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How to become a Reiki Practitioner…

May 30, 2011

** Guest Blog – Susan Smalley **

** Reiki Master & Teacher **

** Regular guest on BBC Radio Newcastle Breakfast Show **

What happens at a Reiki Healing Level I Attunement?
Reiki Healing is a gentle form of channelling of natural healing energies, following the Japanese Dr. Usui disciplines and theory. When you undergo the attunement (blending with the power) it is reportedly different for everybody, but the main emphasis will be on cleansing your life of all the things that you no longer need. Diet, health, exercise and learning how to use the Reiki Energy will most likely be the focus for the first six months after your attunement.

You will never stop learning, and the attunement is only the first step in your healing process. Once you have become accustomed to the Reiki energy and use it for healing yourself as well as others, you will be amazed at the personality changes that occur in yourself as you begin to look inward and really get to know yourself like you never have before!

My own experience saw many changes not only within myself, but to those who were around me! Many of my students have reported major changes in their relationships, communication, confidence, money, career, friendships, family relations, clarity of mind, and of course, in their physical health, emotional wellbeing, and mental balance.

Who would not wish to have this potential for change at their very fingertips?  Training is only one day, with a follow-up session after 21 days.

You receive a Reiki Healing Level I Manual to assist you in your learning, and also you are taught the whole Reiki Healing procedure. In addition, you receive a full Reiki Healing session after a Meditation session with me. I love training others and sharing the Reiki history and power. Join me, and see the changes for yourself.

Reiki Level 1 Training & Certificate is £120.00
Once completed and sufficient practical experience is gained in helping yourself and others you can then make the commitment if you wish to go onto the
Reiki Level II Training & Certificate £130.00
Where you will be given the three ancient power symbols to use in your Reiki Healing. Once the day’s training is complete, and a second appointment to discuss your progress has been undertaken, a Certificate will be issued to you, which enables you to work as a Reiki Practitioner with the general public. You need this Certificate in order to obtain your Public Liability & Personal Indemnity Insurance, by Law when you begin your pathway of helping the general public.

Should you find yourself dedicated to Reiki Healing – you may wish to further enhance your knowledge and experience, in order to train others. The Reiki Master Teacher Training is very enjoyable, and along with the theory, you will gain lots of experience in a practical sense.
Reiki Master/Teacher Level £300.00
(you will have to present your certificates and lineage to prove your training in Reiki if you have previously completed your Levels I and Levels II).

Thank you to Susan for Inspiring our What’s On 4 Me Fans!  Susan is also qualified in Personal Development Coaching, Psychic Mediumship & Spiritual Mediumship Development Teaching,  Meditation Coaching – more information can be found on What’s On 4 Me

If you would like to Guest Blog on What’s On 4 Me to inspire our fans then contact us now

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Run for your life! Sam is…

May 24, 2011

** Guest Blog – Sam Willoughby, Founder & MD of What’s On 4 Ltd **

Until August last year my experience of running can be summarised as follows:  freezing cold cross country runs at school or 100m sprints where I always was last and don’t get me started on Sports Day!  I’m sure these are memories shared by many people who are not natural born runners.

But something happened 9 months ago to change this.   In May last year I’d started going to Body Combat classes and have done these ever since, I love these classes, but that is for another blog!  What Body Combat did was increase my fitness and confidence in my own ability to give running a try.  So I gave it a try.  I ran a mile.  That’s it.  I actually ran the whole mile.
A minor miracle for me.

Since then I’ve increased my distance and speed to now running 3 miles, with hills at about 11m 30s a mile.  I’m completely addicted to it.  When I’m in the middle of a run I still feel like dying of course but I don’t and I keep getting better.  I use my iphone and an app called Runkeeper to track my progress and this has really helped spur me on.

I’m in our karate centre (where I do Body Combat) Running Team for our local Race for Life 5k in June – who’d have thought! 

I’ll never be a natural runner but I do now understand why people do it and love it.  Running is also one factor that has helped me lose a stone in weight this year, along with Body Combat and using another app called MyFitnessPal.

So if you’re looking for a personal challenge this could be it?  And seriously, if I can do it absolutely anyone can!

Sam

To find your nearest Running Club see www.whatson4me.co.uk

 

If you would like to Guest Blog on What’s On 4 Me to inspire our fans then contact us now

 

MUSIC, SUN AND FUN – it has to be FESTIVAL time

May 16, 2011

Who needs Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Carlisle and the Foo Fighters?

Head down to Doncaster’s Sandall Park Fake Festival this Saturday and catch the Four Fighters  – ( Click here to WIN TICKETS!! )

Summer has well and truly begun and for music lovers here at www.whatson4me.co.uk, we can’t wait for the big start at 12.30pm, when the festival opens.  Sonny Donny will host the best tribute festival in the country, Fake Festivals is bringing back to Sandall Park a jam packed day of live entertainment, music and look-alikes!!

“We have played all over the UK and Europe and at some pretty big festivals but nothing beats the intimacy of these Fake Festivals believe me,” says Iain Angus of Four Fighters. “As a singer you want to interact with the crowd and see the whites of their eyes, this is just the place to give us that. This will be our third year on the Fake Festivals tour and we are doing more dates this year than ever. I’m ready to blow the roof off with our Foo Fighters set, I just hope everyone is ready for us!”

If that wasn’t enough to build the anticiipation, headlining along with the Four Fighters are Blondied and Oasish. “I like to think I am a perfectionist when it comes to re-creating the look and the sound of Liam and Oasis, and I reckon Fake Festivals are also perfectionists when it comes to re-creating festival atmosphere,” says Paul Higginson of Oasis. “We love what they do for us and for the crowds we play to. Expect to see the Liam swagger and the full set of classic Brit pop tunes you all know and love. It’s going to be a fantastic festival and I am ‘Mad for it!”

So with the promise of sunshine on Saturday, where else would you want to be than Sandall Park Fake Festival?

There is also a huge one time only, and especially for Fake Festivals, special guest appearance by the Chippendoubles. After they found fame on Britain’s Got Talent, The Chippendoubles have become one of the UK’s most sought after acts, and they are coming to Sandall Park to give a special one off performance. As they thrive on the element of surprise, Fake Festivals do not know what time they will be on stage, so make sure you are there early on in the afternoon so as not to miss them. They could jump on stage at any time!

Walkabout and Fake Festivals have also collaborated this year to bring you the Fake Festivals after party, which will be held at Walkabout straight after the festival, so head down there for drinks offers and to continue the party, along with the Fake festivals team and bands.

Tickets are priced at £17 Adult, £12.50 Young Person (7-17 years), and a Family Ticket of 2 adults and 2 young people at £50. Under 7’s are free.

Tickets are available from www.fakefestivals.co.uk, and also available from the following outlets:

  • Doncaster Free Press Office
  • Sandall Park Café
  • Day Today Store, Wheatley
  • C&N News, Kirk Sandall
  • Formula One Motorist Discount, Edenthorpe
  • L Beevers Newsagents, Armthorpe
  • Electro Music, Copley Road

Zumba Master Class with Jaime Farfan!

May 13, 2011

Jaime Farfan (ZES)

Well I’ve been along to maybe one hundred Zumba sessions now since my luring into the sport last Summer and yet my “Master Class” was a Zumba session with a difference!

The Internationally renowned Jaime Farfan, Zumba Educational Specialist (ZES) who travels the globe with the creator of Zumba “Beto Perez” held a Master Class at the Platinum Dance Studio and it was out of this world – on many levels…

Marilyn and Jaime Farfan

Even if you do not do Zumba, then imagine this….

– to be led, WITHOUT A SPOKEN WORD, for one and half hours, in the rhythms of dance;

– to dance all manner of dance style – latin, street, salsa, rumba, belly dancing to name a few;

– to dance with a leader of Zumba who travels with Beto Perez the creator of Zumba and to learn the moves which have stirred nations globally;

– (And for us with a pound or several to lose) around 700/900 calories per hour.

Marilyn and the Platinum Dance Studia Team

If you’ve not been to Zumba, let alone a Masterclass, then click here to find out more details of Zumba classes in your area

Also, Jaime Farfan will be showcasing at the Zumba Nightlife Event organised by Platinum Dance Studio – click here for contact information!

Marilyn 🙂

Create MORE “Me Time” – meet the Roomba…! (bang on trend for our What’s On 4 Me fans!)

May 11, 2011

Roomba by iRobot

What an absolute treat it was to review the Roomba by iRobot!

This certainly is a vaccum with a difference!! Yes…it made light work of the front  room…*yawn yawn*…yes it cleaned around all of the edges…*yawn yawn*…yes it tackled the tiles and hardwood floor…*yawn yawn*… Hmmmm – sounds just like any over vacuum….

HOWEVER… I watched this vacuum from the comfort of my own couch!!

*** See the full review and Marilyn’s video here ***

The Roomba even “magically knew” (obviously by some form of technology!) where the dirty areas were and zipped over to those pronto…!

It is so good that Kevin McCloud mentioned the Roomba in his presentation at Grand Designs at the weekend – So i’m not the only fan!!

I now NEED one  and everyone should have one, because not only does it DO THE WORK FOR YOU, you can even program it to vaccum on specific days and times, so your vacuuming will be done when you’re out!! 

It’s the next best thing to having a cleaner and most definitely a product which genuinely gives you far more “Me Time”! 

Well done iRobot – bang on trend for our What’s On 4 Me fans! 

Marilyn 🙂

Spending our “Me Time” at Grand Designs LIVE London

May 9, 2011
 

We were invited by our special friend Rob at Media10 to come along to the Grand Designs LIVE London at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London and what a fantastic show it was.

Naomi Cleaver, George Clarke & my boys

All of the exhibitors brought inspiring ideas for the home and garden and more! Our boys were test-driving garden toys, playhouses, swings and garden beanbags.  We fawned over swimming pools, hot tubs, entertainment systems, glass houses, tree houses!  I meandered around the kitchen area, musing over equipment and out-of-this world technology, and then got “lost” in several demonstrations for juicing, mixing, chopping and peeling – coming home with a variety of eco-friendly and efficiency saving items for the kitchen! 

The interior design area was simply stunning and was jam-packed with ideas for just about everything!  I could have shopped till the cows came home! The designs, the technology, lighting, colours, patterns, layouts, prints, photos, furniture, statues – there was just so much to choose from! :O 

And, many people were carrying around their purchases – wooden giraffes, duck shaped lights, rugs – they possibly didn’t know that for a small fee for a VIP package they could’ve dropped their purchases off in the VIP lounge for safe keeping! 

How good is that ladies?!?!  Shop and drop….shop and drop…! 🙂

John Burton-Race Restaurant on site

For lunch we had a tasty treat at John Burton-Race’s Restaurant.  It’s brilliant that in the middle of busy, bustling day you can escape the hoards and sample delicious cuisine at the venue.   We had beef carpaccio for starters and delicious lamb for main, and I have to say it was on par with John Christoff-Nouvelli’s restaurant at Grand Designs LIVE Birmingham which we sampled last year.  We feel the restaurants are a real highlight and a chance to sample amazing food, so I’m very much looking forward to next year’s guest chef!   

Kevin McCloud and us

My husband, being an avid fan of Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs and George Clarke’s Renovation Man, spent most of his day watching the presentations and seminars – joining in the discussions and sniggering at Kevin’s references to saucy behaviour that he sneaked into his presentation!  (I didn’t get the full gist of what it was but I’ll report back on that!)

So, after a glass of champagne which were also complimentary with the VIP tickets, we finished off our wonderful day and headed back.

One other great thing that I should mention about the show which I personally find brilliant is the layout! I lose my bearings regularly, so tend to get anxious in large stadiums and venues!  However, radiating from the centre there are several “avenues” to each of the show areas – you’re completely unable to get lost and I confidently navigated every area knowing exactly where I was! 🙂

Thank you to Rob at Media10 for inviting us and click here to see other National Events.

From Coast to Mountain (and back) in a Beer Glass!

May 6, 2011

Newspapers spot What's On 4 Me's Judge Brian at Doncaster Beer Festival

Brian from South Yorkshire What’s On 4 Me, recently judged ales at the Doncaster Beer Festival and here’s what he reports back…

The theme of this year’s Doncaster CAMRA Beer Festival was COAST & MOUNTAIN. A quest, not so much for the perfect pint, but a CELEBRATION of all the finest beers…

Well it was worth the wait, and required a reasonable recovery time (for www.whatson4me.co.uk ‘s resident publandlord), as the 21st Doncaster CAMRA Beer Festival was a resounding success. DoncasterCollege’s Hub campus was an excellent TAP ROOM for the estimated 2,500 people in attendance throughout the Festival. Afterall, a venue of prominence and stature was a prerequisite to house more than 100 cask ales including milds, stouts, porters, ciders and pale ales. And that is before we made a start at the continental bar featuring beers from around the globe.

With beer tokens in hand we approached, to all intense purposes, the Hadrians wall of Doncaster constructed from a seemingly infinite line of casks…

This blogger had a lips smacking sense of anticipation as we started our ‘tour’naturally with the whatson4me sponsored Impy Dark fromBrampton.  An excellent introduction laced with the aroma and flavours of roasted coffee and chocolate.

Now with the serious business of judging to follow it was time to sit down with fellow panellists, a plate of dry crackers and some still water (to clean the palate) and some last minute guidance from CAMRA Pubs ‘ officer Bob Kiddle .

Serious, professional business this beer tasting – the lengths the Whatson4me Team go to…

Faced with 9 Golden Ales of various hues we set to work with gay abondon – that is to say, we started to drink. The beer flowed, the chatter was colourful and the bonhomie magnificent…

Seriously we should all make this a regular part of our social diary, be it at CAMRA festivals or simply amongst friends.

This is the way to partake in sampling everything from ‘Spanked Monkey IPA’ to ‘Mrs Simpsons Thriller in Manilla’  or ‘Gecko To Nose You’ and ‘The Codrington Codger’, Doncaster’s own ‘Zigger Zagger’ courtersy of the Toad Brewery, the delightful ‘Lucinda’s Lager’ (not just for the ladies) and one of your blogger’s personal favourites; ‘ Scratty Ratty’…. 

I could go on… but this year’s winners were:

Best Bitter of the Festival and Overall Beer of the Festival – Skinners Keel Over

Speciality Beer- Isle of Avalon Willow’s Raspberry Ripple

Golden Ale – Townhouse Enigma

Mild – Isle of Avalon Jake’s Mild 

Porter – Elland 1872 Porter

Bitter – Mallinsons Europa

Stout – Two Roses Black Beauty

So with the ‘professional’ duties duly fulfilled it was time to make a start on my favourite corner of the festival. No not the succulent morsels from the HUB’s food counters , or the live music stage with excellent local bands, or the kids/family area, but the CONTINENTAL BAR.

This ‘taster’ had stepped up the ante to enter those legendary beerhalls ofValhalla!

After all to enjoy the ‘Mirabelle’ a 3.5% plum flavoured lambic fromBelgiumto theSierra Nevada’Bigfoot Barley Wine Ale’ @ 9.6% introduces new extremes of fine beer appreciation.

This was a great event for everyone (ages, shapes & sizes), a clean and efficient venue with lots of friendly people.

The presence in the crowd of such a wide age range, from young to slightly more mature, and the high proportion of the fairer looking sex truly made this a festival to revisit.

Watch out for more CAMRA events in your locALE by visting www.whatson4me.co.uk

Lifestyle Change in Progress!!

May 5, 2011

We’re busy working on our May Edition of our What’s On 4 Me monthly (request one here), and we have a very inspiring section all about changing your lifestyle! It’s very informative and to be honest, whilst working on it’s really got me thinking too about what I can change in my life…

I know I shouldn’t get too involved in everything I read and edit on our site – as I’d be out dancing, walking, bingo-ing, rock-climbing, etc. day and night! – but I just can’t help the thoughts churning over with this one! And you see, I’m changing lots already….but I just don’t feel like I’ve quite really hit the heart of it yet….I still feel like I’m not 100% where I want to be, and I’ve just been prompted with this article to try to put my finger on what it was that was bothering me.

You see…I’m already on the case with losing weight – I’ve been doing that through ZUMBA (if you didn’t see me previous update I’ve dropped a dress size Woohoo!)…I’m currently studying, so I definitely don’t have time for a new course…we’ve done as much improvement work around the house as we can handle…

So…I was casting my eye a bit closer to home and….YES! it definitely has to be an image change!! Everything around me has been changing, but little ol’ me has been stuck in a bit of time warp! So it’s high time to get out of this Tardis and make a change.   Now I’m not sure where I’m going to go with this (or who is coming with me!), but there is definitely much room for improvement!

I’m not getting any younger, wrinkles are appearing on my wrinkles…I found my first grey hair a few weeks ago…some parts of my body migrated South for the Winter and never returned….SO – it’s time to take a good long look at my body, face, make-up, wardrobe and cast a brand new eye over it! BUT…where do I go for image advice? What’s the form these days?? Do we have consultants who can handle such a sizeable task? Or is it mums and friends still?

Where do you start? Who can be trusted to give a good opinion about a new direction – I don’t want to come out the other end looking like an 80’s version of myself! I’m open to suggestions here…where do I start??…

(May’s Special Update request – so you can be inspired too!)

“Welcome to What’s On 4 Me”…

May 3, 2011

Well, I’m not normally a very creative type, but I have to give myself a pat on the back for this one!

I wanted to create a short video clip to give a flavour of “What’s On 4 Me” (www.whatson4me.co.uk) and the listings we promote – to inspire our visitors!  It’s not 100%, but it’s a big step on the road there!

I’d love to know what you think…!

Marilyn


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