I am very excited to hear that children and adults alike have been enjoying reading my book, since the launch last Saturday. One of my favourite pieces of feedback came from a lady who’s granddaughter has been snuggled up on the couch reading my story with her little book mark. Awwww 🙂 (however please note my book is for adults and it’s best that a parent reads it first before giving it the green light! )
However, I was informed that the little one is indeed dyslexic like me, and as a result is enduring a hard time at school. Apparently children as they often are, are being somewhat cruel to her due to struggling with certain subjects. Of course this is extremely upsetting for the child, and has left her feeling hurt and confused.
This is often the case for adults and children who struggle whilst learning certain subjects, and leads to frustration and then onto to anger. None of those two feelings are healthy.
So I was asked for my opinion regarding the little girl. I informed her grandma that firstly her parents should contact the British Dyslexics Association to decipher what form of dyslexia the child has, and where her strengths and challenges lie. Then to perhaps offer the little girl additional one to one support, for example in Maths and English. This will allow the child to learn in a style that suits her and at her own pace. She may even find it fun! Then to encourage her to develop all the skills that she is talented in. Apparently the child shows promise in regards to drawing, art and craft. Hmmm I see a future architect, or wildlife photographer in the midst!
I also offered to write to the little girl and explain that the way she is has nothing what so ever to do with being stupid, and that dyslexics are some of the most creative, colourful and in some cases, the most brilliant minded people on the planet. Winston Churchill was one of us!!! I will also advise her to ignore the children who are taunting her, because they simply do not understand our way of thinking.
So little one keep up with your drawing and stay calm and content in regards to who you are.
As some of you maybe aware, I teach group exercise and one of my disciplines is Pilates. I first fell for Pilates ten years ago, when I took part in a ‘Fitness Pilates’ course with the internationally renowned presenter ‘Rachel Holmes’
After a few years I decided to study Pilates from another company and taught the style for a couple of years, but alas I did not react well to the style of it.
Without putting the style down, as it is internationally recognised and popular, it wasn’t for me. I found the style very regimented, unlike myself and of course not suitable for large classes, which is what I major in.
So I decided to go back to my routes and returned to Fitness Pilates. I have enjoyed a yearly workshop with Rachel where she has offered lots of new ways to improve one’s classes, and keeps us updated with all the latest happenings in the Pilates world.
She is very much into functional training and encouraging people to move and stretch opposed to practicing Pilates in stiff fixed positions, which is not as beneficial for grumbling backs and tight muscles!
Plus, Fitness Pilates works for the people, the non dancers and mrs Smith the house wife, everyone gets it! It makes my job so much easier and people love it! Plus the difference in my participant feedback was outstanding compared to when I taught it in the stiff, regimented fashion.
So there you have it! Fitness Pilates is great and I’m going in another Fitness Pilates workshop this Saturday and am looking forward to what my tutor has in store.
After Dani read an extract from my book, ‘Chloe with Two Dots’ my book was available to purchase and a room full of people came bounding over to my table, waving ten pound notes in the air eager to buy it. Apparently I looked like Bambi caught in head lights as they all came towards me. Thank goodness my cousin Carly was there to take charge and organised everyone into single file. People were asking me to sign their book which I was happy to do, but due to my dyslexia I felt stressed when people asked me to make it out to a name. Luckily the room knew that I was dyslexic because I told them during a speech I made before the book reading, so people spoke slowly to me when they told me how to spell the name/names.
People found it quite incredible and inspiring that I was able to write a book with dyslexia. I was pleased to hear this and I hope that my dyslexia does inspire people and helps them to believe in themselves.
Anyway back to the line of people. It’s a funny sensation when your own father has to join a line to actually get to speak to his daughter! He lined up three times I think! But to be fair he loved it he was very proud of his little girl.
My dad is seventy and comes from
London. I’m recording his memoirs at the moment because once I’ve finished my sequel to Sweet Jasmine I’m going to write a book about his life. He’s extremely interesting, funny and has some amazing stories to share. He is also dyslexic.
A picture of my dad, my step sister Kirsty and I.
Zumba Smash 2 was fantastic. We didn’t break the world record but it was amazing none the less. Tanya and I lead our beautiful dancers and a 600, strong crowd to Latin and Afro beats. The crowed, who were just as international and vibrant as our music, did us proud.
I have to say I felt privileged to be on the stage with my pal Tanya. How wonderful It is to be able to teach such a huge class with a close friend at your side. Plus this event compared to the last one we did, appeared far more relaxed and we just had more fun up there.
I also sold more copies of my book at the event which was a lovely plus to an extraordinary weekend.
Let’s see I had my book launch yesterday, interviewed by the echo this morning, performed at Zumba Smash and will appear on the ITV and BBC news!
Thank you to all the wonderful people who supported me in everything I did this weekend, without you I would have very little. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.