Let’s go running ladies!

So. It has been a while. Hi guys 🙂

Tomorrow (Sat 8th March 2014) is International Women’s Day #IWD2014. And I for one am proud to be a female. We rock!

To celebrate all things wonderful about womanhood I will be running in Central London tomorrow with the lovely Bangs of Spikes & Heels and a bunch of other dope women. We will be running roughly 4 miles (and it’s not competitive so you can run at your own pace – I’ll be keeping the back in good company!) and stopping every now and again to remember the awesome women who have lived before us and amongst us in this beautiful city.

As I have somehow committed to running the New Orleans Rock ‘n Roll (half) marathon next January with a motley crew of Exploring Mindset Sea Dragon pirates this will be as good a start as any to get me back into running again (I haven’t run properly for about a year given ongoing back problems).

The run starts at Green Park tube station at 9am tomorrow, so if you are about, come on down and bring friends! Don’t forget to wear your most comfy running shoes and bring your water bottle & neon bandana (PS neon bandana is optional).

See you there!

International-Womens-Day-Run

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WYSE International Leadership Programme – application deadline looms

Boxing Day 2008 I left my Nanny’s house, said good-bye to the family as they continued with Christmas celebrations, packed a bag and caught a flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The next two weeks were sprinkled with some of my life’s most defining moments. Two weeks earlier I’d been offered a place on the WYSE (World Youth and Social Enterprise) ILP (International Leadership Programme). I jumped at the chance to get away from dreary UK, explore a new country and do some much-needed ‘soul searching’. I learnt so much about myself and developed such fantastic relationships there I often wish I could relive those two weeks again and again. I had the time of my life.

There is now less than a month to go before the deadline for applications for the 2011 WYSE ILP which is taking place in beautiful Lucca, Italy (28th July – 12th August).

WYSE’s world renowned International Leadership Programme provides a unique and inspirational opportunity to:

  • Develop your leadership potential through team projects, personal reflection, physical activities, deep discussion and the arts.
  • Explore the underlying causes of global problems, and develop a social entrepreneurial approach.
  • Identify your values and guiding principles in order to gain a clearer sense of balance, purpose and life direction.
  • Develop an international network of friends and peers who wish to collaborate and make a positive difference.
  • Increase your understanding of the influence of and relationship between individuals, local NGOs and international organisations such as the United Nations.

WYSE International is a global charity that supports young people with vision and awareness, who care about what’s happening in the world, and want to do what they can to make a positive difference. We promote visionary leadership capable of responding to evolving world needs such as peace, human rights, democracy and sustainability.

People who have attended WYSE in the past have found the experience extremely beneficial, and have come away with a clearer sense of who they are and where they are heading in the future.

If you are 18-35, passionate about making a positive difference to the world and seeking purpose and perspective I strongly encourage you to apply.

For more information please email ilp@wyse-ngo.org and WYSE will send you a full Information Pack with programme brochure, self-assessment (for you to check your suitability) and application forms.

‘WYSE is a gift, accept it and cherish it.  It will help you grow into the best person that you can become’ (Hyatt, Kuwait)

Women Are Heroes

An emotive and moving trailer of the film ‘Women are Heroes’ by the infamous French photographer JR who in 2008 traveled to the corners of the world to capture in photo and film the strength, courage and dignity of women who live in areas of conflict. Sorry the first vid is in French, I read French but even if you don’t the imagery is powerful alone.

JR wanted to help women fulfill their need to tell their stories, with the life in their faces and the pain in their hearts.

(Warning: this clip is pretty hard hitting)

JR has been awarded the TED 2011 Prize for his fascinating, innovative photography projects.

The world’s streets and hills are his canvas.

I am in awe of his creativity and his selflessness – to this day he remains anonymous so as to ensure his subjects and their stories are the focus of the public.

Our Deepest Fear…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Nelson Mandela, written by Marianne Williamson

J.Cole – Losing my Balance

I’ve been thinking and talking about balance a lot recently.

I think it’s so important to live a balanced life.

Saying that I find I’m always struggling to find my own equilibrium.

I live such a multi-faceted life and I’m just one girl.

Don’t lose your balance.

Start With Why – Simon Sinek

You know when you watch a knowledgeable, extremely articulate person explain a theory that you’ve believed in and been banging on about for T I M E and you can only dream of being able to explain it half as eloquently? No? Just me?!

Well yes, this is Simon Sinek who is a real OG. He wrote the Golden Circle, a coveted book based on a model he created that identifies what sets apart the most successful and influential individuals and organisations.

It’s all about the WHY. What is your why??

“He gave the ‘I have a dream’ speech, not the ‘I have a plan’ speech” – Simon Sinek

Thanks to Julie Hall of Women Unlimited who organised TedXKingsX last week where this TED talk was shown! Also thanks to the wonderful Servane of Ogunte for the ticket!

Free Online Media Training for East London Female Entrepreneurs

Innovate Her is a new EU-funded project which aims to inspire and up-skill East London based female entrepreneurs so that they become more innovative through the effective use of technologies. The project is delivered by the Tower Hamlets College and run in conjunction with the Women’s Business Centre at Newham College.

A number of free workshops and seminars run by expert business counsellors and successful female business owners are being held throughout November and December this year with more dates to be confirmed in 2011. Topics to be covered include SEO (search engine optimisation), e-commerce, pay per click (PPC) and social media.

To attend the workshops you must be a female business owner (or a male employee working for a female-led business) where the business is trading in Hackney, Newham or Tower Hamlets. You do not have to live in one of these areas but your business must be trading in one or more of these boroughs. The business can be a charity, a social enterprise or a self-employed operation.

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HSBC Visible Women Mentoring Programme

HSBC in collaboration with the Visible Women Campaign is offering female undergraduates, in their first or penultimate year, the opportunity to be mentored by an HSBC Graduate. The formal programme will run from January – March 2011, with the experience day taking place in April 2011.

How will you benefit?

• Guidance in choosing a career path and identifying interests and strengths.
• Unique opportunity to have an insight into graduate schemes and recruitment processes.
• Insight into working at HSBC and the opportunities available within the industry.
• Opportunity to meet graduates and other leaders at HSBC on the experience day to be held at our Global Headquarters in Canary Wharf.
• Potential to work towards applying for a Summer 2011 internship (subject to assessment)

How can you get involved?
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The Journey

I am 25 action-packed years young today!!

Dear blog readers,

Firstly, thank you for being a part of my journey, yes you. Thank You. I know lots of you check in here and don’t comment, but you tell me in other ways you read this online scrapbook of mine, so thanks.

I want to say that my life so far has been absolutely mental and totally action-packed, and I am very grateful for all of my life experiences, both good and bad, because they have made me the woman I am today. I think 25 is a bit of a milestone, and so think it is a good idea to spend some time reflecting on where I’ve come from and where I’m heading.

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