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Deepak Chopra + The Power of 2015!


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Deepak Chopra

Reblogged from The Irish Times online, here’s something to look forward to this coming weekend:

Last year brought us the new phrase “conscious uncoupling”; now it’s time for “conscious business”.

The people behind this Friday’s Pendulum Summit in the Convention Centre Dublin are, according to their marketing bumpf, in “the business of conscious business”, which apparently means empowering people in every sector so they can “live the life they dreamed of”.

To some, self-help speak about empowerment, motivation and mindfulness is like nails on a blackboard, but for others, the promise of fulfilling their potential will have them signing up for the Pendulum Summit faster than they can say “New Year’s resolution”.

The organisers have attracted an impressive line-up of speakers who will, we are promised, “shower the audience with truth and inspiration”.

Among those doing the truth-showering will be top thought leader and New York Times best-seller Keith Ferrazzi, personal development and stress-management expert Jack Black, and professional adventurer and entrepreneur Debra Searle.

Home-grown speakers will include International Airlines Group chief executive Willie Walsh, Greencore’s Patrick Coveney, Dundalk native Una Fox who is vice-president of enterprise data technology at the Walt Disney Company, and much-loved Ballymaloe chef Darina Allen.

Even Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be in attendance, kicking off the event with an opening address. To top it all, Deepak Chopra, surely nulli secundus in the motivational guru game, will be making the keynote speech.

But anyone considering attending should beware – the promotional material contains the following caveat: “The Pendulum Summit is not for people who want an easy life; it is for people who want an exceptional life.”

And the event is not cheap, but then can you really put a price on self-fulfilment? It seems the people behind Pendulum can – entry comes with the somewhat de-motivating price tag of €425.

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Skybok, South Africa

Success at South Africa’s Regional Business Achiever Awards!


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Tamika Doubell

I was honoured to receive an award as a finalist at this year’s Business Women’s Association of South Africa’s Regional Business Achiever Awards. Held at The Crystal Towers in Cape Town, I was thrilled to receive this recognition of distinction in business as an entrepreneur in the film industry! Skybok is all about connecting South Africa. I look forward to our exciting future doing so. I am very blessed that I was able to turn something I am passionate about into a profitable venture. It’s exciting to have been named in amidst such successful women across the region in all industries. I am proudly South African and marvel each day at our beautiful country and our people. Thank you, BWA! See more of my pics from the event here.

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South African In: Madrid


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South African In: Madrid

With a population of over 3 million people, Madrid is the stunning capital city of Spain. It enjoys more cloudless days than almost any other city in Europe. Certainly during the time I spent there, I didn’t experience a drop of wind or rain. I went with my mother around this time last year – the best time for long warm summer nights. We stayed in “Hotel Catalonia Gran Via” along Gran Via – an upscale shopping street in central Madrid. It’s always a thrill travelling, and Madrid was one of my best thrills yet!

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Creative Inspiration

Quotes To Live By


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We can learn a lot from the saucy Coco Chanel. Hers make up a large portion of my favourite sayings to date. Here are just a few of my favourite quotations:

  • “If two past lovers can remain friends, it’s either they are still in love, or never were.”-Coco Chanel
  • “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”-Coco Chanel
  • I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise to fly…”-Rihanna
  • “My haters are my motivators.”-Nicki Minaj
  • “The only thing I’m addicted to right now is winning” – Charlie Sheen
  • “Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move onto something that’s more productive.” – Donald Trump
  • “I’ve always been famous, it’s just no one knew it yet.” – Lady Gaga
  • “I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.”- Jay Z
  • “A sense of humour… is needed armour. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person deep down has a pretty good grasp of life.” – Hugh Sidey
  • “The best colour in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!”-Coco Chanel
  • “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga
  • “The best way to become boring is to say everything.”-Voltaire
  • “Do something worth remembering.”- Elvis Presley
  • “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel
  • “Take it easy baby, take it as it comes – specialize in having fun!” – Jim Morrision