Making it Happen

Making it Happen – Dealing with Disappointments

 

One thing I love to do is plan. I have lots and lots notebooks where I write my plans, ideas, dreams and aspirations.  I love doing this and I especially love to tick things off when they’re done! When things don’t go according to plan it can throw me off a little, or sometimes a lot…

When I was younger I met someone who I thought I would spend the rest of my life with. We started talking about marriage and even started to make some plans together. In my eyes this was it – this was “the one” and my journey as his wife would soon begin! I needed to get ready! I needed to prepare – and that’s what I started doing. That was my new focus! So, you can imagine my disappointment when I found out that he cheated on me and everything subsequently fell apart…

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Making It Happen – at the LT!

I was talking to someone really special about her love life the other day (as I do!) and she was convinced that she had tried everything to find that special someone that would complement her.

I then asked her if she would be attending the 80s Night at the Love Therapy on Feb 15. She had no idea what I was talking about!

 

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‘”Learn everything you can, but think for yourselves.'”

A bit of background…

A few years ago, I started a Black History Month initiative at work (a North London Secondary school; boys and girls) and I was aiming to take the cliché out of the whole thing and to get the students to realise that there was so much to learn from people who have overcome in a world where they were not seen as equal or even human.  I wanted them to see that when you really strip back the people that are often put up as posters during October, we will see that the things that made these people notable in fact was their character and their spirit, something that transcends all colour and races.

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Making it Happen with Kalema White

 

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Making It Happen with Dennica Abdo of the Faraway Tree collection

1.)   Please briefly describe the nature of your business

Handcrafted jewellery, bags and accessories including Kawaii style phonecases. My line is quite vast from “jewellery jewellery” to celebrity inspired fads  to gemstones, crystals and fabrics.  At the moment I have been focusing on my eco-friendly denim line and have gone back to my artsie background using different techniques to make unique pieces.

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The challenge to continue

We’ve heard it time and time again, “you can achieve whatever you wish”. We’ve heard it so many times that we have become immune to this kind of “positive talk”. Do we actually believe it anymore? Because at first, we were all excited about the prospect that we could really live the life that we wanted to! Remember the business idea or the new career path we were going to embark on? After time, the notion grew weak and complacency set in – we settled, again.

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Making it happen

When I was 13 years old, I had finally decided what I wanted to do in life; career wise anyway. I was going to be a music teacher in a secondary school. At my options evening at school, year 9, I worked out the path I was going to take. I was going to do Music and Drama GCSEs at school, Music A level at college, a Music degree at university and then my one year teaching training course. I had it all set up in my mind. Perfect? Well… not really.

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Making it Happen For PT

When a special mentor made a unique meeting a year ago on his short visit to the UK, my once dormant creative streak was suddenly awakened. “Everyone has a story and someone out there would like to listen to it.”  Intrigued, I focused on every word that was to follow. “What’s your story,” he said. “Who would want to listen to it?” he then asked, “And how will you get this story to them?”

What? Who? And how?

I could make my story of despair, heartbreak, betrayal and shame something that others could learn from, perhaps identify with and in turn, I could set them on the same road to recovery that I took. This was simply genius! Now I had to make it happen.

Enter: The Purple Touch.

I realised through that meeting that airing my seemingly dirty laundry could actually help others.  I could finally show the world my ugly scars of pain that though healed through my faith and drive to start again was being hidden by thick layers that society had convinced me should never be revealed to anyone.

By making this happen, I have identified what is my story: divorce and heartbreak that ends in learning many valuable lessons in love.

Who would want to listen: Anyone who has been heartbroken, betrayed or ashamed.

How could I get this out to them: The Purple Touch – a website that’s about real women with real issues and a heart to help.

Making it Happen For PT

 

 

 

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Making it happen? Hardly!

By Sherene Changoo

When I was asked to write this article, I laughed and immediately said to myself, what could I possibly contribute to this very innovative section where the usual writers normally have amazing financial/ career and business advice to share based on their experiences? Quite the contrast, I work in a high stress, highly pressurized and deadline-driven office and that produces material often done in a rush and not void of mistakes (!) Me, making it happen? Not at all!

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