Meeting with Sarah and David Reilly

Friday 21st was the last day in Glasgow for Sarah, one of our german participants, After 3 weeks enjoying her work placement, she had to say good bye to her host employer, David Reilly, founder of Create Ts & Cs.

We visited Sarah and David to have some feedback about their experience and we are glad to say that they both enjoyed working together,

« It went very well, if she was staying here I would hire her ! », said David Reilly. As for Sarah, she couldn’t stop smiling while being showered with all those compliments :  « She adjusted very well. She would not only do the research but write the blogs. That was very useful. She was very quick to capture what I wanted. She also used her own initiative », continued David.

Sarah was indeed in charge of writing some blog articles that will be posted on the company’s website

We enjoy very much when a work experience was so useful to both parties. Whilst improving her english and acquiring new skills, Sarah has been able to learn a new work method and contributed to the success of such an innovative company as Ts & Cs. As for David Reilly, he could, in the meantime, focus on other areas of the company that needed his full attention.

Well done, guys !

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Business banter at Paperinos restaurant

On the 21st of february, apart from taking care of our current interns in Glasgow and searching for host companies and families for our next big group of french apprentices, we had the pleasure to take part in the weekly business banter held at Paperinos, a bar restaurant in Glasgow.
This weekly meeting has been going on for more than 3 years now and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere was highly enjoyable.
The concept is quite simple : this networking event is attended by professionals who have for sole purpose to make new contacts and have interesting conversations with their peers.
« No need to sell yourself to the group » says Business Banter on their website.
In fact, we did not need to sell ourselves to anybody but we left the event with several business cards and a wide smile on our faces.
With the organiser, Martin Jack, we had a good laugh about the incessant rain on saturdays in Glasgow since October 1st.
We also admired the artistic and creative talents of Istvan Szép and talked with Alison Mc Kay about the effortless chic of parisian ladies,
Unlike other formatted professional networking groups, Business Banter is not limiting your speach time, it is as natural as meeting friends in the pub.
We really appreciated the chat and will surely be back for more !
For more info about Business Banter, go to the official website

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Surprises from looking up

fragrant flowers on a lime tree
The mystery enchanting flowers

For the last week or two my neighbour, Gerry,  and I have encountered a mysterious gorgeous fragrance at the top of the hill on our morning walk along the River Kelvin to the Botanic Gardens.   It’s hit us as we come out of the wooded path that rises along the river, as we emerge into the Botanics.  Every morning we pause and look around, sniffing anything that might possibly be producing the enchanting smell.  We’ve checked out rose bushes, hostas, and anything else that might possibly emit a fragrance.  But there are very few flowers visible in that particular spot, so it has remained an ongoing mystery… until this morning!

Finally, following my nose for the smell of Hawaii in the landscaped woods of Glasgow, I looked up.  There in what appeared to be a big but otherwise ordinary lime tree, were small pale, yellow flowers.  Aha! A potential solution.  After more sniffing, I finally spotted a low enough branch to grasp a little bud to sniff.  Sure enough, the mysterious had been coming from right over our heads the whole time!  We had just kept our eyes on the ground and missed it.

This revelation reminded me of a story I read several years ago that’s stuck with me.  A mum and son were driving past a church one day when they noticed the sign out front, which simply said, “Just look up”.   They commented on this to each other and went on.  Later they came out of a shop to discover the mum had locked her keys in keys in the car.  She was starting to panic when her son said, “Don’t worry, Mom.  Remember, just look up!”  She thought he was being philosophical in her moment of practical problems, but he had taken the sign at face value – and looked up.  Sure enough, flying overhead just then was an airplane with a banner advertising locksmith services!  They phoned the number and were soon happily on their way.  How cool is that?

I reckon there’s a lot to be gained from “looking up” in many aspects of life.  In Glasgow city centre, people often miss the amazing detail of the architecture because they forget to “look up”.  They are too lost in thoughts of everyday life at street level.   Similarly, when I’m out I’m often thinking and looking down as I walk.  I realised this morning that part of the reason that Gerry knows so many people that he can’t walk down Byres Road without meeting at least one person he knows, is that he looks up when he walks.  People I know have to wave their arms to get my attention in the street, but Gerry’s looking up and spots people.  The opportunities for him are greater because he doesn’t have his eyes glued to the ground.

Looking higher up also gives you different perspectives when you’re feeling down.  When I fly, I’m always struck by how clear the sky is above the clouds.  If you look up high enough – or even just know that clearness is up there – then you can see there’s much more sense to life than the clouds you’re experiencing.

In my Karuna Reiki training last weekend, we talked a lot about living through your higher self and letting go of hang-ups that aren’t doing you any good.  There are lots of tools in Karuna that make this process a lot easier if you put them to use.  As well as clearing out these blockages and negative beliefs, the Karuna symbols are also useful for manifesting what you need in life.  But they do it by helping you focus “up”, or rather drawing your upper (“higher”) self’s wisdom down into you.  Manifesting then produces what’s best for you with much less effort, instead our more traditional Western approach of keeping our eyes down and working hard until we’re exhausted and empty.  All that clarity that you see above the cloud level is available, if we raise our attention to what’s up instead of what’s down.

So whether you want to feel more positive at a philosophical level or you’re looking for more practical solutions like the source of heavenly fragrances or a locksmith, try looking up and see how the world opens up for you. 🙂


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