Archive for January, 2010

Last week I was lucky enough to attend Alex Jeffrey’s workshop in Las Vegas, (and I’ve got the photos and certificate to prove it).Alex and Jean

 Alex is my mentor and I have a fondness for the young man in a maternal sort of way.

 I admire his drive and ambition, the way he’s so open about his achievements and his down to earth attitude.

 He’ll go far, but I hope his inevitable success won’t change him.  At the moment he’s accessible, and that adds to his credibility.

Alex Jeffreys has thousands of “raving fans”  who look up to him as a leader.  He’s become in his own words “remarkable”, and incase you think that sounds very egotistical, he simply means people remark about him.

 It’s true.

Alex inspires people of all ages, from different countries and walks of life to take action and change their lives. At the course there were young men in their twenties and a seventy-five year old lady, with every category in between.

He inspired me, but he came along at the right time.  They do say, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

In order to change your life you have  to have a big enough reason.

You need the big “Why”? 

Mine is two fold.

The first is to be able to support my youngest son, who has autism, and the second is because of an incident, which had a profound effect on me

One day I sat in the waiting room at our local doctors and chatted to the lady next to me.  I’d known her for years. She’s the same age and in a similar situation to me, except for one thing…

 … she was suicidal!

I was shocked to discover she’d already tried to end her life twice.


Because she hated her life and couldn’t face more of the same.

Her husband, she said, took her for granted, her children had grown up and no longer needed her, she was in a job she hated but couldn’t afford to leave, and she had no qualifications to get anything better.

Like me, she was middle aged and menopausal, and you can certainly feel at times as if you’ve completely lost  control of your life.

It’s a time of CHANGE both physically and mentally.

The actual “menopause” only refers to one day in a woman’s life, but it changes things  for ever as she can no longer bear children.

However, it doesn’t mean her life is over – just changed.

The menopause is something you certainly can’t control BUT you can control your life.

That day made me realise there must be literally thousands of people who feel like that – not just women either, and I decided in my own small way I might be able to make a difference to someone, somehow, somewhere.

Sometimes all it takes is a quiet nudge in the right direction.

Are you someone who hates your job, or spends so much time traveling or working you never have time to spend with loved ones, and even when you do, you’re too tired or stressed to enjoy it?
Are there too many days in the month for the money you earn, and is there no chance of promotion or a pay rise.

Are you trapped in an unfulfilling career?

Do you feel undervalued and misunderstood?

There are countless reasons why people feel dissatisfied and if you don’t like how YOUR life is at the moment just remember this  –

 If you want to change your life  –


 YOU can you know.

All the students at the workshop agreed to give me an interview and shortly I’ll be able to reveal how, with a clear vision and a change of mindset, anything’s possible.

They’re all unique – just like YOU, and NO, they didn’t all have technical knowledge or brilliant computer skills.

Many still don’t.

They do, however, have a reason to stop settling and a desire to change. Possibly when you hear their stories, you’ll feel inspired to do the same.

It’s YOUR LIFE – only YOU can DECIDE if you WANT to CHANGE  it.  No-one is forcing you to do anything, but so often people are bound by their own limiting beliefs.

They feel they just have to accept what’s currently on offer, but that’s not so. 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Each of the students I spoke to  had their own life changing  “menopausal moment”.

Maybe you’ll have one too?

Check back to this blog regularly to hear their stories unfold.

Meanwhile, take care and keep smiling (it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to!)

Jean Shaw

Thankfully, last night I slept in my own bed despite an invitation to spend it in the University Community Hospital in London.


Well, I’d just returned from my trip to the Alex Jeffreys workshop in Las Vegas,  jetlagged and extremely tired.  I hadn’t been able  to sleep on the plane , or for several night prior to the flight because of all the ideas floating around in my mind.

Somehow,  whilst going up the escalator at King’s Cross station, I managed to do a backward flip over my suitcases and ended up in a heap at the bottom.

Like all accidents, it happened incredibly fast and I don’t really know what happened, but  I do know I’m  amazingly “lucky” to have escaped with a stiff neck, bruising and deep cuts on my legs where the points on the metal escalator steps gouged into the skin.

Everyone was fantastic though and I’d like to thank the two gentlemen who pressed the stop button on the escalator, the first aider and railway staff who called the ambulance, the paramedics and the hospital staff.

Apparently, my accident was not unusual and others have experienced far more serious injuries including broken necks.

I  passed out at the hospital and came to on the floor with an oxygen mask over my face, so today I’m counting my blessings and feeling incredibly grateful to have escaped with a course of antibiotics and instructions to visit my local GP.

I think I was just really tired and hungry.

 Lack of sleep can do all sorts of things to you and when I chatted to the paramedics in the  ambulance on the way to the hospital about their changing work shifts, they told me people who don’t get consistent sleep at the proper time (i.e. night and varied shift workers) have a reduced life expectancy of about 7 years.

That’s awful isn’t it?

 Anyway, the moral of this story is to get quality sleep and don’t drag heavy suitcases up the escalators.

Use  the lift!

Take care.
Jean Shaw

P.S.  Another word of advice – If you take antibiotics you MUST take probiotics to replace your good beneficial bacteria.

Can Alex Jeffreys Mojo My Motivation?

I don’t know if you realise it, but statistics show of all the people who make New Year’s resolutions,  95% of them  will give up by 15th January.

Why is that?

Well, apparently it’s because they don’t have a compelling vision or reason to achieve their goal.

Without a big WHY, it’s far too easy to forget to review your resolutions and just give up, especially if your goal is far removed from your current situation.

I didn’t make any New Year Resolutions this year.  I just resolved to keep plodding away at my old ones.

Hopefully, next week I’ll have a bit of an inspiration injection as I’m off to meet Alex Jeffreys in Las Vegas.

It seems daft really as he lives in Wales,  so it would be much easier to meet him in UK, but it will be a well deserved holiday.

I confess I’m feeling anxious, but not because I’m meeting Alex Jeffreys. As much as I like him and admire his achievements, I’ve never really understood the need for people to hero worship anyone else.

Yes, you should be encouraged and inspired, even aspire to be like them or have what they have, but at the end of the day we’re all human. 

Money and success doesn’t make anyone necessarily better than anyone else.

Anyway, back to why I’m feeling anxious.

This trip will be the first one I’ve taken  without my youngest son since he was born.  He’ll be twenty-one this year and has autism.

I know he’ll be in safe hands but still I’ll worry.

That’s what mothers  do.

They also do whatever they can to help and protect their children.  I’m here on the Internet in the hope of being able to assist him in whatever way I can when he leaves college in 2011.

He’s my big WHY, and even though I’ve often struggled, is the reason I haven’t thrown in the towel.

If you feel overwhelmed, especially over a period of time, you have the perfect excuse to give  in and it’s so easy to just claim it was too hard,too expensive, caused too much stress, etc.

Have you been there?

Unfortunately, far too many people give up just when they’re about to succeed.

Whenever you want to achieve something you need to have realistic goals, especially as far as time is concerned.

Most  people are just too impatient.

We live in a world where we expect instant gratification, but you can’t expect to undo years of bad habits overnight, or learn how to create and  run a new business within a week.

It doesn’t  work that way.

You have to break things down into bite-size pieces so you’ll be able to achieve small victories.

You must  have a plan, give yourself time, energy, patience, and be prepared to take consistent and specific  actions.

Whatever goals you have you need to take note of the poem Don’t Quit

It’s inspiring.

Take care

Jean Shaw

Pass The Butter, Please

Well, here I go again – spreading some more information to improve your knowledge, and butter you up.

This comes from an e-mail I received and you can find an example of the original version here

Parts  of this are true,  according to the website Truth or Fiction but knowing all the chemicals used in skincare products and the deceptive marketing used to make you think you’re getting something natural, I thought I’d pass it on in full .

Also, I thought it would serve as an example to you of NOT believing everything you’re told!

You only have to look at the brilliant video on You Tube  about the bionic burger  to see how nutritious most of our food is, and we all know much of what you actually eat is just a load of chemicals mixed together to create a nice flavour.

This isn’t about burgers, but it’s interesting, especially for all those of you who decided to go on a diet for the New Year and promised to swap your butter for margarine.

Anyway, here’s the information I was asked to pass on –

Did you know margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys?

Well, apparently it actually killed the birds,  so the people who’d put their money into the research decided in order to recoup their investment they’d need to come up with another use.

At the time, it was just a white substance with no food appeal so they added some yellow colouring, called it margarine and sold it to people as an alternative to butter.

It’s become very popular, BUT…

do you know the real difference between margarine and butter?

Well, this is interesting.

Butter has been around for centuries, whereas margarine has been around for less than 100 years.  Butter tastes much better than margarine and can enhance the flavour of other foods.

Both have the same amount of calories, but butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they’re added.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods, but according to a recent Harvard Medical Study, eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter.
Margarine is very high in trans fatty acids.

Apparently it –
Triples the risk of coronary heart disease.

Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)
Increases the risk of cancers by up to five times.
Lowers the quality of breast milk.
Decreases immune response.
Decreases insulin response.
Now here’s the most disturbing part, but  which is really interesting – 
Margarine is only ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC!

It shares 27 ingredients with PAINT
Does that put you off just  a bit?

It does me.
However, it seems there’s a simple test you can do  if you’re skeptical.
Try leaving a tub of margarine open in your garage or shaded area for a couple of days and you should notice a couple of things:
Firstly, there’ll be no flies around it, not even those pesky  fruit flies, and secondly, it doesn’t rot , or smell differently.

As it has  no nutritional value, nothing will grow on margarine, not even tiny microorganisms.


Because  margarine is nearly plastic – Apparently!

Okay, so now you know, are you going back to butter, or will you continue to  spread “nearly plastic” on your toast?

Chinese Proverb: When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.


Take care,
Jean Shaw

P.S.  If you want learn more about what’s in your skincare products grab my free report.

Have You Heard About The ICE Your Phone Campaign?

I’m hopeless when it comes to mobile phones.
I  absolutely hate using them and have no idea what my mobile number is – or anyone else’s for that matter.

I have a pay as you go phone and have topped  it up twice in the past three years, but that’s only because I recently had a flood in my house and none of the house phones would work so I had to use the mobile.

How, or why people spend hours with them attached to their ears like some sort of fashion accessory, I’ll never understand.

Anyway, the point of this post is not to reveal what a  total dunce I am as far as  technology is concerned, but to ask whether you ‘ve heard about the ICE your phone campaign?

Apparently, it was the idea of a paramedic, and like most great ideas it’s incredibly simple.

ICE in this case stands for In Case Of Emergency.

Paramedics often find themselves in a situation where someone has been taken ill. or been in a bad accident, and they need to contact friends
or family of the patient.

Most people carry their mobile phone with them, even if, like me, they don’t use it, but the problem the paramedics face is who to contact from the list of names in the address folder.

Obviously it would be really beneficial if they knew which number to call in case of an emergency.

Hence the ‘ICE’ (In Case of  Emergency) Campaign.

The concept of ‘ICE’ is catching on quickly, and is becoming nationally recognised as identifying the best person to call “in case of emergency”.

All you need to do is store the number of a contact person (or persons)  who should  be contacted during an emergency under the name ‘ICE’,  so Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would know where to phone.

For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3  etc.

What a great idea, isn’t it?

So, if you haven’t already done it, please ICE  your phone and then tell as many people as you can about the concept.

ICE could speak for you if you’re not able to.

It really could save your life, or put a loved one’s mind at rest .

Take care and start ice(ing) now!

Jean Shaw

P.S.  You can find more mobile phone uses on my site here

What Did Thumper’s Mum Tell You?

Did you grab any of the fantastic products in the Self Improvement 4 Giveaway, which started this week?

It’s  only on for a LIMITED TIME, and runs from 5th to 19th January 2010 so when you have a moment I recommend you take a look.

The title of the event gives you a clue that all the products are FREE, but don’t clog up your computer with “stuff” you’re not going to read or use.  That’s a mistake I’ve made in the past, but in 2010 I’m older and wiser!

Talking of wise, I’ve just read issue 23 of The Michael Masterson Journal, where he sets out goals he’d like his readers to achieve in 2010. 

I really liked it because it reminded me of my favourite phrase in Bambi where Thumper’s mum tells him –

“If you can’t say something  nice – don’t say nothing at all”

Anyway, here’s what Michael Masterson requests you commit to in order to become a better person –

*Pay less attention to yourself and more attention to other people
*Focus on opportunities, not problems
*Listen first, talk later
*Criticize only when your criticism is helpful
*Never speak badly about anyone
*Never complain about anything
*Perform an act of kindness every day

Do  you think you can do it?

Incase  you need a bit of help –Go Here and grab some FREE resources

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Good Luck!

Jean Shaw

Yesterday, my youngest  son who has autism returned to college, which means I can finally get on with what I want to do to achieve my goals for 2010.

You notice  I said “want” and not “need”.Self Improvement Giveaway

There’s a good reason for that.

In 2009, I did all sorts of things I felt I had to, and to be perfectly honest, I was so overwhelmed, the whole year passed without me feeling I did anything other than bury my head in “must have” information.

For much of the time I neglected everything else  important in my life in my quest  for knowledge , but no more. 

That’s not to say I  won’t continue with self-improvement, far from it, it’s just now I’ll do it because I want to learn something, not because someone else has persuaded me I need to, or because I’ve had the offer of additional resources.

There’s a lot of great information out there, but I now realise  I only need to have it when I’ m ready to apply it.

That said, I will be grabbing a whole lot more today when the Self Improvement 4 giveaway begins. 

It’s on for a LIMITED TIME –from 5th to19th January 2010 and there are hundreds of products from Self Improvement and Internet Marketing experts from all over the world.

Actually, I’ve got two reports in there myself, not that I consider myself an expert, but they are true stories and you can’t get much better than “straight from the horses mouth”, can you?

Anyway, if you want to download some incredible information on all sorts of popular subjects, I highly  recommend you check out the Self Improvement 4 Giveaway, and if you do decide to get my two reports, I look forward to being in touch.

This GIVEAWAY is probably one of the largest collections of self-improvement and Internet marketing products you’ll  find ANYWHERE and it’s all-FREE.

Treat yourself!

Take care.

Jean Shaw

Do You Need Inspiration To Keep Those New Year Resolutions?

Okay, here’s the question – How many of the resolutions you made on New Year’s Day have you already broken?

Has thatslipped, yet? Have you put off the exercising, had a sneaky puff of a cigarette, or just a bit more drink than you’d intended?

Hmmm…well, if you have, don’t be too hard on yourself because you’re not alone.

However,  that doesn’t mean you can’t start again, after all you can only live in the present, so you can start again, right NOW,  if you want to.

That’s the thing, isn’t it – YOU have to WANT to, and there has to be a really good WHY you want whatever it is to happen.

As yet I haven’t made any resolutions for 2010, but I do have a goal.

If all the experts are to be believed, I  should write it down, make it as specific as possible, visualise it as if it’s actually happened, and allow the Universal Laws to get to work to help me achieve it.

Apparently there’s a science to it, and you can read about it in the classic 1910 book by Wallace D Wattles called The Science Of Getting Rich, and also, in the book considered a “must read” by just about every successful entrepreneur I’ve ever come across, called Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

You can get a free copy of that one if you go to  the Self Improvement 4 Giveaway, which starts tomorrow and runs from 5th January to 19th January.

There are hundreds of self-improvement,  self-awareness,  personal development, and Internet marketing products written by “experts” being given away FREE, so to kick start your 2010 you just might want to check it out.

Go here tomorrow –

Good Luck!

Jean Shaw