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Instructor Newsletter 21 January 2016

RachelLHolmes : January 21, 2016 8:26 am : Blog, Newsletter
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Instructor Newsletter

Are you ready for the next phase of your fitness business – whereabouts are you?

There are 3 stages to most community fitness businesses:

Stage 1 – Setting up community classes – building your name, your brand, your business.

Stage 2 – Employing other Instructors to teach your brand and expanding your business whilst you teach AND focus on building an online and passive income.

Stage 3 – Phasing yourself OUT of the majority of teaching and concentrating on online opportunities and managing your business rather than working in it constantly

Where about are you?

Are you ready to jump to the next level
Tweet me@RachelHolmes or add me on
Snapchat RachelLHolmes & Snap me
& I’d love to hear from you

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This Weeks Audio Books Roundup

You know how much I love a good self-development book and audio so here are my current fave raves!

Again with so much travelling you really rack up the hours

I do tend to listen and read the same books several times, as I find every time I revisit each book I’m in a different mind space so I learn and pick out things I didn’t hear/read in the first place.

The Desire Map – Daniel LaPorte – Just loving the whole concept of this * I’m a huge Danielle LaPorte Fan

Grain Brain Dr William Davies

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2016 Conventions

Which Conventions are you attending in 2014? 

Portugal Transformation Weekend with Esther Shortt 26 – 29th February

Jenny Burrell’s Women On Fire Event

London 12 13th March

IFS Blackpool    18 – 20th  March 2013

Fitpro – 8-9th April

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Growing your list

If you truly want to create a passive income stream

Over on one of my Business Facebook groups 100 Instructors wrote down their goals for 2016. Nearly everyone said they would like to develop a passive income stream that works with their off line business (perhaps not in those words). 

Many Instructors dream of starting a membership site, or selling workout downloads online but where do you start? The first thing to do is start to grow your list. Your database or list is your lifeline and is the key to developing an online business whatever it may be.
You must begin today, growing a list of people with whom you regularly share your expertise.

Firstly, you need 150 people you communicate to regularly. You then need to grow that list to 1500 and then to 15,000. Be careful though, simply growing the list volume is not the key. It’s about people who know you and care about what you say. Internet marketers with 150,000 strangers they send unsolicited email to is not the goal. Brilliant Fitness Marketers who have super successful online businesses, help people on their lists with free information, support, help and advice. They build relationships with the people on their lists, which I feel is where many Internet Gurus fall down. There is no relationship; it’s plain to see they have no interest in the people they mail.

Fitness is a people business and that needs to be reflected in your online business however small it is right now. If you want to grow, then be yourself, be genuine and promote that aspect.

The two simple ways to get people on your list:

People swap their contact details for a high value learning gift  (eg. They download an eBook from your site or a free download workout or a free class pass or a 10minute phone coaching call).
People give you their contact details after listening to you speak live or teach, via webinar or through some video cast (eg. You tube).
When you grow your list from these genuine touch points your list is educated, engaged and likely to come to your invitations and do something with an open mind.

Four keys to growing your list:

Keep creating fans. You don’t own subscribers and people always move in and out of your world. Always grow your list. Don’t be offended if people unsubscribe. You don’t want to be sending newsletters to someone who isn’t interested.

Send valuable interesting content all the time. Send out high quality communications with rich, usable content.

Be consistent. If you say your newsletter comes out every Thursday then make sure it does.

And a bonus thought…

Most of all, have fun honouring the relationship.
Enjoy growing your list and enjoying writing articles and newsletters. It really shows in your writing when you clearly enjoy sharing and helping others.
Your  Marketing Message – THINK before you update your Facebook status, Tweet or send an email newsletter or Snapchat

Whether you think about it or give it that much thought, everything you write on Facebook or Twitter is shouting and promoting your personal brand. So, the next time you update your status or tweet on Twitter or send your newsletter out, think about it carefully. Your marketing message is the bridge that connects your business to the outside world. Even on your busiest, craziest day, you must filter out the madness happening behind the scenes and deliver your message in a clear, compelling way that gets results.

So, how can you do this in a quick and easy way? The next time you sit down to craft your next marketing message — whether it’s for an email broadcast, a Tweet, Facebook update or a video, ask yourself these FOUR questions.

QUESTION 1: “Who is your audience?”

Have you ever heard of a business owner who didn’t want everyone to love their product? Even when we know we should have a target market, it’s tempting to want to cater to the masses and eventually win them over. But usually when you try to please them all, you end up engaging no one — and this rings especially true when it comes to marketing copy.
Before you write down a word, you should know WHO your audience is. Many writers, dancers, singers and actors — those in expressive, creative fields — are often advised to zero-in on one person in the audience and perform for that individual. That way, you know you’re connecting with one person, and there’s a good chance others will perk up for your message as well. Try this exercise for yourself and see how much it helps.

QUESTION 2: “What do they want?”

Once you’ve got an image or idea of that one person reading your marketing message, try to think of what they need. And think outside of your product on this one ;). If it’s Monday, maybe they’ve got the post weekend blues and need some inspiration. A new mum might need a laugh. Think of all types of needs that this person might have, like assurance, relief, hope, fun, connection, to name just a few.
Don’t limit yourself. Even just having a few different needs of your audience floating around in your head while you write will help.

QUESTION 3: “How can you meet their needs?”

Brainstorming potential needs of your target market can make it easy to come up with your “angle” — the decisive way in which you’ll appeal to your audience.
From a marketing perspective, you want to be able to match your audience’s needs with your product/services/classes. But if you can’t set up a perfect match, its okay — just be sure to satisfy the need.  So, if you like the idea of offering a little inspiration to your readers in your Monday morning broadcast, be sure to deliver inspiration.

QUESTION 4: “What next step do you want them to take?”

It’s funny how many people forget to make this part clear in their marketing messages.

As much as you want your readers to opt-in to your ezine, become a fan on Facebook, attend your class and buy your product, you MUST focus on only ONE “call-to-action”!
Good luck with your writing and make sure your personality shines through on all of your marketing messages Tweet me, I LOVE to hear your views and opinions @RAchelHolmes
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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire??

By Andrew Crawford

As I get older, one by one of my favourite icons are leaving this earth.

So yet another one leaves us….in fact there are two icons that left us during this last week. My man from Harry Potter Alan Rickman, who needs no introduction and a member of a popular soul singing group named                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nicholas Caldwell.

Who is Caldwell you ask??

He was a member of The Whispers, the group that brought you ‘..and the beat goes on…’ and many more classic soul dance tunes.

The thing that makes these stand out is that most if not all the names you are hearing about, on their deaths, are multi million pound figures.

Another thing that you may realise is that not one of them took one penny with them when they finally departed.

All their stacks of millions of wealth was left behind for those family members                                                                                                                                                                     to fight over…opps….to discuss.

Have you been there before?  I have

When my parents died all their land, property, cash, jewlry and possessions were left behind. They took absolutely nothing with them.

That’s when you realise that you have to LIVE.

This week, amongst the stress of Tax Returns, I had to leave my pilots desk to visit a long-time client. He is now in his 70’s .

All his life he has been saving, accumulating and investing. He has amassed a great fortune in multiple properties and huge amounts of good old hard cold cash……….

 But…………

Now he has amnesia. What does that mean? He is NOT part of this world anymore. He has to be looked after. He hardly knows me anymore. He didn’t get to enjoy all his wealth.

So Andrew,

What has ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’ got to do with Accountancy & Tax??

Let’s face it…..when we were younger we all wanted to be millionaires and millionairesses……………..but are we enjoying the journey, have we laughed, cried, have we lived??

The Taxman will certainly be smiling, without having to do any stressful work…………….just waits….!!

So how do we skip past the grips  of the Taxman?

You all know the 7 year rule. Here are the rates…

http://www.fitnessindustryaccountants.com/ard/detail_doc.asp?ID=638120&AID=1987&SID=11&FID=37232

Basically, if you make a gift to someone and live for 7 years after that gift, the value of that gift will not be counted as part of your ‘Death Estate’

Some important gift types come into play, you may or may not have heard of them, so I summarise them here.

Exempt transfers – These are gifts with specific exemptions for example a gift to your spouse.

Potentially Exempt Transfers (PETs) – This gift is initially treated as exempt but becomes chargeable if you die within 7 years.

Chargeable Lifetime Transfers (CLTs) – A gift you make in your lifetime and IHT is paid when the gift is made. For example if you give a gift to a trust.

I have noticed….amongst other things, that the nil rate band, that is the amount of value at which the value of all your assets can be before the 40% Kicks in, which is £325,000 at the moment, has been artificially kept low…..why?….to TRAP everyone…….allegedly.

OK Andrew…… I fall within the category …Is there a way to avoid the Death Tax?

Why…Yes of course…and I suspect you want me to reveal some tricks here??

Firstly make sure you have a tax efficient will. If you die without making a will (intestate) and you have no children a large proportion of your estate will go to…………..The Government….and I know you would want to bolster up the already bursting coffers…tee hee

Oh….and did you know you can change a will AFTER your death, called ‘Deed Of Variation’.

Secondly…….Transfer your assets…..again for those not paying attention……Transfer your assets…EVERY 7 years….(diamond)

Even though all transfers and gifts to your spouse are exempt, this will raise the value of their estate. So when they die, the IHT will be high.

Thirdly, use Trusts to shelter your gifts.

There are 3 types

  1. Accumulation & Maintenance Trust
  2. Interest in Possession Trusts
  3. Discretionary Trusts

Next….. ‘Gifts Out Of Income’, this is where if you make any amount of gift out of your income, especially large gifts, it will cease to be part of your estate from the moment you have made that gift….

However…………as with all things, there are conditions.

  1. The gift should be part of your ‘normal’ expenditure (so give this gift EACH year).
  1. After making the gift, it will not affect your standard of living.

So….do you STILL want to be a millionaire???

Why….Yes…!!!!

Finally 

If you still haven’t done your Tax Returns, don’t worry, you still have time.

If you have loads of paperwork and you produce a lot of invoices, you can try Zlogg. This is a new accounting software launched a few months ago

Try it for FREE for 30 days :  www.zlogg.co.uk

If you need an alternative because your tax affairs are sinple then there is Quick Zlogg. This is an online Tax Return service only.

Visit the site here : www.quickzlogg.co.uk

Live Your Life – AJC

Andrew James Crawford

www.zlogg.co.uk

www.quickzlogg.co.uk

www.fitnessindustryaccountants.com

HAPPY THURSDAY

LOVE RACHEL XX

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Let’s Have a Monday Adventure – Monday Motivation

RachelLHolmes : November 30, 2015 10:31 am : Blog
 It’s a brand new Monday.

Absolutely ANYTHING could happen today,
no matter how perfectly scripted your life,
no matter how regimented your routine.

And you know what?

As much as routine can help us to be creative and help our lives run smoothly, breaking out of it every now and again is so good for you.

As Fitpros these last few weeks of the year can be a touch tough.
It’s cold and wet and dark…miserable

Classes start to drop of  with our

regulars doing exciting Christmassy things.

You can feel a bit resentful when

everyone else seems to be out an about
& we are tethered  to our class with only the
faithful few in attendance.

So today if an opportunity comes up — an invitation,

an offer, a conversation, a chance meeting —
don’t rush past it while thinking about your to do list.

Your to do list can wait.

Have a Monday  adventure!

Why not deviate from your master

plan today, and see where it takes you…

HAPPY MONDAY

Love Rachel xxx

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Shout Out To All The Self Employed Fitpros

RachelLHolmes : November 18, 2015 10:36 am : Blog

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Being self-employed can be
rough & tough.

 

It’s all on you.

Classes can get cancelled. PT clients can disappear.

The standard of living goes up but our pay per class never does.

You don’t always know how much you will earn from month to month.

What if you are ill or injured  or something comes up and you can’t teach.

Your money drops….rapidly.

The ups and downs can make you feel like
the pressure of it all is going to crush you to death.

For many of us, there is no guaranteed
monthly salary, no health insurance, no sick pay, no employed benefits.

We’re the girls whose husbands, kids and partners roll their eyes when they see us crack open the laptop (again).

Are you like me ….there’s always have one more email to send…….

We’re the gang who write endless to-do lists, have overflowing planners, and Google Calendar alerts pinging all day long.

Sometimes it just seems like too much.

We look at our friends who have “regular” jobs and feel a little bit ..well…… “Would that be better?”

If only we could just clock in and clock out,
knowing there’s a regular salary every month?

Would that make us happier?

But then start thinking about working with Negative
Nellys in office space,
people trying to force you to eat endless cake,
fluorescent lights,  pointless meetings, office politics and being told what to do day after day…………….

We’re the ones whose eyes light up when we talk fitness, health, workouts & helping and motivating people

We’re the gang who know that our work makes a difference.

We may go to bed exhausted every night, but we drift
off to sleep feeling deeply fulfilled.

Being SELF employed is TOUGH…wow it can be hard…at times…

So for all my FITPRO friends reading this email
I SALUTE You.

Keep going.

Keep pushing.

Keep creating your art.

Keep motivating.

Love Rachel xxx

 

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Instructor Newsletter 13th August 2015

RachelLHolmes : August 12, 2015 9:57 pm : Blog

New Things

In my endeavour to keep trying out new classes

& have new fitness & health experiences
my good friend
Jayne Nicholls enrolled us on a
Forrest Yoga Workshop  https://www.forrestyoga.com/

WOW what a workshop.

As usual, Jayne didn’t give me the full details
so I turned up without a mat or wearing
the “right” clothes, but once I had got over that
embarrassment we both embraced the whole evening.

Chanting, Meditating, Postures, Readings,
Poses, Dancing, Skipping & Fire Lighting were all experienced
on the workshop.

For the 21/2 hours I was SO far out of my
comfort zone that I wasn’t
sure exactly what to think..

BUT

I LOVED it.

It was so different and I have definitely
benefited.

Forrest Yoga  very much promotes
being loving and kind to yourself.

“You’re having a life long love
affair with yourself”

“You are your perfect partner”

“You are your own best friend”

“Treat yourself with love & kindness”

the mantras of the evening.

Do something for you today!

Find a
Forrest Yoga class and go for it.

Keep exploring. Keep trying new things!

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Watch my LIVE Periscope Workouts here on Katch

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New Kick Start Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

COCONUT OIL LAUNCH

 

 

 

 

I have been working on getting the VERY best
& highest Organic quality coconut oil for my Kick Starters
and finally it is here!

We will be launching

The Kick Start Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

on Wednesday 26th August
along with my new Kick Start Rescue Recipe Book
at a special event in Nottingham.

Would YOU Like to attend?

Facebook me and I will send you an invite
on Wednesday 26th August 7 – 9pm
at Stanford House in Nottingham

There will be talks, special KSFL
VIP goody bags
Juice shots & Raw Chocolate Shots & much more.

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Slogging & Blogging by Zoe McNulty

I always know I’m doing something right when Rachel asks me to contribute to the Choreographytogo Newsletter and it’s always such an honour.  Plus considering that Rachel took time out from her ridiculously busy schedule to answer my questions for my “Woman Crush Wednesday” section of my new “Officially Fabulous” blog (http://www.zoemcnulty.com/officially-fabulous-blog/), it was the least I could do.

When Rachel asks me to write something, she sometimes asks for a particular angle, e.g. she once asked me to write about posting with passion (hmm, think I’ll resurrect/repurpose that for my own blog!) but most of the time she leaves me to my own devices.  Previously this has caused me to be stumped – what do I write about and I end up not bothering.  But I’d had a conversation with a friend over the weekend which sprang to mind immediately.

During the conversation my friend said she’s so happy to see me doing so well recently and I replied that it had taken long time to get to this place.  She asked me why it had taken so long for me to get my shizzle together.   She literally said “Why the **** has it taken so long?  What have you been doing?”  What a great question!!!

So the reason I have gone down the blogging road (http://www.zoemcnulty.com/officially-fabulous-blog/ – you can sign up to notifications) was partly because as a prominent figure in the fitness industry it’s no longer good enough to just be good at what you do; you need to learn how to market yourself, how to capitalise on your position and ‘grow your list’ – buzz words!  But also because I finally decided to TAKE CONTROL!  Let me explain…

I’ve always considered myself to be a bit rubbish at business.  Excellent at group exercise, but crap at the rest of it and have always had someone around to do the “businessy” part, to hold my hand, to tell me what to do but also let me do what I do best (creating, turning up and teaching, connecting with participants) and avoid doing everything else! With this attitude I have managed to stand still in business, maybe even regress a little!  I had a falling out with a former business partner, I’m sure many readers can relate, and it devastated me, still does, not least because she was my best friend, but also because I convinced myself that I couldn’t do it without her.  I would need to replace her, find someone to be the business brains whilst I just put the cherry on the top with my creativity and teaching skills. I then had another falling out with another work associate and I have been taken advantage of my good nature and nativity in business and I began to realise I was in this alone really, to a certain degree.

About 2 years prior to this, the server to which my domain (zoemcnulty.com) was pointed (web jargon) was switched off without warning (everything lost) and I faffed about for those 2 years without a website- imagine that, organisations, publications, individuals all interested in what I was doing but with nowhere to go for any information about it.  I faffed because it wasn’t simple.  It took me a long time to unravel that the domain had been bought in one place. registered in another, was hosted somewhere else and had been pointed somewhere different (non of that used to make any sense, I didn’t know what I didn’t know! It was complicated and I was waiting for other people to do something about it, convinced that I didn’t have the mental capacity to deal with that sort of stuff and because I was so busy teaching!  To be honest I’d probably still be waiting if technology hadn’t changed and if websites still needed coding.  But when I realised I needed to pull my finger out and get a grip, I determined in my heart that I would!

Before I tackled the mess with my domain name though, I found YouTube clips explaining how to set up websites. I started noticing the common factors in what made a site visually appealing. I started from scratch with a Wordpress site as a project, to see if I could a) do it and b) maybe make some money out of it. I chose the domain name getfitindulwich.com (the plan was to get some PT clients which would have been a welcome bonus to my income without too much effort) and started playing around with it. It was exciting but difficult and I came up against a lot of snags and I shelved that project. But I learned a lot.

Then a friend suggested SquareSpace which is a platform for creating gorgeous websites with loads of templates to chose from. I gave the 2 week free trial a go and chose a sexy template which lets text scroll over images. It took a day to set up! A full on day where I was glued to the screen but I loved it. I was learning a new skill and succeeding! YEY ME! GO ZOE GO ZOE!! There’s nothing more liberating than creating something for yourself when you always thought you would have to pay someone else thousands of pounds for it!  On the first day of my primary school (going back a loooong time), my mum reminds me of this regularly, the head mistress spoke to her at the end of the day and said “Mrs McNulty, Zoe will succeed in whatever she chooses to succeed in” and I think she was spot on.

Once that was set up with a squarespace domain, it took hours and a very dedicated tech lady on the chat option to figure out and fix the issue with my custom domain but we did it – clouds parted, sunshine streamed and angels sang, I swear!!   2 years!!!!

Then I noticed the blogging facility and it was a no brainier really. I started adding pages and thought of ways I could engage with not only the people I engage with on FB But those further afield. I’m still playing around with ideas at the moment. So far the plan is (and this might change) to have a different theme each day:

Mondays – I haven’t done one of these yet but it will probably be #MCM (man crush Monday) – an excuse to look at hunky men- although this might be too much of a distraction and for the time being I have too much to think about (what are your thoughts?)

Tuesdays – Tone Tuesdays – an easy to follow workout. I’ve done 2 so far and they have been a lot of fun. Not difficult, just time consuming but the response has been great.

Wednesdays – #WCW (Woman crush Wednesday). This is getting the most response to be honest. You may have seen Rachel’s interview a couple of weeks ago for this. This week I asked my good friend Sylvia Johnstone to answer some questions and she really opened up. The response from women has been awesome, great for my list and fabulous for her self confidence.

Thursdays – #TBT (throw back Thursday) where I review something I did in the past, maybe last week, maybe 10/20 years ago. I find it’s a great opportunity to sell myself, to remind people of achievements and also give them chance to see me in action. Today’s TBT is last week’s Raunch class at UFD, and from that I am directing people to my new School of Strut site to sign up for a free download when the ‘school opens in September’!  (http://www.schoolofstrut.com – website still needs tweaking but you can still sign up.  I will tell you more about this if Rachel lets me nearer to the time of launch.)

Friday’s – #FutureFriday… You can guess! Where I’ll be, which events are coming up, what exciting plans I have got going on. It’s a great opportunity to show event organisers how proactive I am in ‘advertising’ their events.  In this week’s #FF I reveal that I will be teaching spinning classes in a VERY UNUSUAL place next month- sign up to the blog to find out where that is!

So far I haven’t managed to get in gear to add anything at the weekends and maybe I shouldn’t- don’t want burn out!  I may have bitten off more than I can chew, maybe been a bit ambitious but we will see what happens.

A couple of days ago I figured out how to get a pop up sign up box to appear once the site has been launched for the first time and I can see my list growing without having to beg people for their email address. That’s another GO ZOE GO ZOE moment! It’s really very exciting.

But I couldn’t have done this without a few trusty inventions… My iPhone 6plus (how did I survive without this?), canva.com (love this, try it if you haven’t already, no more need to pay graphic designers), my tripod for my phone and squarespace.com who have a fabulous ‘chat’ facility with very knowledgable, passionate and persistent experts available at any hour.  Also I created my “Officially Fabulous” high heels logo on there.  I finally took the plunge and commissions something on fiverr.  I got several intro videos using my logo for my vlogs.  Some were not that good, but for $5 who cares, try something, if you don like it no problem. I particularly love the butterfly settling on my logo – see this week’s Tone Tuesday for that.  I am currently using the Splice app on my phone to edit my videos for the the vlogs, I’m sure there are more high tech ones available but for now it does me – happy to take advice though if anyone out there can recommend anything.

Gosh I have waffled on – if you’re still reading this…. my advice to anyone who is holding back from pushing their business forward my advice is to grow a pair and stop the avoidance tactics.  You just need to decide to succeed.  The information is all out there, free advice all over the place.  Just stop the self doubt talk.  You got this!!

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Sexy Sober Summer
By Jo De Rosa

It’s an August morning and the weather forecast was for sunshine all day, but what has actually been delivered is cloud and the odd rumble of thunder.
As I teach my backbend yoga class and open my heart and mind, I realise that in fact the day holds so much potential – just like life itself.

Will the sun come out?
Perhaps we will get a dramatic storm?
Or will the day continue to be overcast and nondescript?

As I think about the weather I also think about life’s possibilities:
Will I realise my dreams?
Will I find true and lasting love?
Will I find a job that fulfills me?
Will I ever be financially stable?
Will I be fit and healthy?
Will I visit all the places that I’m drawn to around the world?
Will I ever be debt free?
Will I have brilliant relationships with my family and friends?
Can I be happy?

Are these questions that you ask yourself too?

As another ripple of thunder cuts through the sky I realise that if I had carried on drinking the answer would be NO to all of the above questions. But TODAY on my one thousandth and thirty third day of sobriety I can say YES to everything on the above list!

Just as the sky right now holds endless possibilities of what the day will produce, so does my life. ANYTHING is possible, I really and truly believe that.

I am one half of a supportive loving marriage.
I live in a beautiful mansion and have to pinch myself everyday ‘is this real?!’
I am living my dream life. There is nothing in it that I don’t want there.
I am financially stable.
Being sugar, dairy, gluten and ALCOHOL free means that I am fit and healthy.
I have a daily meditation practice.
I have no more debt.
I have wonderful relationships with my friends and family.
I am well on the way to visiting new and exciting places on the earth that I’ve never been to before: including Bali this December!!!

And my job now is passing on the information that I’ve received so that others can also live a dream life. I’m teaching less yoga classes, and doing more motivational speaking events. Life is constantly changing and evolving, just like the weather, and that would never be the case if my life was still caught up in a cycle of addiction.

Today holds so much potential. The potential for it to be anything, and everything feels possible. Rain, sun, storm, wind, and then I find out we are having a meteor shower tonight – just perfect!

When I was drinking my hangover would prevent me from actually doing my meditation practice in the morning. It would then stretch into my breakfast choices, which would be less than healthy as my acidic body would crave more acidic foods, plus I’d pop a few codeine tablets. I’d then feel like crap and sit around wondering why I felt lethargic and unmotivated to do any work. Then my addiction to codeine would kick in again and I’d HAVE to take some to be able to teach my evening yoga classes.
Of course once completed the wine would make another appearance and the whole sorry pattern would play out once again, caught on the merry-go-round of addiction and unable to make the wretched ride stop.

Why couldn’t I stop it?
Why was I so weak?
Why wasn’t I enough without it?

But the ugly game continued from the age of 15 to 40, my whole adulthood consumed with doing something that I didn’t actually want to do.
How stupid I felt.
How ridiculous a situation it was.
The frustration was unbearable and the tears often came.
And I kept asking myself WHY WAS I SO WEAK?

A life of struggle.
25 years of being stuck.

But the time came when I was finally able to believe in myself, and that I DESERVED a better life.
A brilliant life was in fact possible for me, not just for the people I saw on TV or in magazines.
I started to believe that I could have that too.

I shook off the life of a drunk, and tried on sobriety for size.
I liked it.
It fit.
And now I had opened a new chapter of my life.

The real beauty of it is that I can now be authentic.
I’m no longer hiding.
And I had been the drunk yoga teacher hiding my drinking from my students for such a long time, and I was bored of it.

There was so much SHAME.
And that shame pulled me under and suffocated me.
I often felt that I’d drown in it.

But I didn’t. I sunk to the bottom of the ocean and kicked up again to the surface, where now I am flourishing.
My meditation practice is my support, my teacher, and my saviour.
The hours I sat with cravings rather than give in to them, training myself to think a different way.

And it worked.
Suddenly the urge to drink/smoke/snort GONE.
Now nearly three years later there are never any cravings.

Birthdays are better sober
Celebrations are better sober
Anniversaries are better sober
Christmas is better sober
Holidays are better sober
Parties are better sober
Winter is better sober
Autumn is better sober
Spring is better sober

And summer?
Well summer is just so sexy sober!

Not feeling bloated, fat, and ugly.
Now filling the summer months with vibrancy, energy and hope.
Do you want some of that?
I’d love you to join me in the feeling of AMAZING!

If you’d like to chat to me about our addiction program, then I am here for you. Our August retreat is full but we have spaces on the next one, and please pass this blog on to anyone that you think may need to hear the words.

Be your best, realise that you are ENOUGH, and allow yourself to be your fullest potential. Let me know your thoughts via email, facebook or twitter, and here is to the summer being totally gorgeously sexy! x

Web:  www.innerguidance.co.uk/addictions
Email:  jo@innerguidance.co.uk
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Copyright: Jo De Rosa 2015

 

Shower Me With Gifts…Especially Sunshine..!!

By Andrew Crawford

The sun shines on the righteous and unrighteous.

Today was a fantastic day, the sun was showering down in the villages shining bright and hot… I had to break out my summer shorts and t-shirt. The geezer at the post office just about recognised me. I was in my civvies. Sucking on a strawberry flavoured jubbley and wearing no suit.

Don’t you find you have to have 2 to 3 showers on hot sticky days???

Oh….one will do….my bad..!

Alternatively then, you can have that one shower. A Meteor shower. This happens once a year and apparently starts tomorrow.

Whilst talking about showering, do you not shower yourself with gifts whilst shopping and topping up at the airports?

Well listen to this…..

“……..Top retailers were today forced to tell staff that they do not have to see passengers’ boarding pass before selling them goods in airport stores following a public backlash.

It emerged over the weekend that the only reason for the rule is to allow companies to save on VAT bills – even though many customers assumed it was a legal safety measure…………”

Travellers were furious when it emerged that multi-million-pound retailers only ask to see the travel documents to boost their profits. Items, including soft drinks, books, perfume and clothing, that are taken to destinations OUTSIDE the EU are exempt from VAT.

Firms avoid paying it if they produce evidence such as a scan of a boarding pass – but few pass the saving on to customers.

So…from now on when you are travelling refuse to show your boarding pass to retailers at airports.

So Andrew…….

What has showering me with gifts got to do with Accountancy & Tax?

Well….When you can shower people with gifts you don’t pay IHT on it.

In tax terms they call these ‘Exempt Transfers’

What these do is reduce the value of your assets thus reducing your tax bill. So giving is good. Let me run through those gifts for you :

Gifts to your husband or wife during your lifetime or on death.

Gifts to charities. These must be recognised by the HMRC. Including museums,
Universities or COMMUNITY AMATEUR SPORTS CLUBS……..have I said that loud enough?? Tee hee …. How? Just change your business name and description etc.- e.g. TJ’s Community Amateur Health & Fitness Sports Club. Make sure as well as PT, group exercise etc, you also do sport..!!

Gifts to Political parties (surprise surprise ….opps..that was last week…!!) but the party has to have at least 2 MP’s at Westminster or  one MP who had at least 150,000 votes at the last election. We can all agree that most  parties fall into the first category.

Regular gifts made from your after tax income. As long as it does not upset your regular/normal standard of living. Whatever that means..!!

These gifts include:
CHRISTMAS, BIRTHDAY and anniversary presents
life insurance policy premiums
regular payments into a savings account

In addition, there’s no Inheritance Tax on gifts to help with other people’s living costs. These include payments to:

an ex-husband, ex-wife or former civil partner
a relative who’s dependent on them because of old age, illness or disability
a child (including adopted and step-child) under 18 years old or in full-time education

Gifts of up to £250 per tax year to any number of people.

An annual gift of up to £3,000 to an individual during your lifetime.

There’s no Inheritance Tax on a wedding or civil partnership gift worth up to:

£5,000 given to a child
£2,500 given to a grandchild or great-grandchild
£1,000 given to anyone else

The gift must be given on or shortly before the date of the wedding or civil partnership ceremony.

So go ahead and shower your loved ones with gifts…!!

Finally
My gift to you is 2-fold.

Firstly an extension to the 30 day trail offer here –  www.zlogg.co.uk
Secondly quotes made to inspire, motivate & think. Today:

Stand Together or Fall Apart  – (AJC)

Andrew James Crawford

www.zlogg.co.uk
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You Be You – Motivational From Rachel

RachelLHolmes : August 7, 2015 7:57 am : Blog
Join Me. (1)
QUICK>>>  What’s the
one
“THING” your class
members
say about you….??

Just one…..lol

Happy

Wacky
Sassy
Knowledgeable
Creative
Wild
Educational
Caring
supportive
????????

Now what do YOU think is

UNIQUE about  you?

So, What did you come up with?

Was it easy?

Was it hard?
Being in LOVE with YOU is an artform.
It takes courage & patience.

Embracing your “wierdness”

or uniqueness
is so liberating.

It makes you a better

teacher, coach, trainer, instructor
in fact all round human being.

Whichever end of the personality

spectrum you’re on,
it’s important to remember that
the parts of you that are
weird, different or downright
crackers are the things that make
you so special.,
so cool
& so YOU.

That’s why “your people”

are  “your people”
That’s why your class
members & clients Love & Adore YOU.
And
The last thing this world
needs is another clone.

You Do You.

Be authentic.
Be passionate.
Be you.

so,

As I love to celebrate on a FRIDAY.
Today lets celebrate all your weirdness.
Embrace it & Own it.

And most definitely

don’t squash it down or box it of.
Have a WONDERFUL DAY

BIG LOVE always
Rachel xxx
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