Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung

Aren’t the crocuses and daffodils beautiful?  I have been enjoying the bright colours, seeing the buds on the trees starting to bulge, and savouring the promise of warmer weather to come.  I am reminded of a funny little rhyme my father used to recite when I was little:

Spring is sprung
Da grass is riz
I wonder where dem boidies iz
Da little boids is on da wing
Ain’t dat absoid
Da little wings is on da boid
– 
Anonymous

1 March – World Book Day

 To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”  – A C Grayling

World Book Day – first and foremost – celebrates reading.  Millions of book vouchers were given away on 1 March to children to explore the wonders and delights of books and reading.  For more information, go to http://bit.ly/zxin24.

It’s been a real pleasure for me to have contributed to four books in the past year: “How to Break the Glass Ceiling Without a Hammer”, “The Power of a Woman: Embracing the Power Within”, “Madam CEO” and “Leaders in Pearls” (shortly to be published).  The books are available from the website and cots £12.50 P&P free in the UK.  How about becoming a Train2Grow Supporter on Facebook – http://on.fb.me/zxFVcs? That way, you can get access to the books at 20% off, as well as more offers coming up in the future.

I have been invited to contribute to four more books during this year, “Breaking Free: Overcoming Self-Sabotage”, “Leading From Within: Following Your Passion and Purpose”, “The Power of God” and “The Power of God Daily Devotional”, so watch this space.

Leap Year

A leap year consists of 366 days, rather than 365 days, and 29 February is added as an extra day.  It comes around every four years, and we need leap years to keep our calendar in sync with the earth’s revolutions around the sun.  Did you know that it takes the earth 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds– to circle once around the sun?

 “Will you marry me?”

Traditionally, the man gets down on one knee to propose marriage.   But on 29 February, the established roles can be reversed so that the woman can pop the question.  According to Yahoo answers, “It is believed this tradition was started in 5th century Ireland when St Bridget complained to St Patrick about women having to wait for so long for a man to propose. According to legend, St Patrick said women could propose on this one day in February during the Leap Year.”

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

“Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity”
– Mohandas Gandhi

Every year on 8 March, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world.  In many countries, it is a public holiday.  Thousands of events around this date are put on to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women (see www.internationalwomensday.com).

Today, I had the honour of attending a lunch in London put on by the Christian Embassy and the International Women’s Day Host Committee to celebrate its 101st anniversary.  It was a wonderful occasion and I met many lovely and inspiring people.

I was particularly inspired and deeply moved by what Ruth Dearnley, CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK had to say.  She spoke at the end of the meal on the theme of this year’s IWD’s theme: “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures”.  In essence, trafficking is on the increase, and it takes different forms: trafficking into prostitution, trafficking into labour, trafficking of children and adults into domestic servitude, trafficking of people to harvest organs, trafficking of children for human sacrifice, etc. Trafficking is about one thing: to make money at the expense of someone else, and that person gets used and exploited again and again and again!  If you are reading this, I encourage you please speak up actively against this; let’s work together to enable people to break free to live their lives with hope and dignity.  You can take action by signing a petition: http://www.stopthetraffik.org/takeaction/chocolate/.

horley business expo

The first Horley business Expo, organised by Horley & District Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Friday, 27 April from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm at the Holiday Inn, Gatwick.  There will be over 50 stands, seminars, a networking breakfast, prize draws and entry is FREE!  Train2Grow will be exhibiting, so do come and find out about our special Horley Business Expo offers!  www.horleybusinessexpo.co.uk.

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