Archive for March, 2013

An unexpected encounter…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 16 March 2013 by misselisabethuk

Week 11 and a chance encounter on a flight back from Edinburgh to London this week got me thinking further about how we interact with our fellow human beings.  The many opportunities we are given for human interaction every day, that pass us by (or me by).

I got to my aisle seat and the person in the seat next to me was already settled in his window seat.  This flight was usually full of business types, as this was a popular commuter route, but he was different, youngish and casually dressed.  He looked more like someone on holiday rather than a commuter.  He was charming and started his conversation with how cold I must have been in this weather wearing a skirt.  Well that was the ice-breaker.

We talked virtually the whole way back to London about jobs, opportunities and the way we looked at life generally.  Cup half full or half empty? and what constraints we actually had in our lives….  I noticed he was reading a book called ‘Change your life with NLP’ by Lindsey Agness and thought that maybe I was his guinea pig.  Was he trying out some of his new-found techniques that he had read about in his book?

Well whatever the reason was, it was a refreshing and engaging encounter, which made a pretty mundane flight interesting and full of life.  In fact, it was very inspiring to think that two complete strangers could spend an hour talking about life, swapping experiences only to part company, strangers once more, to continue their own personal life journey.

And I thought to myself how lucky I had been to be a positive part of his life journey and him mine.

Remember: Every connection we make with the people around us is an important part of personal growth (for you and them), a lesson for us all.

Have a great week and go connect with a stranger, you never know what you might learn from them or about yourself.


Vision Board – March 2013

Posted in General Scribbings with tags , , , , , , , , on 10 March 2013 by misselisabethuk

Thought I would share my March 2013 vision board with you….


There are a number of areas I am going to work on covering health, happiness, financial and musical aspirations.  This board will focus my thoughts and when things get difficult remind me of what I want to achieve.

Try one for yourself and let me know how you get on with reaching your personal goals and objectives.

Wot no Blog…. Singing Weekend Baby!!

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 9 March 2013 by misselisabethuk

Weeks 9 and 10, and in the inimitable words of the Beetles “All together now, all together now….”

I actually have a great excuse for not blogging last weekend and that was because I went away with a fantastic group of people for a singing weekend in Cheshunt, UK.  And what a blast!  Now a couple of pounds heavier,  more musically enlightened, with a skip in my step and a song in my heart, a newly bonded network of singers to perform with and a restored focus on music in my life.

A really successful weekend, which allowed me to spend some quality time with a friend, relax and get into the spirit of music and the joy it can bring to your body and soul.  I had a fair bit of time to think too, in between the packed schedule of music through the ages and plethora of food on offer to distract you (hence the weight gain!), I thought why when something brings me so much pleasure do I not make more time for it in my life.

This was a very good question and one that I couldn’t answer because there was no reason, I was in control of making that decision no-one else.  I’m sure we are all guilty of not putting ourselves first, getting the enjoyment we need and instead giving this up maybe to ensure others are more catered for.  However, we can offer so much more to others if we ourselves are happy and fulfilled, it is not selfish to be a whole and happy person.

I wanted to share with you what we covered over the weekend and then move on to what actions I’ve taken since:

And so to the schedule of events:

Saturday 2nd March
09:00-10:30 Session No.1 – Warm up, getting to know each other
11:00-13:00 Session No.2 – Hildegard von Bingen / Perotin
14:00-15:30 Session No.3 – Robert Jones
15:45-17:00 Session No.4  – Henry VIII / Vivaldi

Sunday 3rd March
09:00-10:30 Session No.5 – Mozart
11:00-12:00 Session No.6 – Verdi
13:00-14:30 Session No.7 – Verdi plus Cello, Violin and piano
15:00-16:00 Session No.8 – Recording

I think you would agree a packed weekend.  I was so tired afterwards, it’s taken me nearly a week to restore my energy levels back to my pre singing weekend levels.

So what actions have I taken since, well;

1) I have signed up for some piano/music theory lessons to improve my understanding of how music fits together and will hopefully also give me the ability to accompany myself when writing my own music,

2) I have given myself some music goals, such as listening to music to relax – I am a great lover of silence but think music plays just as greater part in improving your well-being as a moment of silence does,

3) I will incorporate music in a ‘Vision Board’ which I intend to make myself to realise my other life’s ambitions…. maybe more on that another day.

So that’s it from me, have a super weekend y’all and remember, if music be the food of love, play on….


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