Information is Power

Today I’m writing to invite my UK readers to a special live event. It’s free to attend. My fellow speakers (all wonderful women with a wealth of experience and expertise) will be letting you know many of the things you need to be aware of when it comes to your legal, financial and housing situation. I’ll be there too, to help you with any questions you may have about dealing with your ex, co-parenting and moving on. Cut through the confusion and get informed. It may well be the best few hours you’ll spend this year.

The Single Mum’s Survival Guide Seminar
on 25th February 2015
at Mayo Wynne Baxter, Century House, 15-19 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3FE
from either 9.45am – 12.15pm or 6.45pm – 9.15pm.

Your Speakers
Gemma Hope – Family Law Solicitor and Collaborative Lawyer
Me (Vivienne Smith) – Transformational Coach, author of the Single Mum’s Survival Guide
Karen McGrath – Financial Adviser
Karen Looker – Mortgage Adviser
Feedback from past events has been really positive. Here are a few of the comments from some of the mums that attended:

“It was very positive and empowering”

“Opened my eyes to a lot of information. Thank you”

“Really useful and informative”

“A must have for every single mum struggling with new challenges”

“I’m so glad I came, I was nervous that it would be formal with no chance of personal questions, couldn’t have been more opposite. Everyone was fantastic, very positive, would highly recommend to any single mum indeed”

“Thanks to all the speakers. I found it very informative and has helped me both professionally and personally in so many ways”

“Thank you so much for today’s empowering seminar. It was full of very helpful information and couched in terms that even I could understand! I am so grateful. It was lovely too to be in room with other women who are in the same situation as me – I don’t feel quite so alone now”.

Spaces at the event are limited so if you would like to attend please book your place as soon as possible by calling 01273 223220 or emailing

Valentine’s Day – a Single Mum’s Nightmare?

Whether you feel it’s a commercially-motivated, overrated event or a time to express true love, it’s hard to ignore Valentine’s Day. This is especially true when you’re single! So how can you celebrate the day and get something valuable out of it, rather than sitting home alone this evening and bemoaning your date-less existence?

I have two suggestions for your consideration. The first is to sit down with a pen and paper and write out a detailed and comprehensive Perfect Partner list. Now, to begin with this may seem like rubbing salt into the wound but just bear with me… By committing all the desirable attitudes of your perfect partner to paper you are attracting to you that which you yearn for. It may not happen overnight, but when he shows up at least you’ll be able to recognise him from your list! Make sure you are focusing on what you want, however, not what you don’t want – or it may have quite the reverse effect! Then, being brutally honest with yourself, write down the kind of person you need to be to be in order to attract somebody like this into your life. This is to remind you that a great relationship relies on two people showing up and putting in equal effort, attitude and commitment.

My second suggestion is to make a date with yourself, to really show yourself the love and appreciation you deserve. You don’t need to wait for someone else to cherish you – why not get started straight away?Join me live online this coming Wednesday at 8 pm GMT when I interview Sophrology Teacher Florence Parot. We’ll be exploring how to sleep better, boost our energy and alleviate stress. She’ll actually guide us through some easy exercises, too. So make a date and treat yourself – your kids will thank you for it!

Your next free webinar, with special guest Florence Parot – Burnout, Stress and Sleep expert, Sophrology Teacher.

Florence Parot

Special Guest Florence Parot

Wed 18th February 2015, 8 pm GMT.
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Meditation equals Inspiration!

I was reminded today just how beneficial meditation can be. Have you tried it yet? Once considered the preserve of the peace and love clan, some believed you had to be wearing orange robes or belong to a hippy commune to really qualify. These days everyone claims to be doing it. Business leaders swear by it and scientists claim that it increases mental capacity, improves your attention span and resilience. Devotees declare that it decreases anxiety, stress and even depression, whilst boosting your ability to gain a balanced perspective. But can all these extravagant claims really be true? And don’t you need several hours and a mountain retreat to really achieve that state of calm, peace and heightened awareness sometimes referred to as the Alpha State?

The good news is that all you need is a little practice and some good instructions. You will even gain tremendously from just devoting a few minutes a day. It’s free, it’s freeing and it does wonders for every area of your life.  After a day of guided meditation, I arrived home feeling energised, inspired and rested. In a few short hours hours I then achieved all the tasks that I wanted to complete today. Far from regretting spending the day focused on myself (which you’ll know can feel tremendously selfish as a mother) it reinforced for me that women are so good at taking care of others and worrying about the needs of their families, they sometimes forget to nurture themselves. So taking the time out actually makes the rest of your time more productive, peaceful and rewarding. It also means you have more to give to your loved ones. Sound too good to be true? Join me live online this coming Wednesday at 8 pm GMT when I interview Meditation Teacher Samantha Goodchild. We’ll be discussing how meditation can help you to increase relaxation and reduce anxiety. She’ll actually guide us through some easy exercises, too. So make a date and treat yourself – your kids will thank you for it!

Your next free webinar, with special guest Sam Goodchild, Meditation Teacher.
Wed 4th February 2015, 8 pm GMT.
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