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Are we done yet January?
So how was January for you? If I had to choose my least favourite month of the year, January would be the hands down winner. For me, it is the bleakest month: That depressing, post –Christmas hangover lingers on and on and is made worse by weather that is at best, dull and grey and at worst, freezing and wet. And don’t get me started on the short days and lack of daylight. Colds, flu and winter bugs are usually doing the rounds and my energy and enthusiasm levels are at their lowest. January just does not inspire me and this explains why my new year’s resolutions in the past have always been doomed to fail.
So this year I haven’t fought for a car parking space at the leisure centre only to find that the class I wanted to do was full, or risked life and limb going for a cross-country run in the mud and rain. I haven’t picked up any self-help book, and I haven’t decluttered or tried to reorganise my kitchen cupboards yet. Instead, I have eased myself through January. I have been kind to myself and kept my expectations realistic for what is my most lethargic time of the year. January this year, has been about early nights, cosying up with my loved ones, catching up on the movies, box sets and books that I missed last year and generally looking after myself. I have spent some time setting myself my goals for the year- I have a list of negative habits that I want to work on changing and opportunities that I want to pursue but they don’t start in January because it is just not the right time for me.
My own experience has taught me that we can only make successful and permanent changes to our lives when we are really ready for them and that won’t necessarily coincide with the start of a new calendar year. For example, it was ApriI last year when I chose to change my eating habits and exercise more. At that time (and after a shocking reality check with the scales at the doctors) my mindset and motivation were totally in the right place and eight months later I am three and a half stone lighter and living a completely different lifestyle than before. It was early November when I realised that I just didn’t enjoy having a drink anymore, so I just stopped completely and apart from the mandatory glass of Prosecco over Christmas and New Year, I still don’t miss it in the slightest.
Don’t get me wrong, if you are reading this with new year’s resolutions still intact and working for you then I have total admiration and well done you! But if like many others, you have already fallen off the wagon spectacularly or otherwise, don’t sweat it, it’s only a bump in the road not abject failure. Just wait until you are in the right frame of mind to make that goal a reality and jump back in that saddle again – The magic doesn’t have to happen in January.
A day on the market stall
Women are amazing… yes, believe it, if you are a woman, you are amazing!
Not just because we actually bring people into this world…. duh! We are amazing because we share our knowledge, our wisdom and our experiences with each other. We love unconditionally, we nurture, we feed our families daily and we keep our nest homely. We teach our children, we set them rules and we support them. We work and look after our elders. Take a minute to think about what an incredible job we all do and why we do it… We do this out of pure love, often asking for nothing in return because we love our families, our friends and colleagues unreservedly.
I love selling at the arts and crafts markets. I get to talk to my customers face to face and as I explain to them the meaning of the Synergy Necklace I can see them starting to think of someone in their lives who deserves to own and cherish one. I always like to gently ask, or maybe a customer will tell me who they are getting the Synergy Necklace for. It could be their daughter, their mother, their child’s godmother, their wife, their sister, their girlfriend, or even as a treat for themselves.
The truth is, is that the Synergy Necklace was created for all women because no matter who we are, whatever our age or what we do, we all need to feel appreciated.
Sometimes a customer will want to tell me a bit more about the person they are buying for and I am delighted to hear their personal stories. It filled me with so much joy to hear how two ladies, friends for 25 years, met. One lady explained to me that when her mother died, her mother’s friend had stepped in and been there for her ever since. Another explained that her daughter was going traveling around the world for a year and she wanted her to have something special to carry with her while she was away. One gentleman bought his wife a necklace for their 45th anniversary and he told me how in love with her he still was. Another lady bought one for her sister to wear on her wedding day.
With so many crazy things happening in the world, hearing tales of love, compassion and family from total strangers in a tiny little village hall, restores my faith in humankind.
I believe we all radiate love, we just need to be able to shine and that is why the core of the Synergy Necklace is the CZ (cubic zirconia) representing light. We all deserve to be given beautiful things and the Synergy Necklace is truly a gift with sentiment. It is a gift of love and light to remind the women in our lives how special they truly are.
Do you have a story you would like to share about the women in your life? Do any of these stories strike a chord with you? Has someone given you a Synergy Necklace as a gift? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.
Let’s Celebrate Words this Christmas
Our ability to communicate with words, set us apart from all other life forms on Earth. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?
Words can be the beginning of something and they can be the end of something. Words can mark a place in time and provoke feelings that can be etched in our memories forever.
Words form a large part of every event in our lives: With words, we love, we lust and we laugh. With words we teach others and pass down our wisdom. With words we show our anger, resolve conflict and clarify confusion.
Words in essence, may only be a sequence of letters, but they can be a powerful reminder of what is important to us. By saying or writing them down they can help us visualize and focus on that thought, object or emotion. Remember to use your words discerningly and think before you act. What you say can become part of your being and trigger the way you feel.
The words inscribed on your Synergy Jewellery have been carefully chosen and are a reminder of the qualities that help us stay content, peaceful and happy. Your Synergy Necklace can help you stay focused on being a more positive, loving and happy person, you will be rewarded. Every gesture of kindness radiates light, fights darkness and brings goodness into our lives.
What memories will you create with this Christmas? Make someone happy this Christmas with a Synergy Necklace, Its the gift that keeps on giving!
If you agree with our post or have a Synergy Necklace and would like to share your story please leave a comment below.
I would place these five words throughout five different points of my home and by the time I was ready to leave the house, I would feel better.
Love by my bedside table to remind me of the Love I already had, my son.
Belief on the bathroom mirror, Belief in a better future.
Courage on the fridge – be brave, come on you can do this!
Gratitude in the living room – at least I have a roof over my head and shoes on my feet
Happiness, on the inside of the front door – smile big, fake it until you make it – as I walked out of the door…!
Visualising these five words helped me take little steps to grow in confidence and get stronger every day.
I hope that by designing this necklace and sharing this story I can help other women. Everyone can use these tools.
These five humble words are engraved for you in sterling silver. Wear them on your Synergy Necklace and may they be a visual reminder to help you feel good and positive, every day.
Below is a poem I wrote during this time.
In the beginning, what could I see?
I saw the light, drift away with might.
Was that the feeling of inner peace?
First given to us, but seems to cease.
If I was to look into myself and see
The sweet tunes of my melody
I’d look for answers of my soul
To understand my flight for whole
The arrows are pointing to a place of light
To fulfill my emptiness of what’s right
This pain is an illusion, but felt so deep
Where is the remedy of being able to sleep?
I’m tired of trying, but haven’t tried enough
Who holds the key to building me up!
The key is hidden deep down inside
If I reach to find it, I’ll be on my ride
A ride to freedom, to the unknown
I stand up, and I’m ready to Go!
Can you relate to this story? Have you every had to pick yourself up, dust your self down and start again? What or who helped you?
Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. The term synergy comes from the Attic Greek word συνεργία meaning “working together”
The Synergy Necklace been designed to remind us of the incredible power of women, and the essence that makes us unique. And because the Synergy Necklace is for all women, we bring you the Synergy Sisters to embody the incredibly diversity of all of the women in our lives.
Synergy Sisters are all the women; your girlfriends, your daughters, your sister, your mother, your boss, your granddaughter. As you go through your life, you’ll need other women. Women always do.
So, don’t forget your Sisters. They’ll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with them, do things with them. Celebrate, grieve, hold on, let go.
Keep in touch with your Sisters and make more each year. As the years tumble by, one after another, you will gradually came to understand that as time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of your life.
Time passes. Life happens. Distance separates. Children grow up. Love waxes and wanes. People don’t do what they are supposed to do. Hearts break. Parents die. Careers end.
BUT… Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girlfriend is never farther away than needing her can reach. When times are tough, your Sisters will carry you through. The world wouldn’t be the same without these women. We have no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lie ahead. Nor do we know how much we will need each other.
Do you agree with this post? What experiences have you had in your life? What local and small charities would you suggest we support to help all women out there? Please leave comments below.
Clover – MY STORY
Love, Belief, Courage, Gratitude, Happiness
At the age of 26 my life was a mess and I didn’t know where to turn. I was alone, a single mother in London, I had no money and I couldn’t find work. I had no family around to support me and, as hard as I tried to get a job, the recession had hit hard and I had no qualifications. Everyday I would wake up and hope that I was in a dream, that it wasn’t true that I couldn’t pay my bills, that I would have to go without food today because it could make the weekly shop go further.
I didn’t want to get out of bed; I didn’t want to do anything.
But right when I was at my lowest ebb, it hit me – nobody was going to come and save me. I was going to have to save myself. I made the decision to take control and change my life.
That’s when The Words came to rescue me. I wrote words of empowerment and left them around the house to encourage myself. I wrote them on notepads, kept them in my purse, placed them on the mirror, or even wrote them on my hand. They were all positive reminders that I shouldn’t give up when things got tough. When I felt scared or sad they helped me to keep on fighting and remember that it was my conscious choice to change my life for the better.
I really believe that it was these words of empowerment gave me the ability and the strength to grow and achieve a great deal in my life.
So, with these words ringing through my head, I applied for a part time role at a small boutique on the local high street. I didn’t know much about retail back then, but my first day on the shop floor I found that I had a natural spark with customers. It turned out I was a great sales person! I worked hard and I got noticed and eventually became Area Manager of ten stores.
My life had taken a turn. Fast forward 8 years I am married to the love of my life and have a beautiful new baby daughter, a sister for my clever, handsome son. And so I wanted to pass the power of these words on to all the women, to the Sisters. I took up my pen and drew and sketched and refined, and created the Synergy Necklace of which I am so very proud.
Back in the stores my absolute favourite thing to sell was jewellery. I used to look into the jewellery cabinets and try to guess who all those pieces would eventually belong to. I loved thinking that every piece of jewellery already had an owner and was just waiting to be picked up.
I still believe this now. I am so excited to launch the Synergy Necklace. This beautiful piece of jewellery that someday will belong to someone special.. and maybe that person is YOU!