This year it is to be held on Sunday, 11th August 2019.
(Post-picnic update – This year’s picnic was phenomenal with around 500+ people attending during the course of the day! You can see all the photos here on Facebook – Friends and Friend’s Friends Picnic #18“).
17 years ago, I had a vision of bringing people together in community in a spirit of fun and contribution – and so I invited all the people in my life to a picnic. And I asked them to invite all their friends too.
So my “Friends & Friend’s Friends Picnic” was born!
With all that’s going on in the world right now, I believe that it’s imperative that we come together as a people as much as possible – and what better way to meet and create new friendships than in a gorgeous setting and with a fun, friendly vibe?
If you are like most people, money probably plays a very central role in your life. We can never seem to get enough of it – and isn’t it funny how quickly it comes and goes?
I recently spoke to my friend Davide De Angelis who is doing some amazing work with his latest product – an incredible range of Tarot products based on the life and work of David Bowie.
I invited Davide to write a few words for my readers outlining his journey and how he got here. This is what Davide had to say – hold tight for an amazing ride:-
There was a time when most of my waking hours were being shaped by a lack of money. At one point things became very grim indeed.
One day as my wife Esther and I sat scowling at each other, me clutching a court summons for unpaid tax and Esther brandishing a final demand from the electricity company, a vocal purging of dramatic proportions ensued: unspoken truths, secrets, buried anger and deep resentments flooded to the surface like an erupting volcano.
We had tried everything – borrowed money from family and friends, sold some old family jewellery and even researched some free tax tools.
Today, I am writing a post with a difference. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I am bringing you some of the best blog posts from around the blogosphere, including some of my own previous articles.
Valentine’s Day is a fun and loving day for many people and there are so many wonderful blog posts out there about all aspects of relationships. I have searched high and wide and these are in my opinion some of the best wisdom you can get, no matter where you are in your relationship.
I am proud to know a lot of these prominent bloggers as friends and it is a privilege for me to share their work with you.
Do take your time reading through these articles, bookmark this post and come back to it again and again as you create a wonderful and happy relationship.
Trust you had a wonderful festive time and New Year celebration with your loved ones.
As we now get into this New Year, here’s possibly the most important question you can answer this year:-
Just HOW will you make this New Year a Happy Year?
The key word we use to greet each other at this time of the year is “Happy”. As we move away from the old and bring in the new, we expect things to somehow magically be different and better on the other side of the New Year fireworks.
As you know, life is not like that!
You and I have to consciously make it happen so that things are magically different and better in the New Year. The MAGIC comes from us – through our clear intentions, effort and focus.
And the important question is this – how will YOU make this year your best year ever?
Do you say “thank you” like you mean it or do you just say it casually and almost apologetically?
And when you thank someone, just how appreciative are you really being?
Today, 11th January 2017 is International Thank You Day!
So firstly, thank you for being in my life and for reading my blog posts :-).
There is an art of saying thank you and mastering this one skill will instantly make your day to day interactions with people deeper and richer.
The key is very simple – you really have to mean it when you say thank you!
People get it when you genuinely mean something and also when you are just going through the motions.
Put yourself on the receiving end of being thanked – I bet you remember well the few times when someone has truly shown their appreciation.
I shall always remember the day when I invited a new friend for dinner and she asked if she could bring something – I simply suggested she brought a huge appetite.
She turned up laden with gifts – a thank you card, flowers, a bottle of wine and something for dessert! It was so thoughtful and unexpected; to this day I still share her story like I am doing right now.
The most beautiful thing about truly thanking someone and expressing your gratitude is that it creates a deeper and instant bond between people.
Well, a lot has happened in the world over the last few weeks. Just what is the world coming to!?
If you look around, the world faces umpteen challenges today and it’s really time for us to rise to the challenge and make it happen for a better world for all us. At the same time we have to make the most of our own lives and make the most of what we all have.
Even at a personal level we all face so many challenges. Right now I have dear friends who are going through a painful divorce whilst a very close coaching friend is going through her last days after a serious illness and is now in palliative care in New York,
Of course it is not how or when you die, but ultimately what matters is how you lived your life – and the legacy you created.
Life is so precious and it breaks my heart every time I hear of the killings and atrocities that happen every day in the name of religion, politics etc.
Right now the world is a very different place compared to last Thanksgiving Day with the Brexit outcome and the USA election.
A while back, a blog reader emailed me directly to challenge my way of looking at the world through “rose-tinted glasses”.
Well, as I replied to him, I am happy to see the world the way I see it. Of course it’s not about being blind to reality, but choosing to see how things can be different and in a way which uplifts and benefits everyone.
So yes, I for one am happy to be upbeat about our humanity and our potential to solve the huge problems we face today. There are so many inspirational people who are striving to change to things for the better – and their number is growing.
I am always inspired and filled with hope when I learn of all the good things happening in the world. For example, Nirvana School in Pondicherry, South India, is going from strength to strength with over 500 children now receiving a good education and being well cared for.
These children may not have much in material terms, they have so much more to offer us and teach us.
And yet we in the West who have a lot to be thankful for so often take life and all our goodness for granted.
We all have deep within us this calling and a capacity to help others, to make a difference in some way and to make ourselves count.
So my invitation to you on this Thanksgiving Day is to remember to be grateful for all that you have – and to strive for something bigger than you.
Also, a while ago, I wrote 5 special articles for this week of Thanksgiving. So to help you celebrate and appreciate all that you have to be thankful for, check out all 5 articles about this special time.