Happy International Women’s Day – #BeBoldForChange

Happy International Womens Day Naomi Mc Laughlan

Hey Beauty,

Are you the celebrating International Women’s Day?

Are you Bold for Change?

I hope you are, not just because that’s is this year’s motto…

Many women, myself included, often feel under enormous pressure, including having to be pretty and smart, a good daughter and sister, a great mum and an amazing wife, all at the same time…and yet, I guess what we all need to hear is that WE ARE #ENOUGH!

In light of today’s special day, as well as part of my #GlobalGoal campaign, I have created a 4-part series on “Support Global Goals Equal Rights of Education” for girls and women. Enjoy 😉

Therefore, it is up to all of use to help forge a better working world, one that is more inclusive, a gender equal world!

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

P.S.: Have you #Read or #Listened to my latest International Amazon Bestseller yet? Learn How to apply Global Goals to Your Business today!

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Unlock Your Natural Creativity

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We all have the power to be creative. It’s part of our natural make-up as human beings. The trouble is that, too often, we sabotage our natural creativity. Lack Creativity? …

Here are 7 Ways to Unlock Your Natural Creativity

1. Don’t Make Assumptions.

Assumptions are examples of lazy thinking. We simply don’t wait to get all the information we need to come to the right conclusions.

Tip: When you feel yourself wanting to draw conclusions, just wait until you have all the information.

2. See Things from Other Points of View.

A truly open mind is willing to accept that, not only do other people have other just as valid points of view from theirs, but that these other points of view may be more valid.

Tip: Don’t have a monopoly on how things are. Things aren’t always what they seem. Be ready to consider other points of view.

3. Avoid Yo-Yo Thinking.

Some people tend to have a tendency to swing from a highly positive mood one minute to a highly negative one the next, all because of what they see in front of them. It’s like a yo-yo: up one minute, down the next. It’s far healthier to stay neutral and not let emotions get the better of you.

Tip: Remember that things are rarely as good – or as bad – as you think they are.

4. Get Rid of Lazy Thinking Habits.

Habit can be a major stumbling block to clear thinking and another example of laziness.

Tip: Don’t think that, just because things happened in a certain way once before, that they will happen like that again.

5. Don’t Think Like an Old Person, Think Like a Child.

Research shows that the number of synapses, or connections, in the brain is greater in a child of two than in an average adult. The reason for this is that, while a child of two has no limiting world view, as adults we do. It’s like a sculptor who starts off with a large block of clay, more than he needs, and then gradually removes the clay as he moulds his sculpture. If we use our brain like a child, accepting everything without judgment, we can actually halt and reverse the brain ageing process.

Tip: Don’t worry about the myth of age. With the right stimulus and a passion for learning, you can actually improve your brain’s powers.

6. See The Detail as well as The Big Picture.

You may know the poem by John Godfrey Saxe called “The Blind Men and the Elephant”. This tells how six blind men of Indostan go to see an elephant and each try to work out what it is from touching it. One blind man touches the tusk, another the trunk, another the tail, and so on. Of course, not being able to see the whole elephant, they come to wildly different conclusions.

Tip: Try to keep the big picture in front of you while looking at details. It will help to put everything in its proper place and context.

7. Think for Yourself.

Taking time out to think is still frowned on in many organizations that prize activity over creativity. People who work in creativity-constrained organizations are likely to think the way they are supposed to think, or as others think, or as has always been the way to think. It’s like the blinkered thinking that Hans Christian Anderson describes in his story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. Everyone in the land refuses to see that the emperor is naked and has been duped into believing he is wearing a splendid costume for his coronation. Only a young boy who has been ill and not party to the cultural brainwashing can see the truth and cries out: “Look, everyone, the Emperor is wearing no clothes!”

Tip: Don’t let others tell you how to think. When others ask your opinion, tell it to them straight.

Once you make these 7 techniques part of your habitual thinking patterns, you will amaze yourself with how easy it is to come up with fresh, innovative and creative solutions to all of life’s problems.

Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

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All the Best,

Naomi

 

Donut Peach & Raspberry Jam

Once again we have been experimenting with some yummy food; super sweet and juicy donut peaches and raspberries, which we have transformed into jam 😉

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Donut Peach & Raspberry Jam

1.4kg Peaches

125g Raspberries

1kg Jam sugar (with apple pectin) or Caster sugar

Instructions

Step 1 Rinse the peaches, then half them and take out the stone, cut them into little chunks and put them in a large sauce pan.

Step 2 Rinse the raspberries and add them to the peaches.

Step 3 Bring the peaches and raspberries to the boil and simmer gently for about 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently.

Step 4 Add the sugar to the pan and stir until dissolved. Then boil rapidly for about 15 minutes or until the jam has reached setting point.

Step 5 Allow the jam to cool down for ca. 15 minutes, then fill it into clean, (sterilized) jars.

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All the Best,

Naomi

Mother Daughter Tag – How well do you know each other?

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My daughter Jasmin has #dared me to make a video for my YouTube Channel and do a mother daughter tag with her. I was soooo sure that I knew most of the answers. Well, you’ll see how that went in our video below.

If you want to go ahead and to a mother daughter tag or a mother son tag too, here are the questions:

MOTHER TO DAUGHTER or SON:

Mom’s favorite color is….

Mom’s shoe size is…

Mom’s favorite flower is…

Mom is how many years old…

Mom’s favorite song is…

Mom was born in which State/City…

Mom has how many siblings…

Mom’s favorite dessert is…

Mom is how tall….

Mom’s favorite Sonic drink is…

Mom was how old when she had her ears pierced….


DAUGHTER or SON TO MOTHER:

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite color is…

Daughter’s/ Son’s favorite meal that Mom cooks is…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite book is…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite song is…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite school subject is…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite vacation ever was…

Daughter / Son wants to be how tall when she grows up…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite Sonic drink…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite gift ever was…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite birthday ever was…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite thing to do with mom is…

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Let me know what you think!

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

Scrabble Day

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Have you ever wondered why there are so many ‘Special or Celebration Days’ throughout the year? I have…I guess it gives us all something to look forward to and engage in!

Did you know that today is the International Scrabble Day?

I, for instance, can write a quick blog post about it and later today play a round of scrabble with the family 😉 Plus, teaching and learning new words!

Scrabble Key Facts:

  • Invited by board game inventor and architect Alfred Mosher Butts in 1930
  • Originally named Lexiko and then Criss-Cross Words
  • Scrabble Day is celebrated annually in honour of the Inventor’s Birthday on April 13
  • Tip: If you can’t find any more words, you may find help here; English word search toolGermanFrench or Spanish.

 

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All the Best,

Naomi xxx

 

How to start a Hermann – A German Culinary Friendship Chain Cake (+Letter) – 31 Day Challenge / Day 12

 

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You may be wondering – What is a ‘Hermann’ exactly?

…Okay, let me start at the beginning…

In West Germany where I grew up, in the early 1980s to the late 1990s, almost everyone I knew either started their own Hermann or was given one by a friend. I was received many by my dear friends too.

Hermann was a liquid, bubbly cake sourdough that came in a Tupperware box, accompanied with a letter of how to look after him. The instructions outlined how to ‘feed’ Hermann and how to bake one and share three, after a ten day ‘growth’ period.

I have honestly no clue who initially came up with the idea and even a Google search did not clarify who the inventor was, although according to Wikipedia it has been around since the 70s and was also called ‘Good Luck Cake’ and ‘Vatican Bread’. But I wasn’t born by then and I have never heard the other two names before, so I cannot account to it 😉 . Anyway I think he or she made thousands of people happy.

Last weekend my kids were super bored and I remembered how much fun I had when I took part in the friendship chain cake, so we started one ourselves.

Use the below ‘Dough Approach’ to start your Hermann and use the below letter to give to your friends 🙂

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I have created another printable version of this recipe, and the letter so that you can print them out and start giving it to your family, friends and colleagues after starting your own Hermann.

 

Let me know what you think.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx

Home Education is a Choice for Freedom – 31 Day Challenge / Day 9

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For most parts of the world Home Education is elective and does not require parents or carers to use the National Curriculum or other formal mainstream school regulatory elements.

I have initially chosen to home-school two of my children in 2008, when they were 11 and six years old, because we moved away from Germany to England. In Germany my eldest child went to a mainstream school, as Germany does not allow home education.

In the United Kingdom, on the other hand I was surprised to find out how easy it was to de-register a child from mainstream school, which in most cases is sufficient to do with a two sentence letter; stating the name of your child and the date you wish to withdraw him or her from the school. Another fact I discovered was that we were free to choose any subjects we wished and the only ‘real’ legal requirement was, and still is, that ‘a child from the age of 5 receives a full-time education’.

There are many advantages of home education, which include:

  • Free choice of subjects (in almost every country in which home-schooling is optional)
  • Easy to start and set up
  • Individual lesson plans
  • Ideal for a child with special needs
  • Free of typical mainstream problems, including low teacher – child ratio or social issues like bullying, harassment or peer pressure

The only disadvantage I have found when I started out was that there was no directional guide which I could follow, so at the beginning it was a bit trial and error, as we all had to get used to the situation and try to of create an inspirational environment that engaged my kids to enjoy learning at home.

This has led me to write my own lesson plans and to take part in classes myself to learn about how best to teach and plan lessons in accordance with the needs of each individual child. I really enjoyed that learning process!

We moved  a few times over the past couple of years, due to job related opportunities to Germany, Ghana and the UK and each time, as long as it was possible, I chose to continue to teach my kids at home.

After I also started to home-school my third child when she tuned 5, I founded the “Professional Home Educator Academy“, a virtual platform for parents who want to learn how to create a successful home school environment in August 2013. The online training program is designed to give parents and carers a clear guide how to create an individual teaching approach for each child, because that’s is what I found to be the ‘missing link’.

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My son currently studies at a UK University to complete a BA (Hons)  in Graphic Design from home, while my older daughter has jointed a local high school to finish her secondary education.

I am still teaching my youngest at home and I would always do it the same way again, because it is very rewarding to being involved in the skills and knowledge development of my children.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx