Very excited about the blogger tour of #Achievement: #Cancer Free for 20 years. All bloggers are reviewing the book.
June 12, 2017
Have just completed the workshop part of the June #Life #Coaching Diploma Course which is the second part of the course and we had a very busy and fun filled time. Life Coach course reviews from fully qualified coaches:
‘I found The Life Coaching Handbook really comprehensive, deeply insightful, easy to understand and very practical – it really does cut through the coaching jargon present in many other coaching books. That combined with my decision to train with Curly Martin was a real winner. Curly offers the personal touch that so many training organisations lack. After just the weekend which was packed with motivational, inspirational material, expert guidance and hard core business set up advice and tips, I felt confident enough to start coaching straight away and I did!. It was the right decision to train with Achievement Specialists.’ T Groth-Andersen
We work at a fast pace by starting with a demonstration of non-directional coaching which is followed by the students coaching in real time. What I mean by this is, I do not use role-play during the coaching demonstration nor do the students pretend to coach in an imaginary situation. They actually coach for real; they review the goal setting exercise with the client, followed by using the #ICANDO coaching model. They investigate the topic the client has selected as important to work on today, explore the current situation and aims of the client. During this the fledgling coach will tease out as many different ways the client can take to achieve the aim/goal and discuss the outcome indicators, then,
THIS IS THE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROLE-PLAY AND REAL TIME, Read More
June 12, 2017
Had a lovely interview with Tony Bridge on Bolton FM radio https://www.boltonfm.com/ this morning. We discussed my latest book #Achievement: Cancer Free For 20 Years and he was a true professional as was obvious in his research. We discussed the cancer journey, the daily dozen I use to keep healthy and the new cancer recovery programmes I am now offering. http://www.curlymartin.com
He fully understood that the book not only covers the conventional treatment but also covers alternative therapies and is inspiring and uplifting as was his interviewing technique.
March 7, 2017
Chapter Twenty Excerpt
Daily Dozen Number 2
There are certain things that I do on a regular basis and although I have shared most of them with you throughout the book I wanted to put the things which I think are important in the maintenance of my #health in one chapter so you can easily find them. The daily dozen is not the whole picture of how I dealt with the #cancer diagnosis – it is only the 12 things I do now on a regular basis, 23 years later. The order of the daily dozen is not significant for me; I just do them in no particular order of importance, every day or once a week. Here is number 2 in the daily dozen list
Vitamins and minerals – I supplement my diet with vitamins and minerals. I know there are scientific studies which say that if you eat a balanced diet you do not need them. The challenge is that I cannot be sure the food I eat has been grown in soil which has all the nutrients I need. There is a strong possibility my balanced diet will be lacking in something. So I take a multi vitamin/mineral supplement every day to act as a back-up to the food I eat.
At the same time I take a 1000 milligram tablet of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin which the body does not store and cannot make. I have to consume it. It is essential for healing wounds, it is also an antioxidant, supporting my immune system, and it forms part of the absorption of iron facilitation within my body.
I also take selenium because, like Vitamin C, it is essential for my body and my body does not make it. There is a lot of scepticism about the benefits of taking selenium only the information I read stated that there was not sufficient selenium in soil these days and being a non-meat eater I would have less in my food. So I take tablets to supplement.
I take various other supplements depending on the changes of my state of health. I am at the time of writing this blog about #cancer reading a marvellous book Niacin The Real Story, Abram Hoffer PH.D.,Andrew W Saul PH.D, Harold D. Foster PH.D. I am finding it a fascinating read as niacin is vitamin B3 and this means it is also a soluble vitamin which is not stored in the body. The book explains the many ailments that taking niacin can remedy.
December 23, 2016
With Christmas only around the corner and the New Year right behind it, now is a great time to do some self #coaching. Look at the time in front of you and search for a specific moment over the next 10 day just for you. The time can be split over a few days or all together in one larger slot.
Find a quiet space where you will not be interrupted. If you are thinking wow that will be impossible, be #coaching creative. Will you be in the car on your own at any time? If yes, add a little extra time and pull into a car park as this will be fine. #LifeCoaching can be done anywhere especially when you are applying #coaching on yourself for yourself. You just need to find a time and a space for it.
I am assuming you have found the space and the time, here is what you do.
1. Reflect on the year just past and ask yourself, what went well, what could have been better?
2. Imagine you are now at the end of 2017 in the same place. Ask yourself ‘What one awesome thing did I achieve this year?’
3. Now plan how you are going to do this awesome thing. What, who and how can help you to achieve it?
#Life-coaching is a very powerful tool for change and it can be done by one of my expertly trained #life-coaches (who you could hire to ensure you achieve this awesome thing) or you can #lifecoach yourself. Make sure you take the arch with the awesome future not the arch of the brick wall to nowhere.
Whichever arch you take, I want to wish you huge #success, robust #health and infectious #happiness for 2017.
November 8, 2016
Chapter Two Excerpt
Last will and testament
… Also as part of the preparation, I had planned to write my will before going into hospital. This part of the story might make you laugh; it always brings a smile to my face. Once I was registered at the hospital and I had unpacked, I realised I had forgotten to get a will made for me. Forgetfulness played a major part in my journey.
I panicked as I really wanted to leave everything in order in the event I did not survive the operation. I asked my nurse if I could pop out but she was not overly happy to let me out of the hospital because she had registered me. I explained that I had not written a will and needed to get a do-it-yourself will kit from the newsagents. The nurse was very understanding and gave me 30 minutes to undertake this task. On reflection, her understanding of my need to write a will could have meant many of her patients had needed one! Thankfully I did not make that connection.
I was really grateful to the nurse for bending the rules and I dashed out to the nearest newsagent, who seemed to have lots of these kits on sale, which was not reassuring. The question, ‘should I be worried about the easily accessible will kits?’ passed through my mind.
I bought a will kit and returned to the ward within the 30 minutes. I was sitting writing my will when this very handsome surgeon came along with 5 students. He asked me to pop on to the bed and then he noticed the partially written will sitting on the table. He declared ‘I had better do a good job as this lady seems to have a very low opinion of my skills!’ I was so embarrassed I could not find words to excuse myself. He laughed and saw the funny side of it.
Once he had moved on to the next patient I continued to sheepishly complete my will. The action of completing the will and putting ‘my house in order’ gave me peace of mind and I felt ready for the future, albeit with trepidation.
October 4, 2016
New book now available as a paperback as well as an EPUB and MOBI and 50% discount on the website. ‘A very interesting, amusing, and thought provoking book. A good, easy read. I love the fact that the author did not accredit her health and recovery to any one thing – but all the ‘little steps.’ Jackie Hammans
‘A lovely inspiring, uplifting and funny read. Reaffirms to seize the day, every day!’ Prue Gent
Throughout this book I will be telling you my story at each stage of my journey. What happened, how I handled it, the outcome (if applicable, or if it adds more information for you), what I was offered in the way of medical support, what I did, what extra things happened and any other titbits to inform and amuse you because as you will read here in the book, I believe humour is a great healer.
February 23, 2016
I love spring as for me it represents all the aspects of Life Coaching at its best. Spring delivers sunshine and showers, the yin and yang of life. It is the sunshine combined with the showers which create the environment for new growth and because of all this new growth the animals start reproducing to maximise the opportunities of great abundance of food.
This has for me, huge resemblance to life coaching; Spring and Life Coaching are full of energy, opportunities and new growth. Most people are excited when Spring arrives as it brings with it new life in all its forms and I always feel the same excitement when I am coaching my clients. Usually when a client comes to me for coaching they are stuck and lacking in energy or direction. Just like being at the end of winter, the joys and excitement of Christmas and New Year are long gone and the days are still short, grey and cold.
Spring sunshine brings out the best in people, it invigorates, it warms, it lifts human spirits and provides the energy and impetus to take action. Life coaching does the same, it brings out the best in people, it energises clients, it lifts their spirits and confidence and it gives them the impetus to take action. It warms both he client’s and the coach’s hearts.
Spring also brings Read More
January 11, 2016
I have completed many chapters of my new book which is about my cancer journey and how I have lived a happy and successful life since the diagnosis way back in 1992. I will be releasing small extracts from the book in this blog and I hope you enjoy reading them. I have as yet not settled on a title and this part of the process seems to be much harder than writing the actual book which is in its final reading stage.
Here is a small extract from the first chapter and to put you in the picture, the story so far – I had moved to Spain to live, found a small lump in my breast in the September and had been told by a consultant there was nothing to worry about. Then a doctor friend of mine came to visit. I asked him to examined me (in a purely professional way) as I had found lumps under my arm and he recommended I visit another doctor within the Spanish system to get a second opinion.
Chapter 1 – I Am Scared EXTRACT
On the 22nd December, after finding that the lumps had increased in size, I remembered that I should make an appointment with another doctor. I went to see an English doctor (who was charming as well as good looking) in San Pedro De Alcántara (picture of surgery entrance). He briefly Read More
December 22, 2015
I love this time of the year as for me it incorporates a review of the previous year and all the achievements, learning and challenges followed by the excitement of all the new ventures, goals and challenges I will face in the coming 12 months.
2016 has greater links with the previous year than any of the recent New Year periods. During 2015, I spent my free time writing a new book all about the 20 years plus of living since the cancer diagnosis. The book takes the reader from the moment of terminal diagnosis through the operation, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and the many alternative therapies which have helped me to survive and thrive since. There are some very funny bits in the book and as you will imagine because of Read More