WHAT I WOULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF

When you reach your fifties and beyond you start to realise most of the things you fretted about in your younger years really all work themselves out all by themselves. I thought it would be fun to ask all my friends for a contribution and between us we came up with this list.


LOVE

  • It is not the end of the world after a break up in 6 months you will wonder what you saw in him/her almost embarrassed you were actually together. leave with dignity.
  • The next boyfriend is ALWAYS better than the one before.
  • The first time someone shows you are…..believe it …..the first time ! people really do not change their essence . If you see something you don’t like heed the early warning signals it wont get better.
  • A certain amount of alone time is integral to your personal growth. Once you learn to enjoy your own Company and get to know yourself at a young age this will strengthen you for the rest of your life,

FRIENDSHIPS

  • Always show appreciation to those that are good to you. Genuine friends are hard to find. Hold onto them. Good manners count for a lot. Turn up on time. Respond immediately to invitations. Listen without judgement. Gifts of appreciation.
  • People are drains or radiators. Surround yourself with radiators those that radiate positivity. Friends that drain you or you are exhausted or sad after seeing them can really affect your own mental state see them less .
  • Envy is the scourge of mostly women friendships only cultivate friendships with those younger, prettier and richer than yourself to avoid those who want to bring you down.
  • Invest more time in your friendships than your boyfriends these friendships will support you throughout life. Don,t ditch your girlfriends when you meet a man you can have both.

BEAUTY

  • Avoid expensive face creams or beauty products they are basically telling you lies and getting you to buy into your securities. Find what works for you.
  • Wear clothes that suit your style and body shape not because a magazine tells you what you should be wearing.
  • Never over pluck your eyebrows they do not grow back.
  • Exercise does not make you smaller- eating less makes you smaller. The gym firms you up but yoga firms both body AND mind.
  • You were never as fat as you thought you were ! Love your body and appreciates what it does for you.

WORK

  • Start networking at a young age. Advancement has more to do with who you know and not what you know. The importance of building a good network cannot be underestimated. Exams are not everything.
  • Never work for the money if you are not loving the work. If you do something you love you will never work a day in your life. If it pays less adapt your lifestyle.
  • Always mentor those that report to you. Be inspirational.
  • Do not be intimidated in the workplace you are just as smart as they are.
  • Set life goals as well as work goals. Short, medium and long term …it worked for me. A map for your life journey is essential. Start it in your teens and update and adapt as you travel through life.

Finally…….BE AUTHENTIC ! BE YOU ! BE YOUR BEST SELF !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THIS IS NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST !! BUT HAVE THE CONVERSATION WITH YOUR CHILDREN/GRANDCHILDREN ABOUT WHAT WORKED OR WAS SO UNNECESSARY FOR YOU TO WORRY ABOUT.

JOJO XXXXXX

HOW TO INCREASE SELF AWARENESS

JOJO takes you all the way to an Amazon Rainforest to share some Soundbytes for your SOUL SAS…… Self Awareness System. We have been so long in lockdown so come with us on a journey to a cleansing rainforest. Please note this was filmed prior to lockdown but I just felt you needed this today to embrace a brave new world. Please excuse my rather dishevelled appearance but I HAD been living out of a rucksack for 3 weeks, and after all this video is ALL about what is going on inside and not the outside my friends. x

JOJOS STYLIST TIP: THIS IS ALL ABOUT BEING A COMPLETE PERSON ON YOUR OWN NEVER RELY ON SOMEONE ELSE FOR YOUR OWN HAPPINESS PUT YOURSELF IN THE DRIVING SEAT !

EXERCISE : BEFORE GETTING OUT OF BED

Gentle stretching exercises before getting out of bed in the morning particularly as you get older to warm up the muscles is imperative. It takes just 5 minutes and the benefits will far outweigh an extra 5 minute sleep. You can actually feel the tiredness being squeezed out of the muscles after being sedentary for so long. At any age you should be doing the Bed Stretch 6. Six exercises holding for 6 seconds on each side.

I promise you that you will move with grace and style as you glide through the day. The mornings you choose to do these exercises you will see a difference in posture and movement instead of leaping out with gusto after not moving for hours.

I have done a video post rather than try to explain in words. You can copy to your phone but in no time this will become second nature and hopefully part of your routine. Try it !! Jojo xxxxx

DISCOVER HAPPINESS YOGA

DID WE FIND MUCH TO LAUGH ABOUT OVER THE LAST YEAR ?? My guess is that many of us cannot remember the last time we had a good belly laugh. Many people suffer SAD syndrome during the winter months and laughter seems in short supply. On a positive note (as I always am) I love the first couple of months of the year , a new fresh start, new habits to form, cosy nights in catching up on whole series I missed in my long going out Summer days.

LAUGHTER is something we do often as children but it becomes more infrequent as the seriousness of life takes hold. So my fellow stylistas its time to laugh ……..be loud and proud. Laughing is proven to have many benefits.

  • Relieves physical tension and stress
  • Diffuses anger and conflict. Do this exercise with a partner if there is hidden resentment.
  • Decrease pain.
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Increases blood flow which can strengthen the heart
  • Burns calories
  • Releases endorphins the “happiness drug”

As part of my training in the old days to become a Sound Therapist I had to learn and experience Happiness Yoga or…….Laughter Yoga as it is commonly known. This REALLY works and I GUARANTEE will have you laughing and releasing those feel good hormones and lift your happiness levels and fill your endorphin tubes to the brim. It is such fun if you do it with others but even on your own can start your day off the right way. Equally if you have had a hard day do it in the evening and laugh your way into bed great for relaxation and get rid of the days negative energy.

This is SOOOO good I wanted to share it with you………..

  • No special clothing required . Location your own choice. Get the office involved.
  • We are going to laugh your way up the body.

HUH

Stand with your feet apart shoulders relaxed. Hands on your hips. Bounce your body up and down on your heels. On the out breath vocal a series of rapid HUH, HUH sounds (as in the word hug). Feel your abdominal muscles tightening as you make the sound. Focus the sound into your hip/pelvic area. Rest

HO

Place your hands on your belly. Bounce up and down on your heels. On the out breath utter a series of rapid HO, HO sounds (as in the word holy). Feel your abdominal muscles tightening as you make the sound. Focus the sound in your belly area. Rest

HA

Place your hands on your chest. Bounce your body on your heels. On the out breath vocal a series of rapid HA, HA sounds (as in the word happy). Focus the sound in your chest/heart area. Feel your heart muscles vibrating with the sound. Rest.

HEH

Place your hands on or near your throat. Bounce your body by lifting your heels. on the out breath vocal a series of rapid HEH, HEH sounds (as in the word heaven). Focus the sound in your throat. Rest.

HEE

Bounce your body on your heels. On the out breath vocal a series of rapid HEE HEE sounds (as in the word Heal). Raise your arms above the head as you make the sound. Focus the sound at the top of your head. Rest

FLOW

Use all five sounds at random moving from one sound to another in no particular order. Keep the body moving. When you have finished laughing up and down your body, lie down and rest.

Once you really start laughing its a good idea to keep stamping your feet to keep you grounded and stop getting too light hearted.

If you have enjoyed your Happiness Yoga check out this video we did at The Edinburgh Fringe How TO Laugh More.

Courtesy of SoulJunk-E.com

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: LAUGHING WHETHER FORCED OR NATURAL HAS EXACTLY THE SAME EFFECT ON OUR ENDORPHINS. TRY IT…..AND OFTEN. COME ON GUYS LETS HAVE AGOOD LAUGH TOGETHER !

Mwah mwah

JOJO XXXXXX

GYM : WHY YOU MAY NOT BE LOSING WEIGHT

All my life I was a gym bunny on a regular basis but never really lost any wait. Since giving up the gym completely 10 years ago and discovering yoga I have lost two stone and kept the weight off to maintain a healthy size 10. I purposely do not belong to a club I do my yoga at home alone or with an occasional instructor so it is part of a daily lifestyle. At 50+ it is tough anyway to lose weight so exercise needs to be a lifestyle change just move as much as possible but more importantly it is about a healthy diet. So lets look at 12 traps that I fell into while going to the gym and they may resonate with some of you going to the gym regularly but getting fatter !



  • Losing weight is 80% what you eat and only 20% exercise. You may not be burning as many calories as you think you must eat less calories.
  • The reward factor. after a heavy workout you may feel “I deserve” a cake or a large latte. Lunch with friends maybe an extra glass of wine. Most gyms have cafes these were lethal for me to head there straight after with my friends.
  • Refuelling with carbs post workout like athletes do except……we are not athletes are we ?
  • Sports drinks are usually on sale at gyms. Manufacturers convince us we need these . We don’t. They are highly calorific and full of sugar. Water will do.
  • On the subject of water drink loads during and after working out as we sometimes mistake thirst for hunger . Dehydration can make us reach for sugary snacks.
  • Do not eat before a workout go when hungry. Insulin will stop the mobilisation of fat.
  • Drink black coffee before a workout it acts as a stimulant. The caffeine releases adrenaline hormones. I have always found my workouts easier with black coffee taken beforehand. Also it surprises the appetite AND no calories.
  • Mix up your workout to trick muscle memory. Doing the same routine every workout your muscles remember and it gets easier for them.
  • Quick 30 minute short bursts of activity won’t get your appetite raging. Endurance training makes you hungrier. By the end of a marathon there is also a huge appetite.
  • Learn to like the feeling of being hungry ! That is when you know you are in deficit and you are fat burning.
  • Eating healthy does not mean you can have twice as much or over indulge. Many healthy foods are calorie laden e.g. avocados,nuts,smoothies,protein bars, wholemeal bread.
  • Studies have shown that many people with a strict exercise routine move less throughout the rest of the day. So it is no good if you go to the gym every day for an hour but don’t move for 23 hours !!

I hope this will help you to avoid some pitfalls around your workout. Maybe you recognised one or two (or even 3 or 4 ??) to answer the question why you are working so hard and not losing weight. Lets kickstart that weightloss today !!!!!

JOJOS STYLE LIST TIP : ANY FORM OF EXERCISE IS IMPORTANT FOR HEART AND BONE HEALTH BUT IF YOU ARE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT IT MUST BE COMBINED WITH HEALTHY EATING . NOT A DIET – A LIFESTYLE !

JOJO XXXXXX

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

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HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY “LITTLE” CHRISTMAS

As we are all being encouraged to stay safe this Christmas with substantially reduced christmases around the world it can still be a fabulous day. In a year where we have learned a lot about ourselves and what is important to us it can make this Christmas even more poignant as we reflect on 2020.

With vaccines being rolled out and hope that the Coronavirus will eventually burnout like other viruses do the light is at the end of the tunnel and we can start to plan for a brighter and exciting future.

So wherever you are spending Christmas we have all got through this together and we look forward to huge celebrations with our friends and family that have been postponed. But really enjoy a less stressful and more quiet and meaningful Christmas this year . Remember to call those that are alone at this time.

A big thank you to all my readers for your support and I am always grateful for the appreciation of the words I write with much thought and care.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL XXXXXXX

VIRTUAL HUGS TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU

continuously optimistic

MWAH MWAH XXXXXX
JOJO

HOW TO BE ALONE AT CHRISTMAS

IF YOU ARE ALONE AT CHRISTMAS BY PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES OR BEING FORCED INTO SPENDING CHRISTMAS ALONE BECAUSE OF THE COVID CRISIS AND HAVING TO MAKE A DIFFICULT DECISION BASED ON HEALTH , I WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW CHRISTMAS CAN STILL BE EXTRA SPECIAL. HERE IS YOUR SURVIVAL GUIDE…….

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THROUGH MY OWN PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES I WAS FORCED INTO MANY A SOLITARY CHRISTMAS AS A SINGLE MUM. SPENDING EVERY OTHER YEAR WITH HIS DAD WAS EXTREMELY HARD TO DEAL WITH AND I DID NOT REALLY FEEL LIKE CELEBRATING SO I WOULD TAKE MYSELF OFF TO A LUXURY HOTEL AND HAVE ROOM SERVICE IN BED ALL DAY. THEN SPEND ALL BOXING DAY IN THE SPA. SO STILL MANAGED TO MAKE FOND MEMORIES.

MANY PEOPLE I KNOW WOULD REJOICE AT SPENDING CHRISTMAS ALONE SO LETS SEE IF WE CAN GIVE YOU SOME GOOD TIPS ON ENJOYING THE “BIG’ DAY AND MAKING IT SPECIAL

  • FIRSTLY YOU COULD DO WHAT I DID AND JUST TREAT YOURSELF TO A FEW NIGHTS IN A SUMPTUOUS HOTEL. LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE COOKING !! MAKE SURE THE HOTEL HAS A SPA TO SPOIL YOU ROTTEN.
  • IF STAYING HOME ALONE. SET THE SCENE. MAKE SURE THE HOUSEWORK IS ALL DONE . YOUR HOME IS TIDY NO WASHING AND IRONING PILES. LOTS OF CANDLES. COSY BLANKETS. LOVELY XMAS TREE. MAKE AN EFFORT ….FOR YOU….YOU DESERVE IT.
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  • IF YOU DECIDE TO HAVE A DECADENT DAY IN YOUR PJS TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME GLAMOROUS ONES. SEE BELOW FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS. (IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE IMAGES CLICK ON THE URL LINK AT THE BASE OF THIS PAGE)
  • JOJOS PICKS :
  • TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME LOVELY FOOD AS YOU ARE ONLY SHOPPING FOR ONE YOU CAN GO ALL OUT. TRY M&S STUFFED TURKEY PAUPIETTES WRAPPED IN BACON. AS YOU WON’T WANT A WHOLE TURKEY. SMOKED SALMON. CAVIAR. YES THE MORE EXTRAVAGANT THE BETTER !
  • AND DON’T FORGET THE CHAMPAGNE. BUY MINI BOTTLES OF A GOOD LABEL AS YOU DO NOT WANT TO DRINK TOO MUCH WHEN YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. THE CHAMPAGNE COMPANY (thechampagnecompany.com)SELL MINI BOTTLES OF LAURENT PERRIER FOR £10 EACH .MY FRIDGE IS STOCKED FULL OF THESE FOR WHEN I WANT ONE AT BATHTIME ! SO GOODBYE TO DAY OLD FLAT CHAMPAGNE .
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  • PUT ON THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC IN THE MORNING !! LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WITH A GOOD DANCE AROUND THE HOUSE. GOOD EXERCISE TOO !
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  • PLAN YOUR MOVIE AFTERNOON SCHEDULE. REMEMBER THERE IS ONLY YOU TO PLEASE. YOUR CHOICE ! SNUGGLE UNDER YOUR FUR BLANKET ON THE SOFA. PLUS YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SHARE THAT CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE EITHER.
  • DO NOT FORGET THE PRESENTS. SO SELF GIFTING IS A MUST AND AT LEAST YOU KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE. SELF GIFTING MEANS NO RE GIFTING !!! WRAP THEM BEAUTIFULLY PRIOR TO THE DAY .
  • GET OUT IN NATURE FOR A LONG WALK IN THE FRESH AIR. APPRECIATE THE COLOURS , THE BIRDSONG AND THE PEACE AND JOY OF THE BEAUTY THAT SURROUNDS YOU ON THIS WONDROUS DAY.
  • PLAN A ZOOM PARTY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IF YOU CANNOT BE WITH THEM THIS CHRISTMAS. SCHEDULE A TIME IN ADVANCE.
  • IT CAN BE A DIFFICULT TIME AND IF DURING THE DAY YOU GET A TOUCH OF THE BLUES DO NOT FORGET THE TRIED AND TESTED “GRATITUDE LIST”. LIST 5 THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR AND FOCUS ON THOSE. THERE IS MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR. PLAN YOUR GOALS FOR 2021 IF YOU WANT TO MAKE CHANGES THIS CAN EXCITE YOU.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT YOUR PLAN FOR A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS ALONE. AS A SELF CONFESSED CHRISTMAS FANATIC I PROMISE YOU IT CAN STILL BE A MAGICAL TIME. NO ARGUMENTS, NO SLAVING AWAY IN THE KITCHEN, NO MISSING YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIES. THINK OF IT AS A POSITIVE TIME. IN FACT AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE I CAN SENSE THE HOLLY GREEN ENVY AS PEOPLE ABANDON THEIR CHRISTMAS PLANS GLOBALLY ! AS LONG AS IT IS NOT YOU SPORTING GRINCH GREEN!!

Don,t be a Grinch this Christmas !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IF YOU THINK IT IS GOING TO BE TOUGH FOR YOU THIS CHRISTMAS DESPITE ALL THE ABOVE EXCITEMENT PLEASE REMEMBER IT IS JUST ONE DAY IT TOO SHALL PASS. AT LEAST YOU WILL BE STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY . THE PARTICULAR XMAS THEME FOR 2020 .

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

DISCOVER PAVILION RD CHELSEA FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE STREETS FOR ALL MY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING NEEDS IS LONDONS BEST KEPT SECRET ……..PAVILION ROAD.

LOCATED JUST OFF SLOANE SQUARE LIT UP WITH PRETTY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND AWAY FROM THE MASSES OF CROWDS USUALLY ENCOUNTERED AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. PERFECT FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING. ALSO ENABLES YOU TO GET EVERYTHING IN ONE MILE FROM FOOD TO GIFTS AVOIDING BUSY DEPARTMENT STORES AND SUPERMARKETS. ALSO IMMENSELY MORE ENJOYABLE AS IT IS SO DICKENSIAN , THE EPITOME OF CHRISTMAS.

GOOD FOR EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR BUT I PROMISE YOU YOU CAN GET ALL YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN ONE 1 MILE STRETCH OF ROAD HERE.

BRING BACK PLEASURABLE SHOPPING………….

LET ME WALK YOU UP THIS STREET STARTING AT THE HANS ROAD END.

PROVENANCE THE VILLAGE BUTCHER FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS TURKEY AND BOXING DAY GAMMON.

WULF AND LAMB VEGAN RESTAURANT OR HANS BAR AND GRILL OPPOSITE A LOVELY RESTAURANT SERVING GREAT FOOD AN INFORMAL BAR FOR SOME FESTIVE CHAMPAGNE. SERVES BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU ARE STARTING YOUR SHOPPING EXPEDITION. BOOK AHEAD AS NUMBERS ARE NOW LIMITED OF COURSE.

NOW YOU HAVE HAD A BREAK AND WRITTEN YOUR LIST AND CHECKING IT TWICE LETS CARRY ON.

PAPERSMITHS A BEAUTIFUL STATIONERS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS AND GORGEOUS BOOKS AND INNOVATIVE GIFTS.

BREAD AHEAD A DELIGHTFUL BAKERY FOR YOUR MORNING CROISSANTS AND PASTRIES AND PANETTONE. THEY ALSO DO HALF DAY COURSES IN BAKING SELECT YOUR COURSE AND BOOK AHEAD FOR 2021.

THE SEA THE SEA A QUALITY FISHMONGERS FOR YOUR SALMON , PRAWNS , OYSTERS OR SOMETHING FOR CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER.

LONDON CHEESEMONGERS A TRADITIONAL CHEESE SPECIALIST SO LOTS OF ADVICE FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS CHEESEBOARD. THEY ALSO DELIVER IF YOU DONT WANT TO CARRY YOUR SMELLY CHEESES AROUND.

SO THATS ALL THE FOOD TAKEN CARE OF. LETS MOVE ONTO GIFTS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY OR EVEN YOUR CHRISTMAS OUTFIT. NOT FORGETTING YOUR BEAUTY NEEDS IT ALL HERE. READ ON………

NEXT WE COME TO THE WHITE COMPANY , NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION. GREAT GIFTS . OR MAYBE SOME NEW BEDDING READY FOR CHRISTMAS MORNING.

SALON SLOANE A CONTEMPORARY SALON WITH A GREAT REPUTATION FOR ALL CUTTING AND COLOURING REQUIREMENTS WHILE YOU TAKE A BREAK FROM SHOPPING.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR THERE IS A STUNNING LITTLE FLORISTS MOYSES STEVENS WITH CHRISTMAS WREATHS IN THE WINDOW. I ORDER ONE HANDMADE. THIS IS ONE OF LONDONS OLDEST AND MOST PRESTIGIOUS FLORISTS. TIE TO ORDER SOME BOUQUETS FOR DELIVERY.

OLIVIA VAN HALLE IS THE NEXT STOP DOWN FOR CHRISTMAS PYJAMAS. I THINK THIS WOULD MAKE THE PERFECT PRESSIE FOR MY MOTHER. THESE PYJAMAS ARE THE PIECE DE RESISTANCE IN PJ WORLD !

WE CROSS THE STREET TO HEIDI KLEIN MAINLY BECAUSE I WANT TO BE BEACH READY AS SOON AS THE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED AND THESE ARE MY BIKINIS OF CHOICE. SELF GIFTING TIME. BUT THEY STOCK GREAT GIFT IDEAS OF BEACH BAGS AND SLIP ON BEACH SHOES. MY SUITCASE IS READY TO GO.

SARAH CHAPMAN FACIALIST TO THE STARS HAS HER CLINIC HERE TOO. WHAT LUCK. OF COURSE IF YOU WANTED TO FIT A FACIAL IN TO YOUR SHOPPING DAY YOU WOULD HAVE TO PREBOOK. BUT THERE ARE SOME DELIGHTFUL SKINCARE SETS THAT ANYONE WOULD LOVE TO RECEIVE.

COSMETICS A LA CARTE NOT ONLY DO THEY HAVE GREAT COSMETIC GIFTS HERE BUT YOU CAN BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY MAKE UP 1:1 SESSION OR THEY HAVE MANY EVENTS HEADING UP TO THE MAIN EVENT. CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFO.

KATE SPADE WHEN WE POPPED IN HAD TABLES FILLED WITH LASHINGS OF CHRISTMAS IDEAS. BUT THEY ALSO HAD SOME EYE POPPING PARTY DRESSES TOO OR MAYBE YOUR CHRISTMAS DAY OUTFIT OR J CREW IS DIRECTLY OPPOSITE FOR A COSY OUTFIT FOR A BOXING DAY WALK.

WELL AS WE REACH THE END OF PAVILION ROAD DIRECTLY OPPOSITE IS PETER JONES CHELSEAS’ HUGE DEPARTMENT STORE FOR ANYTHING WE DIDNT MANAGE TO GET ON OUR LIST.

BUT I THINK WE HAVE JUST A LITTLE TIME TO TAKE THE GORGEOUS MAN IM WITH TO TIFFANYS A FEW STEPS AWAY FOR MY OWN PRESENT…….JUST WINDOW SHOPPING I PROMISE …..NOT !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IMAGINE ALL YOUR LUXURY FOOD AND GIFT SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS ALL DONE IN ONE STREET WITH TIME FOR LUNCH AND A FACIAL. NO SORE FEET. THIS ONLY EXISTED IN DREAMS UNTIL I DISCOVERED PAVILION RD

Well all that shopping has made me tired so I return to the Hans Bar and Grill for a cup of black coffee before the drive home with all my purchases.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

JOJO MWAH MWAH XXXXXXXX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

HAPPY BUDDHA MEDITATION

Meditation is important in everyday life but I realise its not possible to always fit this into your busy schedule. So, today Im going to gift you a 5 minute meditation to do each morning to start your day the right way !!

Find a quiet place, standing with feet firmly rooted to the floor. Total silence concentrate on your breath.

STAGE ONE

Stretch arms up to the light . Inhale the light through your outstretched palms and top of your head. Visualise that the sunlight flowing through you has positive, spiritual and healing energy in it. As you body fills with light right down to your legs. Start to exhale. Visualise the light flowing down through your feet into the earth. Return your arms to your sides.

STAGE TWO

Stretch arms up to the light. This time inhale energy from the light through your palms and the third eye (mid-eyebrow point). Once again flood your body with light taking it down to your feet. Then exhale bouncing the light back up through your body rushing through your internal organs liver, intestines, heart, lungs cleansing them and filling them with light . Let the light leave through your palms and your third eye. Arms to your side.

STAGE THREE

Stretch arms up to the light. Visualise the light entering your palms and third eye again flooding your body with warmth and goodness and positivity as you inhale slowly. When your body is full of light start to exhale slowly. Now visualise that the light is swirling in a spiral manner up through your body collecting negative energies. Getting rid of harmful chi and sickness, negative thoughts, forgive people. Let the light exit your body through the three main points as it leaves all the negative energy is instantly and permanently burned up. Arms to sides.

Now you are ready to go out into the big wide world …..protected.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: I DO THIS EVERY MORNING YOU REALLY DO RECEIVE THE DAY IN A CALM POSITIVE MANNER. THANK YOUR BODY FOR ALL IT DOES FOR YOU.

JOJO XXXXXX

HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE

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Don’t waste a moment of lockdown ! Life is now ! While we are forced to spend more time indoors it does not have to be all negative. Think of it as an opportunity to improve your knowledge. There are so many virtual options and if you have found yourself looking for new employment think about your skill set and fill in the gaps or embark on a new qualification. You learn almost anything on line right now from Yoga to language to interior design to poker, whatever takes your fancy.

But today I want to concentrate on upgrading your cultural knowledge. How many of us could previously find the time to visit galleries and museums, theatres and the opera ? Well this article is not designed to replace those visits post lockdown but serves to stoke your interest and it may be that you start to schedule such pleasures into your life.

The benefits of starting your cultural journey on line are that it is more affordable , indeed you will have a front row seat to watch the theatre and the ballet. You have your own art guide to educate you about the paintings. Your own wine connoisseur that you can sample wines with your pre purchased selection. You can learn and watch in the comfort of your own home AND in the comfort of your ‘loungewear’. Go at your own pace and if you miss something or need to reinforce your learning can go over it as many times as you wish. If you live alone you do not need a date to attend any of these glorious cultural delights. Helping pollution and climate change by not jumping in the car to attend events. Exercising the grey matter by learning something new. Establishing more self confidence with your new skills. Enhancing conversation with your family and friends giving you new topics to chat about.

So with all these benefits what are you waiting for ? Cultural events and classes are plentiful on line right now because of the circumstances we find ourselves in so find one ….or several that interest you.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started :

ART

ARTFUND.ORG

Sign up to receive newsletters. On line virtual art tours with an expert at all major galleries. I can recommend ‘Beyond Caravaggio at The National Gallery’ as someone who has attended the Caravaggio Collection in person I learned much more on line ! Catch this currently on their website along with many other tours. FREE.

TATE.ORG.UK

Also have a full digital events programme.

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BALLET AND OPERA

The ROYAL OPERA HOUSE is currently streaming all major operas and the ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET with a weekly programme of on line shows and masterclasses via facebook. Or much easier use #ourhousetoyourhouse on youtube for your front row seat. Even better the operas come with subtitles so you you can gain a full understanding of the storytelling.

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WINE

LAITHWAITES.CO.UK

There are many virtual wine classes but I chose this one as there are a full spectrum of classes to choose from which were user friendly. But also you can purchase the wine and drink alongside them as most of us have a local Laithwaites (although they do deliver). But also Wine Stores have been able to stay open in Lockdown 2 as an essential store ! ( I will second that ).

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THEATRE

THESHOWMUSTGOONLIVE.COM

Omg this is a gift ! Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber started this Youtube channel in the first lockdown after a summer haitus I am pleased to announce it returned in September and will continue until further notice. A weekly top West End Show is streamed each Friday goes ‘live” at 7pm and is available for 48 hours for FREE. The best seat in the house !! Grab the popcorn and the ice cream and sing like no one is watching !

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PHOTOGRAPHY

EOSTRAININGACADEMY.CO.UK

I own a top of the range Canon camera that I have never bothered to fully understand. It is only in lockdown that I became aware of this totally free on line course with Canon. Several hours of comprehensive on line lessons to taking better photographs. I have gained so much knowledge and hence developed a new hobby I am passionate about.

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JOJOS STYLIST TIP: All the above cultural experiences are FREE although many sites offer a donation option. Please donate as this industry has suffered monumentally during 2020 it will go along way to helping the industry survive so we can continue our new found passion in person and in full during 2021.

Mwah mwah

JOJO xxxxxxxxx