learning. All I can say is Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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I love what I do!

6 Jun

I love what I do!

I wake up every morning giving thanks for having the ability to do it! My books and the business are contributing to people’s lives and I am seeking ways of delivering them as widely as possible.

It was a lovely surprise to get an email yesterday that book 2 has been included on the Christian post best seller list as of yesterday.

http://cpbooks.christianpost.com/Jacqueline-Gold/CODEY-LEARNS-TO-MULTIPLY/5/0/2727/

Smiles all round!

Valentino’s sunglasses for the Cash&Rocket Fundraiser Tour 2013

5 Jun

Fashion and support for a good cause! Just fabulous

the CITIZENS of FASHION

For the second consecutive year, Julie Brangstrup invites seventy women from the world of fashion, art, film, music and finance to participate in a prestigious racing whose profits are donated to three charity projects in Africa. On this occasion, the artistic director of Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri will attend the rally accompanied by her daughter Rachele. The Italian company will offer each participant to the rally, one of the two models of sunglasses launched specially for the event, in a color matching the cars,RED of course. Raising more than 250,000 dollars in 2012, the race also means carrying a strong message: female solidarity. The participants are all influential women in their respective fields,driving powerful sports cars and bringing a real financial support to the African education system.Starting in Barcelona, the rally will last four days and will include a night in Cannes, a day at Portofino, a charity event in Florence and a…

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