Vanessa's MARCH message

t's been a good month here at Milligan Towers. I'm STILL following the advice of Peter Jones, our January speaker, and it's making quite a difference to my life. I've now lost two stone, I've moved forward with setting myself up as a wedding celebrant, and I've scheduled in lots of things that I've always wanted to do but just never got round to actually making happen. The biggest one is setting a date to travel around India for three weeks!

One of Peter's bits of advice has been so simple but so powerful that I thought I'd share it with you. He says that a very few special people have the ability to run towards something they want and motivate themselves to get it. The vast majority of us though are far more motivated to run AWAY from something that they DON'T want. He suggests that you set up some kind of horrible penalty that will happen if you don't do the things you know you need to do. In my case I'm working on losing another four stone, so once a month I put £100 in an envelope (which I use as a bookmark so I see it every day) and set a weight loss goal and a target date with my trainer. If I haven't lost the weight by then I have to give her the money! Needless to say, this is forcing me to stick rigidly to the diet.  If I'm out for dinner and the dessert menu is winking at me, or I've had a bad day and feel the need for a cheering bit of cake or three, I just think of handing over that hundred quid and I'm  right back on the straight and narrow. When I do hit the target the money goes in my India saving fund so it's a double whammy. Have you got a tough goal you'd like to achieve? Might be worth you thinking of your own penalty system. I'm happy to be the recipient of your pledges!

Thank you to everybody for making last month's meeting such fun and for joining in with gusto. I'm not entirely convinced we can set ourselves up as a team of fashion designers or structural engineers but it was definitely worth a try! This month's meeting will be a bit less chaotic but hopefully just as good as we have a speaker, the actor David Streames, who will be talking about his life on stage and screen. Thank you to everybody for making last month's meeting such fun and for joining in with gusto. I'm not entirely convinced we can set ourselves up as a team of fashion designers or structural engineers but it was definitely worth a try! This month's meeting will be a bit less chaotic but hopefully just as good as we have a speaker, the actor David Streames, who will be talking about his life on stage and screen.

If you would like to join us on the trip to the V&A to see the Mary Quant exhibition on Saturday May 18th, you'll need to bring in your £27 before all the places sell out. Also, don't forget your Smellies for the Sick, food for the foodbank (who are running very low), sanitary products, and A MUG!

Looking forward to seeing you all

Much love

Vanessa