We never know the future, but is on-demand printing as revolutionary as the first printing presses?
Books once had a print run and then went out of print unless reprinted. If they didn’t sell they sat in a back room.
Print on demand has changed that. I can order wholesale copies myself, ten or a hundred. People can buy on Amazon and their copy is printed and sent straight away. A great saving of tree cellulose I hope. A book no longer has a shelf life because there isn’t a shelf.
People can buy downloads of the books on their kindle if they like, not a ’proper’ book to the old school way of thinking I admit, but words, learning, beautiful prose and poetry, inspiration, facts, stories and new thoughts are spread easily and relatively cheaply to where people call for them.
The Internet is like the mycelium linking all these words and the books can pop up all over the place like tasty little mushrooms. Perhaps the Internet can help to birth new stories for new futures that don’t just reenact the past.
I’ve just sold a ring bound colour copy of Good Raw Food Recipes to someone in Canada. She’d found me on the internet and I posted it to her from Stroud post office. What a wonderful way to reach out to someone. Perhaps her family are having raw Sunflower, Sage and Thyme pate, beetroot salad and a raw Café-Glazed Orange and Almond cake for dinner tonight and I will never know, good feeling.
Perhaps right now someone called Peter is asking a question they read in Good Question! The Art of Asking Questions to Bring About Positive Change. He is in a meeting right now and listening to John complaining about things that are just not working. All Peter does is ask ‘And what would you like to have happen?’ Then John’s demeanor changes. He slows down, his face starts to lighten and he shares his own visions of what could be possible, and better.
Books, old, tattered, slim, collectable, kindled, hot off the press, illustrated, rare, stacked high in book shops, lining café walls, new, thick, first edition, paperback, borrowed, lost, treasured, recovered, re-covered, coloured, favourite, books books books. Books with underlinings from long ago, books with corners turned to mark your place, books stamped in the library many times, books posted to you and not yet opened, books being written right now. Let’s all celebrate books.
Come and see my table at ‘The BOOK a celebration’ November 17th until December 8th The Old town hall, Stroud, Gloucestershire. www.bookcelebration.org
I am very happy to announce the publication of Good Raw Food Recipes , which has its very own website www.goodrawfoodrecipes.com The kindle version is already up for sale on Amazon, to be followed asap by the black and white paperback budget version. The wonderful ring bound version with colour photos will soon be on sale on the new site. It’s been a long birth and a lot of hard work, but all worthwhile as people start enjoying and appreciating my efforts and finding it interesting and enjoyable.
When I stayed at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida and learned all about raw and living food it made a huge difference to my energy levels and feeling of wellness. Creating good food has been a life long passion of mine, so it was natural to come home and start creating new dishes. I kept them in a scruffy notebook and, as people kept asking me for my recipes, creating a recipe book was a natural progression.
Although the focus at Hippocrates is very obviously about healthy food, it is also about all aspects of wellness – food, juices, specific supplements for individual use, fresh air, exercise, saunas, body therapies and…
And? From the Hipocrates Health Institute’s accumulated experience of well over thirty years of helping people to get well, including many with very serious illnesses from which they might not otherwise have recovered, their catch-phrase is that healing and wellness generally is 50% food and all the aspects I have just listed, and 50% state of mind and emotions. I put that in bold because it is so very very important. I realised that I should go on working with all I have in my personal and professional toolbox – coaching, NLP, Clean Facilitation, World Cafe meetings and Social Artistry and honour my passion for healthy food.
It’s been a bit tricky creating a business offering that expresses it all, but here it is on this site. The site gives you an overview of what I am up to. From now on the raw food blogging will be over on the new site, Good Raw Food Recipes. Between the two sites you can focus on what interests and concerns you.
I can work with you one to one coaching for personal and professional development and/or consulting on raw and living food and wellness. Note the and/or. It is your choice and your agenda.
I can work with groups in different contexts for different purposes. This gives me a lot of scope and a very interesting working life! And you might appreciate working with someone with a wealth of knowledge and skills who enjoys the challenges of bespoke work.
Amongst the recipes, by the way, you might find food that you and your friends and family can enjoy, whether or not you thought you would ever like raw food!
Bon appetit :-)
Delicious Raw and Living Food recipes for energy and wellness
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Does anyone else have the kind of life in which you are in very different situations within a short space of time? I suspect so and that it is the norm these days. It is easy to look back and think life was easier and more simple in the past, but I think in some respects it was. I wonder whether people were able to take more thought and time to reflect on and work with their experiences, before the next and the next experience crowded in?
Whatever the situation – and mine in the last week have included coaching by phone while sitting on the living room floor, speaking at a funeral, two good business planning meetings, time reflecting on my business and what I want to create this year and beyond, leading a ‘Word Cafe’ meeting, testing out raw recipes for my upcoming recipe book on my friends, and going on a food foraging walk.
The food foraging walk was interesting, not only because I was in good company and we found lots of edible oyster mushrooms growing on trees and several food plants that were new to me, but because it got me in touch with an ancient part of myself, gathering necessities to take home.
That ancient part of me is there in any situation really, looking around as I move through life and gathering, gathering.
Whatever circles we move in and whatever situations we get ourselves into we bring our whole self into things, not only our ‘inner child’, but our ‘inner gatherer’, our ‘inner hunter’, our ‘inner farmer’, not to mention our ‘inner toddler’ and our ‘inner teenager’! Like it or not, we bring a whole host of aspects of ourself into life situations, even ones as far removed from primeval life in the forest as they can possibly be. If these different aspects are at odds with each other because some of them are unacknowledged and outside of awareness it can be difficult to simply be one’s whole self.
That’s where taking time to reflect comes in. It can be important to think back through the day or through a particular situation rather than to move straight on into the next activity or situation. That’s why one of my resolutions this year is to do less and to allow more time for being myself.
After all the hard work of getting my Edinburgh house on the market, selling, packing up, moving south to England and setting up again, it is time to start posting here again – high time in fact. When life is very busy and full of challenges it would be good to blog and share learnings, but that’s exactly what I haven’t been doing :-(
I have been putting my energy into settling in Stroud in Gloucestershire, into a very nice house where I’ll be over the winter while I get to know the area all over again. I lived here years ago, but not so long ago that nobody remembers me, because they do, and it is very nice rekindling old friendships as well as embarking on new ones. As it’s a much smaller community than my capital city life in Edinburgh (still my favourite big city) the odds of bumping into folk I know is much greater :-)
So what are my learnings right now?
- Take your time
- Let things evolve
- Take good care of yourself
- Get organised at home – especially when you work from home
- Take time in nature, exploring, appreciating allowing nature to strengthen you
- Give time to good conversations
- Reassess what you are up to and prepare to get on with it.
Perhaps they are useful learnings whatever changes you are going through.
And what am I up to? Preparing to take on some new personal and professional coaching clients. Getting everything organised for completing my Raw Recipe book – with a self-imposed end of year deadline. Sometimes it feels as if I am asking a lot of myself, but there’s much to be said in favour of MASSIVE goals – read what David Hyner has to say in Good Question!
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Do you want more well being and higher energy levels?
Update and discover supportive eating habits and good choices for achieving this – without punishing yourself.
I teach people about healthy food, including raw vegetarian food, but since I am a coach and not a dictator this is about learning and making changes that are right for you.
Would you like to put a toe in the water, or should I say ‘try a taste’?
Who is it for? Ask yourself honestly if any of these apply:
- Do you want more energy?
- Do You want to reach your ideal weight and stay there?
- You aren’t feeling that great and you want to make changes so you are well and happy
- Are you dealing with a chronic health challenge or serious illness and have to review things?
- Do you have aches, pains, stiffness and niggles that get in your way?
- Do you want to grow old gracefully, but not quickly, and you don’t want to resign yourself to low energy and more health struggles?
- Do you want to be at your best for sports, strenuous activities and mentally demanding work?
- Do you want to eat delicious interesting food that supports you to be your best – emotionally, mentally and physically?
- Would you like clearer skin and a twinkle in your eye?
- Do you want to feel like yourself again?
What will we cover?
- Where are you now? – Health challenges, energy levels, weight and wellness objectives
- What are you doing? – What you are eating and drinking, what medicines and supplements you are taking. What exercise you are taking
- What are your life challenges? – Stress, daily rhythm, who you share your life with, who you make food for, what you eat at home and away from home…
- Why you want to make changes for the better, and how do you motivate yourself?
- Why raw vegetarian food, how much and which raw foods are best
- The importance of enzyme physiology
- Acidity, alkalinity, detoxing and energy levels
- Food combining
- Creating a balanced diet
- Making a transition into eating for reliable wellness and vitality
- Making food interesting and coping with different food habits in your household
- Wheatgrass juice and green juices
- How to grow wheatgrass, sprouts and tray greens at home, and why (+ where to buy them instead)
- Equipment you need, and don’t need.
- Answers to your questions about food and wellness,
- How a visit to the the Hippocrates Health Institute might change your life – for the better.
What is the special offer then?
A PACKAGE OF TEN PERSONAL SESSIONS OVER THREE MONTHS.
These are one to one telephone conversations or a mixture of telephone conversations and face to face conversations in Edinburgh. They last for up to an hour. You bring your agenda and questions. I mentor you and we work out your next steps from each session
Why ten sessions? There’s a great deal to learn and I want to work with you long enough for you to start feeling a REAL difference and to make sufficient progress to know you can continue with what works for you.
Why two to three months? This gives you a session with me every week or so to keep up the momentum, and leeway to fit around times away.
How much does it cost? If you book in advance for the ten sessions, only £500. That’s a huge discount on my current coaching rate of £100 per hour and that’s why it is a special special offer. If it suits you better, you can pay in three monthly installments of £200.
Why this special rate? Because I am developing the programme. That’s why I am offering just ten places at this rate. You’ll be helping me just by being my client, the person who you are and by deciding not to put off your own wellbeing needs any longer!
What if you are not sure? Ring me to discuss things before we start. And, ask yourself this:
“What’s the cost of not making changes, the cost in terms of not making the most of your life and not feeling as well as you can be?” That’s a very good question!
How do you claim your place?
Ring me on oo44(0)131-4414099 or email me at email@example.com
Contact me now to claim one of the ten places – and look forward to transforming your life!
Ever had days when you have had more than you can possibly do that you have to do? Of course you have! Too many days like that and it’s a stress. Too much stress for too long leads to physical illness.
How do you do get everything that has to be done done and still enjoy your day and keep a healthy rhythm?
In some ways that’s a question with very different answers, but what are the universals?
If, like me, you are a ‘solopreneur’ working from home you have to put effort into creating a rhythm that works for you and if you are in a salaried role you have to make your life work within and around an imposed rhythm. if you don’t have a good rhythm it’s hard on your body and harder to keep track of everything you want to do. I’m getting better at keeping a rhythm, but there have been times when I’ve had too many plates spinning in my business and of course also had plates spinning in my life and I’ve lost the rhythm. Notes to self on scraps of paper lost under other papers, rushing to get to a meeting in too little time, eating the wrong stuff because it was quick, saying yes to a project without checking how it would affect other activities… familiar?
Here are eight things I have to insist on for myself. Any use?
- Give yourself a few minutes first thing to remember your priorities for the day, and list them.
- If the list is completely impossible write M (for manyana;-) beside some and see how it goes.
- Keep to a healthy rhythm of eating and drinking. For me this includes fresh wheat grass juice twice a day. It has a huge number of benefits but the helpful one in this context is how much energy it gives me. I know no better remedy for the four o’clock slump.
- Let the day breathe. For example, alternate physical tasks such as cleaning/gardening/walking to the shops(walking I said, i.e. exercise) with sitting in front of a computer. Alternate social times and times alone to collect your thoughts. Alternate fast paced and slower tasks.
- Use an over timer to do blocks of one thing and something else, perhaps half hour blocks.
- When you eat, follow with at least ten minutes of seated activity for digestion.
- If you are up at dawn with the early birds and also stay up late with the owls, have a siesta.
- Make yourself accountable to someone. Tell them your tasks and contact them when you’ve done. If you don’t contact them when you said you would they remind you. Try it – it works!