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  1. So another year has wound down and it’s time to celebrate and start again…

    To ‘start again’ if only to break in a new calendar… To learn to live in a new year and to remember to write 2015 instead of 2014 – whenever I mark the day… To decide what this year is for – what will continue, what will end and what will begin… again..? Since it is the again time as well as the fresh start time.

    Time is marked by the passing of days, then weeks along with months, and so seasons turn into years… And as every day is the seed of a new start, so comes the new year, fresh with promise, ready to grow and give, and ready too to change and reinforce.

    This is traditionally time to ‘resolute’ – to resolve the future with goals and games – now named resolutions… Time to fix, to change, to plan, to expect, to shape, to realise, to escape, to grow, to mutate, to travel or maybe, finally to stand still…

    Or it can be a ‘good riddance that’s over’ time, or ‘I don’t bother with resolutions because I don’t keep them’ time… or, for many, it’s simply another day… or yet still a day to be shunned as non special for as many reasons as there are people on this planet…

    And though a common enough human experience, with the calendar clicking around again, each New Years Eve is composed of each of our own memories, thoughts and feelings, the circumstances of so many happenings, on so many levels, so it is also entirely our own…

    And will THIS new years eve make a difference or simply be another day sailed upon in the sea of your life..?

    Time to decide, time to collude, to now set intentions that will actually turn into actions… So easily said…

    So how to commit to a chain of real changes..? To commit in this context is to state – to write, to speak, to share…

    First of all, create the container to claim and then draw your dreams, promises and plans… A journal, a piece of paper, a keyboard (with CPU and screen attached of course), or a flipchart – or what ever works for you, that you can come back to and review…

    Do this in a ‘party’ where you can – share with a friend, on a forum, publish on line – your PUBLIC commitment will mean so much more… For THIS purpose (and for so many others), remember to seek the people that will nurture your desires and support you in giving them wings…

    Make this creation a ceremony… Light a candle, or dance a dance, or what ever works for you; design your own ritual – to mark the boundaries of these new beginnings…

    Now set your intentions… Decide to let new thoughts flow, new ideas download, decide to let your intuition rule and your heart have its way… Now is the time to feel, see, hear, taste and touch your schemes and dreams, and to literally let them take flight!

    Now scribe! Simply ‘heart storm’ – fling down anything and everything that comes into your heart, into your brain, into your gut and your senses – write it, draw it or scrawl it – just let it out and get it out!

    Now look your scribings over – is there a sense, a pattern, what are the priorities..? Here your head can join in, but not take over… If you are with others – talk this through – what within your heart stormings will mark out this new year for you..? What will flavour it, shape it and fly it to fruition?

    Pick out the priorities – feel your way over them… Then create the final list or picture or graph or map… This is now refined to encompass the year ahead – clearly defined for your heart to own and structurally outlined for your head to action…

    Now give your goals air – breath them, speak them, share them, publish them, post them on a wall…

    Then seal the deal – state your commitment – how will you ensure this happens..?

    Answer these questions and add the answers to your plan:

    * How will you know if your resolutions have happened? * How will you feel when the HAVE happened? * What will have changed as a result? And… * What will happen if they do NOT come to pass..?

    To move from Dream to Action, now ask and answer:

    * What now are your actions? * When will you take them? * Who completes them. You or will you share or delegate? * Where will they take place? * And how will they take place – these are the fine details…

    And these answers now are your Action Wings, they cannot survive on paper alone and cannot grow in the dark. Move now, flow forward at what ever pace works for you, and take them one simple step at time.

    This is your Yearling Plan, so promise to visit and revisit your intentions, like old friends – so set the reminders in your calendar or diary now, with your friends, with your forum, with your tribe – at least once a month, for the year ahead. And as you revisit your resolutions, revisit your resolution ritual too – renew the spirit of the New Year, of that special energy that you created and committed to at the beginning, and this means you are bringing it back in to your plans and actions again where ever you are in time, how ever you feel, what ever has changed…

    And through the year, know that it is all good that the resolutions will flex and they will resolve and they will alter and they will be and they will exceed… As you live and relive them and nurture them along, they will unfurl and uncoil or explode or simply transpire… So let them…

    This is YOUR year… so have it – love it and live it, with your dreams and goals and perfect plans giving it wonderful wings…

    So here’s to 2015… the year of..?

    Yours, already, with surprise and delight…


    PS: Grab the opportunity to embrace the New Year energy to start a new project, get something off the ground, clear some blockages, or get a fresh perspective, by having a New Start Coaching session, at a specially reduced price – all the details are here…

  2. Have you had a productive and juicy January?  I can't believe that February is here already, can you?  I definitely getting into the swing of 2014 and am having a good old clear out and sort out!  As well as the usual life laundry of sorting and chucking, I'm also getting more organised with my finances, my office and my email Inbox.  I'm really busy with my corporate clients and Damsels in Success business at the moment, and whilst I love that, with 2 new books in the pipeline, I'm itching to do more writing too...
    So it is an absolute necessity for me to get supported and organised.  Rather than get overwhelmed, I am focussed on asking for support and delegating where ever I can. And when it comes to being more organised, at times like these, dealing with emails can either feel like they are eating into my precious time, or being guiltily forgotten whilst they continue to breed, mushroom like, in the darkness of my ignored Inbox!
    I am delighted to announce therefore that the guest speaker at my February Damsels in Success event, is email expert and overwhelm banisher - Kate Gerry of  
    So I wonder, does any of this sound familiar to you:

    • Opening your Inbox makes every day feel like a to do list that you didn't get round to yesterday?
    • Your workflow keeps on being interrupted throughout the day by a constant barrage of emails?
    • You are constantly worried about missing (or even worse, losing) important emails coming in?
    • You have EVER spent a Sunday trying to catch up ready for Monday morning..?

    If you would like to get cleverer with emails, then join us for our next meeting, where Kate will show you her strategic steps to keeping your Inbox clear for good - in less than 30 minutes a day! 
    At our live training event, Kate will also reveal:

    • The top 3 reasons most business owners don't keep their Inbox clear and what to do so you never get caught out again! 
    • The Number 1 secret that will give you more time with your family and your weekends back instantly! 
    • How she helped her accountant to save over 7.5 hours a week, just by being more efficient with her email inbox! (How many hours do you waste on YOUR Inbox?)
    • How to use your Smartphone to stay organised - instead of ruining your day when you get bombarded with a whole heap of emails hitting your Inbox!  

    So... to discover a fun, easy way to cut through your email overwhelm, spend less time in your Inbox and more time focused on the things you love, simply book yourself onto our guest list here to join us for our February meeting, on Wednesday 19 February, in Ashby de la Zouch, at 6.30 pm.
    Well, February IS the Valentine month, so let's spend it doing more of what we love!
    I look forward to seeing you on the 19th :-)
    With love and laughter

    Sandra Peachey

    Coach, Author and Director at Damsels in Success
    * Author of Peachey Letters – Love Letters to Life as featured in local press, Psychologies, The Lady & The BBC!
    * Co-author of 'The F-Factor' - the blueprint for entrepreneurial women to have Success without the Stress
    * Winner at the 2013 ‘Women Inspiring Women’ Awards
    * Nominee in two categories in the ‘Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers & Consultants’ Awards, 2012 & 2013
    Tel. 07921 494363

    Tel. 07921 494363

  3. “The merry year is born, like the bright berry from the naked thorn.
    ~ Hartley Coleridge

    How was your Christmas?? Well the 'Twelve Days' aren't even over yet and my tree and decorations are still up... but now it feels like it is time to look forward...   And the New Year is nearly here...  So - will it be back to reality and to the same old same old in 2014?
    Now I don’t know about you – but I have already seen so many of those emails and postings about a New year / a New you, and what a good time it is to start diets, launch a business, buy this perfect product and so on and so on…  and blah blah blah… And yes – I could even be guilty of having written a few of those myself…
    So here are a few of my own observations on the New Year subject… I know that for me – there is a very definite 'New Year, New Start' energy… Maybe it’s because I’ve had a rest and taken a break from ‘the norm’, but I am genuinely raring to go and have already got round to loads of niggling little jobs that I have been meaning to get around to for months.  I’ve been cleaning and sorting and arranging and planning and getting ready to face the New!
    I’ve decided to deliberately embrace the New Year flow and go where the energy takes me and to capitalise on it – even taking a little longer to ‘get back to the day job’ so I can enjoy myself and feel great about what I am acheiving effortlessly, in the meantime.

    I have had just the most amazing 12 months, publishing 2 books, speaking to capacity crowds and fulfilling my ambitions to appear in Psychologies Magazine and on the BBC!   And there are more plans afoot for the coming year, where I will be supporting more people in writing and publishing THEIR books too...   So it is most definitely time to be asking myself some big questions for the year ahead, and putting wings to my prayers - taking the action that will turn them from plans to reality.
    Yet I am just as guilty as anyone of not keeping New Years Resolutions, as the pages on the calendar turn and life carries us along.   So how DO we make our new year good plans and intentions actually stick???  
    Well, that is where my next Damsels in Success event comes in, because to make this planning malarkey a completely 'success with ease' process - Burton members and guests will be ‘Goal Setting for Goddesses’ together, so that we will all create our own 2014 the way we want it… And the reason this whole process will be easier is that it has been designed for women, by women; we will walk through it together; then really commit to it and together hold each other to support and to account - giving our goals real wings and the genuine chance to make a difference to our lives.

    It all happens on 15 January in Leicestershire, just sign up online for your fab free place, here...
    And here are more ways I can support you and your Goddess Goals too…

    Firstly my complimentary gift to you, is my Peachey Process to help you set gentle goals that will actually 'stick', in the form of my Peachey Letter to New Years Eve, for you to read, reflect and take action on...

    Secondly, the next level of support I can offer you, is individual.  I get incredible results Coaching and Mentoring my cherished clients on a one to one basis, and if you are ready to take things to the next level, in life and business too, I have a special offer on a Fast Track Coaching session - find out more here...

    If you have any comments or questions on this months newsletter, let me know....   And that, was all the latest Peachey News, Views, Offerings and Opinions for now…
    Here’s to a delightful and delicious January, and an amazing 2014, for all of us. 

    With love and laughter...

    Sandra Peachey

    Coach, Author and Director at Damsels in Success
    * Author of Peachey Letters – Love Letters to Life as featured in local press, Psychologies, The Lady & The BBC!
    * Co-author of 'The F-Factor' - the blueprint for entrepreneurial women to have Success without the Stress
    * Winner at the 2013 ‘Women Inspiring Women’ Awards
    * Nominee in two categories in the ‘Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers & Consultants’ Awards, 2012 & 2013

    Tel. 07921 494363

  4. “There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections and traditions.”
    ~ Bill McKibben

    How is this December day finding you?  And do you love December or dread it?  I ask because I'm completely in to the whole 12th month vibe, with its’ coldly crisp sunny days and the countdown to Christmas; yet I know too it can be stressful for so many women, with a 1001 tasks to complete, people to please and the 'day job' to fit in around it all too!  

    As part of MY own Christmas preparations, you may know that I have a habit of writing ‘Love Letters to Life’ – the first collection of which came out as a book this year.  As an early Christmas gift to you, here is my ‘Letter to December’…  sent with warm festive wishes...  Click here for the letter…
    So that is one view of December and recently a friend was sharing with me how much she dreads this time of year, as some sad things happened to her in the past, and so the advent of Advent brings it all back.   I wonder then if Christmas is a choice?  Has Christmas just ‘happened’ to that lady that dreads it and need these feelings continue for her and for us all? 
    I know I often unconsciously look for things to throw onto the bonfire of worry and stress – in fact last year I had been quietly fretting about having my first ever Christmas without my mum (who passed away in the summer of 2012), but then, instead, I got to spend my first Christmas day ever with young children; and you know what - I saw it through their eyes, got up with them at the crack of dawn (when all the other adults were still snoozing) and just loved the whole experience; so the Universe more than compensated me for what I thought was going to be huge hole...
    There seems to be a certain irony that though Christmas is about celebration and enjoyment, even the quietest ones seem to come with all the stresses of pleasing family and friends, as well as all the shopping, cooking, eating, socialising, writing, wrapping, and rushing around that it can so easily entail. 
    So how about we consider that our Christmas IS a choice and we can choose a ‘Christmas with Ease’?  A Christmas created by us, ditching guilt or necessity, an experience that serves us and nurtures us, so that when we are ‘filled up’ we can do the same for those around us with love and vibrant energy?  Each of our Christmases is OUR Christmas after all, isn’t it?

    As well as Christmas on the horizon, Damsels in Success has been keeping me gloriously occupied, with live events for my beautiful Burton group and new local members joining, as well as our conference - IGNITE! 2013 held last month.  As a result of IGNITE! our fabulous personal development community gained new members across the UK - as we gave great value with amazing speakers, saw many light bulb moments for our delegates, and received fabulous feedback for a life changing and inspiring 2 days.  Below is just one of the many pictures I have to prove it (for more pics, check out all the photos on Facebook, here)!

    Now Christmas is nearly here, I’m extending a warm invitation to you to come along to my next Damsels in Success event, being held in Ashby de la Zouch (Leicestershire) on the evening of Wednesday 18th December.  Our theme this month, you won’t be surprised to learn, is ‘Christmas with Ease’. 

    So… do you do Christmas with stress, excess or smooth success? At Damsels in Success we definitely believe in having a Christmas with Ease, so together let's celebrate, organise, enjoy… and along the way - give something back - to our world and to the world at large... 

    Infused with fun, laughter and learning this will be a fabulous way to get set for Christmas – which is why we are deliberately holding it the week before, when ironically we could be tempted into doing other Christmassy things...  It is free for all first timers and all we ask is that you register your place on-line here to secure your place... 

    And to make your Christmas even MORE easy, I have a special offer for you - to buy my book - Peachey Letters in a bundle with the Damsels in Success Book The F-Factor.  Together the normal combined retail price is £21.99, but MY book bundle is just £15.00 (inc postage, in the UK).  Check out all the details here and buy bundles of beautiful books for you AND for loved ones...

    It's time to wind down now – I’m allowing myself space to slow down before Christmas and give myself time to smell the poinsettias...  So what ever YOUR December dreams are, here’s to them coming deliciously true…

    With warm Yuletide wishes
        Sandie x
    Sandra Peachey -
    Coach, Author and Director at Damsels in Success
    Author of Peachey Letters – Love Letters to Life as featured in local press, Psychologies, The Lady & The BBC!
    Winner at the 2013 ‘Women Inspiring Women’ Awards
    Nominee in two categories in the ‘Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers & Consultants’ Awards, 2012 & 2013

    Tel. 07921 494363

  5. How are you on this fine autumn day? I had thought it was a sign of my age that I was staggered that November has come around yet again, so soon, but am comforted by the fact that people I meet every where, be they young or old, are all saying the same thing! 
    So, as time has passed, how I wonder are things different for you from this time last year..?  Here are some questions for you to ponder - since this time last year:

    • What things have stayed the same for you?
    • What things have changed for you?
    • And What would you like to be different by the end of this year???

    You now have questions and answers, and of course that means that the next thing to do is think, plan and take some kind of positive action.  And action does not always feel easy at this time of year when the days are shorter and we'd rather stay cosyed up in doors, winding gradually down to Christmas (there, I dared to say the 'C' word!).
    So I have two amazing happenings this month to support you in achieving your dreams and goals with more grace and ease...  First of all we are exploring Abundance and Money at Damsels in Success - Burton on the evening of Wednesday the 20th.  So... are you a magnet to money? Do you attract the money you want in your life, and does it hang around... or is it out of the door again before you can even acknowledge that it arrived? 

    Lucie Bradbury, CEO of Damsels, kicks off our first Money & Abundance event

    The good news is this month's is designed to help you let go of fear around money, value your gifts and allow more abundance into your life...  So many of us are held back by financial constraints, often starting out as money patterns and stories that we've carried with us since we were young. This event is all about rebuilding those financial foundations and making a plan going forward that can help you create more wealth, and keep it in your life - working for you, not against you...
    The benefits of attending this session include: 

    1. How to get clear on your money story
    2. Understand habits around spending
    3. Learn to value YOU and ask for what you're worth
    4. Create a money magnet vision for the next 12 months
    5. Receive SUPPORT & RESOURCES & ACCOUNTABILITY to ensure your Success with Ease.

    Quite simply you will leave the meeting feeling financially fired up!  So are you ready to step up and let go of fear around money, value your gifts and allow abundance into your life? Well Damsels in Success is here to help you at this fab, FREE event - follow this link to find out more and to book your place...
    Well that is my local event, and at Damsels in Success we are getting well and truly fired up for our next national event, IGNITE! 2013 too, on the weekend of 23rd/24th November.  This is the third Damsels in Success conference and so it shouldn't come as a surprise when I tell you that last years event was energising, life changing and gave everyone there the chance to connect with inspirational and like hearted women.  And we can expect more of the same, this year, in bucket loads, too, including world class speakers.  In fact here is an unsolicited testimonial from one of my very own Damsels in Success Burton members:
    "I just wanted to say, even at the full price, the Ignite Weekend is the event of the year. If you want to be in a room full of exciting, successful, caring, challenging, confident, inspiring women and want to learn more than you ever dreamed possible in 2 days ... this is THE best gift to give yourself! My life has changed immeasurably since Ignite 2012 and I wouldn't miss Ignite 2013 for the world! xx" ~ Caroline Ashby.

    Caroline Ashby

    If you are intrigued, check out more testimonials, the full list of stellar speakers and more...  And here is a very special heads up - TICKET PRICES GO UP TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT (Tuesday 5 November), so buy yours NOW and Ignite your life - here's all the info here...
    I can't wait to see you at both events!!!  

    With love and abundance :-)
    Sandra Peachey
    Coach, Author and Director at Damsels in Success

    Check out my book - Peachey Letters - Love Letters to Life as featured in Psychologies, The Lady & Best Magazine
    Winner at the 2013 'Women Inspiring Women' Awards
    Nominee in two categories in the 'Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers & Consultants' Awards, 2012 & 2013

    Tel. 07921 494363