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28.12.13

Christmas Cracker Jokes

I just love Christmas cracker jokes and cannot resist sharing some of my favourites with you.






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25.12.13

Happy Birthday Jesus

Merry Christmas!

Today is Jesus birthday so I thought it would be nice to share a little bit about what Jesus means to me and why I am so grateful that He came to the earth in human form on this special Christmas day.    In a nutshell there are two words to describe why I love Jesus.  Life and grace.

Knowing Jesus has given me a new life, in fact He has kept me alive.  You can hear my story in the video below about how I nearly took my own life - several times.  I also wrote about this in great detail in my book Hope's Journey.  I am alive because He chose to die.  His death = my life!

Grace, the other reason why I cannot thank Jesus enough for loving me.  I am so utterly flawed in so many ways but His grace is sufficient for me.  So no matter how many things I do wrong, it is what He did right that defines me.  Almost every day I say sorry and move on.  I no longer live in guilt and shame but I am free to be me. I know I am completely loved, even on my worse day.  I know that I can stand before the almighty God and not be judged for what I did but for what He did for me.  It is grace because I don't deserve it, yet He still gave me this gift.

So now I am free, I love the life I have been given and I am not ashamed that I really and truly love Jesus.  If you don't know Jesus you probably think I am a tad weird. That's OK.  You can get to know Him too and then you will understand why I say the things I do.

If you want to get to know Him simply ask Him.  It's that simple.  Just say, Jesus, I want to know you like Angela does.  If you need help or support with this decision please don't hesitate to get in touch with me, I will be happy to help.

Recently I was invited to do a short talk to a group of women and told specifically to keep it short and light.  I did my best and then sat down.  After five minutes of minding my own business as the lovely ladies mingled, I was approached by the event organiser and ask to speak again as a few of the ladies wanted to know how I because a Christian.   I was thrilled with the opportunity to openly share my faith and proceeded to share openly about how I came to know Jesus.  It was a bit messy as I was totally unprepared, but it is my story so I couldn't really get it wrong.  Here it is, enjoy.

 
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20.12.13

It's my birthday and I will eat carbs if I want to - at Pizza Express of course!

As you probably guessed, yesterday was my birthday and I am now a good ripe 40 years old!  This birthday has been no secret as I have used it as an excuse to make it as memorable as possible, and it has been.  I have celebrated in style with my 1920's party that has attracted both newspaper and radio attention.   It's wonderful to reach such a nice age and I know life only gets better from here :)

I am thrilled to have won a meal for two at Pizza Express - what a lovely birthday surprise. I entered a competition at The Best of Cheltenham and won!  The lovely Lorah Kelly was there to capture it all!

Angela De Souza with Andy Jones of Pizza Express and Will Lewis of The Best of Cheltenham
Angela De Souza with Andy Jones of Pizza Express and Will Lewis of The Best of Cheltenham
My lovely husband, Eric, eating a delicious pizza with me at Pizza Express, Cheltenham
I didn't actually eat carbs because I was all carbed out from the lovely lunch Lorah prepared for me, so I had a Leggera Superfood Salad

My carb overload thanks to Lorah

My cheesy smile :)
So that's a little sneak preview of the fun day I had yesterday.   In January Lorah-Kelly will release the full set of photos from the 1920's party.  I highly recommend that you visit the newly refurbished Pizza Express in Cheltenham, it has a really lovely atmosphere, the food is great and is well worth a visit.
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19.12.13

40 Things I Am Grateful For

  1. I am grateful to my God for loving me in a way that I never thought was possible.  He saved my life, cleaned up my mess and gave me a second chance, and a third chance, and a fourth chance.......  I have given up on starting over now and just live each day by His grace.  There is no more condemnation, I live freely as a beautiful butterfly. 
  2. I am grateful for my husband who patiently and lovingly stands by me and loves me for these past 10 years!  Without him I would not be as happy as I am today.  He is the cherry on my cake and the warm fuzzy feeling in my heart :)
  3. I am grateful for Lorah-Kelly, my first born child who has been with me on this journey called life for 22 years.  She has been with me through my best and also through my worst but has only ever seen the good in me.  I am hugely who I am today because of her constant encouragement and support.
  4. I am grateful for Samuel who has loved and cared for Lorah since she was 14!  He is definitely the one for Lorah and I cannot be more grateful that he married her.
  5. I am grateful for my second born daughter, Jordan, who has a very special place in my heart.  She is full of life, laughter and fun and I know that she is going to do great things in this world.
  6. I am grateful for Jamaine who is loving and caring for Jordan.  He was a little naughty member of my youth group in South Africa, who would have thought that all these years later he would be here in England and part of the family!
  7. I am grateful for my third born and my only son, Daniel.  He is talented and loving and kind.  I hope he always stays that way.
  8. I am grateful for my baby, Amy, who is growing up into a lovely young lady.  She is beautiful but showing sign of being like me - she is already giving everyone lists of things to do - we are working on that!  
  9. I am grateful for my mom - she has always been very positive and supportive of me in all that I am and do.  I melt every time she says she is proud of me, I will never tire of hearing her say that.  My mother is amazing. I am so grateful for her and so proud of the wonderful woman she is.  
  10. I am grateful for my step-dad, Gerald, who is kind, gentle and patient and who has brought out the best in my mother and made our family a very happy and complete one.
  11. I am grateful for my dad who always worked hard to give us a good life.  He is an amazing man who did his best for us kids.  
  12. I am grateful for my step-mom, Bonny, who has loved my dad and taken good care of him all these years. She is a precious woman and I am very proud of her.
  13. I am grateful for my little brother, Ian, who I miss very much.  He is one of those rare, lovely men that are hard to find in this world!
  14. I am grateful for my other little brother, Jonathan, who always showers me with Facebook love.  He is such a sweetie.
  15. I am grateful that I have such wonderful in-laws.  Roberto and Sueli, my mother and father in-law as well as Breno and Debora, my lovely brother and sister-in-law, are a real blessing to me and I am so grateful for them.
  16. I am grateful for all my friends that have made my life full and rich.  It's a wonderful privilege to have such amazing friends in my life and I count myself truly blessed to know such wonderful people.
  17. I am grateful for my church, D7 Church.  I just love my church, it is like a home to me, the place where I have laughed and cried, loved and hurted, sung and prayed.  It is the place where I have found my peace and learned who I really am.  It is the place where I have taken bold steps and done things I don't think I would have done anywhere else.  
  18. I am grateful for my home.  God gave me a beautiful home where I could be warm, raise a family, play in the garden, eat, drink and be merry.  
  19. I am grateful for my business, Women's Business Club.  I love what I do and I love the people I do it with.  Every day is filled with excitement as I watch women and businesses flourish and grow. 
  20. I am grateful for my ministry, King's Daughters.  This is where I can encourage women in life, share my experiences, show them the path to my God and just love women into wholeness in the same way that I have been loved by other women along my path in life.
  21. I am grateful for the gifts God has given me, the gift of administration that allows me to organise, manage and bring order to just about everything.  I love having this gift!  I also love having the gift of words, to be able to write and express myself freely is wonderful.  I never dreamed I would get to write so many books in this lifetime.  
  22. I am grateful for the country of my childhood, South Africa, for raising me and for the privilege of being a part of Mandela's reformation.  I learned a lot about people, respect and many other important things in South Africa.
  23. I am grateful for the country of my birth and my present reality, England.  This is an amazing country filled with opportunity and wealth.  After seeing poverty in Africa I have come to truly appreciate all that this government has done to care for it's people. We are a blessed nation and should never take it for granted.
  24. I am grateful for my local government who have been very supportive of our church and my business. It is wonderful to have leaders at the level that participate in ordinary people's lives.  Something I will not take for granted either.
  25. I am grateful for my health.   After seeing friends suffer with cancer, amputations, diabetes, death of loved ones, depression and so much more, I cannot tell you how grateful I am to be so healthy and well.  
  26. I am grateful to be alive.  Apart from everyday miracles where I could have been traumatically removed from this planet, I am grateful that God gave me the choice and urged me to choose life on that cold, dark night when I wanted to die and attempted to do so.     
  27. I am grateful for all my mistakes and failures.  At the time they were painful but looking back I can see how I needed them to humble me, shape me and mould me into who I am today.  I know that there are more to come and that's OK, I will continue to learn and grow from my mistakes.
  28. I am grateful for this beautiful planet that we live on called Earth!  It is incredible and I am always amazed and the details and complexities of this wondering world we live in.  I hope to explore it more too.
  29. I am am grateful for my cats, Muffin and Poppy!  They have brought so much joy to our family.
  30. I am grateful for online shopping!  It has made life so much quicker and easier.
  31. Daniel suggested that I be grateful for electricity.  What a great idea, imagine life without electricity!
  32. I am grateful that I have a future and a hope.  There is so much life left to live and I am excited about it.
  33. I am grateful for endorphin producing things such as sunshine, chocolate and special cuddles with my husband ;)
  34. My good friend Fay reminded me to be thankful for the NHS, especially since they have taken such good care of us, especially since Daniel has had diabetes. 
  35. I am grateful that I can sing and worship freely.  I watched a movie the other day, China Cry, where Christians are persecuted in China and the part that got to me most was when they couldn't sing but mouthed the words to songs.  I realised right then and there that I am truly privileged.  
  36. I am grateful for the story of the prodigal son.  It is not fair but if that story didn't exist then there would not be any hope for me.  
  37. I am grateful for my past leaders who have invested in me, moulded me and believed in me.  Pastor Peter and Joy Varrie, John Clark, Lesaya Kelly, Lindi Barrett and for the awesome team at Hillsong London.  Many more too!
  38. I am grateful that worms turn into beautiful butterflies and that rebellious, stupid teenagers turn into beautiful women :)  Yes, I am unashamed to be talking about me.  I am grateful for flowers too that turn into something beautiful from little seeds.  I love flowers and I also love that I always have flowers in my garden and in my home.  
  39. I am grateful for heaven - my true home where I can't wait to go to one day.  A place where there are no tears and where I will know perfect peace for all of eternity.  Most of all I can't wait to meet the man that I have loved for all these years as daddy and God as well as the one who suffered and died for me so I can be free.  I am so grateful that I have all that to look forward to.
  40. I am grateful for today, my 40th birthday.  It has been a wonderful day from beginning to end.  I truly am a blessed woman that has so much to be grateful for. 
It's funny how when you get to listing things that it is the people that matter and not the stuff. So why do we spend so much of our life trying to earn money to buy stuff and not spend more time investing in the people in our life?  I intend to spend the rest of my life making sure that I focus on people first!  If you have read this, thank you for sharing my birthday with me.
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16.12.13

King's Daughters Village - On BBC Radio

Last week we were invited to BBC Radio Gloucestershire to chat to Claire Carter about our King's Daughters Village.  Have a listen below.



The Women's Business Club and D7 Church paid for the 1920's party so that we could put all the profit towards the project and the lovely ladies from Destiny Temple cooked a delicious Kenyan meal for us.  The Gloucestershire Echo committed to giving us full media support which has been fantastic and JSR Digital Marketing took on the social media campaign. Lorah Kelly Creative Photography also captured everything for us on her camera so we can treasure the memories forever.

Thank you to everyone that has been involved thus far, there is lots more to come in 2014 and there is plenty room for more involvement, so if you would like to get involved in some way or host a fundraiser please get in touch.   Keep up to date with news and updates here.
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12.12.13

King's Daughters Village - The Party


We had a super fun 1920's birthday party last night, 14th Dec!  The sad news is that we are nowhere near achieving our £40,000 target, we raised just under £3,000, but the great news is that we have gained a lot of support for next year.  We will build and support this village, no matter what it takes.  If you have not been following the news, here is a piece that our local newspaper published.

We had a great time together and have learned a lot about fundraising events, they are totally different to all the other events we have run.  Next time we will do much better!





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11.12.13

Charlton King's Girl's Night with Susan Woodley

Reverend Susan Woodley is a wife, a mother, a pastor and the host the King's Daughters Charlton King's Girl's Night.    

Sue is also an extraordinary woman with a big heart and a big vision. She will stop at nothing to see the potential of women unleashed so that the kingdom of God can advance.  Not only does she carry this passion for women but she also has a heart for children, young people, older people, the church and the lost.  It is this incredible passion for all people that led her to her current role as pastor of Charlton Kings Baptist Church.  

Roger, her husband, and her four children are a huge part of this incredible journey and together they do what seems impossible  - but with God we know that all things are possible.  

King's Daughters Charlton Kings will meet every Tuesday, 7:30pm at the King's Coffee House from 14th January 2014.  



Our launch night on 14 Jan 2014

Past Events:
14 Jan - Watch Angela's talk on how you are Fearfully and Wonderfully made.

Contact:
Susan Woodley
01242 210023  
07963805809
sue@kingsdaughters.co.uk

Venue:
King's Coffee House
Church Street
Charlton Kings
Cheltenham
GL53 8AR




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12.11.13

King's Daughters Village Land

Exciting update - we now have photos to show you. Below is the land that King's Daughters Village will be built upon. We will keep you posted every step of the way. In the meantime please continue to make your donations through the 1920's party fundraiser.









Keep up to date with the progress of this exciting project here.   For more information please contact either Thoko or Angela.
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5.11.13

Being a Woman in Business - Who Understands Money

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  
 - 2 Corinthians 9:10

It’s not rocket science.  Money as a specific purpose in business and not knowing or understand how to use our money will cause our business to fail.  A farmer understands this principle very well.  Some money is essential to buy seed. Without seed he will have to crop and without a crop he will have no money and without money he will have no food.  He understands that it would be foolishness to use the money that is intended to buy seed, to buy food.  You do not eat your seed.  It’s plain and obvious.  Some money is supposed to be spend on seed and other money is intended to buy food.  If you eat your seed then your business will fail within this very first season.  
This is where most business owners go wrong.  They don’t understand the difference between seed and food.  They try eating the seed or sowing the food – neither works!  There is a time to sow your money so that you get a good crop and there is a time to eat your food.  Using your money in the wrong place or at the wrong time will get you nowhere.  

So, aside from the farmer metaphor, how does this apply to business?  Our money has a specific purpose in the same way that a farmer’s seed has a purpose.  If you do not sow your seed you cannot expect a harvest.  The same applies to business, if you do not sow your money in the right place you cannot expect your business to grow and flourish.    Too many business owners expect to draw a salary within the first year of business.   Some do manage to draw a salary but if they do their business never grows into anything more than a hand to mouth small business. The wiser way to do things is to find a ways to live without depending on your business in the first year or two and then use your money to sow so that you business grows sufficiently before you start to draw a salary.   Although this might seem difficult it will offer you greater financial freedom in the long run.

Ideal areas to sow your money into in the first year:

Saving
The best time to start saving is right at the start.  When you get your first money into the bank allocate at least ten percent of it to a savings account.  Not only is this a fantastic habit to develop but it also makes perfect sense.  Savings should come when you have enough but to save but because you don’t know how much money you will have in the near future.  Your savings could be the very thing that keeps your business going when other businesses are failing.   Put aside a portion every time you get any money.  

The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get
 - Proverbs 21:20

NEVER use your money right down to the last penny – leave a buffer.  

Charity
I call it charity so that it encompasses all forms of generous giving.  Believe it or not, being generous and giving away a portion of your money is an essential part of business success.  Everyone loves a generous person and the quickest way to gain favour in this world is to be generous with what you earn.  As a Christian, it is essential that we don’t hold onto our money.  We must be wise stewards but we must also be faithful givers.  I firmly believe in giving tithes and offers as well as other acts of financial generosity.   How you calculate what you give is entirely up to you but I recommend starting with 10% to your local church.  Let your tithe be essential followed by all other sorts of giving.  You cannot sow and not reap – so start sowing as soon as you have something to sow and a bountiful harvest will come back to you in season.

Advertising and Marketing
Marketing doesn’t need to cost a lot but without marketing how is anyone going to know that your business exists.  Before you allocate your money to all sorts of things make sure that you have a good marketing budget.  Here are some suggestions for where to spend your marketing budget:

- Facebook Boosts:  Experiment with paying to boost some of your posts.  
- Google Ads:  Spending a small portion could be useful
- Post Cards:  Fatflyers offer 5000 quality promo cards for £99 including VAT 
- Business Directory:  Depending on your business, it might be good to advertise in your local business directory that is put through letter boxes.

These are my top three suggestions.  I would suggest that you keep all other expenses as small as possible until you can justify the expense.  

Keeping Records
Another very important part of understanding money is to understand where it comes from and where it goes to.  Your financial records are essential for your business success.  Make sure that you account for every penny and record it in way that is easy for you to understand. Create graphs and charts if it helps but do whatever it takes to create a clear picture of where your money has come from and where it goes to.  Once you know what is working do more of it and when you see something that is not working stop doing it.  Your financial records will quickly give you an indication of what is working and what is not.  Make sure you keep a separate bank account for business money too.   There is no wisdom in running your business out of your personal bank account.  

Managing Mindsets
The biggest and most important part of understand money is to understand who is boss.  If you can master this then you will always be free.  Most people are ruled but money which is why they worry so much.  They live to make more money to find more security.  However, if you can turn the tables and get your mind to realise that it is boss and not your money then you will always be free and will seldom have anything to worry about.  I have managed to achieve this mindset but asking myself an important question every time I worried.  The question is, “What is the worst that can happen?”  Each and every time after asking this question I realised that my fear related to money was irrational.  I quickly learned that there is nothing so bad that can happen if I don’t have enough money and the chances of me not having enough money are minimal.  It’s not ever as bad as it seems and even losing everything is not as dramatic as it seems.   I hope you never experience that but even if you do it might just be the making of you.   I have lost everything several times and have no regrets – it actually taught me some of the most valuable lessons I have even learned.  Money is no longer my boss, I do not work for it, it works for me and I am the boss!    Entrepreneurs who understand this are the ones who get money to do the most for them.  

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2.11.13

My Centre, The Place Where I am Me

As you may  have noticed, I have been spending a lot of time in the business world this year.  God has called me and anointed me for business, as a minister in the business world, and it has been an incredible journey.  Since preaching on this very subject one year ago in our church, my whole life has changed.  I resisted God for about six months as I did not want to go back into the business world, the failure of my first company was a deep disappointment and I was convinced that I was not a business woman.  God saw things differently.  My resistance crumbled and He had His way - thank goodness!

I have seen the most incredible things happen as a result and I know that God uses the foolish things to confound the wise. I always say to God that I am willing to be the foolish thing in his hand.  I am good at that - being nothing and allowing Him to be everything.  So as a result of all the wonderful and scary things that have happened this year, Women's Business Club was born.


In the midst of becoming the woman that I was born to be, I also discovered that I often became confused and frightened.  My goals are audacious, my steps are on water and my view of myself is still small.  I know who I am and I know who God is and I am never confused about that.  Any good in me is because of what God has done in me and because of His great grace that has redeemed the mess that I once made of my life.  There is no confusion in this area - I am clothed in His righteousness and I live by grace alone.  However, I have learned to be confident and although I feel a great deal of fear this fear never stops me, I do it anyway.

The reason I am writing to you today is because I want you to know how I do it, I want to share a secret with you about how the business world does not corrupt me and how my identity stays in tact and most of all how I avoid pride.  My secret is this:  daily I find my centre.  I start each day by making sure that I go to that place that I know to be true and the only word I can use to describe it is my centre.

Let me explain.  It is in this place where I feel that I am truly me.  Here everything makes sense. This is the only place where I make sense.  My peace comes from this place.  My joy comes from this place. My confidence comes from this place.  I cry in this place.  I am filled with hope in this place.  I am cleansed in this place. Without finding my centre every day I would easily lose my way and possibly even lose my God.  Satan is sublte and he knows how to seduce us and gently lead us away from God.  I know, I have fallen victim to his snares many times in the past. We are not safe if we depend on our own strength to avoid this very real enemy.  I know I am just as vulnerable as the next person.  My centre is my safety net.

So what is my centre?  I don't want to say God.  I mean, yes it is God, but it is not just Him, it is me too.  It is a place where we connect.  My centre is when I choose to find God.  Daily.  It's not a religious act.  God will not be displeased if I miss a day, or two.  In fact, some days I do.  My centre is a place that I chose to go to, as often as possible, usually in the morning.  My centre is where I find my God and spend time with Him.  It is here that everything makes sense once again.  It is here that I feel most like me.

How do I do find God?  Well, the way I find God and the way you find God will be completely different.  There is no recipe or formula, most importantly there is no right or wrong.  If you don't know how to find your centre yet then try various things until you find what works for you.  For me, I make a cuppa coffee and some cereal, sit in my living room and to start off with I listen to the Bible using my Bible app on my phone.  I don't hear 90% of it because I am still half asleep but it is a wonderful way to wake up slowly and get in the 'zone'.  Once I have finished my breakfast I put on my current favourite Christian song - I Surrender by Hillsong and then I close my eyes and just sing, listen, talk to God or whatever I want to do.  I try not to cry, but have never yet succeeded in being in His presence and not crying.  I cry when I repent of my sin, it cleanses me.  I cry when I feel Him near, it humbles me.  I cry with tears of joy when I remember how much He loves me.  Well, if you know me, you probably know I cry a lot anyway about just about everything.

And then, after I have cried it all out I just sit and listen to whatever He has to say to me.  Sometimes there is just silence, we sit in silence, but I don't want to leave - His presence is so powerful and so wonderful.   Other times He speaks.  His voice sounds like my own thoughts, there is not an audible voice that I hear.  Somehow I know it is Him and not my thoughts.  I think it is something inside, the way I feel when He speaks, that helps me to know it is Him.  Most of all, His voice is always loving and kind.  Even when He corrects me and tells me about something I did wrong, I never feel bad I just feel loved.

I wanted to share this with you today, it's difficult to explain, but I hope that between my awkward words that you have found encouragement and perhaps some keys to help you find and keep your centre.  Don't let the things of this world corrupt you - these things are small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things.  Knowing God is the most important thing you could ever do with your life - everything good flows from that place of simply knowing Him.
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25.10.13

King's Daughters Conference NEWS

2013 FEEDBACK
King's Daughters ALIVE Conference  

I don't know about you but when I watched the opening dance at the King's Daughters ALIVE Conference I got goosebumps! It was AMAZING! So we have gone to great lengths to produce a fantastic video clip for you so you can enjoy it over and over and over again. See more feedback and photos here. ENJOY




And while we are on the dance theme - let's remember how much fun we had doing ZUMBA with Leap of Faith's Rachel Ainslie.





















2014 COMING UP
King's Daughters PURE Conference 




















WITH

We are very proud to have Lorah Kelly Creative Photography as our event sponsor - please pop over to her website and find out all about what she is doing to raise fund for King's Daughters Village - it is very exciting!

It's not too soon to book your place - we anticipate being sold out early this time so don't wait until the last minute and miss out! BOOK HERE.
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4.10.13

King's Daughters Village Vision

Meet Thoko Owino Obare - the lady with the vision who will be managing the Kenyan operations of King's Daughters Village.  This is her story:

After I got married to my husband he took me to the village where his father was born. As we walked for miles and miles because I wouldn't get on a boda boda (sitting at the back of someone's bicycle), I couldn't help but notice that even though we were on the main road there were no schools in sight. We then came across a half built very crowded school which was housing just under 600 students - half of them being orphans. Even though the government is working on improving this school it is over subscribed and some children have been turned away because there just isn't room for them. We have tried to help by buying food and books but we still feel that this community can be helped with having another school there as there are many children still not in education.


Meet Angela De Souza - the lady committed to raising the money and handling the UK operations of King's Daughters Village.  This is her story:

I was born in Crawley, West Sussex but grew up in South Africa and saw real poverty and experienced a measure of it but nothing like what most African's have to live with.  Since coming back to England I have enjoyed the luxurious lifestyle that this country offers - even those unemployed and living on benefits enjoy a luxurious lifestyle compared to many in other parts of the world.  We truly are a privileged nation.  At the beginning of this year, 2013, I started what is now known as the Women's Business Club but at almost exactly the same time I started 'remembering' the children of Africa.  As my business grew so did my desire to have some purpose for the money I was earning.  I passionately and wholeheartedly invest in the local economy and love this country, but I also NEED to help those that are literally dying because their basic needs of food and clean water are not met.   I am determined to do both - to love the UK and to love Africa. 

The Vision

To built a secondary school and a church in the county of Siaya, Kenya. 

About Education in Kenya.
When it comes to academics it is not a level playing field, especially those who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, yet they are the ones who need help the most. You have some amazing organisations which step in to help but they tend to help individuals (not the whole class or school); and it is normally individuals who have access to these organisations or connections and not necessarily those in need of help. An example is Thoko's husband George, who grew up in the slums of Kenya desperately needing funding for school (which he never got) but he was in class with other students who were in a much better financial position and were getting funding because they knew someone or they had easy access to these organisations.

Equal Opportunities
Students must
- Meet the minimum entry level required to be enrolled into school
- Pay the minimum tuition fees
- Have a school uniform
- Strictly abide by the school rules and ethos

The Process
- Buy the land
- Build school hall, 6 class rooms, staff room, headmaster's office, reception area, clinic
- Build toilet block
- Build changing area
- Set up sporting facilities
- Get school registered
- Recruit head master
- Recruit students
- Recruit teachers
- Recruit non-teaching staff

Subjects Offered
Maths, English, Swahili, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Computers, Christian Religious Education, Woodwork, Agriculture, Art & Designing (kcse)

Also - skills education (evening classes for adults)

ABOUT YOU
How can you get involved?  There are two ways to get involved - you can offer your time or your money.

Time:  
- Assist with fundraising 
- Assist with event organising
- Assist with various task such as cooking, cleaning, etc at events
- Assist with administration
- Assist in Kenya
- Spread the word by sharing this post in email and on social media
- Offer your skillset to build this project

Money:
- Make a donation here  
- Support the 1920's party
- Use Lorah Kelly Photography's charity package
- Offer your products or services to make money for the project

Time and Money:
Why not arrange a fundraising activity in your area?  It's fun and it's for a good cause.


Photos will follow soon.  
For more information please contact either Thoko or Angela.

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28.9.13

Apology ❀ News ❀ Giveaway ❀ Coming Up

Apology
Firstly, I want to apologise to all my faithful email followers for the lack of blogging these past few weeks.  Since starting this blog in 2009 I have never been too busy to blog but this past month or so has been the busiest I have been in my life!  However, the good news is that you will soon be getting much more and better quality blogging from me.

News
I also want to apologise for using my blog as a business website, it was out of necessity but now that will stop as we have created a brand new site for the business side of things called the Women's Business Club  - check out all the new sites here:
www Website:    www.womensbusinessclub.co.uk
Facebook:    www.facebook.com/wombizclub
Twitter:www.twitter.com/wombizclub  
YouTube:www.youtube.com/wombizclub  
LinkedIn:www.linkedin.com/company/  
GooglePlus:www.plus.google.com/110671150713694453023  
Pinterest:www.pinterest.com/wombizclub  

Giveaway
The great news is that over the past few months I have not lost one of my email followers - so if that is you, thank you for sticking by me!  As a thank you, I would like to offer a gift to my email followers, and if you are not an email follower, there is still time to sign up - subscribe by email on the top right hand column of my blog.    The giveaway - whatever you want from our shop* - you choose one thing and I will pick two of you to receive the gift of your choice.  Leave a comment on this post about what you love about this blog and what gift you would like - I will randomly pick two winners and post it here on 5th October.

Coming Up
What you can expect from me now is regular posts about my life in general, occasional business posts, occasional ministry posts, regular posts with Girl's Night material, family news, encouragement, giveaways, reviews of books, movies and fun stuff we get up to and so much more.

Our next events are as follows:
Women's Business Club - Clarify Workshop, 1 Oct and Network Lunch, 2 Oct
King's Daughters Village - My 40th birthday party fundraiser, 14 Dec

*  T-shirts are limited as we only have a few in stock at the moment.
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10.9.13

All Your Life

Last week Lorah and I had the most amazing morning together at All Your Life in Cheltenham. Let me start at the very beginning! We arrived at the beautiful reception and were whisked away into the lounge where we were given a glass of bubbly. This is the before photo!

Before...

Then we were invited to use the Fat Burning Room to experience the Vibrating Power Plates! Well, there is no photo of this as I really don't want you to see all my fat wobbling about. It's was fun but at the same time I could really feel the plates working my muscles. You are shown a chart with various exercises that you can do on the plates to target particular muscle groups or you can just stand on the plates and giggle! Mostly, Lorah and I just giggled. We were then take to the fishy room our fish pedicure. I honestly didn't know that I would have such a problem with putting my feet in the tank. Usually I am up for trying just about anything, but when it came to the crunch, I found it difficult to put my feet in a tank full of fish. After some shrieking and splashing, I rested my heal in the tank and got used to the idea. After some time, it began to feel like my kitten licking my feet so in my mind I visualised my kitten and not the fish. Slowly but surely, my feet went into the water and I allowed the fish to eat off all the dead skin. After a few minutes I got used to it and began to enjoy the pedicure. However, Lorah never did manage to get her feet in the tank, she giggled and shrieked most of the time, so she still cannot say that she has had a fish pedicure! Here are our feet being eaten by lots of little fish, well actually mine only - notice where Lorah's feet are. 



What happened next was the best thing EVER! We were taken through to the Medical Massage Beds.  There are no words to describe how wonderful these beds are.  We lay in a candle lit room with beautiful fragrances all around.  As I lay on the bed (fully clothed just in case you are wondering) I felt it warm up on my lower back, shoulders and calves and then little studded rubber pads began vibrating, systematically working from my neck and shoulders down to my feet.  It was so unbelievably relaxing and we were even provided with soft fluffy blankets that we could snuggle under if we wanted to sleep.  I snuggled under a blanket and was so disappointed when our half an hour was up.

We were then collected by our own private Make-up Artists and Beauty Therapist for our make-over.  We had our hair, nails and make-up done and left for the studio feeling like new women.


Our photographer was so lovey and made us feel natural in front of the camera.  Here are some sneeky photos of him in action.




After three wardrobe changes and many poses and props, we were whisked away yet again for a lovely lunch which we ate while viewing our photos. Of course, we giggled all the way through it and were then faced with the choice of narrowing down which ones we would keep. Below are some of the many photos from our fantastic day at All Your Life, Cheltenham. I highly recommend you go along and enjoy a fun filled pamper experience yourself. And, one very fortunate King's Daughter will get to enjoy all this for free! Enter the raffle below.

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Lorah and I after our pamper and make-over.



















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