YOUR WEEKLY CLUB TO UPLIFT YOUR SPIRITS AND MAINTAIN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH WITH INSPIRATIONAL MANTRAS, TASKS OR JUST SIMPLE POSITIVITY SO YOU KNOW HOW SPECIAL YOU ARE IN THIS WORLD. HAPPINESS MATTERS ! YOU MATTER!
DIRTY DISHES SITTING IN A SINK CAN BE REALLY ANNOYING. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU LET THEM PILE UP. THEY CAN SIT THERE LOOKING AT YOU , MAKING YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE……..GETTING WORSE. THE LONGER YOU LEAVE THEM THE HARDER THEY ARE TO CLEAN. EVEN IN A DISHWASHER.
THE SAME IS TRUE WITH UNCOMFORTABLE ISSUES WE DON’T ADDRESS. UNKIND WORDS TO YOUR FRIENDS, A MOMENT OF INSENSITIVITY TO YOUR CHILD, A LIE TO YOUR PARTNER. WORDS ARE VERY POWERFUL THEY CAN STING OR SOOTHE, CREATE OR DESTROY. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS IDLE SPEECH.
TODAY , PONDER ON A SITUATION YOU HAVE LEFT TO FESTER. TODAY YOU WILL TAKE CONTROL OF THE SITUATION JUST BY USING KIND WORDS AND ACTIONS. YOU MAY HAVE MORE THAN ONE ‘DIRTY’ SITUATION IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW BUT TODAY JUST CONCENTRATE ON ONE. WHEN YOU SEE WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MAKES YOU WILL ENJOY CLEANING UP THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. A THOROUGH CLEAN IN TIME FOR THE SEASON OF GOODWILL.
AFTER ALL WE ALL LOVE AN EMPTY SINK AND A CUPBOARD FULL OF CLEAN DISHES.
MWAH MWAH XX
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: I THINK SOMETIMES WE OVER COMPLICATE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS THAT SOMETIMES JUST REQUIRE A SIMPLE SOLUTION. I AM PRETTY SURE IT WILL BE WELCOMED.
INSPIRING YOU TO BE YOUR BEST SELF WITH MOTIVATIONAL MESSAGES AND TASKS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK X
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
HI EVERYONE ! I JUST RETURNED FROM LUNCH WITH A GORGEOUS AND MENTALLY AGILE FRIEND OF MINE NOW IN HER LATE SEVENTIES. LIZZY WAS TELLING ME ABOUT A WONDERFUL GROUP OF FRIENDS SHE MEETS WITH AND THEY HAVE SET UP A GROUP CALEED “WHAT THE PAPERS SAY”.
THEY MEET ON A WEEKLY BASIS AND EACH FRIEND BRINGS A CUTTING FROM THE NEWSPAPERS THAT WEEK OF AN INTERESTING ARTICLE TO DISCUSS. IT CAN BE AN AMUSING ARTICLE OR A BUSINESS/POLITICAL (ALTHOUGH ANY BREXIT TALK IS BANNED) ARTICLE. ANYTHING THAT CAN PROVOKE DISCUSSION AND DEBATE. THIS KEEPS THEM ALL INFORMED BUT ALSO KEEPS THEM MENTALLY ASTUTE. RATHER THIS THEN JUST MEETING TO DISCUSS TRIVIALITIES OR IN HER WORDS KNITTING PATTERNS AND DWELLING ON AGEING HEALTH ISSUES.
THIS WEEKLY MEET UP REALLY WORKS FOR THESE GIRLS BUT IT GOT ME THINKING THAT THIS WOULD WORK FOR ALL AGES. SO I WANTED TO PASS THIS GREAT IDEA ON TO YOU.
SO THIS WEEK, TRY IT ONCE AND SEE HOW IT GOES. CHOOSE A DISCUSSION GROUP OF MAYBE 6 FRIENDS TO BRING AN INTERESTING ARTICLE FROM THE PAPERS OR A MAGAZINE TO DISCUSS. HAVE A REAL CONVERSATION ABOUT REAL ISSUES. BE YOUR OWN LOOSE WOMEN/MEN PANEL, HAVE FUN WITH IT AND FEEL PART OF IT. STIMULATE YOUR MIND TOGETHER YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD !!! BUT REMEMBER TO LISTEN AND RESPECT EACH OTHERS POINT OF VIEW.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP MAKING YOUR GROUP A MIX OF AGES, RACE AND GENERATIONS COULD BE EVEN MORE INTERESTING . MY FRIENDSHIP GROUP ENCOMPASSES MANY GENERATIONS AND RACE. I LEARN SO MUCH FROM THEM ALL.
YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF POSITIVITY, INSPIRATION AND TASKS TO GET YOU BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND UPLIFT YOU TO A BETTER PLACE FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. JOIN US FOR YOUR WEEKLY INJECTION OF THE HAPPINESS VACCINE !!
SEEDS AND WEEDS
AS WE APPROACH THE END OF LOCKDOWN AND THE DAWNING OF A NEW ERA IT IS TIME TO SHAKE UP OUR OWN IMMEDIATE ENVIRONMENT. TO ADOPT A FRESH APPROACH TO OUR OWN MENTAL HEALTH.
WE NEED TO PLANT MORE SEEDS IN OUR LIFE. SEEDS GERMINATE HOPE, FLOURISH , SUPPORT US AND PRODUCE GROWTH. WEEDS, ON THE OTHER HAND ARE THINGS/PEOPLE PRESENT IN OUR OWN LIFE THAT HOLD US BACK, SLOWLY STRANGLE US AND INHIBIT US MOVING ONWARDS AND UPWARDS. WEEDS CAN CAUSE US TO GET BOGGED DOWN AND BLOCK OUT THE LIGHT. WE CAN ALL IDENTIFY THE WEEDS THAT EXIST IN OUR OWN LIVES WE ALL HAVE THEM. WEEDS CAN BE TANGIBLE, PEOPLE OR JUST THOUGHTS THAT EXIST WITHIN OUR OWN MINDS.
THE TASK TODAY IS TO FIND A QUIET PLACE TO SIT DOWN WITH A PEN AND PAPER DIVIDED INTO TWO COLUMNS ‘WEEDS’ AND ‘SEEDS’. LIST IN YOUR LIFE THE PEOPLE AND SITUATIONS THAT ARE CAUSING NEGATIVITY IN YOUR LIFE UNDER ‘WEEDS’ AND THE GOOD THINGS THAT ARE IN YOUR LIFE THAT BRING JOY UNDER ‘SEEDS’. WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE WEED LIST AND JUST BY IDENTIFYING THEM MAY BE THE FIRST TIME YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY EXIST. CONCENTRATING ON THE SEED LIST CAN ENABLE GRATITUDE AND ALLOW YOU TO BUILD ON THE LIST YOU IDENTIFIED AS BEING PRODUCTIVE IN YOUR LIFE.
NOW, START TO SOW A NEW LIST TO ADD MORE SEEDS TO BE PLANTED READY TO FLOURISH. EACH MORNING ADD ONE THING TO YOUR LIST TO BRING JOY TO YOUR LIFE AND PUT IT INTO PRACTICE. THIS CAN BE A SMALL FAST FLOURISHING GROWTH OR A WHOLE FIELD THAT NEEDS CULTIVATING LONGER TERM. EG. SHORT TERM COULD BE TO PRACTICE MEDITATION AT A REGULAR TIME EACH DAY. SO TODAY I AM GOING TO DISCOVER ON LINE A DEEPAK CHOPRA MEDITATION COURSE TO FOLLOW. A MORE LONGER TERM PROPOSITION COULD BE TO RETRAIN FOR A CAREER THAT BRINGS JOY AND LIGHT INTO YOUR LIFE.
HAPPY SEED SOWING TEAM AND DON,T FORGET GET WEEDING !
MWAH MWAH. XXXXXX
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IT IS VERY USEFUL TO THINK IN TERMS OF BRINGING MORE LIGHT INTO YOUR LIFE BY CLEARING THE PATHWAY AND WITH A LITTLE BIT OF PHOTOSYNTHESIS CAN TRULY NOURISH THE MIND.I REALLY HOPE YOU FIND PLEASURE IN THIS PRACTICE ON A DAILY BASIS. START TO THINK DIFFERENTLY TODAY.
YOUR WEEKLY VISIT TO THE MENTAL HEALTH CLUB WHERE WE WORK TOGETHER TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WITH WORDS, TASKS AND A HEAVY DOSE OF POSITIVITY.
THE WEAPON OF LOVE
LETS FACE T WE ALL HAVE ENEMIES WHETHER THEY ARE KNOWN TO US OR INVISIBLE THERE WILL ALWAYS BE OTHER PEOPLE THAT MAY NOT LIKE US OR APPROVE OF WHAT WE DO OR ARE JUST HATEFUL BECAUSE THEY ARE IN A BAD PLACE OR WE HAVE MORE THAN THEY DO. IT MAY BE JUST THAT YOU REMIND THEM OF WHAT THEY CANNOT BE OR CANNOT HAVE. THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO KNOW THAT THIS IS MORE ABOUT THEIR OWN FEELING, THEIR OWN PAIN.
SO WHETHER THESE HATEFUL WEAPONS COME AT YOU FACE TO FACE OR THE INVISIBILITY OF SOCIAL MEDIA THEN IT IS TIME TO FIGHT BACK……….WITH LOVE! LOVE IS A WEAPON OF LIGHT AND CAN BANISH THE DARKNESS OF HATE. SO OFFER LOVE AND KINDNESS THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE CONFRONTED BY A BULLY AND WATCH THE DARKNESS DISAPPEAR. IT WILL TAKE CONSIDERABLE STRENGTH NOT TO FIGHT BACK WITH ANIMOSITY AND BITTERNESS BUT I KNOW HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME ON THIS JOURNEY AND I HAVE TRUST IN YOU TO TAKE THE RIGHT PATH AT THE NEXT CROSSROADS.
JUST TRY IT AND SEE. GUARANTEED RESULTS WHEN YOU PICK THE RIGHT WEAPON !
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP; THREE THINGS ARE SURE IN LIFE. DEATH, TAXES AND PEOPLE PREFER KINDNESS OVER NASTINESS !
INSPIRATION AND SUPPORT TO GET YOU THROUGH TO THE END OF THE WEEK. A WEEKLY MESSAGE AND TASKS TO STRENGTHEN THE SOUL.
THREE MANTRAS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
OUT OF MY LITTLE BOX OF POSITIVE MESSAGES I WANTED TO GIVE YOU THESE THREE. VERY POWERFUL TO CHANGE HOW YOU THINK ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND YOU.
BEING GRATEFUL FOR WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU HAVE IS EXTREMELY EMPOWERING AND INDUCES FEELINGS OF CONTENTMENT.
BEING KIND TO OTHERS IS VERY IMPORTANT. HOW WE TREAT OTHERS IS A REFLECTION OF SELF. SOMETIMES YOU WILL NOT ALWAYS HAVE YOUR KINDNESS RECIPROCATED BUT KNOWING YOU HAVE BEEN YOUR BEST SELF CAN ELEVATE YOU.
BEING GENTLE WITH YOURSELF AND LOVING YOURSELF IS FUNDAMENTAL TO YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. RECOGNISE WHEN YOU ARE NOT DOING THIS AND TAKE STEPS TO CHANGE IT. YOU ARE YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND FIRST AND FOREMOST.
SO I AM NOT GOING TO TELL YOU HOW TO INSTALL THESE MANTRAS INTO YOUR LIFE BUT FOCUS ON THESE MESSAGES ON A DAILY BASIS AND I PROMISE YOU YOUR LIFE WILL BE FAR MORE COMFORTABLE AND LOOK INSTANTLY MORE BEAUTIFUL.
GOOD LUCK TEAM!
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: WRITE THESE MANTRAS IN YOUR JOURNAL OR STICK THEM ON THE FRIDGE DOOR AS A GENTLE REMINDER TO LIFT YOUR SPIRIT.
INSPIRATION, NOTES AND TASKS TO LIGHTEN YOUR MENTAL MOOD AND STRENGTHEN YOUR MIND TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK.
HAPPY NEW YEAR !
THIS IS THE YEAR WHEN YOU SET AMAZING GOALS TO ENRICH YOUR LIFE. LETS FACE IT AFTER 2020 WE REALLY WANT THIS YEAR TO BE DIFFERENT. 2020 PROVIDED US WITH A PERIOD OF REFLECTION. A POSITIVE WE CAN ALL ACCEPT THAT WE KNOW OURSELVES MUCH BETTER IN A CRISIS.
TWO FISHERMAN ARE OUT FISHING ON THE RIVERBANK THEY THROW ALL THE SMALL FISH BACK INTO THE RIVER THEN ONE OF THEM LANDS A SUPER BIG FISH , HE MEASURES IT, THEN THROWS IT BACK. THE OTHER FISHERMAN ASTONISHED ASKS WHY HE THREW IT BACK. “ITS TOO BIG TO FIT INTO MY FRYING PAN, ANYTHING LARGER THAN MY FRYING PAN I THROW BACK BECAUSE I CAN’T COOK IT !”
THE UNIVERSE IS OFFERING ALL OF US ABUNDANCE AND UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES BUT IF YOUR PERSONAL VESSEL IS SMALL OR LIMITED YOU CANNOT FIT IT ALL IN. SO WE HAVE TO EXPAND OUR VESSEL AND OUR VISION.
SO ARE YOU DREAMING BIG ?
ARE YOU LIMITING POSSIBILITIES UNINTENTIONALLY ?
IS YOUR THINKING SMALL ?
ARE YOU RESTRICTING WHAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ?
SO TODAY THINK BIGGER HOW CAN YOU EXPAND YOUR DESIRES FOR A BETTER LIFE.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: AIM FOR THE MOON SO AT LEAST YOU WILL GET THE STARS.
Those of you that follow me on my channel will know I only eat one meal a day between 1pm and 5pm. But I like to start my day with a green juice to ensure I get plenty of vitamins and the bulk of my 5 a day out of the way. Even though I sometimes make a berry smoothie generally it is healthier to stick to veggies as they produce less sugar on juicing. Happy juicing guys !
The benefits are huge and I could go on for ever but I am sure you have other things to get on with !!! Let me summarise in simple bullet points:
Bathes body in rich plant nutrients
Boosts immune system
Chlorophyll detoxes the liver
Antioxidants to promote healthy skin.
Medicinal adding healing foods to counteract specific ailments (more on this later)
I used to use spinach but there have been some warnings about unhealthy amounts of cadmium levels but I am investigating this and will get back to you with more informed advice.
Kale (one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet)
Cucumber (95% water great for hydration)
Chia seeds (omega 3,fibre and quality protein)
Ginger (anti inflammatory, energy boost)
Pineapple (for sweetness, boosts immunity,high anti oxidants)
Flaxseed oil (skin health, also a good internal cleanser, healthy hair, fats)
Alkalising super green powder ( to reduce acid in the body important to maintain a good ph in the body)
Plenty of ice ! ( just tastes better chilled )
Now you can add medicinal properties to your basic recipe e.g. turmeric for arthritis or any sort of inflammation, parsley for water retention, mint for bloating or headaches,cayenne to boost metabolism. Cinnamon for cholesterol. Fennel ( I use as I love the taste) but great for digestion. Garlic to lower blood pressure. Ashwaganda powder great for the menopause. reduces anxiety ,can boost testosterone, an ancient medicinal root.
Just pop it all into your Nutri Ninja which I assume you all have one by now and BLEND ! ENJOY …………
JOJOS STYLE LIST TIP : you need to do this daily to reap the benefits. leave out the avocado as can be too calorific for a daily basis juice. Save it for a treat
The nights are drawing in and there is a hint of chilliness in the air. The AW 2020 went ahead last February just before we all went into lockdown but it is only now that your thoughts are turning to your Autumn Winter wardrobe. It is quite eclectic this season where almost anything goes. So please don’t mistake fashion for style especially more important as you get to your fifties and beyond. So my tips for this season are to invest in some hardworking pieces such as Coats and boots. Then choose a couple of statement pieces to build upon and mix up with some cheaper high street basics. Remember as a Colour Expert I must advise you to dress according to your colour palette for maximum style impact.
So if you have yet to check out your colour and image selection on our previous blogs search those first under the STYLE and BEAUTY areas. But put simply Coats are a large colour way across your body so ‘warm’ tones should choose chocolate or camel and cooler tones should choose navy or black. Use these colours as a base for your AW wardrobe. All these colours are classic colours and as investment pieces will have longevity in your wardrobe. With coats a good tip is too try one size SMALLER than you normally are for a more fitted tailored look. Keep to classic long line styles. The trend at the moment is just to throw them over your shoulders. To this end CAPES continue their popularity from AW19 although wise to avoid this if you are smaller and curvier.
A quick word about boots. This season it is your choice ranging from ankle, sock boots, biker boots, knee high , thigh high. Over fifty if you are going to go thigh high stick to flat boots. Heels AND thigh high are just too much for more mature ladies and just over the knee may be a better choice. But take advantage of the very many choices on offer to completely change the look of an outfit. Also a good pair of boots can last a lifetime if you choose according to your correct style palette. PLEASE PLEASE ensure your boots fit correctly around the calves I hate gaping and bagginess in poorly fitting boots.
Colours to look out for this Autumn of course we have the usual cyclical Autumn colours , camel, burgundy, olive greens but shake things up with show stopping red which featured heavily across London, Paris, Italy and New York AW catwalks . Reds to suit every palette glossy orangey reds for warmer palettes and crimson and cooler reds for Summer and Winter palettes.
Brown with black is usually a stylist no no but again was heavily seen in The AW20 collections paired together for a modern take. Put the brown closer to your face if a warmer palette or the Black if you have identified as a cooler palette. One surprising colour for Autumn is MINT GREEN already filtered down to the high street a lovely fresh colour to infuse into your Autumn wardrobe. In fact I think that the fashion pack are labelling it CELERY !!
REMEMBER do not substitute style for fashion. STAY AWAY FROM THESE TRENDS IF YOU ARE 50+ ………..puffball hems ( we have just got over the embarrassment the first time around ), belting tailored Jackets (does not suit anyone , any age), animal prints ( personally hate them, they look tired and dated, regurgitated every season), knitted dresses (unflattering unless you are aged 20 and 8 stone).
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JOJO STYLELIST TIP: SHOP RESPONSIBLY AND RESPECT SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION BY INVESTMENT LONGER TERM PURCHASING. PLANNING YOUR WARDROBE IS ESSENTIAL TO AVOID WEEKLY THROWAWAY FASHION PURCHASES. KNOWING YOUR OWN STYLE OR ENLISTING THE HELP OF A STYLIST CAN GO A LONG WAY TO REDUCING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT.
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Epictetus was an ancient Greek Philosopher whose teachings are still relevant today. Arguably even MORE relevant in these difficult times we have found ourselves in. To let go of things that are beyond our control and focus what we do have in our control. This especially applies to the mind, one thing we ALWAYS have is our own mind this alone is in our own power.
Conduct ourselves through life fulfilling our duties to our children, parents and fellow citizens and everything else will come do not try to control external influences as they will come.
So your MANTRA today :
“HE IS A WISE MAN WHO DOES NOT GRIEVE FOR THE THINGS WHICH HE HAS NOT, BUT REJOICES FOR THOSE WHICH HE HAS ” – Epictetus
In these PC times and so as not to offend anyone please substitute ‘Man’ with ‘Person’ as this applies to us all. Remember this WAS ancient Greece !!
JOJO STYLELIST TIP: WHILE YOU ARE BUSY PLANNING YOUR FUTURE DO NOT LET YOUR PRESENT PASS YOU BY. APPRECIATE THE HERE AND NOW
YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION, TIPS AND TASKS TO FILL THE HOLE IN YOUR SOUL AND BRING BACK SOME POSITIVITY INTO YOUR WORLD AND FILL THE REST OF YOUR WEEK WITH SUNSHINE.
SO TODAY MY STYLISTAS I WANT YOU TO BE SUPER STYLISH AND PRACTISE THE FOLLOWING MANTRA.
KINDNESS IS FREE. SPRINKLE THAT STUFF EVERYWHERE………..
IN A PARTICULARLY CRUEL WORLD AT THE MOMENT IT COSTS NOTHING TO BE KIND TO THOSE WE KNOW AND MORE SO TO PEOPLE WE DON,T KNOW. UNEXPECTED KINDNESS CAN BE MORE POWERFUL.
THIS WEEK SPRINKLE YOUR KINDNESS EVERYWHERE TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS BUT ALSO TO STRANGERS YOU ENCOUNTER ALONG THE WAY . THIS WILL LIGHT UP YOUR SOUL AND BRING YOU JOY AND HAPPINESS NOT TO MENTION LIGHTING THE FLAMES IN OTHER PEOPLE SOUL.
SO GO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE IT IS YOUR POWER TO DO THIS.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: KINDNESS COSTS NOTHING, IT MAKES YOU HAPPY , MAKE OTHERS HAPPY SO WHY DO WE CHOOSE SO OFTEN NOT TO DO IT ?