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International Women’s Day 2015

As International Women’s Day is coming up this weekend, I decided it was time to get back to this blog and share some of the initiatives for CHANGE that are empowering women around the world.


According to the official website, “annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.”

Having lived, worked and travelled in many countries throughout the world, I accept and appreciate that there are huge differences in values and opinions on every subject. Whilst we will never all agree on any particular topic, we can raise our awareness by stepping into another person’s shoes, just for a brief moment in time, in an attempt to put aside our own personal values and ideas and accept that everyone, not only has a story, but has a right to tell it and express their opinions and be respected, not judged, beaten nor demonized for doing so.

Allow me to start by sharing this TED talk by Jessica Jackely, the founder of Kiva, an organization that has facilitated more than 150 MILLION dollars in micro loans globally.

She builds a powerful case for why helping women to start their own businesses is a major key to ending poverty in developing nations.

I, personally, agree that entrepreneurship empowers and respects women in a far more effective way than donations and I fully support CHANGE in this direction. I have been following KIVA for some time now and Jessica’s TED talk and her story, particularly her vulnerability towards the end of the talk have increased my respect for her tenfold.

What do you think?

Jessica’s talk appears along with other powerful videos on the Women United for Change website. Women United for Change is a movement led by women from across the network marketing / direct sales profession, strong believers in the power of entrepreneurship and in helping others transform their lives.

By building their own businesses, these women have become empowered (personally, professionally, spiritually and financially) and want to help other women experience the amazing transformation that comes about by having a business (particularly those in the poorest countries in the world).

By investing a small portion of the profits from their businesses into the Women Empowered program, they are making a big difference in the lives of other women (and consequently, for the world at large).

Let me just add that, unfortunately, the organization that Jessica mentions towards the end of her video was shut down, for (in my humble opinion) totally inappropriate reasons…. but that’s another story for another day…..

Sober for October!

My goodness, it has been months since I posted on this blog!

All my good intentions to do more blogging this year….. oh dear, can I make the excuse that I am only human? I got very busy with my new business and the blogging went by the wayside….. Sorry!

Well, I began this year’s blog by talking about Making the Commitment and all the 30 Day Challenges I had completed in 2013.

So I made a decision just the other day that October was to be my ‘Restart my blog’ month! If not actually posting daily, making the commitment to work for at least 1 hour a day on my blog/s.

I also began the year with a sober month, one of the reasons being that it was in January 2004 that my dear Dad passed away just after his 70th birthday, a very sober time for our family in many ways. This January would have been his 80th birthday and it was also 10 years since we lost him.

So my day began with every intention to put time aside to get back to my blog. As usual I got ‘busy’ with Facebook, making comments & and going off at tangents, checking out interesting links, responding to messages and the usual social media whirl that takes up my day! (Note to self: Get a life!!)

Then, to my surprise, a friend who had actually been a very close support to me during the months before and after my father passed away, just happened to have posted about this challenge for October!

Go Sober

I had already decided it was probably about time for another month without the booze, but what better reason to quit than to actually help a cause that is close to my heart. As I said, my Dad passed away 10 years ago from angiosarcoma of the liver, a particularly aggressive form of cancer, which in his case, was caused by Thorotrast, which was administered to him back in the 1950’s.

So what do you think?

Is it worth going sober for October in support of Macmillan Cancer Research UK?
I think so – if you’d like to support me by making a donation, please go to https://www.gosober.org.uk/profile/lynnesands

Thank you :)


Making the Commitment!

One of the ways I am learning to stay on track with my resolutions, goals, commitments – call them what you will – is to follow the 30 Day Challenge concept.

Sometime last year I watched a wonderful TED video Matt Cutts talking about trying something new for 30 days. By the way check out the TED talks, if you haven’t already – there are so many amazing, inspirational videos & the beauty is that you can download most of them, which is perfect for me with my inconsistent internet access. Love it!!

I began my own 30 Day Challenge in July and read a selection of the ebooks I had downloaded from the internet, which had been stored on my computer for that ‘when I get around to it’ day! So it was time to get around to it & I managed to get through at least 4 of them. Yay!

In August I worked through a Travel Writing Course which I had purchased some time ago and once again I hadn’t yet completed! But now I have :)

Believe me, it does feel great to just commit and DO it!

In September I spent every day listening to some of the amazing interviews from the online Hay House World Summit that I had attended in June*. I didn’t have much time to listen at that time as I was back in UK visiting my mum for her birthday, so I decided to purchase the course for a later date. I’m SO glad I did, as those daily Hay House interviews through September were the perfect way to start my day! I also shared a number of them with a dear friend on another yacht who I had met earlier in the year in St. Croix and who was now anchored right by us in Grenada!

My October challenge went by the wayside when that dear friend and her partner were viciously attacked at anchor by some youths in one of the stunning Grenadine islands of St. Vincent, just north of Grenada. What I did learn in October however was just how incredible a woman’s spirit can be. After Tina’s attack, she rallied the yachting community and set up a forum (attended by close to 200 people) to discuss ways to improve our safety onboard.

In November I came across the NaNoWriMo challenge, which was to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days! Well, I did manage to spew out 50,000 words in the time frame, although I wouldn’t exactly call it a novel, but the point is that I DID it! One of my challenges this year will be to coordinate those words into a set of children’s books – stay tuned…. :)

In December I set myself a couple of challenges, one was the Planking challenge. I did follow the challenge, however I didn’t manage the full number of seconds once I got past the 2 minute mark, but rather than give up I just did the best I could (my best being 177 seconds!). My second December challenge was to work through a daily Tapping exercise to de-clutter my life – and more to the point, my mind! In case you haven’t come across EFT Tapping – I hadn’t until a year ago – it is a technique which uses acupressure points to improve your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Apart from producing phenomenal results for day-to-day issues, it has been used successfully by The Tapping Solution team to work with survivors and family of the Sandy Hook Primary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012 and also survivors of the Rwanda genocide, in Africa.

So, there you have it, my last 6 months of 30 Day Challenges and can you guess what my January 2014 challenge is? Yes, more blog posts – just DO it!

I hope you are finding some inspiration from my website, this one and our more travel oriented blog www.amarulasail.com and I look forward to meeting you online or via my Facebook pages Lynne Dorning Sands and Amarula Sail.

*Just a note to let you know that Hay House has another FREE online webinar coming up VERY SOON! Just click the link or the banner below to take you to the Hay House website, where you will see the ‘Start the New You Now’ Ultimate Webinar January 11th – 17th. Please join me & register now for a fantastic start to 2014 :)
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