28 Dec Patrick’s Journey 2019 and into the New Decade
At this time – have you stopped and looked behind at your life journey?
For those of you who have kindly come to my workshops, you might remember the ‘Power of Now Journey’ story that I share, which is similar to the famous enlightenment book by Eckart Tolle. I explain how it is hard to live in the ‘Now’. Our mind looks at the future, anytime between the next few seconds “to infinity and beyond” (!), and through the eye lenses of the past. Perhaps you have been going through this as you come to the end of the calendar year.
Thankfully, I have managed to enjoy the ‘Now’ with my family on holiday. It takes seconds to breathe in the air around me and enjoy the noises that I hear and feel the wind which calms my mind that sometimes worries about what is going to happen next; also known as Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTS) .
After taking some time to enjoy the ‘Now’, I confidently and calmly move onto review 2019 and plan 2020.
I would like to share this with you:
In summary 2019, it has been a special year and given me the confidence to move into 2020…..
- My medical condition remains stable. In fact, it is better than that: in March, I was given the amazing news that I was in remission. I still am! The fact that in 2017 I had a stage 4 glioblastoma this is a minor miracle. I do my best to celebrate this situation with my Circle of Strength, (see my image below) it gives me control.
- I was part of the Brain Tumour Charity Research Christmas service in Fulham with celebrities, and I was a small piece that helped raise £23k! You can read more here.
- I have also spoken to other people involved in cancer and we shared our experiences of major trauma. I want to give a special mention to Neil Mccallum who sadly passed away in August. We only spoke a few times but became the best of friends – through the power of sharing – he was a special man. God bless you Neil, and your family Becky, Luke and Becca.
- Living a full year in my new home in Hampshire. My family are properly settled and we have our family routine in place.
- I have been involved in the local All Age church service. I have met some amazing and inspirational people during this journey.
- Travel to some special places – Rome, the Alps, Kenya, Barbados, Scotland. Some for work and some for family time. More are in the pipeline!
“Really interesting and upliffting and with practical tips. Would recommend to every work organisation/department. Reassuring and lovely presentation manner”
From a workshop at The Economist
- My work has evolved from my life passions: “Brand Resilience”. I talk about this in my workshops. So far, this includes:
- Helping the Mental Health of people through a variety of training programmes:
- I use my marketing and mental health experience and expertise to make these relevant, from running research to running interactive workshops. I have spoken to over 2,000 people, with over 650 responses: over 95% would recommend it to other people and gave my ‘Content’ and ‘Presentation’ a score of over 4.5 out of 5 – I am doing something right! And I want to do more. Here are some quotes collected from the sessions
- I have become a Mental Health First Aid instructor with the Mental Health First Aid England . So, I can go into any business and train employees to be the Mental Health First Aiders for their business. Do any come to your mind?
- I am also working with some inspiring people in other areas:
- Lastly, but definitely not least – I have joined an exciting start up business, called TAP – ThanksAndPraise https://www.thankandpraise.com as Marketing Director. The idea is another way of creating positivity and happiness: making it easier for the public to thank the unsung heroes in healthcare and education. The workers in this sector just don’t get it enough. My goal is to raise the awareness about this amazing service – to the public (or TAPpers), to healthcare, NHS and education. (where the Unsung Heroes work) and commercial partners (who contribute to the gratitude through giving vouchers for Unsung Heroes to use). You can also follow us on
I want to do more! As TAP mentions: “the power of sharing/gratitude is as good for the giver, as for the receiver!
I’d like to thank Matt Findle Hawkins who has been involved in all of these initiatives and giving me the confidence and acknowledgment that I am doing the right thing. I would also like to thank Carmencita who is a healer that I speak to regularly. She helps me look at myself. Yes, my cancer is in remission but I need to keep on top of my mind. Both have helped me on my professional journey.
Here is the list of how I work with my mind – through my Circle of Strength. This part of my workshop is one of the popular.
What makes you happy? What helps you manage your stress?
Remember to take the time to look after yourself and build your Brand.
Feel free to talk to contact me about any of these points. Take care and I hope we can speak more in 2020.
Ciao for now,
Paddy – firstname.lastname@example.org