Kapucia Presents: Meet Your Guardian Angel

31st October 18:30 – 19:30

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Everyone has guardian angels, they look out for you and support your life from behind the scenes.

You can lift your energy to meet yours and they will help reconnect you to your path and purpose. They have an infinite supply of guidance, love and light to share with you.

Book on to this class to strengthen your connection to the angelic realm and raise your vibrational frequency!

Our guide, Geniene was taught meditation in personal practice with a former buddhist monk and met her Guardian Angel Celeste, in 2014. Since then she was guided into a soul journey in Thailand, India and Bali and is now inspiring others on their own journeys.

Geniene will be guiding us to meet our guardian angel in this special class.

Limited number of spaces.

Energy Exchange is £8
Kapucia
27 Lord Street, L2 9SA United Kingdom Liverpool

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How To Communicate Assertively

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Throughout our lives we experience a series of crossroads. Some roads lead us to carry on the path we are currently on. Whilst other paths lead us to new pastures. No paths ever take us backwards, ensuring that we continuously move forwards with every new day that we are blessed with.

During these crossroads, we may realise that there are people or situations in our lives that we no longer resonate with. These could include our jobs, hobbies, friends or even family members. To walk away from these people/situations (if they are harmful to our growth and wellbeing) is a sign of authenticity in its maturity stage.

Assertiveness is when we confidently and positively express our opinions, ideas and talents. For example, Person A may ask; “Will you help me with this project tomorrow?” If you can and you want to, by all means say yes. Remember though, saying no is also an option. So many of us will say yes so as not to upset anybody. In truth, living our lives this way will ultimately wear us out!

When we hold the core belief that we are each equal to everyone else (not better or worse) but equal, we can then begin communicate from a
place of true equality.

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Saying no to someone’s demands or walking away from situations we find uncomfortable is totally acceptable!

If we are made to feel as though we are wrong, or that we have upset or let others down, because our answer has not ‘fit in’ with others’ expectations, we have to re-evaluate. We must at this point, consider if we are being treated equally within the relationship.

We don’t have to be aggressive expressing who we are, but at same time we don’t have ‘tip toe’ around a person in case we upset them. If you speak your wants and needs clearly and assertively without aggressive tones, you have nothing to fear.

Below I will share with you 9 tips to help you in understanding what assertiveness looks like, and how you can implement an assertive energy into your life.

Tips on how to be assertive

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1) Start a sentence with the word I in situations of debate. 

For example, when trying to resolve an issue, aggressive language would be “you always do this!”
Assertive language would be “I feel disappointed when you change plans at the last minute” you can express your feelings without giving away your power, or trying to control someone else.

2) Maintaining eye contact. 

Ok, we don’t want to have a full on freakish staring competition, but not having any eye contact shows discomfort and indecisiveness. Maintaining it shows you are present within the conversation. If you struggle with eye contact, you can practice on yourself in the mirror. This may feel awkward at first, but it is a great technique to build confidence. After all, our eyes are the windows to the soul.

3) Practice good body posture. 

If you are able, standing tall rather than slouching will allow you to feel more assertive in yourself. Keep your shoulders back, and your head high. When you walk into a room, people will notice. This may feel unusual at first, especially if you’ve been used to slouching in order to ‘blend in’. Just know that the way you walk really will change how you feel within yourself.

4) Avoid being vague. 

“You’re always criticising me” may be an easy thing to say in frustration, but being generalised and not specific actually can damage your ability to be assertive.
Instead you could say; “This is the third time this week you have critiqued my decision”. This is a more specific statement and therefore helps you to stand your ground. When we speak facts instead of random thoughts we can be more assertive and create boundaries with others.

5) Speak facts, not judgements. 

Saying “he’s so bad at his job” is not an assertive way of describing a person that you have a professional issue with.
Saying “this is the second time he has misplaced important documents” however, is a fact not a judgement. When you are assertive there is no need to judge others. You can still vocalise issues that need to be talked about, in a non-judgemental way.

6) Silence is a great tool. 
Filling in silences that you find awkward is something that so many of us have done, but remember, thinking through your words through before you speak is totally fine! If someone asks you “can you pick me up from the airport tomorrow” there are 3 ways you can answer.

Passive language “erm, I think I can, yes, ok that’s fine”

Aggressive language “Are you kidding me! How come I’m always the one doing you favours? Or “ok I’ll do it but you best be on time”

Assertive language (pause to think) you could say; “I’ll have to think about that” or ‘yes’ or ‘no’ depending on whether you can or cannot. It’s a simple answer to a simple question.

7) Be mindful of the tone of your voice. 

Sometimes we may think we are being assertive but mumbling shows passive language and high pitched tones or raised voices show aggressiveness. Practice being assertive with a voice that is neutral, natural yet controlled.

8) Express your emotions clearly. 

This tip is quite straight forward. If you communicate how you feel, crossed wires with others can be avoided.

9) You are responsible for yourself. 

Your behavior and your personality is your responsibility. (Unless you have a medical condition which is out of your control, which alters this statement)
On the most part it is you that decides whether to let a person or situation control you, or whether you instigate arguments and drama. Staying assertive in situations won’t compromise the way you feel about yourself, and the way you treat others. Remember that boundaries are healthy, and you have every right to live with them in mind.

Written by Alyssa Cruise

Check out her blog here

 

 

 

Wildwood Restaurant

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MissChief in Merseyside was invited down to The Wildwood Restaurant in Clayton Sq, Liverpool.

It was really strange walking into a restaurant located in what used to be the old entrance to Clayton Square, I was half expecting to look to my right and see the Disney store. The restaurant had a lovely rustic feel with lots of space including a deli. The music playing was The Postmodern Jukebox which kept us happily amused guessing what the songs were in between courses.

We were greeted by lovely smiling waitresses, they were friendly and the manager Gabie was very helpful giving tips on which choices to go for.

To start with we had a glass of house red wine each – Carignan Grenache, Languedoc- Roussillon, France (£8.90). A lovely wine, quite fruity and bright.

This was served with mozzarella and garlic bread with caramelized onions (£5.75). The bread was a lovely soft dough, not too crispy like some breads. It was a generous size and the caramelized onions kept a lovely sweetness to the flavor.

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We then had some water clean our palette (Mineral Water 500ml £2.55) before tucking into our beautifully presented mains.

My main of choice was my favourite dish, Sirloin Steak 8oz with peppercorn sauce, rocket and French Fries (15.95), it was so delicious you could taste the charcoal grill and the peppercorn sauce, where some sauces can be quite bland this was just right.

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My boyfriend opted for the Philly Steak & Cheese Sandwich (£10.95). The marinated steak was so tasty and cooked just right, it wasn’t too chewy or tough, just right covered with Monterey Jack cheese, fried onions, and mayonnaise in a brioche bun served with French fries.

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For dessert we just couldn’t decide, so after some advice from the waitresses and Gabi we went for the chocolate honeycomb fudge cake with Ice cream (£5.95) portion size was large, the honeycomb in this desert gave it that extra flavor that you normally miss out on your average chocolate fudge cake, this is definitely worth a try.

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We then tried the chocolate sundae (£5.95) Oreo biscuits, Malteasers, Baileys, fresh cream, chocolate sauce and chocolate ice cream. The baileys was pretty strong in this sundae. The cream was lovely and thick to mix this in with. A good tip was to empty this out onto a plate, then you can get the right mixture of bits you want.

To finish our evening at Wildwood, I was recommended the Limoncello Spritz cocktail – Limoncello, Prosecco and club soda (£6.95) which was so refreshing after all that desert.

My boyfriend opted for a latte (£2.80) although I have no idea how he could possibly fit this in his belly, we were so full.

Overall the food, atmosphere, staff and service was excellent, the portion sizes for the starter and desserts were a lot bigger than the main dishes and the total bill cost was £65.75.

I would give this a 4/5 Misschief Rating

For more information click here

Melanoma UK – Check Yourself

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Hello to all the wonderful readers of the Miss Chief new website. 

I am so honoured to have been asked to contribute to this amazing new website and without wanting to bore you, I thought it would be a good idea to just give you a little background on me and the reason I am covering as much as I can to do with health & wellbeing and how important it is to look after yourself on the inside as well as the outside.

My name is Di Cannon and I have lived in Liverpool all my life….all 50 years of them. I have had the good fortune of being raised by a very loving family and although I doubt my mum, after having 4 children, was expecting to have another little bundle of joy at the age of 40, she did and here I am to tell the tale.

My parents worked hard all their life and that’s the environment I was raised in.  I left school and started work at the National Girobank 2 weeks before my 17th birthday and having served the company for 25 years, I finally left in 2008 to start my own consultancy business and I have never looked back.

My company helps other businesses grow by getting them ready for finance/funding…..now before you turn off, I am not going to put you to sleep about double-digit growth or Brexit, there is actually a reason I need you to know this as working with so many companies over the years opened my eyes to my passion and that is health & well being. Some of the business owners have looked at me as though I have gone a little mad when I tell them they must create a happier & healthier workplace because ultimately if staff are happy & healthy then they perform at their best….I think we can all relate to that.  I now get the best of everything as my business owners listen and make changes wherever possible to do this so I can put my passion and business together and make a real difference.

Sadly in 2013 I was hit with a personal tragedy when my niece who was re diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer and this vile disease killed her in December 2014 at the young age of 38. Claire was originally diagnosed in early 2000 when her mum spotted a mole on her back that just didn’t look right.  After a number of visits to doctors and finally an oncologist, she was diagnosed with early stages of melanoma.  Back in 2000 I don’t think any of us would know what melanoma was, we certainly didn’t think it was a killer but it was and it is.  Claire had her mole removed and was given the ‘all clear’ 3 years later.  We now sadly know, you never really get the all clear and in 2013 when taking a shower she found a lump under her arm which turned out to be stage four melanoma. The following 12 months went by with chemotherapy, radiation and then finally she was days away from getting on a new melanoma drug trial only to find there was a tumour on her brain.

This photo was taken on her wedding day 2 years before she died.

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Claire suffered so much in her final weeks and when she died I vowed to do whatever i could to help others know exactly what melanoma is and how to protect your body.  So i don’t overload you, this information will come in various topics but for now I want to highlight to check your body for that Ugly Duckling….the mole that “just don’t look right”

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EARLY DETECTION

Melanoma diagnosed in its early stage can be successfully treated by surgery. If a melanoma is discovered when still less than 1mm thick, the prognosis is excellent.

 

Checking yourself and your loved ones

Check your entire body regularly, including skin not normally exposed to the sun. You should ask for help from someone else to check difficult-to-see areas, such as your back, neck and scalp. Follow the ‘Ugly Duckling’ method – if you notice a mole or skin lesion that looks out of place or feels different from the others, see a doctor.

Skin Self Examination

It’s important to check your skin, preferably on a regular basis. The best time to do this is after a bath or shower in a well-lit room in front of a full-length mirror.

You can use a hand-held mirror to look at areas that are hard to see, such as the backs of your thighs. You might get a spouse or close friend or family member to help you with these exams, especially for hard-to-see areas like your back or scalp.

The first time you examine your skin, spend time carefully going over the entire surface. Learn the pattern of moles, blemishes, freckles, and other marks on your skin so that you’ll notice any changes next time. If you look at your skin regularly, you will know what’s normal for you. Be sure to show your doctor any areas that concern you.

Follow the step by step instructions in the Mole Map to examine your skin and keep a log:

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The ABCDEs of melanoma

Melanomas can often be detected using the ABCDE system, although not all melanoma lesions show these characteristics:

Asymmetry: two halves of the mole are different from one another

Border: the edges of the mole are poorly defined. It is ragged, notched, blurred or an irregular shape

Colour: the colour is uneven with shades of black, brown and tan. Melanomas may also be white, grey, red, pink or blue

Different: from other lesions (ugly duckling) there is a change, particularly an increase, in size. Melanomas are usually bigger than the end of a pencil (6mm)

Evolving: changing

Getting a professional skin check

If you are at increased risk of melanoma, including having had melanoma before, you and your partner are advised to learn to recognize suspicious lesions. You should also discuss professional skin monitoring with your doctor.

What else to look for

  • Melanomas can appear as a new spot or an existing spot, freckle or mole that has changed in colour, shape or size.
  • Sometimes melanomas may bleed or be itchy, and they may become raised quickly and catch on clothing.
  • While many melanoma are multi-coloured, they can also be white or the same colour as your skin.
  • Some types of melanoma develop over a period of weeks or months, while others tend to develop more slowly.
  • Nodular melanomas are a type that grow rapidly and need to be removed urgently. They are most often found on the head and neck and in older people, particularly men. They are raised, firm and often uniform in colour.
  • A melanoma that shows multi-colouring.

 

 

Corporate Wellness Experience

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Corporate wellness experiences

What to expect from a day at Kapucia

Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are among the top 5 reasons employees are absent from work.

An active dedication to wellness within the workplace is required in order to keep absenteeism to a minimum, the link between wellness and producitivity is well known.

The east has been embracing alternative therapies and remedies for thousands of years. This knowledge is invaluable to our western lifestyle and way of life.

Our Kapucia team, having been active in the corporate world, have devised a programme to counteract the stresses and strains of life within the demanding world of business.

At our wellness day, attendees will be treated to an array of relaxation treatments and techniques, such as:

* Meditation
* Yoga
* Reiki
* Massage
* Acupuncture
* Pandorastar
* Raw Plant-Based Food Tasters

We are holding a FREE event to introduce these treatments to HR/wellbeing representatives from companies that feel they may benefit from having more relaxed employees.

Venue

Kapucia, 27 Lord St, Liverpool L2, UK

To find out more information click here

 

 

Sarah McBride

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Sarah McBride is the founder of Kapucia, she has been on a plant based diet for over 20 years for purely compassionate reasons, which lead her to study the physical effects on the body. She has been working on the effects of emotions on the physical body for over 10 years, starting with herself; reversing many long term health issues. Re-programming her own beliefs to create the life that she desired and is now able to help others. She decided to bring together all of her passions and many of the practitioners she has worked or trained with under one roof by founding the concept of Kapucia.

She holds a BA Hons in English Language and Literature is a Qualified Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Source Awakening Practitioner and Ho’oponopono Practitioner, a Certified Master in Shamanic Spirit Release, Raw Food Nutritionist, a Stress Management Trainer with the Stress Management Society whilst currently working towards a Detoxification Qualification.

Check out Kapucia here

Located in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, Kapucia is a wellness hub, which offers a space for individuals to grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. The unique space marries together a collective of authentic teachings including personal development workshops, yoga and meditation classes and alternative therapies for overall health, healing and general wellbeing.

Our mission is to create a community of like-minded individuals in one common place to share experiences, practices and knowledge. We achieve this by hosting a wide range of leading expert practitioners in their field to facilitate events and workshops and bringing cutting edge technology to take the guess work out of why you are ill.

We also guide others who wish to explore a path towards compassionate and healthier eating through plant based nutrition seminars, networking events, documentary evenings and serving 100% organic and vegan food and drinks – all in plant based compostable packaging.

The ultimate goal of Kapucia is to help each and every person to achieve mind, body and soul connection.

The facilities are set in a 2,200 square feet basement area, which include disabled access and lift. There is underfloor heating and air conditioning throughout, both ladies and gents showers and W.C. and lockers. There are 3 fully equipped therapy rooms all with sinks, a mezzanine seating area serving drinks and snacks and a small outdoor seated area.

For rental of the space/rooms or collaboration opportunities please contact us as info@kapucia.com.

Natasha McKenzie

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Natasha is a beautiful mother and founder/owner of Crafty Occasions Liverpool.

Here is a little bit of her story so far:

I have always had an interest in arts and crafts for as long as I can remember, whenever I go into a store I am always drawn to the stationary/craft section looking for anything pretty and inspiring and I can even remember doing this as a child. When I left school, I became a nursery nurse and continued this career path for 10 years until I had my own children. It was then that I decided I wanted to go to university with the aim on becoming a teacher so that I could be off during the holidays with my children whilst continuing to work with children which I loved. I started university when my children were aged 2 years and 9 months old, during this time we decided to have our youngest christened but we couldn’t afford to buy invitations as my husband was in university too and money was tight. I decided to make my own invitations and found it to be very therapeutic, which really helped me as I was suffering badly with post-natal depression which had continued from the birth of my first child then following the birth of my second and I really wasn’t in a good place at all. After I gave out my daughter’s christening invitations people began to ask me if I would make invitations for them too, I would tell them where to buy everything and I would take on the task of making their invites purely for the therapeutic benefits I got from it.

Around that time Facebook had not long started and so I decided to set up a business page to see how things would go, we needed the extra cash and people told me my work was good…so why not?! Slowly but surely, I started to build a customer base, I was even being booked out by children’s centres to do craft tables on open days or to do some craft work with the young mum’s groups which I loved because I could relate to them so much, especially those suffering with PND, it was so rewarding for me to see them getting something out of each session and really opening up about their feelings.

When I finished university an opportunity arose for a retail unit, so I gave it my all, did some extra training for balloons and opened a shop in Woolton village where I provided everything required for a special occasion from invitations, balloons, banners, venue dressing, gifts, cards and more. However the enjoyment quickly began to drain from what I loved to do, the venue dressing and balloon side of things was taking me away from what little time I had with my family at weekends when customers were having their parties and the stress took its toll on my depression so I decided to close the shop and find a job. After several years of working within children’s services I had another baby who began to show signs of being poorly from around 2 months old so we were in and out of hospitals and clinics and she was diagnosed with a disability, she never slept so I was constantly exhausted and my biggest fear was that with all the pressure and stress…my depression would rear its ugly head. I decided that I wasn’t going to go back to work because I wouldn’t have been able to hold a job down with all the hospital appointments and lack of sleep so I started my crafting again for the therapeutic benefits and it really has helped me.

I threw myself into my business, doing what makes me happy and in turn I make other people happy with my work. My work fits around my family and I feel like I have found my real calling in life. I am having a website built at the moment so that I can sell giftware and stationary for anyone wanting to make their own invitations etc.. Exciting times ahead for Crafty Occasions Liverpool!

Check out Crafty Occasions Facebook HERE

Heather Toner

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Heather is a big fan of clean eating and tries to follow a vegan diet when possible. She also loves fitness and health.

Heather will be writing about clean eating and fitness, giving us some recipes, tips and tricks on food, beauty and fitness.