We are in the Ulster Tatler this month! An advert and a short editorial! We are always ready to try new ways of letting the public know the benefits of Positive Parties for team building, health & well being days, increasing self-esteem and confidence, motivation, and positive mental attitude. We are popular in every sector – corporate, public, private, education, voluntary & community, sport and even with dancing schoosl! It is amazing to think how we have grown since Positive Parties Founder, Denise Devlin, delivered the very first Positive Parties workshop to the Pink Ladies Breast Cancer Support Group on the 25th May 2010.
Denise has just taken up cycling again and she decided she wanted to write her views in this Month’s Latest News! Here goes……..’ Those who know me, know that I loving delivering Positive Parties and I am usually pretty good at ‘walking the talk in relation to living a positive life style. For a while now though I had let exercise go and although I was talking about the importance of it in the workshops and how excise is so crucial to positive mental health, I wasn’t doing it myself! I love swimming but don’t seem to find the time, I tried jogging and didn’t like it and I find walking boring, SO I went back to doing what I love…..cycling. I still have my bike I got in Edinburgh in 1992, it’s a mountain bike and very heavy, so I invested a new light hybrid and off I went!
The first day I did 3 miles, the next day it was 6 and I honestly thought I was going to cry! There were some steep hills and I was exhausted. I had friends coming the next day from a cycle club to collect me and I really thought about cancelling them! I kept doing though and really pushed myself! At one stage I looked at cow in the field and thought, ‘this isn’t so bad, out in nature and its beautiful,’ then the cow decided ‘to do her business’ and all I could do was laugh! On the way home though it was down hill and I threw my legs out (like a child) and shouted ‘weeeeeeeeee!’ The next day my friends arrived and kindly gave me some cycling gear, which just happened to match my new helmet! By putting it on I felt like a cycling pro and I did 11 miles that day with the girls from the club! I haven’t looked back since, my stamina is soaring and I feel I could conquer the world! I got thinking about the whole cycling experience in relation to life came up with this!
- Sometimes in life we have steep hills, they are hard, we may want to give up but we either keep going or turn back! Keep going! It’s the only way!
- Many times in life, things are going good and then “Shit happens” (like the cow in the field when I was admiring it). We can choose either to get down (and its ok to feel our feelings rather than resist then) about it or get over it and get on with it!
- When we reach the top of a hill and know we can ease off on the hard work for a while, let out some ‘weeeeee’s, kick your legs out and let your hair down! Enjoy the moments of freedom and joy! There may be another steep hill around the corner!
- In life it’s good to ‘act as if’ so that you can send the message to your brain about how you want to be! Buy the kit, up skill, but in the meantime act ‘as if’ ( like I did acting as if I am a brilliant cyclist), the feelings you get will encourage you to keep at it because you feel part of something bigger. And if you think it, you can become it!
- Do what you love. At times you may have to try other things to find out what you really don’t like! But when you do love something and it makes you happy and feel good, keep doing it! Joyful activities feed our mind, body and soul.’
So what else have we been up to?
The end March and the beginning of April were busy with positive coaching sessions with Irish dancers on their way to the Worlds. We are delighted to say all did very well and the NLP tool and techniques they learned from these one to one session were put to good use to help prevent nerves and any negative thinking before the competitions.
Our Cooperation Ireland project ‘Culture 4 All’ with the Lisburn & Castlereagh post primary schools is coming to an end with the showcases taking place on the 7th & 13th May. Denise received lovely testimonial form one of the girls from Dundonald High School saying ‘Denise, thank you so much for everything. I loved everything you said in the Positive Parties workshop . You encouraged me to get some confidence in myself and I felt like I could trust your positive teachings and put them to good use. Thank you so much.’
The ‘YES C’ project with Derry Youth and Community Workshop with a Cultural Arts Show, enabling the young people to show case their strengths and talents is organisation for the 28th May. The students who have organized this will raise money for Foyle Search & Rescue.
Our usual workplaces – corporate, public and voluntary are booking their teams in for summer team building and scheduling autumn developments days.
We are busy preparing for our busy primary schools booking for their ‘Go For It’ Positive Parties workshops for the Primary 7’s in the summer term. This is in its in third year and proving to be very popular indeed.
So for planning staff training, motivational talks with a difference for 2014 may we be the first you contact. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone PPHQ on 0044 2881659505 mobile 0044 779079313