K’Anne Meinel events list 2018

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I LOVE being part of Shadoe publishing !!!! Not only is a fun place to work, but also being able to support and promote my friend K’Anne’s books, authors and events is a real privilege for me.  I get to read and review wonderful stories Ones that make you laugh, cry and even on one occasion, think “What the Frick ?!?!!”

One of our most popular ideas is where K’Anne hosts an event personally to give you the opportunity to meet and interact with Authors, not only at their book launches, but also, you know, just for fun !!!  This year, she’s got a lot of things planned already and as always, she’s eager to share them with you, so why not check out her list of upcoming events below, choose your favourite and join in !!!!

Pic 1Gill McKnight – Book Release Party !!

13 January at 11:00–13:00 CST

Come in and join the fun at Gills book release party !! Its always great fun to host Gill at these events and we’re sure this one is going to be no exception ! We would feature a tease from the upcoming book, but to be honest, we’re just going to say “It’s from Gill McKnight” and leave it at that…………………..!!!!

Dirt Road booksDirt Road Books – on the writers block

14 January at 11:0013:00 CST

The “on the writers block events are always popular at Shadoe publishing.  Not only is a great way to learn more about an author, but when it features a publishing house like this one, you can learn about with a wide range of authors and genres.  Something to tempt you for the weekend maybe ?

Annette Annette Mori – on the writers block

20 January at 11:0013:00 CST

Annette’s been on the writers block before, so many times before, we’ve lost count !!! But it’s always lovely to welcome her back and share a little about what makes her such a firm fan favourite.  Come and join in and share in the “world of Mori”  you won’t be disappointed !!!

Michelle Hagans Teaches a Class……Teachers pet

21 January at 11:0013:00 CST

I’m genuinely not too sure what to expect from this event, but the title of it sounds great fun !!! Hopefully Michelle will be teaching us about her new book – who knows ?  I may even buy an apple !!!!

ReverieReverie Book Release Party !!!

27 January at 11:0013:00 CST

The second of our  book release parties in January see’s the launch of “Reverie” Intrigued ? We know we are – There’s going to be book readings, author

questions and who knows ?  Maybe the odd surprise or too……  Join in or miss out !!!

Julie

Julie Forester – Book Release Party !!

10 February at 11:0013:00 CST
February gets off to a flying start with the launch of Julie Foresters’ debut novel !!!  There’s something special about your first one isn’t there ? And we’re desperate to share Julie’s with you !! Come along and get in at the ground level of what’s sure to be the start of a great career !!
Armstrong

17 February – 18 February

Two authors, Two days, twice the insight, book sharing and fun.  It doesn’t get any better than that does it ? Nope, it really doesn’t !!!  I can’t wait to see you there !!!  You are coming aren’t you ?  I’ve made myself all pretty !!!

Barbara Winkes on the writers blockWinkes

21 April – 22 April

Join us in April for a weekend with the lovely Barbara.  not only does she have the most suggestive surname you’re going to come across, but, she can totally rock the look too !!! We literally can’t wait to see what she has in store for us, why not make a date in your diary and join in ?  Who knows, you may even learn how to “Wink” like Barbara !!!

 

That’s the first six of 2018 to get you started – check back soon for more details and more events – and remember to follow us on Facebook at Shadoe Publishing , follow our web-page or join in with one of my favourite authors, K’anne Meinel !!!

 

 

Press release YnotbU incorporation of Kendra Brill Inc

Following on from Kendra Brill becoming Patron for our charitable activities, we’re thrilled to be able to announce we have been able to complete the incorporation of Kendra Brill Inc into our YnotbU family.

Referring to the incorporation of Kendra Brill Inc, Joanna Darrell stated “Moving forward incorporating Kendra Brill Inc into YnotbU allows @TransgenderMakeupAdvicesupport to exclusively support Kendra with all aspects of her Arbonne business with Kendra continuing to Advocate and present YnotbU Gender Diversity and sexual violence recovery training presentations in the USA.

This is a dream come true for our team. Kendra is an incredible woman, who not only shares our values and beliefs, but also brings her own compassion, experiences and positive message to our charity. Joining together in this way is a great honour for us and something we’re really excited about.

Kendra Brill, Patron of YnotbU echoed Joanna’s sentiment saying “Incorporating Kendra Brill Inc into YNotbU gives me the chance to concentrate on transgender advocacy activities which is my passion and calling. I just want to say that I’m truly optimistic and excited about what this year has in store for us all and I’m grateful for Joanna’s support, love and encouragement in making this such an easy decision for me to make”

Letting go

While out doing the “girls that do lunch” thing, my friend Kate asked me what being mindful meant.  Pretty deep stuff (and awkward to answer with a mouthful of cheesecake) But in between my munchings, it made me wonder what it really means, “to be in the present moment” ?
It’s a great question !!! I wonder what your answer would be ?  For me, being in the moment means being mindfully aware of what is going on right here and now, in our experience, and this includes any thinking we do about the past or future. Much of the time our experience does not have this quality of awareness or mindfulness. A lot of the time we are like robots, automatically living out habitual patterns of self-pity, anger, wish fulfillment, fear, etc. These habitual tendencies take us over and run our lives for us – without our being able to stand back and decide whether this is what we actually want to be doing. It can be a real shock when we start to realize just how habitual and automatic our lives are, and when we realize how much runaway thinking leads to states of suffering.
When we’re in this robotic state, we’re not mindfully aware of what’s going on. We may know on some level that we’re angry but we probably don’t realize most of the time that we have an option not to be angry. We fantasize without any discernment of whether what we’re thinking about is making us happy or unhappy. And in fact, a lot of the time when we are letting our habits dominate us we are not making ourselves or others happy – often quite the opposite.
Being in the moment is just another way of saying that we are aware of what is going on in our experience, that we are not just being angry (or whatever) but are aware that we are angry and are aware that we can choose to be otherwise. Of course a lot of the time when we are not being in the moment, we are literally thinking about the past or present. We might be dwelling on the past – brooding about some past hurt. Or we may be fantasizing about a future in which we have won the lottery and are living out our lives in some imagined paradise, or daydreaming about being with the perfect partner.
Often these fantasized pasts and futures are not even real possibilities, but simply fantasies of how things might be or of how we would have liked them to have been. And as with all unmindful activity, we have no awareness that this fantasizing is pointless. All that it does is reinforce unhelpful emotional tendencies that can never truly enrich our lives.
Reflecting with mindfulness

There are, of course, ways of mindfully thinking about the past or future. Being in the moment does not mean that we are stuck in the moment. We can mindfully and creatively call to mind past events, or imagine what might happen in the future. We can think about the past and think about how we might have acted differently, or wonder why something happened the way it did. We can think about possible futures, and of how the actions that we commit now will make those futures more or less likely. When we are thinking about the past or future while being in the moment, we are conscious that we are reflecting and we’re not lost in thought. We don’t confuse fantasy with reality. We don’t stray from thinking about the past in order to construct imaginary pasts in which we said or did the right thing – or if we do so then it’s part of a conscious thought experiment to see what we might learn from the experience. We think about the future, but rather than it being idle daydreaming we’re thinking about the consequences of our actions or otherwise reflecting on where we want to go in life.
Sometimes daydreaming can be creative. It can be wonderful to relax the reins of consciousness and allow our creative unconscious mind the opportunity to express itself.

But it’s generally far more useful to have a part of our conscious mind standing by, observing, watching for any sign that the creative expression of the unconscious is turning gray – turning into the repetitive and reactive expression of old and unhelpful emotional patterns. The conscious mind can intervene at such moments with a light touch, a gentle redirection of our mental energies so that we stay in the present; aware, mindful, and creative.

 

Love and Light

New year, New beginnings

makeup instructor

2018 is shaping up to be a hectic and exciting year for me !!!  Not only have I got a number of really amazing projects on the go with my charity work, but following a number of discussions with my friend Kendra, I agreed to join her team at Kendra Brill inc as their make up instructor, working on helping trans women in the states learn how to make best use of their makeup as well as helping Kendra as an Arbonne Consultant.

It’s always so much fun working with Kendra, not only is she a wonderful woman and great friend to me personally, but she gives so freely of herself, with no thought of reward, that you can’t help but be inspired by what she is doing and  join in !!

I’m really excited to join her team for a number of reasons, firstly, its a natural extension of what we’re doing in the UK with YNotbU and the Transgender Makeup pages and groups I run in Facebook, but secondly, it continues to validate my work as a professional makeup artist.  Something I’m not only having a lot of fun doing, but also immensely privileged for the trust, friendship and the chance to be able to share what I’ve learnt with Kendra and her friends.  Really thrilling for me !!

Bring on 2018 is what I say !!!

 

Meet Photographer Laure Dherbécourt

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Ethereal – All around the world video

Earlier this year, a close friend of mine, the lovely Waritsara,  got in touch to ask if I could help with her music career which had stalled for the last four years and gotten to the stage where she was thinking about giving up.

Well, I couldn’t have that !!!!

She’s a super talented bunny with a really unique sound, chilling and haunting at the same time and her lyrics (all her own work) So, we set about a plan to get her out there, to hook her up with some great people and lone behold, two months later – this great video !!!

Would love to know what you think !!!

Like it ?  Of course you do !!! You can catch up with up with her on her Facebook page here