What inspires you to give?

With the rash of ice bucket challenge films being made across the global by the great and the good I started to think about would my response be, if I were to be nominated…

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Creatively accepting the dare to be part of the Ice Bucket Challenge…

Giving to any cause for me comes from the heart, a want to give back to a charity I believe does good work in a sector of society that needs support i.e. homelessness, housing, overseas aid

Or to causes friends inspire me to find out more about through their personal connections i.e. Harrison’s Fund or those who I deem ‘crazy’ enough to run a marathon for 

So mine time did come and I was called out to do my challenge, it even had a time limit on, which I missed by a day…

And that’s ok as the dare was more than just to fill up a bucket of water with ice and throw it over my head on film… it was an invite to be true to myself and consider one more time what and whom would I want to give my money to and how would I respond given wasting water is not a cool thing to do in my world.

My response was based on being a fundraiser for over 15 years in different guises with the belief that giving needs to be through free choice not through feeling awkward, pressured to conform or being accepted and fit in. 

My hope is my version of the ice bucket, well ice tray challenge, is a truer reflection of the creative individual I am who through free choice gives creatively either because I have so much more than enough in my life to share around and/or sometimes it’s worth not having in my more than abundant life so others I may never know can benefit from clean water, a roof over their head, a friendly face and hot food…

What inspires you to give? Have you been nominated? If yes, what was your response?

4 Rooms for Living In – essentials for self nurture and self care…

Clara Jones & I first connected via Twitter… and the rest, as they say, is history. Living proof that there still is genuine, mutually supportive and authentic relationships to be made across the twittering classes.

Like me Clara is a coach who works mainly with women with North Wales as herphysical base whilst she weaves her unique blend of creative coaching, mentoring and personal development with women 1-2-1 or in groups across the world.

I can now say I am in the great company of an ever growing number of inspirational women who Clara interviews for her website and blog http://www.4roomsliving.co.uk/

I have answered a range of questions all about different aspects of self nurture and care and where I get side tracked, reach burn out and simple ways I do my best each day to stay on track…

You can keep up to date with what is inspiring Clara each day via her Twitter account…  @4roomsliving

And keep re-visiting her website as she add more and more new women’s stories of self care & love… inspirational and safe haven to re-visiting when you feel a wee bit wobbly, as is natural. Happy reading & sharing!

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Self nurture and self care… what’s inspired me to keep on keepin’ on

How to grow robust & sustainable creative businesses?

Well it’s a good question and not one that can be ironed out over a cuppa…

I understand how overwhelming it can be to look at making your business and your life more ‘green’ and/or sustainable – this has been a passion of mine ever since primary school and a workshop we took part in on packaging – see the slide with the After Eights boxes…

Open To Create… is my day to day expression in the world of being part of co-creating an inheritable world for many future generations of all species on this planet.

I trust you enjoy and find inspiration in the slides from my workshop “Giving Your Business The Green Light” run in partnership with University of East London as part of their Make It Global programme with The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship

The Power of Self Esteem – a course in self esteem enhancement in East London

Self esteem enhancement course from the More To Life mentor course programme

Self esteem enhancement course from the More To Life mentor course programme

Really I teach what I want to re-remember and embed in my day to day life.

And this is the true joy of mentoring the Self Esteem Enhancement course in partnership with the More To Life global programme  of mentoring courses… you have a rich life experience that once you have taken this course you can train to be a mentor and share the work with your own communities.

This is what first fuelled my passion for the SEE work both a want to learn the simple tools for myself and to share these with people I know in my communities…

I organised my first SEE course back in January 2008 to make it possible for me to learn the work. Now I have set up the 5 week course in May 2014 for those who are interested from in and around Tower Hamlets and East London.

The Power of Self Esteem – a Self Esteem Enhancement course

5 Saturday 3 hours sessions

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU

Open To Create The Life You Want To Live!

True self esteem empowers you to enjoy greater wellbeing.

Deeper connections with friends, family & wider personal and professional relationships.

Alongside the most important person in your life – YOU!

You will meet weekly with a small group of fellow students (max 14) in a safe & confidential environment.

You are supported to learn practical tools that you can continue to use to enhance & generate your self esteem after the course is complete. As part of the course fee you receive a set of CD’s to help motivate & inspire you throughout the course & beyond.

You will be able to secure your place via our Eventbrite booking page – see below

BOOK HERE!

£210 – full time working
£155 – part time working
£85 – concessions

Open to Create… known for for igniting people’s creativity in unique, quirky and playful ways.

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Creative Coaching, creative mentoring, creative play, creative thinking workshops

Open To Create… offer a creative smorgasbord of creative coaching, mentoring and playful workshop sessions.

Creative MOT sessions will re-ignite your creative process and vision.

Bag of Creative Surprises workshops take your creative ideas to a new depths.

And our magical Ignite Your Creativity Retreats will “open doors onto your imagination, heart & mind you wouldn’t know were there.”

Join in the creative action via Open To Create… Facebook page

Please contact Anna B Sexton, Director to find out more about how we can support you to be more open to creating a thriving and super successful creative business.

We work with people with ideas for start up businesses through to those with more established enterprises who want to take it to the next level.

Your interest in Open To Create… matters as do any questions, ideas & feedback you have.

Drop us a line now using the form below or call 07941 655 856 or 020 7515 9451

Open To Create… @ Your Next Move 18th January 2012 2pm-5pm

Open To Create… are hosting a stand @ Your Next Move event in partnership with the New Start Department, Tower Hamlets Borough Council.

We are attending to survey young people between 18-19 years old about what services they want to boost their chances to successfully access education and/or employment .

The event is free and will be held at the Osmani Centre in Whitechapel on Wednesday 18 January (2.00pm-5.00pm).

Osmani Centre, 158 Underwood Road, London E1 5AW

If you want more information on attending call Akhtar Rahim 020 7364 5053 or email akhtar.rahim@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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Open To Create… new business cards!

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Excitingly unpacked new Open To Create… business cards fresh off the press from Moo. Thanks to Alex Beeching for all your support and creative input in getting us this far!