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27.12.14

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Merry Christmas to all you beautiful King's Daughters and a very happy New Year!

2014 was a difficult and wonderful year for me.  I did struggle to write, as you may have noticed.  It may have been writers block, it may have been busyness or it may just have been a season to 'pen down' and have a break. It's been nearly six years since I started writing to you right here on this very blog and I have loved every minute of it. 2015 is already packed with a great deal and I am so excited about the journey, but I will write as often as possible and share the journey with you and hopefully encourage you too in your journey.

Looking back to my very first blog post to you on 13/04/2009, I realise that my message hasn't changed one bit and neither has my passion for this message. As I read over the words and reflect on them I notice that I am pretty much still writing the same things just in different ways to various different audiences.  And so rather than write something new (because it wouldn't be, it would be the same powerful message), I encourage you to go back to where it all began with me.  Read our post at www.kingsdaughters21.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/knowing-who-you-are.html and please share your thoughts we me so we can go into the amazing new year together.

May 2015 be a blessed year for us all.

Love
Angela
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2.10.14

A Great Success

This year presented a difficult subject, we delved into purity as well as a lot of talk about sexual purity. Our numbers were lower than usual as a result but the event was better than ever!  We enjoyed a fantastic day together, everything went smoothly, the food was great, the company fantastic, the talks life changing, the worship heavenly!  Everything was just perfect!  It was a beautiful day in God's presence and we are so grateful to all who played a part in making it happen.

Next year's conference - HE LOVES ME - is already in the pipeline.  We have made some positive changes so that even more of you can enjoy this fantastic annual event.  The most significant change is that we will end by 5pm which has enabled us to bring the ticket price right down to £25.  However, if you book in during October, you get a once off early bird rate of £20 using promo code OCTOBER and if you wish to exhibit this code applies to your stand too.  So book your place this month at www.kingsdaughters-helovesme.eventbrite.co.uk and then you have a full year to see who you could bless with a ticket so that they can join you for a great day.

Thank you Gentle Giant
I would like to thank Jim of Gentle Giant for kindly capturing our event on his camera. 

Jim is a Visual Communicator? Using a variety of media he creatively communicate people's ideas and concepts into visual solutions that can promote, inform, educate and potentially transform peoples lives.  If you want to purchase any of the photos he took at our conference or to use his professional services, can contact him via his website www.gentlegiantgraphics.co.uk or email info@gentlegiantgraphics.co.uk

Thank you Arts Ecclesia
A great big thank you to Shirley of Arts Ecclesia who sponsored our conference this year.  Without her kind support the tickets would have cost much more as this is a very expensive event to run.  But thanks to Shirley's generosity, we were able to provide a quality event at a very reasonable ticket price.  Find our more about Arts Ecclesia at www.artsecclesia.org.uk

Thank you Whole Foods Cheltenham
A great big thank you to Renata from Whole Foods Cheltenham who supplied us with these lovely gift bags.  It was a lovely detail that made the conference even more memorable.

There are so many more thank you's and I fear I will miss someone if I attempt to mention everyone, so thank you ALL for your involvement.  If you wish to get involved in next year's event please do get in touch by reply and also please do email me your feedback from this year and I will include it on our feedback page at www.kingsdaughtersconference.co.uk/highlights/2014-pure

Donations
We are delighted to be able to make a donation to Open Doors this year as well as to the Children's Society from the proceeds of the conference.  We would also like to encourage you to support our King's Daughters Village project - find our more here.

Don't forget to visit our exhibitors page - they will remain on the website for another 6 months so you can enjoy shopping from them in time for Christmas!  Keep in touch and if you can't wait until next year's conference, why not start a Girl's Night in your area or join us for some smaller events in the lead up to next year's conference.

Have a blessed day!

Love
Angela
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2.9.14

Something Girly

Strength and Dignity by Box Polish

I thought that since it is only 18 days to go until our conference, eeek, I would do something a bit special and girly for us!  One of the lovely Women's Business Club ladies who is also a King's Daughter, has started making her own polishes.   They are being launched this Saturday, 6th September. It's all very exciting and King's Daughters have ordered their very own special colour called Strength and Dignity. In celebration of our upcoming conference Amy has very kindly given us a polish as a free gift.  So, enter the competition below and the new polish will be given away at the conference to one lucky winner. Don't worry, if you cannot make it we will post it to you. UK residents only please.

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25.8.14

25 Days To Go!



I can't believe it is nearly that time of year again with only 25 days to go until our annual King's Daughters Conference. This year is especially important, not only because we really need to get together as Christian woman but also because we do need to talk about this very important subject that we will be discussing, namely purity but mostly sex.

How to enjoy it, what to do better, what not to do, when to do it, when not to do it, what went wrong in the past, how to fix what went wrong in the past, the scars of the past and healing for them. How it's intended for pleasure , how to enjoy the pleasure without the guilt and shame, what to do if you got it wrong too often and find it no longer offers pleasure. Same sex attraction, opposite sex attraction, lack of sexual attraction and lethal attraction! Sex in marriage, sex outside of marriage, no sex in marriage Lies about sex, truth about sex, love and sex, lust and sex, hate and sex, sex traps, sex deception, sexual exploitation and much more. Oh yes, we will also be talking about other things too not only sex. But mostly, we will be talking about sex this year.  In the meantime enjoy reading about the 5 stages of sex.

In addition to our talks we will also be having some fantastic musical and dance items, heavenly worship, great food, business stalls, Zumba and so much more!

Group booking discounts of 20% are available for groups of 10 or more using promo code '20' when you book in.  Make sure you get your ticket soon at www.kingsdaughtersconference.co.uk

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11.8.14

King's Daughters Conference and Iraq Christian Persecution

""Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst," said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN's Jonathan Mann, he called what's happening in Iraq a "Christian genocide" and said "children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung." "Right now, three thousand Christians are in Iraq fleeing to neighboring cities," he told Mann. Arabo is calling on the international community to follow France's lead and offer the Christians of Iraq asylum. "You're startling me with the severity of what you're describing," the CNN host said. "You said they are --- beheading children?" "They are systematically beheading children," Arabo repeated slowly. "And mothers and fathers. The world hasn't seen an evil like this for generations.""  >>> Read full article

But what can we do?

This is always the question we ask as we are far away, safe and secure in our country.  It is easy to feel sorry for the persecuted church and do little about it.  But there is a lot we can do.  We can remember them in our prayers and in our everyday, ordinary lives.

Take action NOW:

1. PRAY.  Don't underestimate the power of prayer - it does work and will make a difference.

"So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists." - Acts 12: 5-7

If you are not sure how to pray then here are some useful pointers.

2. GIVE. Be generous with your time and money. We can give from a place of comfort and excess so let's do so.  Bring their plight into our everyday ordinary lives. Yes, life goes on for us, but we can keep them with us but giving.

" And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving."  - 2 Corinthians 8:1-7

King's Daughters Conference 

My current focus is our upcoming conference so I have decided to use my marketing efforts in a way that will benefit this cause. I hope you will join me.  Many are changing their profile picture to the arabic 'N' symbol to show support.  King's Daughters would like to go one step further and propose that you change your profile picture to the one in this post or tag yourself on the one on our Facebook page and make it your profile picture.  This will achieve two things - 1) It will show King's Daughers Conference are supporting this cause cause and 2) for every ن​ Delegate ticket or ن​ Business Stand that is purchased, we will donate 10% to  Open Doors to help the persecuted Christians in Iraq.

Please support us in this and also find ways that you can support the persecuted Christians through your everyday life too.

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21.7.14

The Great Commission

I love my new church.  It was scary at first to go from being a pastor to being pastored again but we have settled and simply love being a part of the family at Charlton King's Baptist Church.  This past Sunday Jason did a  life changing talk with our little ones, explaining the great commission to them. After explaining to them about Jesus and asking if they accepted that He died and rose again, he gave them a pack of stars and told them to go around the church and give everyone a sticker if they accepted the gospel.  It was a wonderful and practical reminder of what we are called to do, he said a the Great Commission is our co-operation with his mission!  Afterwards he played this video which sums it up perfectly.

 

Sue went on to preach a brilliant message as always and each Sunday I want to get born again again!  I feel so privileged and honoured to be a part of such a wonderful church family.
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21.6.14

How Politics Helped Me in Ministry and Business

A short while ago ago I was invited to stand in the local borough elections for the Benhall and The Reddings ward in Cheltenham. The elections took place last on 22nd May and I received 594 votes. My opponent received 1188 votes so clearly I did not win. However, I don't feel like I lost either. I learned so much and gained so much and I can honestly say that it was well worth it. I will definitely stay involved.  Today I would like to share some of the valuable things that I learned with you:

Politicians are Real People
Local politics is often confused with national politics.  Yes in theory we are all one party but in reality the local councilors have little if any contact with the national leaders.  We might get to meet one or two national leaders but we are unlikely to become their best friends and change the country with them.  So what I want to focus on is our perception of local politicians and the simplest way that I can describe a local councilor is that they are very much like pastors.  The only difference really is that the message - everything else is pretty much the same.  Pastors and local councilors have to lead their community to the best of their ability, take care of some of their needs, get to know them, stay visible in the community, offer advice when necessary, have a listening ear and share the message of what they stand for.

Local councilors and often pastors (but not always) are unpaid, are expected to be all things to all men, are often criticised for what they get wrong, often feel like they don't do enough but on the positive side have a very rewarding role in the community.

Have you ever seen a politician that way?  Some politicians, just like some pastors, abuse the power they have been entrusted with and make a mess of things giving all the good politicians and pastors a bad name.

* I am not diluting the gospel by making this comparison, the message of the pastor is OF COURSE the most important thing.  I was merely comparing the type of person it takes and the type of work they have to do.

There is no way that you can be a local politician and not care about people.  It simply won't work and you won't get elected.  It's that simple.  I have observed the local politicians and found them all to be absolutely wonderful and caring people.  I am sure the not so nice ones exist but I have not met one yet.  My perspective on politicians has changed radically and I hope what I have to say will help you with your views too. To be a politician you really do have to care about a cause, about local issues and about people.

Politics and Ministry
So how did politics help me in ministry?  Well.... if I had known that I would be required to go door to door and speak to people as well as make hundreds of phone calls  I might not have stood in the recent election! However, having been 'forced' to just get on with it I learned a valuable lesson.  You see, talking to people about politics on their door step is probably the most difficult and most scary thing I have ever had to do. If you think sharing your faith is difficult, try sharing your political views - some people can get very angry and rude.  One person chased me off his lawn like I was a dog making a poo on his grass!

After doing all I had to do to win votes I realised that I have neglected doing so much to win people to Jesus because I was too afraid and too worried about what people would think.  Now that I have done what I deem to be the worse sort of door knocking I think I will now find it much easier to talk to people about Jesus.  I now know how I would do it, what I would say and I would have a great deal more compassion for people when saying it.

The biggest part of knocking up was to simply listen to what people had to say rather than tell them my views.  Perhaps if I knocked on someone's door to tell them about Jesus I would simply ask them to share their views with me and listen....  who knows what I would do next, I guess the Holy Spirit will lead specifically each time.  The bottom line is that politics has helped me in my ministry to the lost and I will never be the same again, for this I am truly grateful.

Politics and Business
Being forced to use the phone to make hundreds of phone calls shattered all my phone fears for once and for all.  Where the phone had once been a big deal it is now an ordinary part of my business day.  If I had not been involved in politics it is likely that I would still be avoiding the phone today.  After about the 20th phone call I quickly learned some technique and started to love how much time the phone was saving me as each phone call made meant it was one less house I had to visit.  A lesson I should have learned ages ago in business.  Each phone call I now make means one less coffee appointment I have to travel to, one less appointment in my diary, one less hour lost.   Not that I don't love coffee appointments but how many can you realistically have in a week and of those how many would turn into a client?

There is so much more I could say but this post is getting rather long now.  I just wanted to share some of my life changing experiences with you.  Try not to say no too much to new experiences in life, you never know how God will use them to mould and shape you.  I am changed forever but my political experience and I am so grateful for all I have gained.

So yes, I lost the election but I won so much more!  What do you need to get involved with what you have perhaps been avoiding?
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16.6.14

95 Days to Go!

Our King's Daughters Conference breakout sessions have been finalised and boy oh boy do we have something special lined up for you!
Tania Vaughan - Doing it Differently
Roseann Boyce - Hard Truths
Vanessa Stottor - My Huts on Fire
Fay Price - Love, the Church and Homosexuality
Make sure you get your ticket soon www.kingsdaughtersconference.co.uk
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3.6.14

Malawi Day Celebrations - I am because we are!

Madonna is one of Malawi’s most famous ambassadors. She said “Despite horrendous life chances the children have a song in their heart and wear a smile.”

On Sunday 6th July its Malawi Day and there will be live music, fun games and activities, stalls, live Wimbledon Men’s Final on a big Screen and a delicious afternoon tea for all the family to celebrate and raise money to keep Malawi girls in school.

Dignity is a charity set up to raise awareness of the plight of girls; in Malawi an average girl misses one week a month of school because of the lack of menstruation provision. This problem can be solved and costs £10 per girl and will last her through her education.

Come and join in the celebration at The Pavilion, Hatherley Lane, GL516PN. Tickets costs £5 per person or £20 for a family (includes afternoon tea). Tickets available on http://tinyurl.com/npbvkoc

If you would like to be a stallholder email: Vicky@freerangechicks.net
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6.5.14

Christians in Politics

To my brothers and sisters in Christ,

It is my conviction that God is positioning Christians in leadership positions in the nation for His purposes. Christian men and women in business, ministry and politics are rising up with the express purpose of doing the will of God.  I have been involved in all three areas but my message to you today is in the area of politics.  I firmly believe that we need Christian leaders in our government if we stand a hope of being a true Christian nation.

Just because something is the will of God doesn't mean that it will automatically happen, we must be prepared to do our part.  As far back as we can go in history, Godly men and women had to fight for the will of God. The promise land was taken on the battle field, William Wilberforce abolished the slave trade by giving his life to fighting for this cause and today we see men and women fighting for various causes such as human trafficking, poverty, etc.  It is not God's will that His children suffer through slavery, poverty and other such circumstances but He needs to find those who are willing to fight for those who cannot.  I feel the same is relevant in our current situation in the UK.  If we want to be a Christian nation we need to fight for it, it is not automatically just going to happen because it is the will of God.  I have fought this battle from the perspective of the church and more recently I have fought from the perspective of being a Christian business woman but now I am focusing my efforts on becoming a Christian politician.  Why?  Because if we don't have Christian politicians then we will not and cannot be a Christian nation for much longer.

I am writing to you to ask for your support. I cannot do this alone.  Many people have told me that I don't stand a chance of winning this election but I believe that with God nothing is impossible.  I do realise now that I cannot win it alone though. I need you.  Will you help me?

There are three ways you can help:


  1. Stay home and pray - pray that I win this election and stay true to the purposes of God.
  2. Go out into the streets with me and talk to people.  I need a team of people willing to represent me.  If you choose to do this we will meet and pray together, then I will share my vision and then we will all go house to house and share the message with the people.  I will help you every step of the way, more importantly we will rely on the Holy Spirit to give us the words to speak and favour with the people.
  3. Spread the word through social media (here is our Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/benhallandthereddings/), email people, contact anyone you know in the area - Christian or not - and ask for their support.


I hope you hear my heart in this.  If we want to policies and practices of this nation to be in line with our faith then we need to make sure we do our part to position ourselves in places of influence in this nation.

It's not about which party we chose but about supporting the Christians who are trying to make a difference.  I prayerfully chose the Conservative Party but that does not mean than those Christians standing in other parties in other areas shouldn't be supported too.  We are all in a 'higher party' which is the kingdom of God.  So, please would you support me in the Conservative Party in the Benhall and The Reddings Ward in the 22nd May elections.

I really hope you will support me.

Love
Angela

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3.5.14

2014 Conference Speakers

2014 Conference Speakers This year's lineup has been confirmed and tickets are now available. We would love you to join us for the 2014 King's Daughters PURE Conference for a day that has been carefully crafted JUST FOR YOU. Enjoy a day off! Feel refreshed, get inspired and leave ready for the next season of your life. Find out more about our speakers below and don't delay, book your place now at www.kingsdaughterspure.eventbrite.co.uk

Angela De Souza


Angela has a deep desire to see women reach their full potential in every area of life. She has published many books in her quest to help women find and love who they are. The King’s Daughters Conference is an annual UK women’s conference where she continues to explore the theme of being all your can be.

Susan Woodley


Sue 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. It is this incredible passion for all people that led her to her current role as pastor of Charlton Kings Baptist Church. 

Thoko Owino


Thoko is passionate about teaching God’s children to live a full, joyful life through the power of love. She knows every woman has great potential inside her which enables her to fulfil her destiny; she believes in empowering women to maximise their potential so it can be developed into the fullness of the virtuous woman God intended her to be.

Roseann Boyce


Roseann has worked with The Children’s Society for three years, her job title is a regional fundraiser, which is better described as a relationships builder. She is passionate about the work of The Children’s Society who believe that every single child and young person should be able to develop and flourish to their full potential.

Jaylene Howell


Jaylene is passionate about women seeing God in all of life, from the all-too-common failures to the occasional moments of brilliance. She loves sharing these moments, but more often finds God in unexpected glimpses in everyday life. She communicates the grace of God in an honest and transparent, though always down-to-earth style.

Lorah-Kelly Beard


Lorah-Kelly runs a photography business, Lorah-Kelly Creative Photography. She studied art at Cirencester College and adds magic to all that she does. Lorah is the lead singer of D7 Band and also dabbles with the guitar and bass. Samuel and Lorah recently got married in a barn and live in a cute little apartment in the middle of Cheltenham. 

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17.4.14

Depression - How to be Happy

Continuing on from my previous post on depression, let's take a look at happiness.  Not that depression is the absence of happiness but it is difficult to be happy while suffering with depression.  Some people can just be happy - I envy them. Other people, like myself, have to make an effort to be happy. Don't get me wrong, I have happy days that just come and it's wonderful.  It's those other days, the days when I have to work at it that are a bit more difficult. You see, I believe happiness is a choice. We can choose to be happy but it does require some effort on our part.

I have days when even getting out of bed is difficult.  Being self employed makes it even more difficult as I have no one to answer to but myself. Sometimes I just stay in bed and work on my laptop - that way I still get some work done without having to find the strength to get up.  Other days I have to force myself to get up and have to find a reason to get up.  I am not lazy I just struggle sometimes with the will to get through a day.  This is not an everyday occurrence, most days I get up between 5-6am, spend time with God and get on with things, but some days are just plain difficult.  These are the days when I have to work at being happy. Then there are occasional days, maybe one in a month, when I just clear my diary and cry all day. These days are a write off but if I allow myself time to just get it out of my system then I am ok for another month or more. However, if I try soldier on through I will start leaking tears at the most inconvenient of times and often in public, so I have learned just to allow myself a day of crying all my tears out.

Here are a few keys that I have found helpful when doing my best to find happiness:

Perspective
There is always more than one perspective of the same situation. If you are having difficulty with a particular situation it is always helpful to try to see if from different angles.  Many times a change in perspective can really lift the weight.

Attitude
Work on your thoughts as they carry power. Whatever you think you become and if you are constantly thinking negative or unhappy thoughts then you will remain stuck in unhappiness. Force yourself to think about positive things even if you don't feel positive at the time.

Choice
Finding things to be happy about by choice is a great way to lift the weight.  Again it is a battle in the mind but if you force yourself to think about happy things by choice then you will feel better.  Usually when I feel particularly depressed I find myself thinking about depressing things.  However, if I have the strength I can choose to find things that make me happy and force my mind to meditate on these things.

Hope's Journey has quite a few more powerful keys such as eating spicy food and chocolate, sunshine, exercise, eating and so much more tips for finding happiness, so I do recommend reading it and seeing what works for you.
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13.4.14

David Cameron’s Easter Speech



I have never seen our nation's leaders stand up for Christianity as I have seen in the recent years.  David Cameron is putting his career on the line when he mixes his faith with his politics but yet he continues to be open about it.  Being a Christian is not easy, it comes with many challenges, preconceived ideas from others and opposition.  Being a politician is no easy either, again it comes with so much hardship and little reward. It seems that everyone has an opinion and Christians and politicians can do little right - if they make one mistake the are branded forever by it. People quickly forget all that they did right and hang on to their one mistake. Personally, I think being open and honest about Christianity is risky and being a politician is dangerous.  So, combining the two means multiplying the challenges, the risks and the dangers. For what? What is in it for the Christian or the politician?  There is little or no personal gain, they are merely public servants and could probably earn more with a lot less trouble in a secular career.

I for one am more determined than ever to be slow to judge and quick to encourage any Christian whether in business, politics or ministry who is taking a brave stand for that they believe to be truth.  Yes, some Christians who have attempted to take a stand have fallen.  None of us are infallible and are tempted.  If a brother falls, we are to do as the Bible clearly says:

"If your brother wrongs you, go and show him his fault, between you and him privately. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother."  
- Matthew 18:15 Amplified Bible

Let's start with dealing with things privately and only if we cannot win the person back then we can apply the rest of Matthew 18 accordingly.

Let's put our pointing fingers away and start encouraging what they do right, love should cover the rest.

"Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others]"    
- Peter 4:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Love doesn't mean that you condone or support their actions. You don't have to agree with what they do but you do have to love them through it as they work things out.  When it comes to leaders who are taking such a huge risk to fight for Christianity I would suggest that you pray for them, love them and support them as best you can.  Only criticise if you have the guts to actually do what they are doing.  I can assure you that it is too easy to judge if you have never walked the path that they have had to walk.

"Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins."
- American Indian Proverb

I already have a much deeper admiration for politicians as I started my campaign for the upcoming local elections last Friday and had to go door to door to introduce myself.  It was not easy and some people can be quite rude and hurtful, others were very supportive and lovely.  I quickly realised that all those who are currently in the position that I am applying for have gone through the same thing many times over.

RESPECT to them.  I don't think many could go door to door and still serve the people that they are called to lead. My journey is just beginning and I have much to learn but I will keep you updated and take you along with me as much as possible.

Here are some recent articles about the stand David Cameron is taking.  Let's support him in this and show him that the church and business community indeed do want to work alongside the government to make this nation an even better one.

David Cameron’s Easter Speech
David Cameron Big Society

The Queen's Christmas Speech 2012

And on that note, our Queen did a superb job of sharing the gospel in her 2012 Christmas address, one of my favourite speeches ever.  Read the Queen's 2012 Christmas speech here or watch the video below.

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9.4.14

Proudly British

One of the many things that the Americans get right is their patriotism!  I often see American homes with their flags proudly hanging outside their door or hear them speak highly of their country.  It is a wonderful thing. Here in the UK I often see Brazilian flags, Polish flags and other flags from foreigners living here who are proud of the country they have come from.  NEVER have I seen a British flag displayed in front of a British person's home and all I EVER hear from locals is their complaints about this country.  COME ON PEOPLE!  The country is made up of you and I. Let's start off with being proud to be British.  Let's support local businesses.  Let's find good things to say about our country. Let's back up and support our leaders who are doing their best to do what they think is right for this nation. It is usually those that do the least that say the most.  Judge your own mouth and your own actions please. Until you are willing to step in 'their' shoes please say a lot less.

Yes I know, I have a South African accent!!!  I am grateful to South Africa for raising me but I was born right here in the UK and now the UK is my home.  I implore you, let us become proudly British.  To kick start the process please join me in displaying this logo on your website, blog, Facebook page, etc.



Now let's start sharing and support local businesses and our government.  In the posts to come we will be discussing what is good about our country and I would like to feature some of YOU.  Please email me your Proudly British story with a good quality photo and I will feature you.

See you at our next Business, Ministry and Politics event!

*** NOTE:  Being proudly British does not mean that we bash or bad mouth other nations.  That defeats the purpose entirely.  Being proudly British simply means that we point out the great things about our country - FULL STOP - not by comparison to other countries. As Christians we are called to love all no matter what their nationality.  It's sad that I even have to say this but please keep the balance to all this, if we don't have anything good to say rather say nothing at all :)
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5.4.14

What is Politics?

THIS MONDAY 7th April 2014 we launch our brand new event called Business, Ministry and Politics. King's Daughters has taken a very definite direction change into these three areas with an emphasis on how we use these areas to share the gospel.  We are called to be salt and light and it is our mission and obsession to get the salt and light into the places where it is needed.  As Christians we need to seek and desire places of influence within our communities so that we can be salt and light.  What good is salt if it remains in it's container and what good is light if it isn't in darkness?  We must position ourselves in places of darkness in order to be light but don't go alone.  If you are in business (either self employed or employed) then are you using your position to lead and shine?  If you are in politics are you using your influence in your town, city and nation?  If you are in ministry are you teaching and equipping those around you to be light and are you serving the need in your community?  If all we do with our faith is feel good and build our lives then what good are we to the world around us?  We need to be 'out there' paying the price so that those who are far away from God can come closer.

King's Daughters has focused on the area of ministry since 2009 and more recently on the business world since 2013.  This year we will delve into the world of politics too.  So before we even go there let's break it down with the very first question - What is Politics?

I ask this question because it is one that I has to answer for myself.  After exploring politics I came to the conclusion that it is simply the 'management' of a town, city and nation.  Since I am comfortable with management and community work I decided that politics is a lot less 'scary' that I first thought.

My next step was to choose a party so I prayerfully chose the Conservative Party.  This doesn't mean that I agree with everything that they stand for.  When we chose to shine our light in darkness this doesn't mean that we agree with the darkness that we are shining in, it simply means that we are positioning ourselves to shine and influence those around us.  To be honest, I don't think the party that you choose matters as much as your willingness to serve in the party and to be an influence to it.  We need Christians in ALL the parties who influence this nation.

Don't  be one of those people that complain about the government but refuse to be involved!  Read Isaiah 9:6 then pray for and support the government.  Don't be one of those people that say that you don't do politics either.  As a Christian you should be involved in your community one way or another and if you are not involved in ministry or business then may I suggest contributing to your political party.    

We will continue to explore this theme in the months ahead.  In the meantime, if you really and truly want to do what Jesus called us to do in  Mark 16:15 then book your place at Business, Ministry and Politics at www.kingsdaughtersleaders.eventbrite.co.uk and let's get on with it!
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31.3.14

King's Daughters in Business, Ministry and Politics

Hello and Happy Monday!

I am so excited about our brand new event, King's Daughters in Business, Ministry and Politics, which is being launched next Monday evening.  The aim of the event is to support, encourage and challenge women who are currently leading in these areas or who want to get involved in these areas.  As Christians, we need to rise up and position ourselves in places of influence in our communities and country.  

Please join us for a light supper, networking, worship, guest speaker and prayer.  Together we can encourage each other and do so much more than we can do on our own.  Our April guest speaker is Jennie Dallimore, a Gloucester City Councillor.

See you next Monday, 7pm at the Fairview upper room in Cheltenham.  Book your place at www.kingsdaughtersleaders.eventbrite.co.uk

Have a great week!
Angela
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24.3.14

Depression is Not An Excuse

Continuing on from my previous post, I wanted to look into the other side of depression.  The side where people use it to be lazy or to do nothing for the kingdom.  Yes there is a time when you need to slow down or stop in order to recover and get well but there is no reason to throw your whole life away and write off your future.  Depression is not a lifestyle it is a season. It can be cured and it can be managed.  If you are newly depressed or burnt out you may need to stop what you are doing and have a season of rest.

What did God tell Elijah to do when he was newly depressed? Let's read about it in 1 King's 19:4-8

"Elijah  went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God."

Elijah was not only depressed but he plain and simply wanted to die! It's seems from this passage that he was sleeping most of the time, a common thing in depression.  But the angel told him to "arise and eat" and then he went back to sleep again. The second time he was told to arise and eat he was also told that he should do so because the journey ahead was too great for him.  So what does that mean.  I understand it to mean that he was to get better so that he could continue what God called him to do.  Elijah had endured a great battle and won it for the Lord.  If that were most of us we would have simply been satisfied with the fact that we had done something great and then settled down to everyday life.  God did not plan for Elijah to be comfortable, His plans were for him to continue walking in his destiny, a destiny which was a difficult path.  Yes Elijah had to rest when he became depressed but he also had to take care of himself and get better so that he could continue!

Jesus said in John 16:33, "In this world you will have trouble."

He also said in Matthew 16:24-26 "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"

As Christians there are some givens, apart from all the wonderful promises of peace and joy and love we also have the truth that we will encounter trouble in this world.  It is also a given that if you want to follow Jesus then there is a cross to bear.  We ALL have a cross to bear. Mine might be depression but yours could be something else. Please understand I am not trying to make anyone feel guilty, there IS a definite time when we do need to stop and rest.  The problem only comes when we stay in that place of rest and never move on from it. When we recognise our cross we should not use it as an excuse to stop but we should take the wise necessary steps to deal with it and find a way to move FORWARD!

As Christians we are not meant to be using the promises in the Bible to create a comfortable life for ourselves.  We are at war, our time here on earth is short and we have a clear mandate. "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." - Mark 16:15  That's it!  No matter what we DO in our life our mission remains the same.  If you are in business then your mandate is to preach the gospel, if you are at university then your mission is to preach the gospel if you are in politics, your mandate is to preach the gospel, if you are a stay at home mum your mandate is to preach the gospel.  If you are suffering with depression your mandate is to preach the gospel, if you are going through a divorce your mandate is to preach the gospel, if you are struggling with cancer your mandate is to preach the gospel.  Preaching the gospel can be done in many different ways, but the bottom line it is the good news of Jesus.  Preaching doesn't necessarily mean that you have to stand behind a pulpit.  The most important thing is that you are sharing the good news of Jesus in some way. It is completely different for everyone but it is the basic requirement for every Christian.  Are you sharing the good news of Jesus with your life?  We have all of eternity to be comfortable but only one life here on earth that needs to be spent wisely.

If you are seeking a comfortable Christian life you will never be truly satisfied - EVER.  However, if you are seeking to preach the gospel no matter what the cost, despite your struggles or burdens, you will find true satisfaction. The promises of God are not to make our life comfortable they are to help those who are suffering for the sake of the gospel.  Are you using your struggles as an excuse to stop and do nothing or are you building a comfortable life for yourself and your family with the promises of God?

For those of you that want to move FORWARD, even if you are struggling or in a bad place, please join us at our brand new event where we will be exploring our role in the kingdom. If you are in or want to be in business, politics or ministry, please come along on the first Monday of every month for a meal, a time of worship, guest speaker and prayer.  Time is short, let's stand together despite our struggles and take the message of the good news into our world.

All welcome - more info at www.kingsdaughtersleaders.eventbrite.co.uk

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Depression - How to be Happy

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21.3.14

Life Happens - Christians and Depression

Continuing on from my previous post, I wanted to talk about the Christian view of depression.  You see, very recently I faced complete burnout and ended up going to the doctor only to discover that I was on the high end of the depression scale.  It never occurred to me that I was depressed or burnt out because I have lived a balanced life and followed all of the steps I wrote about in my book Hope's Journey. It did not even cross my mind that the series of difficult situations that I have faced over the past two year had actually worn me down!  I am a survivor - I just get on with things.

Thank goodness for a good Christian friend who had the boldness to confront me and encourage me to see my doctor. She recognised the symptoms as she too suffers with depression but she also understood that as Christians, admitting to depression is the hardest thing.

So why do I keep mentioning Christians, what makes it different for a Christian?  Well, first of all we are always told how the 'joy of the Lord is our strength' and how we can 'do all things through Christ who strengthens us', etc.  We are taught that 'nothing is impossible with God' and that we don't have to suffer with sickness and disease because we have a God that heals us.  I believe all these things to be true, I really do.  But because of all these wonderful promises that we have as Christians, those of us who suffer with illness are often looked down upon. Not always, but often.  In some circles even a common cold would indicate a lack of faith or sin!  That is only in extreme cases though. When it comes to mental illnesses and depression it is often assumed to be something even worse or demonic.  Again, there are cases when this is true but mostly it's not the case.  With all this pressure and assumption in the church it makes it worse for a Christian at times.  Too many Christians suffer in silence at church with things such as depression.  There is a great deal of shame for us and even a feeling of failure.  We feel like we did something wrong or didn't have enough faith. I want to put an end to this as it's difficult enough coping with depression or illness of any sort without having shame and judgement to deal with too.

Does God heal physical and mental illness?  Yes.  In fact Jesus died on the cross to release this healing power to us.  Do some people not get healed?  Yes.  I have no idea why or how it works but there can be many reasons.  Do I still trust God for healing?  Absolutely.  However let me tell you my story. When the doctor recommended antidepressants I felt a great sense of relief. Firstly I was labeled and that actually made things better.  It made it better  because what I was dealing with became clear and also it made me feel less bad as a person.  Before I was labeled I thought all my crying and shouting at the kids and general grumpiness was simply me being a really terrible person. When he told me I was depressed I realised that it wasn't me, it was an external problem, which did not affect my identity.

Secondly, I felt relieved at the thought of going on antidepressants, even though I had spoken so harshly against them in times past.  I was relieved because I finally felt like I was getting some help, that I could take a break from the constant struggle and just relax and let the little pills do the work for me.  Sounds ridiculous I know!  But that is how I felt and that is exactly what has happened.  At first the pills made me a little nauseas and headachy, but after a week I started to feel lighter and cried much less. It seems that what I hoped for actually happened - the pills did do the work not me!  After about 20 years of working hard at managing depression I finally gave in a took a break.

I am not suggesting everyone run out and get antidepressants if they are a little sad.  I recommend reading Hope's Journey and finding the balance in your life. Hope's Journey is a great little book for prevention and cure as well as for supporting others through depression.  My case was beyond Hope's Journey.  I have had about two years of intense struggles of different sorts, one after the other.  I have had to grieve, deal with loss, cope with my son's diabetes diagnosis and various other struggles that I have not spoken about publicly.  As soon as I felt I was coping with one issue another major things would come up.  I coped as best I could and moved on. During the struggles I started a business which took off instantly and also continued to lead our church through some very rough waters with my husband.  The result was that I coped and continued to cope and never got to come up for air.  This resulted in depression.

Is it my fault?  No.  Did I do something wrong? No.  Life just happened.  Will God heal me?  Yes.  He will either stretch out his mighty hand and touch me or he will use the antidepressants.  Right now I don't mind which was as long as I feel better.

What I did to encourage myself and stop feeling guilty about my situation was that I reminded myself that some of the great Christian leaders of our time have also suffered with depression.  Steven Furtick and Perry Noble have openly shared their journey - and for that I am so grateful as they have made it less of a taboo subject in the church today.  Even Elijah - the great prophet of the Bible had to deal with depression as well as many others.  My motivation for sharing my struggle with you is to continue the fight against the mindset that people have about depression, especially in churches.  Please share to encourage others and to stop the condemning lies from spreading.  Let's increase our faith and be a church or power where we see regular healing but at the same time let's not make people feel small on our journey to see God move in divine power.  Life happens.  We can't understand it all but let's do a good job with what we can understand.

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Depression is Not An Excuse

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14.3.14

I Am Depressed Not Sad

In September 2010 I released my very first book called Hope's Journey where I opened shared my struggle and victory over depression, suicide and self harming.  Since that day I have had a couple of mild relapses into my old ways but can honestly say that today I am completely free of any temptation or desire to self harm in any way.  Perhaps the darkness became deeper after the book was released because I felt exposed or perhaps it was 'someone' trying to rob me of my testimony.  Times were especially difficult in the weeks before I was scheduled to publicly speak on this subject or share my testimony.  At times the struggle was intense but I knew that many would be encouraged by my story so I knew I had to stay strong and remain in victory or else too much would be lost.

It had been a battle before Hope's Journey was released and continued to be a different sort of battle afterwards too.  At times I wondered if complete freedom would ever be possible but I continue to believe that it is possible.  Sadly, many people confided in me about their struggle with depression and it seemed that it is a bit of a taboo subject in churches.  This must stop - we must start to open up about this subject and to learn to understand those who suffer with this horrible illness.  Part of my struggle has been shame.  I felt ashamed that I have this struggled and felt guilty at times too.  Questions such as , "Did I cause this?" or  "Was I irresponsible by being too busy?" plagued my mind adding even more pressure to my already heavy load.

Let's make an effort to grow in understanding of the things that people face in the world around us. In times when we don't understand, the best thing to do is say little and listen as much as possible.  Words spouted in ignorance can be really damaging to someone struggling.  So to kick start the conversation let me mention some things that you might not know about depression.

Depression is not sadness so don't tell someone who is depressed to cheer up.  If they could cheer themselves up they would.  Try be patient with them and if they are very close to you - make an effort to learn about what they are going through so you can better support them.

Depression is not a sign of weakness so don't expect it to go away by itself.  It is a medical condition that requires treatment just like any other medical condition. Yes God can heal any medical condition and is bigger than illness but at the same time there is nothing wrong with receiving treatment when you are ill. Hope's Journey contains a lot of non-medical tips that can help manage depression but it is advisable to see a doctor too as there are times when antidepressants will do wonders. 

If you have struggled or are struggling with depression, please feel free to share your struggle with us in the comment box below. My aim in writing this post is to encourage others who are suffering alone to speak freely about how they feel. You are not alone and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Find our more about Hope's Journey  here   

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Life Happens - Christians and Depression

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13.3.14

Doing less to do more!

Hello ladies!

As you can tell from the subject, we are doing less in order to do more!  Now we have one clear focus - to bring Jesus into the centre of all that we do whether we are in ministry, business or politics. 

Practically what this means is that the women in ministry event and the women in business event will be merging into one event and we will be adding politics to the mix too.  If you fall into any of these three categories please join us for our monthly event.   The event is focused on women who are leading in some way, who are intentionally focused on using their platform to shine for Jesus.  Find out more here.

I can't wait to see you all there - it is going to be fantastic!  Be prepared to be inspired and refreshed.  Keep an eye out on the website as we update it over the next few weeks with lots more info.  www.kingsdaughters.co.uk

Love
Angela
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24.2.14

Something Funny!

As you might already know, I just love to laugh! Here are some funny things that I have come across lately that have made me have a good laugh - enjoy!



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1.2.14

23.1.14

Healthy Yummy Recipes

Firstly we have a delicious raw chocolate cake from River Cottage - 
absolutely healthy and totally yummy.  Get the recipe here.


And then we have a really nice, easy, healthy and yummy sweet snack.



Enjoy and please share any recipes that you have found that are tasty, sugar free and completely natural.
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20.1.14

7 Baby Steps to Growing and Investing Money


I had the privilege of speaking at our church again recently at a special event called Money Sunday. It was a fantastic service and we even gave money to every single person who attended and challenged them to use it in one the 7  Baby Steps to Growing Your Money.  One of my many passions is to help people live financially free.  There is nothing quite as draining as financial problems.  This talk covers the 7 basic steps that will help anyone find true financial freedom.

Featured on BBC Radio - listen here



7 Baby Steps to Growing Your Money:

Baby Step 1 - BOLDLY BUDGET
Baby Step 2 - DITCH DEBT
Baby Step 3 - GIVE GENEROUSLY
Baby Step 4 - LOVE LEFTOVERS
Baby Step 5 - SAVE 'N SPEND
Baby Step 6 - SOW SEEDS
Baby Step 7 - THINK



7 Baby Steps to Investing Your Money:

Baby Step 1 - INVEST IN SAVINGS
Baby Step 2 - INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE
Baby Step 3 - INVEST IN DELAYED REWARDS
Baby Step 4 - INVEST IN YOUR CHILDREN
Baby Step 5 - INVEST IN STRATEGICALLY
Baby Step 6 - INVEST IN KNOWLEDGE
Baby Step 7 - INVEST IN A MENTOR

For more info on Angela's teaching on money see her books series Money Matters or book her for your event.
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9.1.14

Daniel Fast - Odours, Tiredness and Pains

These are some of what can occur during a fast but don't be alarmed, it is only worse case scenario.  Many people don't go through all of this so don't worry.  This info is merely so that you understand what is happening in your body and that you don't become concerned if some of these symptoms present themselves.

Odours, tiredness, dizziness, headaches and other pains - these are some of the things that you will face during your fast.  As you continue to fast you body will begin to cleanse itself and eliminate toxins.  These toxins will come out of your body wherever they can which will mean that you might sweat more and your sweat will have a stronger smell than usual.  You breath will also be stronger than usual and so will you urine smell.  You may even get a funny taste in your mouth or feel that your tongue has a thick coat on it.  It sounds nasty, but for a while you will face unpleasant odours from your body, so brush well with a natural toothpaste (as you don't want to be putting toxins back into your body through your toothpaste) and use bicarbonate of soda as a deodorant and shoe deodoriser.  If have found that if you are a first time bicarbonate of soda user for your underarms it could sting so mix it with cornflour -  a good 50/50 mix will give you a gentle and natural deodorant that will absorb sweat and neutralise odours.

You could become very tired and feel emotionally low during your fast too - this is because your body is focusing all it's energy on getting these nasty toxins out of you.  Rest when you need to and don't give up your fast because when your energy returns it will be so much better than ever before.  Don't take on too much during a fast and do simple, enjoyable activities to keep your emotions stable.  This is the best time to pray too.

Aches and pains can also occur during a fast and that is also due to the toxins that are passing through your body.  You colon,liver and kidneys will be working very hard and this may cause some pain in your lower back or lower abdomen.  You could even develop flu like symptoms.  Drinking plenty of water will reduce the aches and pains - keep flushing your body with water.

Even though this sounds terribly negative remember that if you don't complete your fast then all these nasty toxins will remain and live in your body. Endure a few days of discomfort and reap the rewards at the end.   The discomfort usually doesn't last more than 5 -7 days but it all depends on how many toxins you allowed into your body before you started your fast.

Hang in there, happy fasting!
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4.1.14

Daniel Fast - Food list

Every year we like to kick start the year with a fast so I thought it would be good to blog about it during the fast.   I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.  In preparation of our fast I have provided a list of foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast and foods to avoid.

Foods to include: 

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains. Including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds: Including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils: Including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid:

All meat and animal products: Including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products:  Including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweeteners:  Including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread:  Including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food: Including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods: Including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats:  Including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages: Including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Remember, READ THE LABELS!

I copied this list from The Daniel Fast Blog, more fast news, tips and recipes to follow.
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2.1.14

Being YOU


























Being YOU
The most powerful thing that you have to offer the world is the authentic you.  You are indisputably original.   Understanding your value will unlock your potential and take you to places that you never dreamed possible.

Are you tired of the same old, same old? Are you yearning for more out of life? Feel you can do so much better than you are? The great news is that the answer is not to be found in a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. The answer is inside of YOU! Being You shows you exactly how you can begin your journey of self discovery and capitalise on your very own exclusive, unique brand – the authentic you! Get ready to turn your life around completely and live life the way you were meant to, simply by being you!

Find out:
  • How to discover the real you again – your passions, your talents, your purpose 
  • How to capitalise on your own unique brand – you - at work and in business 
  • How to use past failures as stepping stones to ultimate success 
  • How to live a more balanced life in today’s fast paced environment 
  • How to create your perfect home life
  • How to use your wardrobe effectively to highlight the authentic, unique you 

Plus a tailor made strategy to help you use all the keys you need to ensure you get the most out of life!

Available on: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.ukKindle

Contents:
Discovering YOU
Being YOU at Work and in Business
Being YOU Through Failure
Being YOU Through Success
Being a Balanced YOU
Being an Emotional YOU
Being YOU at Home
Being in YOUR Clothes
Being a Spiritual YOU
Introducing the New YOU

Find our more about Angela's business books and upcoming events at www.womensbusinessclub.co.uk/books.php
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