Advent – Day 7: One2One Listening

One2One Listening

I’m delighted to share today’s advent calendar listing. It’s a bit different today, as I’ve been involved with the One2One Listening service for about 2 years, in many capacities.

I project managed the initial stages of launching the service, including creating the volunteer handbook, structures, and processes. I’m a volunteer trainer, working with other volunteer tutors to train people to listen better, and those that want to, to train in Professional Listening skills (3 modules of training), to become volunteer Listeners in the Preston based service.

Listening, and the power of listening, has changed my life, and I know it changes others too.


one2one listening service prestonWe’re here to listen…

…and help those who need a safe space to be heard, to reach their own decisions and find their own solutions.

Why is listening so important?

  • We live in a noisy, busy, world where many of us are crying out, “help. No-one is listening to me”
  • We long for space to breathe, talk and be heard
  • When we are listened to we feel respected, valued, significant, empowered, helped and affirmed

 What is One2One Listening?

  • It’s a space to share anything that is on your mind.
  • It’s a space for you to talk in private to a trained listener who will not interupt, advise, or judge you
  • It’s a space where you will be encouraged to find your own way forward

Who is One2One Listening for?

  • Anyone over 18 who wants to talk about life issues such as bereavement, loneliness, anxiety, financial concerns, relationship and family problems, unemployment, health concerns

A listening space is a private confidential time between you and a volunteer listening in a comfortable safe room for both of you. You’ll have up to 50 minutes with the volunteer listener to talk about anything you want, and they will simply listen to you and let you say whatever you want. The process of saying your thoughts out loud will help you put your thoughts in a little bit of order, and help you decide if there’s anything you want to do after you’ve been listened to.


I’ve been amazed how “just” listening has helped people move forward with whatever has been on their mind. Even the short practices in training sessions have helped individuals with concerns they’d had on their mind to feel better, and move forward.

Listening is a big part of what we do at Manage Those Things – listening to clients, and helping them to listen to themselves. It’s from being involved with this project that we’ve learnt to listen to ourselves better, and follow our dreams.

To learn more about the One2One Listening service, or book an appointment in Preston, please contact them directly:

Book an appointment online or by phone 07542 076603

Facebook page: One2One Listening

Advent Calendar – Day 6: Stay Fit and Healthy

Stay Fit and Healthy

December is flying by already! Behind day 6 of our Advent Calendar we introduce Stay Fit and Healthy. This is our sister company which inspires confidence in people to stay fit and healthy their way. There’s no one way to maintain good health and fitness, and we encourage people to do what’s right for their body and lifestyle.

We’ve learnt, that maintaining good health, both physical and mental, is necessary for running and growing a business. What happens when you start forgetting to look after yourself? Think about it. Maybe you can see why staying fit and healthy, and being a confident business owner stand hand in hand, and we’re passionate about both.


stay fit and healthy by doing more of what you loveWe’ve been helping people stay fit and healthy for over two years, with personal coaching, support, listening, encouragement, and health supplements (if they’ll help). We’re fans of the simple plant, aloe vera, and the amazing health benefits it can bring to each of us, whatever our age, and health right now.

We’ve helped individuals ease menopause symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome, smooth diabetic blood sugar levels, arthritis, and the boost the immune system. We’ve helped improve skin which suffers from ezcema and psorisasis. We’ve helped people gain confidence in themselves, and focus on their own mental and physical health. Not in a selfish way, but if you’re not fit and healthy, how are you going to do all those things you want to do, with your family and/or your business. We’ve helped people kick start their healthy eating and fitness with a 9 day cleanse, and a free 30 day stay fit and healthy challenge.

Health is such an important gift to us, that we often take it for granted. We want everyone to explore how to stay fit and healthy their way, and find the activities they enjoy most, and the foods they like to eat with their friends and family, that will maintain their good health. We promote, share, support and encourage those around us to stay fit and healthy, and encourage people to join us on our mission to help others.

Whether you’re just needing someone to talk to about where you are now, or what health and fitness improvements you’d like to make, we can help you.


Stay fit and healthy can help you in a number of ways. We offer listening, coaching, help with health and fitness planning, motivation, support, and food supplements to support your health.

Contact the team directly :

Facebook – @stayfitandhealthyUK

Twitter – @StayFitHealthUK

Advent Calendar – Day 5: Chic Glassware

Chic Glassware

I’m delighted to welcome Liz Chick and Chic Glassware to our Advent Calendar.

Liz and I have been best friends for almost 20 years – wow! That’s a long time! 🙂 Liz has many talents, and it was wonderful that she started taking her crafty interest further, and has created her own business from a hobby. It’s been wonderful supporting her, and the business growth over the past couple of years.


chic glassware

I love creating unique gifts for people to give away to loved ones, or for special occasions. I love the challenges some people give me, and whilst I don’t (can’t) share all the work I’ve done, I love everything I create. I often don’t want to hand them over to the client!

I hand paint, then seal the paint, onto glassware. If you have your own glasses you’d like me to make unique, I can do that too for you. Bespoke hand painted glasses are perfect for parties, christenings, weddings, retirements and of course Christmas.

I enjoy creating glasses for a whole Christmas party, and hearing the stories of who will be coming for the party my clients are wanting the glasses painted for. I work from your ideas to create the unique chic glassware for you. There are some favourite designs people love, and I personalise many glasses to make them even more special for those you’re buying for.

Children seem to love having their ‘special glass’, but we’ve also done unique glasses for dinner and party guests, so no-one can get their glass muddled up!

Chic glassware can create centerpieces for table decorations for weddings, anniversaries or parties, which you can then give to special guests at the end as a thank you. If you don’t feel creative, simply give us a theme, and we’ll take it from there to create unique glass gifts for you.

We post chic glassware around the world. Last orders for Christmas 2017 15th December.


Whilst you may well already be sorted for Christmas presents this year, the glasses chic glassware created for the Christmas dinner table two years ago made that year extra special for the extended family. Consider getting Liz to create something special and unique for a special friend or for a special gift.

Contact Liz at chic glassware directly and use your creativity to make others smile 🙂

Facebook: @chicglassware

Instagram: @chicglassware

 

Advent Calendar – Day 4: Karen Peddie Holistics

Karen Peddie Holistics

Today is Day 4 of our 2017 Advent Calendar & I’d like to introduce you to Karen Peddie who runs Karen Peddie Holistics.

It’s been a real delight to help Karen over the last year to share her skills and talents with more people. Karen is such a lovely caring person, with so many talents. She brings a calmness to anyone she’s with, which is always a good thing in our frantic world! It’s perfect for the reiki and EFT sessions she runs for individuals.

Karen is based in Preston, Lancashire for her hands on practice, and helps people further afield through email and telephone advice.


Karen Peddie of Karen Peddie HolisticsI’m Karen, I am a Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Accredited Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner and Essential Oil Wellness Advocate and I love to share my skills and knowledge to help people live their lives to the full once again.

‘Holistic’ comes from the Greek work holos, which means ‘whole’. Instead of focusing on the
symptoms that a client presents with, I search for the underlying cause by looking at the current physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual state of wellbeing. Together, we then work to restore the body’s natural balance which then leads to a more sustained and rewarding quality of life. Holistic therapy has been used effectively for centuries and modern science is now beginning to recognise the important part holistic therapy plays in maintaining health and general wellbeing.
Studies have shown that an holistic approach can help manage stress, anxiety, aid relaxation and improve sleep and mental clarity.

More and more people are becoming dissatisfied with prescription medicine and its side-effects, which often leads to even more medication to deal with the said side effects! Holistic therapy is completely natural and non-invasive, it is suitable for all ages and gently but effectively works to restore and maintain the body’s natural balance which then encourages the body to heal itself.

My aim is to guide my clients towards self-awareness to allow them to lead their own journey through self-discovery and healing.


Karen is so knowledgeable about so many things, I always learn something when I’m with her that I can use in my everyday life.

Website: http://karenpeddieholistics.co.uk
Facebook : Karen Peddie Holistics
Email: Karen@karenpeddieholistics.co.uk
Tel: 07903 916639

Advent Calendar – Day 3: Astro Innovation

Astro Innovation

I first met Helyn Connerr, MSc, last year having been advised to get her book to help me communicate with my teenage son better. We’ve since spent quite a bit of time together, and I’ve become fascinated about all she does.

Astro Innovation is Helyn’s astrology company. She’s helped me understand that there is something ‘in’ the planetary movements, and that by learning more about our own star charts (and there are many of them, and so many different things we can learn from each one), we can grow and develop ourselves with much more depth than previously. That’s my experience anyway!

I loved a workshop Helyn ran last year that showed us that by looking at the stars, she could explain why things were a little bit more turbulent on planet earth than we’d expected, (particularly the Brexit vote and Trump’s election). It was fascinating, and I love learning about how the planets affect all of us – and not just the tides!


Helyn Connerr Astro InnovationAstro Innovation

…..draws upon the ancient astrological database, mythological/archetypal patterns, and the New Physics to empower through insights and new perspectives on your life – and to make practical sense of today’s complex issues……

Individual Sessions
Personal Consultations – my in-depth approach to astrology reveals the core issues of your life, your strengths, talents and capabilities, your long and short-term learning lessons, your purpose and highest potential, including practical, helpful strategies, current challenges and areas of growth.

Group activities
The Practical Astrology Workshop Series – active and participatory, conveying serious topics in
light-hearted ways, using costumes, props, drama, discussion, art, music, humour and always
focusing on our own authentic qualities, for professional or personal development.


Even if you’re just curious about astrology, I’d suggest booking an individual consultation with Helyn and make a start at learning more. She’s an excellent teacher & wonderful coach and counsellor. I can’t wait for my next session with her!

Astrology reading:

“A good introduction to astrology, an exploration of your core solar/lunar polarity, your inner masculine and feminine, their distinct natures and the dance they do, all placed within the context of the celestial geometry, the big sky behind the natal chart.”

Contact Helyn at Astro Innovation directly:

Phone: 01539 822225

Emails:  Mercury@AstroInnovation.com
FaceBook: @AstroInnovation
Twitter: @HConnerr

Advent Calendar – Day 2: bras4mums

bras4mums

It’s a delight to introduce bras4mums to you. I set up this company in 2004, and handed over the reigns in 2014 to the lovely Emma Launchbury.

Emma has continued to offer a fantastic service to pregnant and breastfeeding women across the UK, through the online shop. She’s such an expert in bra fitting, having trained as a bra fitter over 6 years ago, and also runs a local bra fitting service around Cambridge.

I’ve noticed Emma is offering some wonderful offers during 12 days of Christmas, so if you know someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding, I totally recommend this specialist service with an expert.


Hotmilk show off nursing bra available at bras4mumsbras4mums is run by Emma, who specialise in maternity and nursing bra fittings and sales.

Having had three children of her own, Emma understands the changes your body goes through during pregnancy and breastfeeding and the difficulties in finding comfortable, practical and pretty bras at this exciting time of your life.

Through bras4mums, Emma gives bra fitting advice to women across the country by phone, text, email or private message on social media, as well as stocking a wide range of bras on the website. If you are local to Cambridgeshire, Emma also has a home bra fitting service.

If you need advice about sizes or styles before ordering, then get in touch with Emma and she will help you choose the right bras. If, once you have received your bras, you are not sure if they are quite right, she will do a fit check for you. With unlimited exchanges, Emma wants to make sure that you are comfortable and supported, so will keep working with you to make sure that you are wearing the right size and style bras for whatever stage of pregnancy or breastfeeding you are at.

Prices range from £13-£45 and you will get free delivery on orders over £75. Sizes range from 28-46 band and A-L cup, so there is plenty of choice for everyone.

Emma is here to Support You…through pregnancy & beyond!


bras4mums offer a wide range of maternity and nursing bras from popular companies Hotmilk Lingerie, Cake Lingerie, Royce Lingerie and Bravado lingerie. They stock everything from soft really comfy bras for early pregnancy and breastfeeding, to gorgeous sexy nursing bras.

For bra fitting advice, please contact Emma directly at bras4mums:

Phone: 0845 373 3875
Text: 07925 056509
Facebook: bras4mumsUK
Twitter: bras4mums
Instagram: bras4mums

Advent Calendar – Day 1: Created4U

Created4U

I’ve known Jane Fox, from Created4U, for about 10 years, and have always been inspired, and often gobsmacked, by her creations. She is so talented, bringing ceramics to life, and creating stories and memories through creating pottery and painting pictures on all sorts of ceramics. She is a true artist, and loves sharing her knowledge and talents with others.

It’s a real pleasure to share Created4U as part of our advent calendar.


Created4U 1st christmas baubleI’m Jane Fox and I make gift shopping for personalised hand painted and handmade ceramic gifts easy for you. By creating unique bespoke one off gifts for you to give to whoever you wish to. I hand paint your personalised design on to ceramic pottery items in colour, along with a name and a personalised message from you if you would like one. This saves you the frustration of trawling around the shops unable to find something unique and saving you precious time in your busy life for you to spend in a happier way. What can be better than a personalised gift created for you?

I can recreate similar items for you seen in my online shop or something different. Just tell me your requirements for each item and I will Create it 4 U!

Most handmade and  hand painted pottery creations take about 2 weeks to create, depending on design time and number of firings required in my Kilns called Katy and Kelvin. At the time of ordering it will depend on how busy I am as to how soon I can get creating for you. Please note the hand painted kitchen and bathroom tiles can take longer depending on quantities required. Once finished the hand painted pottery dinner plates, teapots, mugs and tile creations will need posting to you or collecting from me in Preston Lancashire, UK.


Created4U can create or re-create pretty much anything for any occasion. We particularly love the paintings Jane has done on plates for special presents. Watch her video on the home page & you’ll see what I mean!

Please contact Created4U directly to discuss your ideas, requirements and place your order. It doesn’t have to be for Christmas! You may know someone who’s retiring, or getting married, or you want a unique christening present. You may be decorating and want some unique tiles for that special place. Whatever the occasion, there’s nothing better than giving a gift (to others as well as yourself), which has been personally created with your ideas and Jane’s creative talents.

You can also connect with Created4U through:

Facebook – Created4U by Jane Fox

Instagram – Created4U

Email Created4U

General contact for Created4U

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Advent Calendar 2017 – showcasing small businesses

Advent 2017 small business showcaseThis Advent 2017, we wanted to share some of the wonderful people we work with. We’ve had a wonderful 2017, growing our new business, and want to say Thank You to our clients.

We have the privilege of working with small businesses in a variety of different sectors, who offer wonderful products and services to their customers and clients.

As excitement mounts towards Christmas, whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs, most people get tied up in some sort of excited atmosphere at this time of year. Advent is a time of preparation for Christians, but it’s also a time of preparations for the season of Christmas festivities, parties, families catching up. For many children, it’s a time of expectation that Father Christmas will visit them.

It’s a time of giving and receiving, of love and laughter, and sharing gifts with each other across our world.

Advent 2017

We want to share some of our clients with you, to showcase what they do. December also brings us Small Business Saturday, a day of focus on small businesses, and encouragement that using small businesses is important to our communities. It’s all too easy sometimes to think, oh I’ll just pick that up when I go to the supermarket; or, I’ll pick it up on Amazon; when all these lovely people are making their livings from serving us with their skills and talents, and don’t always shout about what they do.

Running your own business isn’t always easy, and whilst business owners often love the freedom of running their own business, it brings challenges to their families and friends, especially at this time of year where some of them are doing back to back events, and working long hours to fulfill customer orders.

So, we’d simply like to say “thank you” to those clients who chosen us to work with them, to help them grow their business in some way this year. We’re honoured to work with you, and see your growth. Your growth has inspired our growth, and we celebrate that as business owners we can support each other, through all business (and life)’s ups and downs.

Happy Advent!

Tracey-Jane & the Manage Those Things team x


Every day we’ll add one of our clients to this Advent Calendar, and showcase their product or service. It may not be for you, or in your area, but you may know someone who would be interested in finding out more. Please share the business with them. Share this page as a whole, or share each business from their own page. Whichever way, thank you for getting involved, and sharing in our happy Advent season in the run up to Christmas 2017.


Day 1 Created4U

created4u advent calendar

I make gift shopping for personalised hand painted and handmade ceramic gifts easy for you. By creating unique bespoke one off gifts for you to give to whoever you wish to.

I hand paint your personalised design on to ceramic pottery items in colour, along with a name and a personalised message from you if you would like one. This saves you the frustration of trawling around the shops unable to find something unique and saving you precious time in your busy life for you to spend in a happier way.

What can be better than a personalised gift created for you?

Learn more about Created4U

 Day 2  bras4mums

bras4mums in advent

 

Maternity and nursing bra specialist with wide range of styles across the widest size range available.

Emma gives bra fitting advice to women across the country by phone, text, email or private message on social media, as well as stocking a wide range of bras on the website. If you are local to Cambridgeshire, Emma also has a home bra fitting service.

If you need advice about sizes or styles before ordering, Emma  will help you choose the right bras. With unlimited exchanges, Emma wants to make sure that you are comfortable and supported, so will keep working with you to make sure that you are wearing the right size and style bras for whatever stage of pregnancy or breastfeeding you are at.

bras4mums is here to Support You…through pregnancy & beyond!

 Day 3  Astro Innovation

astro innovation advent

Astro Innovation …..draws upon the ancient astrological database, mythological/archetypal patterns, and the New Physics to empower through insights and new perspectives on your life – and to make practical sense of today’s complex issues……

Personal Consultations – my in-depth approach to astrology reveals the core issues of your life, your strengths, talents and capabilities, your long and short-term learning lessons, your purpose and highest potential, including practical, helpful strategies, current challenges and areas of growth.

Group activities, such as the Practical Astrology Workshops are a fun introduction to using astrology in the everyday.

Learn more about Astro Innovation

 

 Day 4  Karen Peddie Holistics

 

Karen Peddie Holistics

I’m Karen, I am a Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Accredited Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner and Essential Oil Wellness Advocate and I love to share my skills and knowledge to help people live their lives to the full once again.

Holistic therapy has been used effectively for centuries and modern science is now beginning to recognise the important part holistic therapy plays in maintaining health and general wellbeing.
Studies have shown that an holistic approach can help manage stress, anxiety, aid relaxation and improve sleep and mental clarity.

My aim is to guide my clients towards self-awareness to allow them to lead their own journey through self-discovery and healing.

Learn more about Karen Peddie Holistics

 Day 5  Chic Glassware

chic glassware advent

 

 

Learn more about Chic Glassware

 Day 6  Stay Fit and Healthy

stay fit and healthy advent

 

 

Learn more about Stay Fit and Healthy

 Day 7  One2One Listening

one2one listening 

 

 

Learn more about One2One Listening

 


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