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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 😀imageimage

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 😀

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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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Celebrating my Students 2013

31 May

Celebrating my Students 2013

We had a lovely GCSE Revision Day today. Students from different schools came together and worked towards that common goal. It was a joy to behold! I wish them well for the exams and beyond. This is the beauty of teaching, happy, confident student faces.

Other Environmental Issues

27 May

if we really stop and think, we are all pretty well educated on the need to alter our practices in order to save the planet. The majority of us will recycle, shut off energy when not in use and other means of preserving the natural environment. With this being so, I don’t understand why the message does not translate as well about changing our practices to preserve our relationships between fellow citizens of this earth. When we look at the events of the last few weeks on the streets, it is so sad.it makes me question what lesson has fallen by the way side that has led to people not being able to talk and instead doing these awful things. Emotional intelligence is so important for any society. 

 

 

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So the next question must be, when is the best time to start this education, you know, to make the most impact? Ideally, it would be from birth. As parents, we would like to think that we educate our children to listen, ask questions and act in a kind, humane way. This makes such a difference and you can see this in many people. Lets say for argument sake though, that the lessons don’t hit home at the first attempt. Surely then the best times for these lessons are everyday of our lives.

A kind word, a loving thought, a smile even. All of these things can only be returned positively. They can change a whole day. The truth is everyone has things happening in their life that no-one knows about, and life can seem a lonely place. You know I learned that from experience. As I said last week, there were times when I felt like there was no way forwards. Thankfully, I was caught early by Miss Elaine Carabin, I was 14 and worked since then on looking in front of me and living for now. In many ways, my future as an educationalist started with Miss Carabin. Not everyone is as lucky though. They do not have someone to really help them to sort out their feelings, their passions, their fears. Sometimes what is needed is a way of channeling feelings until a positive response is reached.

I have dedicated my business to teaching students of all ages to get to this. A point where they can recognise opportunities, have confidence, recognise that everyone contributes in this world and whilst sometimes its hard to understand, a positive response with love stirred in will always be most effective. The message is clearer.

The level of hatred displayed in our world everyday says clearly that there is another environmental issue that needs work. Let this week be one in which we start to recycle those bad feelings and start to love again. Let this be the week that if someone, no matter how old or young needs to talk, we try to listen and hear. Lets work towards having not just a clean sustainable earth but great love in the hearts of its inhabitants. In reality we need both. My heart is with all of those affected by the Woolwich Tragedy and indeed around the world.

I will be smiling and saying good morning as I go about my days this week as always. If you don’t, just try it, the day feels that much better for it. Have a good week. 😀

If you can dream it…..

20 May

Without dressing it up in frills and bows I would admit, I had a pretty rotten chilhood. It had a few high points and definite blessings but its not one I would wish for my own children. I believe that children should feel the openness and innocence of childhood and take those pigeon steps into life . I can only imagine that this would enable them to feel the changes and gratitude that comes with watching those childhood dreams happen in reality. It gets there. 

My reality is that thankfully I have been able to forgive my childhood and live now. My dreams slowly but absolutely surely happen until sometimes I find myself walking along with the biggest smile on my face, and people are smiling back and I don’t realise it at first but it’s because I’m smiling! No one could really deny it but we don’t really have to look hard to see the great things around us, we just have to want to see them.

I had a book and product launch for my series of story textbooks last Friday. It all seemed a bit surreal to me. Me, a published author and running a creative business, wow! Having a book launch, wow, seeing the support of my oldest and dearest friend Jackie Grieve still there after so many years wow!, I could go on! But I can still think back to that time of being 11 and how sad, lonely and impossible happiness seemed.Jackie Grieve would understand that point because she lived it with me and held me up many times. At the launch my goodness, I laughed, I smiled, my passion for the product was right there. I think what was foremost in my mind was the effect that I know it will bring to so many people’s lives. It will bring changes for children and
Adults. That was my dream, to live in a place of abundant happiness and love.

And you know what, more possibilities arose out of the evening than I could have hoped for. I’m so grateful, there’s so much more to do but it’s part of it. In reality my life was always blessed and now it is even more. I have always watched shows like Oprah and set about using her approach and I read Iyanla Vanzant and drank in the words like food for the soul and it is making sense. I can’t imagine a return to any other state than my current one.

So my wish for this week is that those people, both young children and adults who feel like its all hopeless start to realise that it’s okay to build a dream. Once they have the dream, ask for it and believe it. It’s a process and in recognising the magic of life now, happiness and contentment will follow. See you next week 😀imageimage

The Seasonal Change

13 May

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It’s been a week of happiness and breakthroughs. I don’t know if it is because it is getting warmer and sunnier but it is so great when the smiles on faces around me get more frequent and lasting. Last week I spoke of the student who lacked confidence on such a level that I caught tears in her eyes. How great it was this week after a few more days working with her when she literally bounced into the classroom last Thursday with a smile which I swear hit both ears! The enthusiasm was like, wow! Suddenly, she has realised that she can have it too, happiness , contentment and all the things she wants. She seems to have discovered her inner confidence and is ready to use it. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

It is a state of mind that I wish for so many people. It is difficult sometimes to see all of the wonderful things happening around us, I know this as much as anyone else. Sometimes it takes others to point it out to us but I discovered much to my joy that there is no shame in seeing It for myself. We as a society, as a world community, don’t celebrate our positives quite enough.

 

Can you even imagine what a wonderful sight it would be if people recognised that everyone has something to give, something that is needed and wanted. The happiness it would bring to the world would be a thing to behold. This is why I will always be a big fan of John Lennon, he had vision, as did Martin Luther King and so many inspirational others. We actually don’t need to fight over anything. There is plenty for everyone and it comes in so many different flavours too. My students are seeing this now and I couldn’t be more pleased.

I wish you a week of all the flavours of happy you would want. Taste it, it’s lovely! See you next week 😀

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10 May

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