So proud she bothered

Another milestone achieved, my little girl voted for the first time, and she was chuffed. We turned out at about 9pm – there was plenty of time, so why did so few just not bother?


The news today has been full of hype about it being the lowest voting turnout since 1918 – so why did so very few make the effort and bother?

Our experience was a good one, my daughter’s friend even got a round of applause when the voting staff found out it was her first time to vote! It should be more teenager / first vote experience focused. We took my youngest daughter – she had loads of questions about method, structure, paper based versus electronic. I did my best to answer her questions, but should have known them all.

The Guardian did a great comparison to voters for X Factor

The Electoral Reform Society predicted a final turnout of just 18.5% nationally in the PCC vote – but the actual result was even worse with just, 15% of the population voting in this election. So, how does that compare?

Well, stepping momentarily outside the political sphere, 15,488,019 votes were cast during the 2010 edition of The X Factor, equivalent to 23.18% of those eligible to vote (includes Ireland). This figure gives an inflated idea of the number of people taking part, with individuals able to cast multiple votes, but provides an interesting reference point nonetheless.

Today’s figure certainly makes it one of the worst turnouts ever – coming in lower than that in the Manchester Central by-election yesterday, which was itself the lowest by-election turnout ever, lower than the previous record of 19.1% in Leeds Central in 1999.

I’m not a follower of politics, maybe because my dearest father talks at people and for years he talked at us with his views opinions, and yes had been known to talk to / rant at the TV. Hence I am not a follower of politics. I know what I know, like what I like and vote how I vote.

I believe that many many women fought that we should have the vote, so I believe it is my responsibility to bother!

Lets talk again.


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I was sceptical….


I was sceptical I was really! I did my due diligence and what I found was an incredible business opportunity for people who are, quite simply BRAVE ENOUGH!

This is newly launched 6 minute long  Arbonne business overview with our CEO Kay Napier. Take a peek.

35 years and only in 4 countries – what an amazing opportunity for growth!

Take a look at my website

So,  if you’re still curious, then check me out on Linkedin

What have you got to lose? Its health and wellness – its skin care and consumable products that everyone uses every day. Arbonne’s are just better.



Linda  xox




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Make an impact


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Isn’t it all in our heads, we are as influential and impactful as we choose. We just have to choose.

So choose to leave a legacy.

A legacy. It’s something that very few men and women in the 20’s, 30’s, and even 40’s really think about. We think about building a successful life. We think about creating a good life for us and our loved one’s. But a legacy?

Building a legacy is the furthest thing on our mind. But lets consider  that it should be at the forefront of everything we do. Don’t just focus on building a good life today, create a life that will leave it’s fingerprint on this planet for years to come.

Follow a blueprint for success and have fun with. Its doesn’t have to be shiny and all new, it can be work in progress, but choose TODAY to leave a legacy. I did and tell you more next time.

Have a happy day.



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I built a global business from my kitchen table

I was never looking for anything else, but I do believe that everything happens for a reason.

So it literally started with an eye cream and has grown into a booming global business and it all started at my kitchen table and happened in less than 3 years. A business model that is sheer genius and supported by cutting edge premium products that actually do what they claim to do. Genius!

It earned me a FREE white Mercedes, Tiffany jewelery, gifts, friends, personal growth, time with my children, time with my husband and so much more. The ability to literally earn money whilst I sleep, because quite simply people buy their consumables, you know “stuff” 24/7, all hours of the day, across the time zones and internationally! Our products are gorgeous, award-winning, and consumable, so simply put when they run out, you buy more. Brilliant!

I got to “retire” from corporate and spend more time with my family. Best of all I get to work with people I choose and help them grow and develop.

It’s absolutely not for everyone, and it is simple but it is NOT easy. But it is for anyone who is willing to work hard and build a future for themselves.

Now I get to work from home, the gym, the beach, on holiday – anywhere with a laptop and my phone!

So if you’re curious how I did it then pop over and take a look:


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10 smart reasons to have a coach

Life Coaching in Great Neck, NY, Interpersonal Growth Coaching

I know lots of coaches. I know lots of BAD coaches – who attempt to “fix” help others, when really they need some resolute help to fix themselves!

Why do so many people become coaches when they need help themselves – is it another way of putting off dealing with their issues??

Anyway I’ve met business coaches, life coaches, family coaches – but the one I really have questions about is those that profess to be “life coaches”!!  So I have spent some time talking to, interviewing and getting to understand their “why” and what their point of differentiation is, and HOW they believe they can be your LIFE COACH.

I would urge anyone who is considering using the skills of a coach to interview them, ask them who is coaching them? As we benefit from life long learning, and people talk endlessly about their “journey” – and how do we really know when we’ve arrived? So enough of the rhetoric, let’s get down to coaching…

I had a business coach whist working in financial services, he was epic and just a tad scary. Lets call him Anthony, because that was his name, and te element that worked is that he “got me” and as a result I could not blag my way out of any questioning. I knew he kept me accountable and as a result I had and still have many breakthrough moments.

What will a coach help you do?

 1.  Move Your Life Forward

  •  Help you if you are feeling stuck?  Help you identify and visualise your vision, your goals. Support you in framing how to kick-start your life and start building momentum.  Once you have your ideal vision for your life, you can start taking small smart steps every day to move your life forward.

 2.  Discover What You Really Want

  •  Do you know what you really want in life? Even if you think you know, you might quickly discover that it’s actually something slightly different.  Sometimes it will take a third party, a stranger to ask the right questions, the probing questions, the ones you don’t want to answer. Getting really clear on what you want is a powerful step in actually making it happen.  Research shows that most people walk through life well into their 50′s and 60′s never truly discovering what truly makes them come alive.  Find your true calling, your passion, your purpose.  Most importantly, experience the power of living your life with very clear intentions.

3.  Transform Your Life Forever

  • Support you with self-confidence, empowerment, manifesting your desires, or creating huge shifts in your perspective. You will see things differently with improved clarity  Anything is possible but it requires true transformation.  In order to experience a life at new levels you must become a person who can operate their life at new levels.

4.  Embrace feeling happy, live abundantly & Passionately

  • Leave behind your old life of dissatisfaction, lack of fulfillment, and unhappiness.  Ever wonder what it’d be like to feel fulfilled and to be living with passion?  Imagine how you’d feel to actually live your passion on a regular basis.

5.  Unlock your Intuition

  • Have you ever wished you had someone who could just tell you what to do?  A life coach won’t tell you what to do, but will help you find your own answers from within yourself.  Then they will help you discover the right action steps to take.  Your strongest guide will come from within.  For many people this is very hard to believe because they have been systematically conditioned by society to doubt and second guess their own instinct and intuition.  A solid life coach will help you develop your ability to bet on yourself more in life.

6.  Smash Your Limiting Beliefs

  • Limiting beliefs are unconscious.  You cannot unleash them until you’ve uncovered them, and this process will take some serious work.  Getting an outside perspective from your coach will allow you to target the unconscious beliefs that are keeping you stuck and holding you back.  Then once your have become aware of the limiting beliefs, a good coach will help you reverse those limiting beliefs into more empowered ones.

7.  Get Accountability

  • Need someone to keep you on task?  Your coach will hold you accountable.  More importantly, a coach will give you the tools to hold yourself accountable, without needing an outsider to do it for you.  We don’t improve what we refuse to measure and hold to higher expectations.  The art of accountability is what differiantes the talkers from the doers.

8.  Motivation, Encouragement, and Support

  • We all LOVE encouragment, but how can irregular soothing help you keep om track?  Research show that having a third party to keep you on travk and execute teh plan is the point of differntation. Ditch the casual cheer leaders, and take the plan seriously.

9.  Take Action Today

  • Still procrastinating, making excuses, waiting until tomorrow to live your dream life?  You don’t have to wait, start now.  Start taking the first baby steps to moving your life in the direction you want.  A solid life coach is trained to help you to step out of your comfort zone and step up to the call that is on your life.  Like Albert Einstein always said, “nothing ever happens until something moves.”  You must take action and a qualified coach can help.

10.  Reach Your Goals, Attain Your Dreams

Who’s helping you reach your goals?  It’s okay to get help in achieving your big dreams.    It comes with big obstacles and frustrating challenges.  A coach will walk you through every step to in your journey attain your plans.  Goals need road maps and strategies to overcome the inevitable road blocks.  Creating that road map and being empowered to overcome those road blocks is the greatest pragmatic value of a life coach.  It’s a fact that confidence increases when you create a doable plan to reach your goals.

If you are serious about living your epic life, it only makes sense that you model the greatest athletes and business leaders by working with a qualified, proven coach.



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3 reasons why I know a great styist


She is super stylish is a relaxed, feel amazing way

She has an intuitive style of what will look great on you

She loves a great coffee and is a devilish internet shopper and can source great outfits that always work. This genie is called Lizzie Mccarthy!

  • It’s the moment when they grow 5 inches and lose 10lbs.
  • It’s the moment when they forget all the things they feel guilty about and remember themselves.
  • It’s the moment when they turn around and say, “I didn’t know I could look like this.”
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She is 18 tomorrow…

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This time 18 years ago I was massive. 4o weeks pregnant and like a puffed up whale. I had refused to buy any maternity clothes and yet bought a lot of stretchy clothes. The first of all my girlfriends to have a baby, total denial about the actual birth had meant I had not been to any classes! My thoughts were that the baby was going to come out anyway so what was the point going to get scared half to death!

My partner, was from an Irish farming family and his approach to the actual birth was that he had seen tons of heffers give birth, so he wasn’t sure whether he’d be there for the birth! Seriously I should have seen the signs, but I was totally in love with him and the idea of having our baby.

So she is 18 tomorrow and we did it, we managed to get her safely to adulthood without any major hiccups. 567, 648,000 seconds we have been privileged to support and guide her.

I was due to be induced – due to the puffed up whale status, but at 4am on 24th April 1996, it all started. I woke him to tell him, he went back to sleep! A bath didn’t help as it just added to the whale feelings.

Anyway I had the best day, no pain (an epidural), best 4 best friends with me all day, and yes he did come and stay and was brilliant. I had the best experience, crunched ice cubes, supplied to me by one of my girlfriends, as the hospital can’t supply anymore – Health & safety don’t you know! Drinking champagne within 20 minutes of her birth and its been brilliant every single day since then.

I remember vividly looking down at this beautiful baby in the car seat on the way home from hospital and thinking OMG what have I done, for about 5 seconds before a wave of love came over me.

I became a single mum, raised 2 beautiful daughters, it was tough but the joy they have brought has been immense. As a single mum I scared witless of not doing enough, not being around to see them safely to adulthood (I know it’s a bot morbid but I did!) , and here we are on the eve of adulthood and I did it. Well, we did it. Her father, my amazing husband who has been in our lives for 5 years now. Her lovely little sister, her grand parents, our great friends and a bonkers godmother!

To my girlfriends who were there at her birth and will be there at her party on Saturday. I know we will cry and I make absolutely no apologies for it. You’ve been there for us and I thank you with everything I have. She is amazing, beautiful inside and out. She has a warm soul and the kindest heart. She is clever, beautiful and funny, and WE did an amazing job. Don’t get me wrong – sometimes she drives us all mad – how long can anyone take in the bathroom, or to get out of the house?? But she is amazing and I am so proud to call her my daughter.

Lauren we love you xox



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Sign of a happy, relaxed and destressed husband

Sign of a happy, relaxed and destressed husband


Our Cornish week away was fantastic. Great weather, brilliant company, good food, lots of long walks on the beach and sleeping :)

Getting up ay 5am this morning was tough – just as well he loves the job he has!


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4 steps to connect the dots

Do you think we ask too many questions? You can connect the dots retrospectively, take the experience and the learning, and sooner or later you’ll have to trust your gut!

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”  Steve Jobs.

1. Don’t try and do it all by yourself

Use your skills and utilise the skills of the people around you. Time leverage is critical so take the help that is all around you.

2. Don’t get overwhelmed

Be clear and clearly define the purpose and the questions you want to answer. Be clear on what you want to achieve, have a plan and keep on purpose.

3. Take action

Don’t procrastinate, don’t over think it JFDI – just do it. Trust your gut feel.

4. Do follow up

Love the old adage the “fortune is in the follow-up”. Learn to be a “completer finisher” and follow-up everyone and everything. You never know what you yet have to learn.



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7 ways to start a GREAT day

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Love them or hate them, mornings are inevitable. Some burst out of their slumber with renewed vigour, some crawl from their foetal position and take an eternity to get going. Some need mood enhancers ie coffee or cigarettes, some can’t communicate to another human until significant time has passed.

By the time some have arrived at their place of work – they feel they’ve done a full days work with kids, animals to sort out, a agonizing commute, with conference calls on the way and some have had the underground to contend with. Others choose the commute from the bedroom to their home office – there is always a choice!

Take a few minutes and consider planning the start of your day. Try one or all of these tips any day of the week or combine them, you will start the day you choose, prepared and ready to make it a great day!

1. Plan the night before. Why start your day disorganised? If you organise your to-do-list, breakfast menu and your clothes the night before, you’ll wake up feeling in control and relaxed. Taking 20 minutes to plan  can save you a 20-minute fashion crisis or panicked search for the car keys. With a little time efficiency, you’ll save the frustration and start better in control and more importantly calm.

2. Try 15 minutes of meditation. Some might be afraid that a meditation session early in the morning could just put you back to sleep. But genuine meditation actually stimulates the brain in a deep and thoughtful way. It allows you to clear distractions from your mind and purge negative energy.

3.  Ditch the newspaper! Begin with positive inspirational reading. My morning ritual includes what I have learned to call the “hour of power” – 20 minutes each of reading something uplifting and inspirational, 20 minutes of meditation & 20 minutes of excercise.Buy a few books that are uplifting, inspiring, or even funny for your first brain stimulus. This will give you positive, fun thoughts to keep you energized throughout the day.

4. Open your eyes to fresh flowers. If the first thing you see when you wake up is a dingy wall or barren winter yard, you can certainly improve those critical few minutes with a pleasing splash of color. Research suggests that exposure to bright colors in the early morning raises your spirits and energy. So pick up a pleasant bouquet every few days and set it right in your view.

5. Switch coffee for green tea. Coffee is a great stimulant, but sometimes it can over-stimulate and the acid can make your stomach uncomfortable. Try a soothing cup of green tea to start instead. You’ll still get the caffeine you crave (just a bit less), plus healthy antioxidants. It’s cheaper and healthier too.

6. Back to the Hour of power. Exercise is a great stimulant to wake you up, and make you feel good. It’s good for the body and pumping those endorphins makes your mind happy and alert.  Cardio is great, but it doesn’t have to be cardio, but for the whole body approach, add a little yoga into your routine. You’ll control your breath, stretch your muscles and generate energy. Your body and mind will be one and ready to conquer the world.

7. Schedule a new appointment. I never feel more energized getting out of bed than when I have an important meeting about an exciting opportunity. The prospect of a fun and useful connection usually wakes me with a smile and often without an alarm clock. I purposefully schedule as many meetings like this as possible. That way I get as many great days as I want.

So have one small positive thought in the morning, plan it better and it could have a monumental impact on changing the direction and outcome of your day!

Have a happy day.



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