A Conscious Dream in London, by Claire Lockey

 

How it all began

Just over 8 months ago, I saw an advert in a VA forum I am part of giving some details of a lady in London with a book publishing company who needed some administrative support.

In order to respond, you had to email with the email titled ‘I see your vision’…and do you know what? I really did.

I was quite early in my VA journey and, at the time, still working in my normal paid job as a Careers Advisor.  I remember speaking to a business advisor who told me that working with someone outside of Lincoln this early in my journey was a bad idea and that I needed to find my feet more before taking such steps.

Do you know what? I just knew. I knew I HAD to work with this lady because after speaking to her on the phone, it was all I could think about. The opportunity, her amazing business, and the books she published. I wanted to be part of it.

I really believe that fate brought me to Conscious Dreams Publishing and so, in September 2017, Daniella Blechner and I took a chance on each other and we began working together.

We actually met!

Fast forward 8 months, on the 29th March, Daniella and I actually got to meet for the first time! I came up to London to meet Danni and her partner Dean at the book launch of his incredible book Master the Basics.

 

Through working with Danni, I have got to know Dean, and because Dean published Master the Basics through Conscious Dreams Publishing, I have had the pleasure of working on the promotion of  Master the Basics and seen the organisation and attention to detail that went into organising the book launch.

Master the Basics Book Launch

It is hard to put into words what an incredible evening the launch of Master the Basics was. From the moment we arrived and the friendly faces started to filter in, it felt like I was attending a family party or a wedding, certainly something to celebrate! The atmosphere, the feeling of love and genuine pride in Dean were clear to see by all.

The launch was organised to perfection; there was never a dull moment. The evening was scattered with testimonials, Q&A sessions and everyone was incredibly generous with their advice and the value offered to the audience.

A handful of Dean’s clients spoke about the impact Dean had, not only on developing and growing their business but on them personally. Dean has a magic about him, an infectiously positive attitude and the honesty, warmth, and challenge that he gives his client is the key to his success.

 

Dean is driven, motivating and inspirational, showing that even with challenges in life, you decide what happens. You decide what path to take and what frame of mind accompanies you on your journey.

I have never attended an event with so much laughter before. I left, my jaw aching from smiling and laughing so much and feeling totally and utterly inspired. Dean even gave me the opportunity to get up and speak to his audience about my own business, again just demonstrating the support and warmth he shows to everyone.

Master the basics photo group

If you would like to learn more about Dean and the work he does with his company Exclusive Visions, you can visit his website here!  Also, I would fully recommend grabbing your very own copy of the amazing Master the Basics.

From a book launch to a book idea

After attending Dean’s launch the Thursday evening, I was lucky enough to be attending the first session of the amazing Power of Your Story workshop with Danni on Saturday morning.

I have always wanted to write a book, I have just never really known what about. Since I was a child, I have collected beautiful notebooks, but I can’t always bring myself to use them. There is something about a brand new notebook- the possibility of what it could be filled with!  The pressure to craft beautiful words to fill the pages is almost too much, so they stay safely tucked away, stories remain untold.

My desire to write crept up on me like the sun creeping over a hilltop. Slowly, but surely it rose, the light of realisation filled me. I need to write. Working with Danni helped me realise that and after seeing her incredible authors achieve their dreams, I wanted to be one of them.

I initially was going to the Power of Your Story because I was already in London. I do a lot of work for Danni promoting the workshop and so it made sense for me to see what it was all about.  Little did I know, that after leaving Dean’s workshop on Thursday evening, I would feel so inspired that I would attend Saturday morning with a clear vision of my book!

It is like someone flicked a switch. Out of nowhere, my book came to me. In fact not only the book but a whole business strategy and plan helping me diversify my business in a way that I had been looking for.  Surrounding myself over the weekend with such amazing people filled me with ambition and motivation.

The Power of Your Story Workshop has been taking place in an amazing, creative bookshop called The Ship of Adventures. It is the perfect setting for the workshop; imagination flows throughout allowing your thoughts to roam free and ideas to be born in a safe and supported environment.

As the ladies filed in, there was an immediate hum of excitement and nervous energy in the air. The beautiful workbooks laid out on the table greeted us as well as a reassuring and genuine hug from Daniella herself, and then we were off!

 

Like Dean, Daniella’s passion for what she does is like a beam of golden light. So powerful, it hits you and lights up all surrounding it in its splendour. Her ability to question and gently challenge allows you to gain a clearer vision of your book and ultimately find your ‘why.’ She generously and whole-heartedly shares her knowledge with you because she genuinely wants to help you give birth to the book that you have inside.

In our modern lives, we juggle so much pressure every day. Our families, our work, and all our responsibilities – our minds are always busy.  Rarely do we allow, or indulge ourselves the time to put everything aside and focus our energy on something that we want to do.

The Power of Your Story allows us this space. It is simply magical. Surrounded by nine other women, hearing their ideas and their stories, I felt empowered.  I felt my worth and I felt capable.

I only spent three hours with the group as unfortunately, this time around, I was not able to attend the full workshop. What is for sure, is that I will be booking on to a full workshop by the end of 2018!

My advice would be for anyone that has a book idea and would like to make it a reality, The Power of Your Story is the perfect place for you.

If you would like to discuss your book idea with Daniella or would like any further information about the next Power of Your Story Workshop, please book your free 30-minute consultation with the Book Journey Mentor herself here.

If you would like to find out more about me and my services at Lockey PA, I would love to connect with you via:

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