Final Post 2015 – Welcome 2016

Well I’ve been rather remiss at blogging on my personal blog, and on soyouvebeendumped.com too. However, I have managed to keep up a steady pace over on Younique by Thea at least.

Winding Down in Sonoma County

As I type these words I am snuggled up at a lodge in Sonoma County. It always brings me back to such wonderful days stored in my memory. Some of my happiest days in my whole life were spent in Sonoma County. Last night we stayed in Occidental at a Lodge there. It was nice but the air raid siren sporadically going off was disconcerting. Tonight it’s a bit more sedate though still not that far away from where we were. We stopped first at the town of Bodega to take some photos of their historic church (as photographed by Ansel Adams and featured in Hitchcock’s the Birds).

Then it was time for a drink at Roadhouse Coffee shop in Bodega Bay where we chatted extensively to its owner James. I think I may have convinced him to join the Twitter revolution. We’ll see. If you like eclectic little off-the-beaten-path type of places then you should pop in and see James. Tell him I sent you. We took many photos along the cost and had an over-priced but nice meal at the River’s End in Jenner. I think you really be paying for the scenery more than anything but I guess it was worth it.

The weather today is very Scottish…gray, wet, cold, and misty. Parts of California’s coastline reminds me of Scotland’s west coast. Today it was especially the case.

My Year in Web & Social Media Training

Looking back over the year, it’s been quite a ride in every sense of the word. I’ve been blessed enough to travel for my work – to such far flung  places as Tiree to the west, Stornoway to the north, Edinburgh to the East, and down in the Borders – Dumfries and Annan too. Of course most of the dates were in Hillington for Business Gateway and a few in Coatbridge too.

There are already a number of dates booked in Central Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway for spring of 2016. Next year, the aim will be to build more of the one-to-one training alongside the group training I deliver. In particular, will enjoy helping people set up their own blogs and start blogging – for business or personal use.

New Business – Gift Boxes in Wood

Well as you may know I’ve been loving having my own Younique business. I even like selling the Phoenix Greeting cards…but recently I’ve been in discussions about selling bespoke wooden gift boxes.

 Recent Fun

For fun, I’ve seen some films – Star Wars (The Force Awakens) and Sisters. Enjoyed them both. Last month I went to see U2 in Glasgow. I didn’t have a ticket – I just walked over to the SECC at 7pm and stalled around until I met someone who had a spare and in we went. It had been since 1987 since I saw them last (Wembley) and you know what? It was a bit like meeting up with an old friend that you’d not seen for a few decades. Classic.

Well here we are just a few hours from 2016 and let’s hope it’s filled with fun, abundance, join, travel, some laughter and joy…If you fancy starting a new business – selling cards or cosmetics, then be sure to let me know! 🙂 I’m trying to help Helen get recruits so feel free to join her!

Shop my last 2015 party here

March Madness

My schedule’s been a bit mad. The weather’s been a bit mad too, so March Madness seemed like an apt enough title for today’s blog. Today’s weather – and really much of the past week – has been very much a case of “4 Seasons in One Day”.

A little while ago I was watching the snow fall and it seemed as though it was falling in slow motion. It was incredible. I should have filmed a few seconds worth to show you.

Tomorrow or the next day my new Younique merchandise should be arriving. I got a few quotes, and everyone kept saying how expensive it was for one-off baseball hats (which are my sort of trademark) but perseverance pays…I found a place in England who did them at a brilliant price!

I’ll blog about them once the stuff arrives, and I (hopefully) like them a lot! Ha. I’d ordered them for a wedding fair that I thought was taking place this coming weekend but it turns out it was yesterday. I’ve already mentioned how that went in a blog post – My Week in Younique – posted over on my Glatitude site earlier.

Training Again

Business Gateway Feedback - EBIZ 1 - Thea Newcomb 27 Feb 2015My Business Gateway training has resumed for 2015, which feels fabulous! I was a little apprehensive after being off for the better part of two months, but once the delegates started to show up, I was back in the swing of things and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

The feedback wasn’t too bad either. I think most of them got something out of it – which is always good! This guy though seemed to think the course was and “excellent event” but rated the venue higher than he did me!

Additionally I’ve been focusing my efforts on one-to-one training clients. I do like doing the one-to-one thing because it’s so much easier to taylor the content to the individual than it is to try to reach a room of people at all different levels with all different expectations.

Musically Speaking

Thea Newcomb PebbleAfter seeing Bear’s Den and Sophie Rogers last month I also caught Royal Blood last weekend which was a good gig. Enjoyed the show. Rather hoping to get Spandau Ballet this weekend but not holding my breath on that one.

Finally my latest cool gadget, in addition to my GoPro Hero is this Inspector Gadget type of watch…the Pebble. Not only does it track my walking/running but it also tells me who’s calling me, emailing or texting me or whatever notifications I am getting across social media too! So far so good.

My Last Day of Training

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EBIZ # 3 – AKA TRADING ONLINE

Tomorrow’s my last day of training! Well for 2014 anyway…I do have some dates booked for 2015 already, but I will be doing a lot less “group training” and more 1-2-1 training next year. Well, that’s the intention anyway. Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans though right? Was that John Lennon who said that? Anyway tomorrow is Trading online for NSDesign and Business Gateway. It’s a fun one. I am looking forward to it! Always have such a fabulous group of Scottish Businesses on every one of my courses. Blessed that way!

Get your own Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascaras from me today!It’s been a busy time dealing with taxes (yay….not!), selling mascaras (!) and training both in groups and individually. tonight I actually pulled out my craft box and had a play at making labels for the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascaras. They’ve been selling like hotcakes and at this time of year they’re no doubt either going to be for Christmas Parties (or holiday parties) or for presents…So I thought I’d spruce them up a wee bit.

More blog posts about my Younique adventure can be found over on Glatitude in a new weekly series I am now calling My Week in Younique. I’d like to get this blog back to more general stuff and have that site be more of the work stuff. That gives me the freedom to talk about whatever strikes my fancy – work – music – life – films…

NETWORKING IN GLASGOW

I was up early (for me) to do a bit of Networking at the Business Banter in town. Speaking to David from Zude PR – he reminds me I never did write the Part 2 of my “Networking in Glasgow – Part 1″ post. I really ought to get around to doing that…Maybe I’ll try over the holidays. I guess I am a little out of touch as work has gotten in the way so I’ve not done much networking…apart from at the ones already listed on that blog, that is.

CES2015

I’ve actually been thinking of going to CES again in 2015. I learned a few things by going this year that I could adapt should I return again. Plus it’s always fun to look at the latest tech and gadgets. Should I or shouldn’t I? That is the question! You can take the girl out of Silicon Valley but you can’t….

I guess that’s all. If you someone that knows me and actually likes me – feel free to shop at my Younique by Thea site and help me get to Pink (so close I can taste it)…If you’re not someone who likes me, then I’m not really sure why you’re here! Though I suspect there are a few of you Thea-haters out there doing a bit of snooping…well, happy holidays friend or foe! Ta ta!