Wow! What a month it has been & is going to be!
Due to the growth of The Brighter Diaries & so many new events & sessions landing, I thought it was only fair, that I share them all with you with a monthly news letter.
Because, let's be honest, it's not like we get much positive news from the media, you can count on positive only vibes on my blog! 💚
Since this is the first monthly news letter, let me catch you up...
"I'm not always right, but I'm always real!" ~ Kayleigh, owner & head coach.
The reason I told you that quote is because, December wasn't a great month for me or The Brighter Diaries, finally the world experienced something close to a normal Christmas after the pandemic, which was amazing for people, venues, shops, etc but not so amazing for me, as my small wellbeing company began to get quieter... I get it, people wanted to shop, eat, drink, see their friends, celebrate & live, so I made a tough decision the second week of December to cancel all my classes & events until January...
New year, new you, right? I spent my first week in January... planning, planning, advertising & more planning. I was more than prepared to help my group members achieve their new year goals & start improving their wellbeing again. However, covid-19 had other plans. I opened my first class the second week of January, to see the return of nobody. Okay, so it was cold weather, covid-19 had spread again through the Christmas gatherings & naturally people were worried, siting in a classroom with others was too risky.
With the community groups running less and less, I was keen to start back with some of my wellbeing at work contracts throughout Leeds City centre, the office, hospitality & all the other employee's in-between, would sure be keen to boost staff morale, motivation, productivity & happiness in their workplaces. Although, 2 of the contracts I had previously held had closed their business down due to covid-19, whilst others worked from home.
It was sink or swim for The Brighter Diaries, now I know, I promised this to be positive news, but I promise there is a positive ending! :) I had to make moves, progress, changes, I had to improvise! Everyday, for as long as I owned The Brighter Diaries, I posted daily, positive content to help brighten people's days, I'd had some groups, contracts & wellbeing at work packages, but something was missing! So I used my imagination, I remembered, the old me, the old Kayleigh, whom, if had being suffering with poor mental health & wellbeing during the pandemic, would too probably be overwhelmed, nervous & be avoiding wellbeing groups & sessions with a wellbeing coach. So I recreated wellbeing... wellbeing for me is about 'being well'. Even if you're already well, eve if you're in a bad place & you can't work out how to overcome it, even if you're in an amazing place & you don't need to change it - nobody is perfect, there's always room for more positivity, change, personal-improvement & growth & it's the most challenging barrier between where you are now and where you want or would like to be, is what happens in-between that process...
The final 2 weeks of March saw the weekly wellbeing groups return, but rather than rent a room in a community hall, I recreated weekly community groups & began to open them in independent business across the communities of Leeds, I currently run 2 after the 3rd location fell through, with the planning of 2 more opening, to be announced soon. Not only did I change the location & space, but I recreated how I ran the groups, I start each group with guided breathing to help you check-in with yourself with a mindfulness pause, self-reflection & use focusing on your breathe to help you relax, reconnect your mind & body & finally recharge your batteries. I continue me sessions with a motivational speech from myself based on a different topic each week, I don't encourage you to come to my group & speak about any past, present or future worries or concerns you may have, I simply ask you to turn up, enjoy the treats, refreshments & sit back to relax & learn how to become a better version of yourself.
During all of this exciting news, came a new exciting event with East 59th - the stunning rooftop restaurant in Leeds, we teamed up to bring to you, a morning escape with a wellness brunch & a 3 hour wellbeing session, full of team building games, rooftop guided breathing, motivational speaking & all the tools, knowledge & education you need to 'be well' at work, home & everywhere in-between. Yo can find our next event, the end of June! (Boking link coming back soon!)
I also met with Carl Knowles from the @atlunchwith podcast, who interviewed me to learn about my story & how it led me to open The Brighter Diaries - you can find that on Spotify & YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3klzTGpALwY&t=393s
The final days of April saw the release of my very own journals, to help you change your mindset with 4 simple yet effective techniques, that when practised how recommended with the journal, can eventually become habits, habits that eventually form into you, again helping you become a better version of yourself by thinking, feeling, acting & living better! You can purchase yours on my Etsy shop - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Thebrighterdiaries
During April, I had one of my amazing friends helping out at the sessions & events, but what group or event members didn't realise, is that Rachel my good friend, was actually helping out whilst attending the sessions. I met Rachel less than a year ago, when she wasn't happy with her story, I helped her recreate her story, through friendship & The Brighter Diaries, Rachel is now a member of the team & delivered her first 'hope & belief' speech last week at our Roundhay weekly wellbeing event - of course she absolutely smashed it!
Rachel came along with me, to The Brighter Diaries biggest event yet at the stunning 2-work offices in Leeds, we delivered our story & services to over 80 people & made some great connections!
This month The Brighter Diaries continues to grow, to help you continue to grow....
Our confirmed events look like....
Every Tuesday - weekly wellbeing...
9.30am - 11am - Morley - Shake, latte & roll - A morning of mindfulness & a mini wellness brunch.
6pm - 7pm - Roundhay - Co2 Hair & Beauty - A evening of week wellbeing along side some tasty treats & refreshments.
Both can be booked via meetup.com or email us :)
Saturday 21st May - 9.30am - 10.30am - Wellbeing dog walk - Followed by refreshments in Oakwood - with Plexus wellbeing - Yes! You read that right, a wellbeing walk with your dogs! We can't wait to meet them - and you of course :)
Did I mention, it's free?!
Wednesday 25th May - 12pm - 1.30pm - Wellbeing business lunch - Park House, Leeds city centre - A wellbeing lunch, get out of your workplace, office & join us for a wellness lunch, refreshments, better lunchbreaks, a better you & make some better networking connections in Leeds. Book - https://members.parkhouseleeds.com/events/1415043392/the-brighter-diaries-wellbeing-workshop?public&
I also have around 3 more big events for May, that I cannot to share with you, by hopefully the end of the week but until then my friends, it's a secret...
Spoiler alert: Mental health week 2022 is going to big!
Keep a look out on our events page & social media to keep updated, in touch & more queries or help with bookings.
Also - if there's something you're trying to change, improve, achieve or do right now but you keep facing barriers, just know that with the right mindset - you can do anything!
Ps... I'd rather live a life learning from my mistakes, than a life of what if's!
Here's to a positive May 🖤
Join me to make your May more positive.