Publish your Book with Karen Brown

Publish your Book with Karen Brown

When I asked Karen to join us on #irishweddingchat – I had a feeling in my bones that she would be amazing!

The give away was amazing! A “wedding planner insert” for the winner to Brand and Publish! WOW WOW WOW! Imagine that – all you had to do was join our chat and use the hashtag #irishweddingchat and #weddingplanner to be in with a chance to WIN and publish your first book!

Publish your Book with Karen Brown

I invited Karen because I had the pleasure of being part of her challenge to publish a book. I was full of ideas. And, was all geared up and excited. Only I didn’t finish the challenge – cause Irish Wedding Chat takes up a lot of my time. I’ve a bit of a habit of forgetting to take that into consideration. But, hey ho – that’s the way it goes.

I digress, I knew that you, my fellow makers, creators and service providers would really benefit from Karen coming on as our Guest. And, I wasn’t wrong! We had an amazing Twitter Hour! Followed by a wonderful interview. I could have chatted with Karen for hours. Love when that happens.

Let’s dive into our Twitter Hour for those of you who missed it.

Q1: Due to Covid-19 many weddings are postponed. You had to reschedule your own wedding. Tell us about it?

Q1: Due to Covid-19 many weddings are postponed. You had to reschedule your own wedding. Tell us about it? 
Publish your Book | Karen Brown. Coach, Author and Publisher

We had planned to get married in Florida, but after 9/11 all flights were cancelled. My sister and mum were able to travel but everyone else’s plans were cancelled.

Q2: Your guests were unable to travel to your wedding. What did you do?

Q2: Your guests were unable to travel to your wedding. What did you do?
Publish your Book | Karen Brown. Coach, Author and Publisher

Because we’d booked annual leave and had to take it, instead we flew to Mexico the following week and ended up having our honeymoon before our wedding!

Q3: What happened to your Wedding?

Q3: What happened to your Wedding?
Publish your Book | Karen Brown. Coach, Author and Publisher

When we got back, we looked at what we had, what we needed and organised a wedding in 6 weeks. Some of my in-laws said it was the best wedding they’d been to!

Q4: What is your advice to those who have had to cancel their wedding plans as a result of Covid-19?

Q4: What is your advice to those who have had to cancel their wedding plans as a result of Covid-19?
Publish your Book | Karen Brown. Coach, Author and Publisher

Just remember it’s not the end of the world, it’s just a delay. You’re still getting  married. Once you have the date sorted, work backwards and plan it out.

Look at what you have and what you need to re-schedule. We had all the clothes & rings but had to organise a venue, flowers, cake, the registrar etc. Get as much help as you can.

Q5: Tell us about the free challenge you’re running this week?

Q5: Tell us about the free challenge you're running this week?
Publish your Book | Karen Brown. Coach, Author and Publisher

Each month I run a free challenge to show you how to publish your own book. This week I’ve been creating a mermaid gratitude journal and will publish it on Amazon live this Friday. To join visit my Facebook group https://buff.ly/3g52ybh 
The challenge will run again 21st Sept

Q6: Your gift tonight is a Wedding planner book insert. Tell us more?

Q6: Your gift tonight is a Wedding planner book insert. Tell us more?
Publish your Book | Karen Brown. Coach, Author and Publisher

I have a number of book inserts that you can buy, re-brand and publish as your own on my website. For this week’s chat, I’ve created a wedding planner book insert.

It’s in Word so you just have to add in your own details, add a book cover and you’re done…


Thank you, Karen, for sharing your own experience of having to postpone your wedding. You really did share some wonderful insights. And, to top it off, you make publishing your own book sound so very simple! WOW!


Now, onto sharing our afterchat with you

To avail of Karen’s fantastic special offer use the code #irishweddingchat to get 50% off. The code can be used up to 100 times and for any download. Connect with Karen on her social media channels

Would you like to be a guest on our Twitter hour and share your knowledge? Or, maybe you’d like to show off your wonderful gifts, services, products or venues as a featured business. Get in contact with me and let’s have a chat.

How to get your business media coverage

tips and tricks to get your business media coverage?

Well, what a hilarious Twitter Hour and after-chat with Carrie, The Blondepreneur And, my gosh so generous with her insider tips and tricks on how to get you and your business media coverage. Using your time and Twitter!

get your business media coverage Q & A with theblondepreneur on Irish Wedding Chat

Carrie, helps small and medium businesses get that all-important media coverage. Using a technique called SoftPR to communicate with the media.

If you missed the Twitter Hourt – no worries. Have summarised it here for you. Cause you have to be at the chat to pick up on the humour and fun we had during our Twitter Hour.

Q1: WHAT IS PR?

What is PR? | get your business media coverage Q & A with theblondepreneur on Irish Wedding Chat

My personal definition of PR is part story-telling and part opinion-sharing. Another definition is that its third-party endorsement. And finally, it is about raising your profile and generating awareness about who you are what you do.

Q2: DO YOU BELIEVE IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET MEDIA COVERAGE DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Do you believe it is possible to get media coverage during the pandemic? | get your business media coverage Q & A with theblondepreneur on Irish Wedding Chat

Absolutely, people typically fall into two camps about this right now. They either cannot get enough news or they have news fatigue. There are more opportunities for media coverage than normal due to this, especially if you act fast!

Q3: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARKETING AND PR?

q3: What is the difference between marketing and PR? | get your business media coverage Q & A with theblondepreneur on Irish Wedding Chat

With marketing you decide on the content, the timing and the form whilst with PR you do not have this control.

With PR you are not in control. with marketing you are in control is the main difference. The reason people find PR so scary is that they have to give up control.

The media control the content, the timing and actually IF it even happens, and sometimes it does not…

Q4: WHAT DOES MEDIA COVERAGE LOOK LIKE?

What does media coverage look like? | get your business media coverage Q & A with theblondepreneur on Irish Wedding Chat

Media coverage could be just a few words in a newspaper or 5 minutes on television.

It could be an opinion piece for an online magazine or a one sentence mention in a daily newspaper or a discussion on the radio

Q5: IS THERE A LEGAL WAY TO STALK JOURNALISTS ON TWITTER?

There is a legal way to stalk a journalist on Twitter. Find the journalist you want to build a relationship and click on the bell symbol of their profile! This is called notifications! You can do this with ANYONE …Once you have clicked on it, every time they tweet you will know!

This might drive you a bit mad, so forgive me! But, you will start to get to know them A LOT better! And you can start chatting with them before you pitch them or respond to a media request!

Q6: DO YOU KNOW HOW TWITTER TRENDS CAN BOOST YOUR PROFILE TO GET YOU MEDIA COVERAGE?

Q6: DO YOU KNOW HOW TWITTER TRENDS CAN BOOST YOUR PROFILE TO GET YOU MEDIA COVERAGE? | get your business media coverage Q & A with theblondepreneur on Irish Wedding Chat

On the right-hand side of Twitter where it says ‘what’s happening,’ this the trends. When you click on one of the topics it will then come up in the main twitter feed! Next, click on Tweet and share your view or story about it! Yes really.

The more you do this, the more people will pay attention including the media. My clients have done this and got media coverage just from doing this!

Fantastic Twitter Q & A! Full of valuable insider tips for you to use and your business some of that all important media coverage. And, our after-chat with Carrie great!

To avail of Carries fantastic special offer use the code CARRIE50 available until 30th August 2020

Finally as always if you would like to be a guest on our Twitter hour or would like to show off your wonderful gifts, services, products or venues as a featured business. Get in contact with me and let’s have a chat.

Progress not Perfection

Progress not Perfection with Business Growth Coach – Jo Flood

We Coach People | Jo Flood | Irish Wedding Chat
Jo Flood

We had a fabulous Twitter Hour and follow up chat with Jo this week of We Coach People. Jo was one of the very first people to welcome me to New Ross. I remember thinking wow what a wonderful woman – genuinely friendly and warm. So, it was an absolute pleasure to have her as our guest this week.

Jo’s is an amazing businesswoman. Who after a very successful career in London came home to Ireland. Brought a small Country Home in New Ross and set about creating a thriving boutique hotel. Which she sold 17 years to concentrate on looking after her twins.

Which she found extremely difficult and stressful. Especially since one of the children has autism. Her journey to becoming one of the best businesses coaches began. When she discovered that only she had the ability to change herself. You can read more about her story here.

As you can probably tell I’m a great admirer of Jo’s – she’s down to earth and really does understand the difficulties life can throw at you. Which in my view makes her a really compassionate business coach. And, as she says “it’s about progress not perfection”

Let’s dive into the Twitter Q & A.

Q1: Has a lack of structure impacted your productivity?
Q1: Has a lack of structure impacted your productivity? We Coach People | Irish Wedding Chat

A1: Develop daily success habits! Make a list of 5 unproductive habits and eliminate them one step at a time!

Q2: Do you find it hard to say no when you’re already overcommitted?
q2: do you fin it hard to say No when you're already overcommitted?

A 2. This week catch yourself before you agree and make a commitment to say Yes to NO!…
I’m gambling here!!!! Bet everyone said YES to NO today

q3: Do you schedule time every week to clear clutter?

A3: This week schedule an hour to clear the decks. Let me know how it feels afterwards..

q4: Do you struggle with self-limiting beliefs?

A4: Write them down and opposite each one write an empowering belief and read the list every day. Watch the magic happen!!

We had a fabulous hour with Jo. So much so that I’ve embedded some of the Twitter thread at the end of today’s blog. Just so you can catch up. But, now let’s move onto our live.

DeirdreSarah and I had a great laugh with Jo. We really do love having our Guests join us always do so much learning.

Connect with Jo

Planning a wedding or event?

Then please do join us me and our wonderful community of wedding and event service providers, suppliers and venues Wednesday’s at 8pm on Twitter when we show off our gifts, gowns, services, cars, cakes, flowers and so much more. It’s a virtual wedding fair. Hosted by wonderful Deirdre of 2D Graphic Design. And, check out our Instagram – the lovely Sarah of SVS Concierge looks after you.

Reach out to us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.

How Great Marketing Works

How Great Marketing Works with Finola Howard

Welcome to this week’s blog with our Guest Finola Howard of
How Great Marketing Works!

Finola is a Brand Builder, Marketing Strategist and Thinking Partner to Businesses that want to Scale. She works hands-on with business owners who want to establish an effective marketing process and often puts the structures in place to make that possible.

She built How Great Marketing Works because she wanted any business no matter its size or stage in the entrepreneurial journey. To access the knowledge that she has spent the last 25 + years accumulating and perfecting

I have been a huge fan of Finola’s since we first connected on Twitter – a long time ago! I’ve watched her grow and become the Queen of Marketing. And, she is with no doubts a Marketing genius. I knew that our community of Wedding Services, Suppliers and Venues would get lots of hints, tips and tricks to help them market themselves better.

Imagine my delighted when she accepted my invitation to join the #irishweddingchat Twitter Hour.
I was like…

Finola shared some marketing nuggets with us during our Twitter Chat. Hosted by Deirdre ní Dhubhghaill of 2D Graphic Design

Q1: What are the industry trends during this crisis that I could apply to my wedding business right now?

Q1: What are the industry trends during this crisis that I could apply to my wedding business right now?
How Great Marketing Works | Irish Wedding Chat

We see the rise of the #Minimony instead of a full ceremony – you’ll have the people closest to you on the day followed by a big bash afterwards. If you are a #WeddingSupplier how can you leverage this in your business?

Couples now want their #weddings to be a reflection of who they are & they want to amplify that experience for their guests. If you are a #WeddingSupplier can you help them? This is a #WeddingTrend that’s going to stay.

Health & Safety at #Weddings is big now! Plated dinners only, buffet’s are gone. Goodie bags with hand sanitizer, personalised face masks & more. As a #WeddingSupplier how will you creatively demonstrate your commitment to safety?

Q2: If no one is booking weddings right now, should I still be marketing myself? And if so, how?

Q2: If no one is booking weddings right now, should I still be marketing myself? And if so, how?
How Great Marketing Works | Irish Wedding Chat | Twitter Q & A

Couples haven’t stopped #weddingplanning, they’re using the time to research & know their vendors so they can feel comfortable with them. This is your new wedding marketing – answer their questions before they’re asked.

Show your #weddingcouples that you understand what they are going through. Make them laugh, be a shoulder in blogs & social media. Show them a way through this pandemic. Remind them their love will survive this!

Your #weddingcouples will remember the people who cared. Are you building in answers to their new problems e.g. elder relatives, limited numbers, fun at a distance etc

Q3: What’s the most important thing I should look at in terms of my marketing right now?

Q3: What's the most important thing I should look at in terms of my marketing right now? 
How Great Marketing Works | Irish Wedding Chat | Twitter Q & A

Start by understanding that your customer has changed fundamentally so what they need now is different – different pain points and maybe a different solution from you.

Redo your #CustomerProfile to gain insight & clarity. Pretend you are starting again for the first time. They’ve changed you might need to, as well.

With existing clients who are postponing, how can you give them a caring solution that fits who they are? You never know you may be able to build a larger solution for them if you truly listen. When it works apply it elsewhere too.

Q4: How do I pivot my business so that I can keep earning revenue right now?

Q4: How do I pivot my business so that I can keep earning revenue right now? How Great Marketing Works | Irish Wedding Chat | Twitter Q & A

Find new ways of solving old problems e.g. virtual consultations, at home cake tastings, zoom photo shoots, virtual fashion shoots, masked wedding shoots. When it’s virtual send them champagne to make it personal!

Can you convert anything you’re doing into an online course. You’d be surprised how niche you can get. Wedding Speech Writing, Wedding Tables, Best Bride Ever Course, Happy Nails, Happy Heart etc What wedding insights can you teach?

What have you got that you can apply outside your own industry with relative ease? Can you tap into the people working from home now? What about home decor/gardening which has seen huge increases?

Q5: How will I stand out above all the noise in the industry right now?

What have you got that you can apply outside your own industry with relative ease? Can you tap into the people working from home now? What about home decor / gardening which has seen huge increases? How Great Marketing Works | Irish Wedding Chat | Twitter Q & A

You’ve got to find that unique thing you do that nobody else does. Amp it up. Take it to the edge. Let there be no doubt why YOU are the right person for your customer! Be Brave! Own your space!

Take your lead from your customers. What one or two are saying about you and to you are clues to what they love about you. Leverage that!

The loudest thing you can do right now is showing them you are safe. That’s your most important message. Show them the evidence of this across your social media. People are switching suppliers if they don’t feel safe.

Wasn’t that just full of great marketing tips? And, what a prize!!! For the best conversation during #irishweddingchat using the hashtag #getstrategic.

The Winner got:

Get Strategic Get Results! Marketing Course!

  • A Complementary Strategy Session with Me to get you on the right track
  • And! Lifetime Membership of the HowGMW Community. An active learning community

DeirdreSarah and I really enjoyed having Finola on as our Guest. We hope you did too.

Reach out to us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.

Sell with Confidence with Anna Scheller

Anna Scheller - Sales and Success Coach

Anna Scheller shares her Top Tips to sell with Confidence

We had a fantastic Twitter Q & A with Anna last Wednesday when Anna shared with us her Top Sales Tips. To help us Sell with more confidence Anna knowledge and understanding of sales will probably surpass what you think you know. She’s a Corporate Sales Trainer and Coach. And, helps entrepreneurs understand selling better, allowing business owners to close their Sales with confidence.

Q1: Sales can be scary. What is foundational to good sales?

Q1: Sales can be scary. What is foundational to good sales. | Anna Scheller - Irish Wedding Chat

Everything starts with our thinking. Many of us associate sales with a negative mindset–lying, fast talking, used car salesman. 

We have to reconfigure our thought process to see sales as helping our clients find solutions they couldn’t find on their own. We are there to help solve their problems, especially about the biggest moment of their lives–their wedding! #IrishWeddingChat #salestips

Q2: There are so many choices when it comes to weddings. What can I do to stand out?

There are so many choices when it comes to weddings. What can I do to stand out? Anna Scheller - Irish Wedding Chat

First determine your ideal client. Is there a specific niche that you specialize in? That is your first step. The riches are in the niches!

Then reach out to folks who fit your avatar, and ask them about their biggest challenges? What is their biggest frustration with vendors in your industry? Take those answers, and build your business around that!

Q3: I am afraid of sounding salesy. How do we approach people without being salesy?

I am afraid of sounding salesy. How do we approach people without being salesy? Anna Scheller - Irish Wedding Chat

Great question! A lot of people are uncomfortable with sales, so you are in good company! Most people feel they have to do all the talking. Not So! Ask questions to get the customer talking! 

Use good listening skills to make sure you are understanding what they are telling you. Good sales come from good listening. Have a process you follow. Most people jump to asking for the order because they don’t lead people gradually to a decision. Like asking someone to marry you on the first date! That feels forced and icky! The people I’ve helped create a sales process close more sales confidently!

Q4: Asking people to pay is uncomfortable. How do we approach the cost issue?

Asking people to pay is uncomfortable. How do we approach the cost issue? Anna Scheller - Irish Wedding Chat

I can’t emphasize the importance of having a process to learn more about the client before asking for payment. Build rapport, ask questions to discover what their ideal wedding would look like. Help them explore ways to get what they want.

After helping them see how you can help them build that fairytale nuptial, then say something like, “And now, I’d like to let you know what that will look like.” Giving them that wedding they’ve always dreamed of is what you are there for

Q5: When talking to a couple about their wedding, what tips can I do to demonstrate my confidence?

When talking to a couple about their wedding, what tips can I do to demonstrate my confidence? Anna Scheller - Irish Wedding Chat

Realize you have the answers the engaged couple needs. You are the expert whether you’re the planner, the florist or the photographer. Remind yourself of a success you’ve had, and that will carry into your conversation.

Practice your script with a friend. Get feedback, and practice again. Feedback gives us the information we need to improve. Get a good coach to help you improve. If top athletes need a coach, you need one, too.

Thank you Anna Scheller - Sales and Success Coach. | Irish Wedding Chat - Twitter Q & A
To those who would like to experience a breakthrough in their sales, Anna offer’s a free 30 min consult to discover their biggest challenge, how to overcome it, and the fastest path to cash. Go to annascheller.com/book

That was an amazing Q & A with Anna. It was our best one yet! Now onto our follow up interview.

Deirdre, Sarah and I really enjoyed and appreciated Anna sharing so much of her knowledge with us. We really do love having our Guests join us on Irish Wedding Chat. We always do so much learning.

Connect with Anna on her social media channels.

Our Next Guest is Finola Howard of How Great Marketing Works. We’ll be learning about Marketing ourselves.

Planning a wedding or event?

Then please do join us me and our wonderful community of wedding and event service providers, suppliers and venues Wednesday’s at 8pm on Twitter when we show off our gifts, gowns, services, cars, cakes, flowers and so much more. It’s a virtual wedding fair. Hosted by wonderful Deirdre of 2D Graphic Design. And, check out our Instagram – the lovely Sarah of SVS Concierge looks after you.

Reach out to us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.

Next week: our Featured Business is the wonderful Catriona McCormack joining us from Yoga Ireland.

Extinguish Limited Beliefs

Be your best self - sara anderson - life coach

Our Guest this week was the amazing Sara Anderson who talked about how to extinguish limited beliefs. I love Sara’s approach to coaching. She is very real and shares her self-doubts. I think you will find Sara’s Q & A with us really helpful and insightful.

Shall we dive straight in with our Q & A?

You are a life Coach, there are a lot of life coaches out there. What is particularly unique about what you do?

Q1 You are a life coach, what is particularly unique about what you do? 
#irishweddingchat

I work using all the different modalities that I have trained in. My work has at its core empathy and
compassion. I provide a space for the client to share all that is going on for them.

Then I use my skills and intuition to uncover what limited belief is getting in the way. it is amazing how different life can look and feel once you release a core limiting belief. It is like magic.

What is a limited belief?

2. What is a limited belief?
#irishweddingchat

Sometimes in life, try as we might , we can’t make something happen. We can’t loose weight, or we can’t
reach that goal or we can’t get the job we want.

Sometimes what is happening is we have a belief within us that is getting in the way of us moving forward. Sometimes the person that is stopping us moving forward is our thinking and our beliefs. Next time you feel a little stressed, ask yourself: In this moment, what am I telling myself?

I see you use EFT in your work. What is EFT?

I see you use EFT in your work. What is EFT?
#irishweddingchat

Sara shared with a wonderful tapping round especially for brides and grooms that are stressed.

What can people do when feeling stressed?

What can people do when feeling stressed?
#irishweddingchat 
Topic: Extinguish limited beliefs

Pause, stop what you are doing, Put your hand on your heart and do a short breathing meditation ,
breathe in for 4, hold for 7, out for 8. Repeat. The earlier we catch ourselves when are stressed, the
easy it is to return to a calm place.

Be kind to yourself, look after yourself, catch when you are feeling stressed. Learn about self-compassion and then offer yourself lots of it. The world needs lots and lots of people who value and practise compassion

You run Compassionate Classes on developing self-compassion.
Why is self-compassion so important?

We all learn to be kind to other people. Many of us never learnt to extend this kindness to our self. We relate to ourselves with harsh words, put-downs and many of us are completely oblivion to how we talk
to ourselves.

We just have got so used to having that unkind voice inside, which many of u-say we need
to motivate ourselves to take action. The same as a child does not grow and thrive with criticism and put downs, neither do we. The more we can extend compassion to our self , the more we can lend compassion to others.

For anyone interested in learning more how do we get in touch?

Come along to a taster compassionate class this Friday.

You can find me on my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. I’m always putting up things about compassion

I thoroughly enjoyed Twitter Chat with Sara…and looked forward to our Facebook Live Interview

Are you enjoying what our Guest’s are sharing? We changed the format of our Twitter Hour. Did you notice? We invite people who can help, advice and guide us on our journey. Let us know by leaving a comment on our Facebook Page, Instagram or Tweet us.

If you interested in being a Featured Business, feel free to reach out to us on any of our social media platforms or simply send us an email.

Reap the benefits of nature with Keri Denney

Reaping the benefits of nature every day using essential oils with Keri Denney

I met Keri through the Women’s Inspire Network a few years back. Keri is a Wellness Advocate and a Zumba Instructor. During our Twitter Q & A., I learnt lots about reaping the benefits of nature into your home with essential oils. Let’s dive straight into our summary of our Twitter Hour.

Q1: Tell us something of Keri Denney & your Business?

Reap the benefits of nature 
Q1: Tell us something of Keri Denney & your Business?

I’m Keri Denney and I’m here to help you kick your self-care into gear. As a Massage Therapist since 1996 and doTerra Wellness Advocate since 2017 and now a Zumba Instructor.

I blend all these things together to help you feel great in your body… today and every day.

I love to travel. I grew up in California and spent many summers in Ireland with my extended family. It was always a dream of mine to move here someday. My husband and daughter loved the idea too so we made the big leap across the pond in 2017.

Q2: What are the best ways to de-stress?

Reap the benefits of nature
Q2: What are the best ways to de-stress

Choosing an activity that you love and enjoy is most important. Forest Bathing emerged in the 1980’s in Japan as a way to get into nature and reconnect. Taking time absorbing all the benefits of nature. Fresh air, peace, clear thinking, perspective.

Q3: What can people do when they cannot get our into nature?

Reap the benefits of nature
Q3: What can people do when they cannot get out into nature?

You can bring the benefits of nature into your home with essential oils. The tree oils like black spruce, cedar wood, eucalyptus and many more. Help our bodies feel in nature even if you are at your desk breathing them in for a quick self-care moment.

Q4: Keri, if someone is interested in experiencing the benefits of Essential Oil. How can you help?

Reap the benefits of nature
Q4: Keri, if someone is interested in experiencing the benefits of Essential Oils. How can you help?

I would like to offer you a free wellness consultation for customised shopping experience for essential oils and wellness products.

I use them for everything like non-toxic cleaning, emotional and physical health, hair and skincare, nutrition as well as the work from home opportunity for financial health too.

Q5: For anyone interested in learning more how do we get in touch?

Reap the benefits of nature
Q5 How do we get in touch?

You can with a DM on Twitter or message me on Facebook or Instagram @selfcarekeri and/ or visit my website: mydoterra.com/keridenneycmt

Keri also offers a Free 30-minute wellness consultation to discuss natural solutions and answer your questions about doTerra essential oils and wellness products. And, several other options for you to learn more about essential oils. Call over to her Calendly page to schedule a call.

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of having Keri join me on our Facebook Live Interview where we got to know her a little bit better and have a little fun along the way.

watch the full interview on our Facebook Page

Finally as always if you would like to be a guest on our Twitter hour or would like to show off your wonderful gifts, services, products or venues as a featured business. Get in contact with me and let’s have a chat.

Sabrina Cadini-Holistic Life and Brain Fitness Coach

Sabrina Cadini

Love, love, loved having Sabrina on has our Guest on this week’s #irishweddingchat. She was so generous sharing her knowledge on how to keep our Brian Fit and Well.

But before we continue, let’s introduce Sabrina Cadini a Holistic Life Coach with a speciality in brain wellness, and creator of the Life-Work Balance Program for busy professionals. She blends well-being principles with neuroscience, positive psychology, biohacking, and mindfulness techniques to implement effective behaviour changes.

Brain Fitness Wellness and the Life-Work Balance - Sabrina Cadini-Holistic Life and Brain Fitness Coach

I could talk to Sabrina for hours! We connected on Twitter a few years back and for some reason, I just knew we would a lot in common. And, it turns out we do! Lots!

Did you miss the chat? Well, no worries – let’s dive straight into our re-cap.

Q 1: How does Life-Work Balance relate to our amazing brain?
Q 1: How does Life-Work Balance relate to our amazing brain?
Sabrina Cadini-Holistic Life and Brain Fitness Coach

Body and brain are tightly connected – they should be considered a system, not two separate entities. Our lifestyle choices have a huge influence on our brain’s performance and wellness.

Mindset, focus, clarity, positivity, and flow facilitate our overall success: physical, mental, professional, financial. A well-functioning brain creates more opportunities for success in each aspect of life.

It’s very important that we optimize our bodies AND our brains before anything else so that we can achieve balance and get anything we desire in life and in business

Q.2: How does stress play a role in brain wellness?
Q. 2: How does stress play a role in brain wellness?
Sabrina Cadini-Holistic Life and Brain Fitness Coach

Stress is not bad – a natural response to protect us from threats – but how we react to it can harm us. Cortisol and adrenaline get released during a stress response. Once the threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal.

When it becomes chronic, overexposure to cortisol weakens the immune system, kills brain cells in the hippocampus (reducing memory function), and stops the formation of new neurons.

Overexposure causes a continuous inflammatory response in our brain. As a result, chemicals and other toxins can enter the brain (through a weakened blood-brain barrier) and alter its delicate structure.

Chronic stress can also reduce the production of serotonin and dopamine, two very important chemical messengers. This can lead to anxiety, depression, addictions, and other mental illnesses.

Learn how to recognise the early warnings of stress before it’s too late

Warning signs of stress
Sabrina Cadini-Holistic Life and Brain Fitness Coach
Q 3: What are the best foods and fluids to nourish our brain?
What are the best foods and fluids to nourish our brain? 
Sabrina Cadini-Holistic Life and Brain Fitness Coach

Whole, nutrient-dense, organic foods rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients. Stay away from refined sugar as it’s a neurotoxin. Read labels carefully since different types of sugar are hidden in many store-bought foods and drinks

Colourful vegetables & fruits (eat the rainbow), protein (grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, pastured eggs), healthy fats (nuts, olive oil, avocados), complex carbs (non-glutinous grains, sweet potatoes, beans), herbs & spices

80-85% of the mass of the brain is comprised of water, so proper hydration is necessary. When our body loses just 1-2% of its water content, this is equivalent to a 5% decrease in cognition.

Water is best as it has multiple benefits for your overall health besides hydration: it supports electrical activity of the brain, removes metabolic waste, helps transfer oxygen and nutrients, and more

Green tea is an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory beverage thanks to its polyphenols, and juicing can be an excellent way to help detoxify and support oxygenation.

Q 4: What are the best ways to optimize our brain & slow down cognitive decline?
What are the best ways to optimize our brain & slow down cognitive decline? 
Sabrina Cadini-Holistic Life and Brain Fitness Coach

Nutrition – The right foods give you fuel and energy, lower inflammation caused by toxins, and also provide the right information to your genes for vibrant health.

Sleep – Maintaining a constant sleep pattern helps you regulate hormone production, consolidate memory, and repair/grow new cells.

Movement – Stay physically active during the day to boost your immune system and detoxify your body. #IrishWeddingChat #LifeWorkBalance

Self-Care – Not a luxury. It’s necessary to rest and recharge to increase focus & positivity, boost creativity & productivity, and motivation.

Love yourself
Sabrina Cadini-Holistic Life and Brain Fitness Coach

Get my free guide on “How To Achieve Life-Work Balance” as a “thank-you” for being here on the chat with us today: https://sabcad.link/twtgift 

After our Twitter Hour, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sabrina and getting to know more about the person behind the business.

Click here to Watch the full interview

Sabrina was a fantastic guest! It was an honour for us to have her along.

Finally as always if you would like to be a guest on our Twitter hour or would like to show off your wonderful gifts, services, products or venues as a featured business. Get in contact with me and let’s have a chat.

The Love Coach

The Love Coach

The Love Coach as I like to refer Melody Chadamoyo was our guest on this week’s #irishweddingchat Twitter Hour. Having met Melody a few years back in Galway at a #WIN Event. I knew that this week we were going to be in for a treat!

Melody shared some fantastic insights with us. Like toxic behaviours and planning a wedding while under COVID-19 restriction during our Q & A. Which as always we are sharing with you in our blog this week.

Q1: What is the most challenging aspect for couples in the first 2 year's marriage?

Q1: What is the most challenging thing for couples in the first 2 year’s marriage?

In most cases, we don’t know what we’re doing when we first get married. Because no one ever tells us what is expected of us.

In my case anyway, I didn’t know how to be a wife. I just assumed that what I was doing was being super-efficient, superwoman, super independent, doing everything myself. Not needing my husband to do anything was the best way.

I also expected him to just sit there and not contribute because my opinion was more important than his and I knew better. That caused us to get into a conflict stage.

I didn’t know that marriages go through stages, the first one which we all know about which is romantic/honeymoon stage. And, then the conflict stage couples get stuck here because they don’t know how to get themselves out of that situation. And, the blissful stage. Most couples never get too because they get stuck in the conflict stage.

Knowing that we were in a conflict stage. Knowing that it was a stage and it was going to pass helped me a great deal. It helped me to have a focus because I wanted to get to the other side. To the happy blissful side.

I looked for ways for me to get there with my husband because obviously being superwoman didn’t work. Thinking that I knew everything didn’t work. And, not needing my husband to contribute in any way except financially also didn’t work.

Waking up to that and knowing that I needed to create a partnership. Where what my husband was contributing verbally, emotionally financially was appreciated. Helped me to serve my marriage and helped us to move to the blissful stage.

Q2: Please share some toxic things someone might do during lockdown that are bad for their relationship?

Q2: 3 toxic things you can do during Lockdown that is bad for your relationship?

As couples spend a lot of time together they might do toxic things that might be bad for the relationship in the long run.

The first one is:

Criticism. It is blaming the other person for everything that might be wrong. When you begin sentences like you never or you always. It always makes your spouse feel unappreciated and they would probably start feeling self-conscious or feel like they are not giving enough to the relationship.

It never helps to be that person who is always criticising someone. In terms of men, when you say “you always”. They take it like whatever effort they have been making is washed away like it didn’t matter. So when you say some of these things. It means you are not appreciating the spouse that you’ve got. 

The 2nd one is:

Contempt which is criticism powered by hostility or disgust.

This is something a lot of people do; they just eye roll or they are sarcastic or they make their spouse continuously, incessantly.

We have seen this. It seems like it’s a joke. But, if you’re the one who’s at the brunt of the joke. It stops being funny.

You start feeling like someone doesn’t care about you and they don’t really respect you.

Your spouse says something and you say, here we go again and you roll your eyes and you say all these mean things.

Even if you don’t say mean things it is perceived as mean because of how they feel. You need to be aware that they might want to get out of COVID and get out of the relationship as well.

Because nobody wants to be in a situation where they are not loved and appreciated and respected.

The 3rd issue is:

Defensiveness. It is not taking responsibility for your contribution to the interaction.

You start noticing when you’re doing it. When you stop acknowledging what others are saying. They are telling you how they feel and might even tell you what you’re doing. And, you say “Yeah but”…you had done this first. Or, like you are the only one who has feelings the other person doesn’t.

This is not good.

It’s very toxic and it can cause a lot of resentment. Once you have resentment it is a signal of the beginning of the end of your relationship. So you don’t want resentment to fester in your relationship. You’ve got to start focusing on respecting, listening and understanding the other person. Not meaning to say they are right or wrong all the time but at least see them from their point of view.

Q3; What advice do you give to a couple planning a wedding affected by social / personal distancing?

Q3. What is the best advice you can give to a couple planning a wedding that was affected by social distancing?

I think sometimes we tend to take some of these things very seriously.

I do understand it, it’s frustrating. You’re planning something and you’re going somewhere. And it doesn’t quite go ahead because the government puts limitations of how many people can attend your wedding.

You also have to remember something, everyone is in this situation.

We’re all being curtailed for reasons of health and we have to understand that. A wedding day is just a day. Yes it takes a long time to plan, yes it takes a lot of commitment and a lot of action but it’s really just a day.

It is a day to celebrate your commitment to each other. You need to be aware of that. Maintain that commitment. You have an opportunity to ensure that you operate as a team.

If you develop coping mechanisms for dealing with strife. And, problems that come in life. It is actually good for you because life will happen after you’re married. A lot of things will go wrong sometimes. They might even go wrong on the wedding day. It’s how you cope with those things that are going to determine whether you survive as a couple or you won’t. 

And not just surviving, you will thrive and be happy.

I remember one of the biggest things that happened to me with my husband. I had several miscarriages. And, then we had a baby and she died.

How we coped with that was we were always a unit.

We were always together.

We functioned as one.

We understood that my pain even though it was different from his. He was also going through pain.

That is when you start negotiating and moving through life because life happens. If you can survive struggle and strife without turning on each other. Then you’re building something with a good foundation that will survive life. Things will happen and you have to be prepared.

This might be a bad situation. But it’s also a time you can use to see whether you need to work on some things in your relationship. Or, negotiate some things in your relationship. So, that you’re ready for real-life tomorrow. 

Q4: What can people do to help their young relationship survive after COVD-19?

Q4: What can help new couples survive after Covid 19?

Focus on growing your love.

Practice kindness.

I know sometimes we don’t talk about that but love and kindness go hand in hand. When you start practising kindness intentionally, being kind to your spouse you find that your love will start to grow because that person will feel loved and appreciated.

Even when you’re feeling afraid, tense and uncertain about your future. At least, if you’re practising kindness it will help you to grow and help you to appreciate each other.

What you can do regularly is to list 3 things you’re grateful for every day for with spouse in mind.

Like…

What are the characteristics of who they are that make you feel like ooohh, I really like this person?

What attracted you to that person is something you should always appreciate.

I know after a while it starts being annoying but if you teach yourself to appreciate the person’s characteristics, their values, who they are.  You’ll find that your relationship will grow. You will thrive as a couple. And, everything will go beautifully.

Remember love always protects, and it always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.

In perseverance. It means you’re persevering to make sure your relationship keeps growing, keeps maturing, keeps going to the next stage.

Remember, I told you there are 3 stages, they’re actually 4 but we don’t even talk about the 4th one because most people don’t get there.

You want to be that couple that gets to that stage. Do you really want to married for 56 years and be miserable? There’s no point in that.

You want to be married 56 years blissfully happy, blissfully together, growing together appreciating each other because that’s what matters.

Book Cover: why self love is the key to true love

Well, that was enjoyable!

Thank you, Melody, for sharing such fantastic advice and being so very generous with it too. Melody’s new book titled “Why Self-love is The Key to True Love” available to buy on Amazon.

And, if you are looking too Attract Love. Then check out Melody’s course. Where your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to learn how to choose the right man for you, based on becoming clear on what you personally value in a relationship partner, so that you can build the foundation for a happy and lasting relationship–in 6 weeks or less. 

I hope you enjoyed our time with the beautiful Melody Chadamoyo. We certainly did.

I’m always on the lookout for Guests for our community. Do you have something to offer? Maybe you are launching a book or course? Feel free to contact me and we’ll help you spread the word.

Operation Help our Heros

Operation Help our Heros
NOT ALL HERO’S WEAR CAPES

We had the pleasure of having Sharon Thomas of Celtic Knot Weddings and Events as our Guest for this week’s Q & A on #irishweddingchat. Where we learnt about “Operation Help our Heros” and why Sharon decided to launch this fantastic initiative.

OPERATION HELP OUR HEROS

Let’s take a moment to introduce Sharon to you:

Sharon is the Owner & Founder at Celtic Knot Weddings and Events, Co-Founder at The Wedding Festival, Creative Wedding Specialist at Glengarriff Lodge and Founder of Operation Help Our Heroes campaign. 

She is a Wedding and Event planner, and Creative stylist who specialises in Boho, Festival and Creative style Weddings. Sharon is a LGBTQ Ally who supports equal civil rights, gender equality and is a LGBTQ friendly wedding & event planner.

She dedicated her business in memory of her Uncle and Aunt who were very supportive of and are her Heroes. And, is passionate about supporting the LGBTQ community because of her uncle who came out as gay, a few years before he passed away. These were the happiest years of his life. It made her realise that life was too short so go for your dreams today not tomorrow.

Our first question to Sharon was:

What is Operation Help Our Heroes all about?

Celtic Knot Weddings & Events and well over 150 wedding suppliers from all over Ireland, including some from the UK. Have come together as a team to help our front line superheroes. Who are working tirelessly, battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the most talented, kind and simply the best wedding suppliers. Have decided to join forces and offer our front line heroes discounts. On our services to help towards planning their weddings, for when this pandemic is all over and we can celebrate life again! 

Who does Operation Help Our Heroes include?

Whether you are a doctor, nurse, paramedic, carer, hospital attendant, hospital porter. A hospital cleaner, nursing home worker, medical administration staff, fire brigade, a member of An Garda Síochána, working with the HSE, or are Covid-19 test centre staff, NHS. Or, if you are a bride or groom working on the front line’s around the world and due to marry in Ireland before December 2021 you can avail of this offer.

Why have you decided to do this, Sharon?

I have decided to launch Operation Help Our Heroes for our Frontline workers, as they are doing a super, amazing job and this is something very close to my heart.

There are a number of reasons why I choose to do this. I’ve family and friends working in the healthcare sector. I also have Crohn’s disease, which means I am in and out of the hospital from time to time for tests and I have had minor surgeries.

Usually, I don’t share this private information with people but I am sharing it, as this is one of the reasons I am doing this. The care I receive from the doctors, nurses, care staff, porters etc, is absolutely amazing every time. They are incredibly kind to me, empathetic and reassuring.

My sister is one of those heroes; she is a care worker. She cares for the long-term residents in Bantry General Hospital and is helping so many people. I am so grateful and proud that she is my sister. She is working so hard along with the other superhero healthcare professionals.

She was also due to get married in Sorrento, Italy, this June. Nothing has been postponed or rescheduled as of yet but I can help my little hero sis when the time comes and pop on my wedding planner cape! It’s the least I can do to help a hero in need!

How do we get in touch to avail of these offers?

Contact Sharon at [email protected] 

Really enjoyed having Sharon on has our guest and learn more about Operation Help our Heros. I hope you did too.

Feel free to join us on our Twitter Hour every Wednesday’s from 8pm until 9pm. And, chat with our fabulous suppliers while they showcase their gifts, flowers, outfits, cars and so much more.

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