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  • Things will get better.

    As 2020 winds down, I know many of us are yearning for a very small and selective range of life experiences—the happy holidays, the normal times, the settings and experiences that make us feel comfortable. And yet, the full range of our present reality is quite different. This year continues to give us an extensive array of experiences that evoke feelings ranging from sadness to struggle to pride to anger to love to loneliness… to happiness to hope and more. These feelings are all part of being a living, breathing human being, regardless of the season of our lives.

    So, we can revolt against the unfairness of life—the unfairness of having to deal with pain, having to cope with uncertainty, having to feel lonely and uneasy and upset. Or we can embrace every experience life gives us, including all our highs and lows—all the blissful moments and painful ones and everything in between. Life is not just happy and comfortable 24/7. It’s well-rounded, it’s full-featured, and it’s real.

    Embracing the full range of life’s experiences this holiday season means embracing every moment with our full presence, being open and vulnerable to reality, being gentle with ourselves when moments are tougher than we expected, and practicing sincere gratitude no matter what happens.

    It means accepting life as it is, and accepting ourselves as we are.

    It means not expecting the best to happen every step of the way, but instead accepting what happens with each step, and making the very best of it.

    This isn’t easy of course, but it’s worth working on, together.

    Making Progress into 2021

    Yes, the New Year is rapidly approaching.

    Let’s make a pact to enter it with a more open, accepting and resilient collective mindset.

    How?

    By committing the right ideas and intentions to memory.

     

     

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  • Diego Maradona: Argentina legend dies aged 60

    Diego Maradona: Argentina legend dies aged 60

    Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60.

    The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.

    He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency.

    Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous 'Hand of God' goal against England in the quarter-finals.

    In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed "its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend", adding: "You will always be in our hearts."

    Declaring three days of national mourning, Alberto Fernandez, the president of Argentina, said: "You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of them all.

    "Thank you for having existed, Diego. We're going to miss you all our lives."

    Maradona played for Barcelona and Napoli during his club career, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian side.

    He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina, representing them in four World Cups.

    Maradona led his country to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany, before captaining them again in the United States in 1994, but was sent home after failing a drugs test for ephedrine.

     

    During the second half of his career, Maradona struggled with cocaine addiction and was banned for 15 months after testing positive for the drug in 1991.

    He retired from professional football in 1997, on his 37th birthday, during his second stint at Argentine giants Boca Juniors.

    Having briefly managed two sides in Argentina during his playing career, Maradona was appointed head coach of the national team in 2008 and left after the 2010 World Cup, where his side were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals.

    He subsequently managed teams in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico and was in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina's top flight at the time of his death.

    Football world pays tribute

    Brazil legend Pele led tributes to Maradona, writing on Twitter: "What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky."

    Former England striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker said Maradona was "by some distance, the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time".

     

    Ex-Tottenham and Argentina midfielder Ossie Ardiles said: "Thank dear Dieguito for your friendship, for your football, sublime, without comparison. Simply, the best football player in the history of football. So many enjoyable moments together. Impossible to say which one was the best. RIP my dear friend."

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  • Bobby Brown's son found dead aged 28 at LA home

    Bobby Brown's son found dead aged 28 at LA home

     
    Landon Brown, Bobby Brown Jr, and Bobby Brown arrive at the Hollywood premiere of The Bobby Brown Story in 2018IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES
    image captionLandon Brown, Bobby Brown Jr, and Bobby Brown arrive at the Hollywood premiere of The Bobby Brown Story in 2018

    The son of R&B singer Bobby Brown has been found dead in Los Angeles, police have confirmed.

    Bobby Brown Jr, 28, was discovered at his home on Wednesday, after police were called to a "medical emergency".

    No cause of death was available, but there is no suspicion of foul play.

    Brown Jr's brother, Landon, paid tribute by sharing a black-and-white photo of his late sibling on Instagram, alongside the caption: "I love you forever King."

    His girlfriend, Anna Reed, tweeted: "The heavens gained an angel but I lost my soulmate".

    Like his father, Bobby Brown Jr was a performer, and released one of his latest tracks, Say Something, in September.

    His death is the latest in a series of personal tragedies to befall the family.

    It comes eight years after his stepmother Whitney Houston accidentally drowned in a bath, and five years his 22-year-old half-sister Bobbi Kristina died in similar circumstances.

    His father, Brown Bobby Snr - whose hits include My Prerogative, Every Little Step and Rock Wit'cha - has five children who are still alive.

    In a statement to CNN, Brown's agent said he had no comment to make on his son's death.

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  • The Big Suit Sale - Kwame Koranteng

    THE BIG SUIT SALE

    Kwame Koranteng is a renowned multiple award winning bespoke Tailor, stylist and fashion consultant based in London.  After working for George bespoke Tailors as the head designer, Kwame joined KGTKKT couture in 2011, which is now called Kwame Koranteng Bespoke Tailoring as the head designer and stylist. 

    Kwame’s style is to blend his personal flair with the typical formal wear to create individual and unique statement pieces with attention to details and the use of bold colours. Kwame Koranteng also creates handmade gentlemen’s formal wear accessories on request. 

     

    When it comes to fashion and style, Kwame treats each situation differently with a lot of attention to details, personalization and understanding of forms.   Fashion is not about knowing how to put the colours or garments together; it is about understanding the language of the garments, the rhythm of the material while putting it together. It is about knowing where the next piece goes, or understanding the body that will wear the outfit without seeing the body first. That’s how I describe fashion in my own world,” he comments. 

    He adds: “Anybody can be a fashion designer, or a stylist, but to my own understanding it’s totally different. I am passionate when it comes to my work. I know I was born to compliment the body’s royalty. I love what I do, because I was born to bring out the best bold looks in individuals. As I always say, ” wear what speaks for you “. Let your clothes make the statement for you. And believing in yourself is a key to open dream doors. What makes me different is that I’m royal when it comes to my work. Always remember, there is power in a suit, don’t just wear a suit, wear one that speaks for you ”Kwame has won the Prestigious BEFFTA awards for three consecutive years 2013, 2014 and 2015. He also won a special honours award at the Diamond Special Recognition Awards 2014 for his outstanding work in tailoring, and Best Male Fashion Designer at the International Achievement Recognition Awards 2014.In 2015 Kwame was awarded by the Ghanaian community in the UK for his contribution to the fashion industry in the U.K.  Best male fashion designer 2015 at the C A awards and best fashion designer at the Divas of colour awards 2016. 

    Other awards include Best Male fashion designer at the international achievers award 2016 and Best male fashion designer at the MBE awards 2016. Kwame also won fashion industry personally of the year 2016 at the BEFFTA awards. Fashion industry Personality of the year award 2017 at the BEFFTA awards, Pride of Africa award 2018 Barcelona Fashion.Kwame has showcased on international platforms which include Africa fashion week Barcelona, Africa fashion week Amsterdam, Africa fashion week Istanbul, Diaspora showcase Arizona The Royal fashion day London just to mention a few. 

     

    Website: www.kwamekoranteng.com

    Email: kwame@kwamekoranteng.com

    Twitter: kwame_koranteng

    Facebook: Kwame Koranteng Bespoke. 

    Instagram : kwame_koranteng.

     

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  • Excuses the Mind Will Tell You Before You Take the Next Step

    STARTING NOW: NO shortcuts. NO quick fixes. NO blaming others. NO “I’ll do it tomorrows.” NO MORE EXCUSES!

    The mind is a wonderful thing. It’s also an excuse-making machine that frequently tries to convince us not to take actions we know are good for us. And this prevents many positive changes from taking place in our lives.

    I’ve had to learn to watch these excuses very carefully in order to make the positive changes I’ve made in my life: a healthier diet, regular exercise, meditation, more sleep, daily writing, better planning, less procrastination, more focus, etc.

    If I hadn’t learned about these excuses, and how to suppress them, I would never have succeeded in making these positive changes. In fact, until I knew better, I had failed countless times when I was young because my mind’s deceptive tendencies used to get the best of me.

    So why does the mind mess with us and make irrational excuses?

    Because the mind wants comfort, that’s why. It’s afraid of discomfort, pressure and change. The mind is absorbed in its comfort zone, and anytime we try to stretch that zone too far, for too long, the mind tries desperately to get back to ground zero at any cost.......including sacrificing our long-term health, happiness and success.

    So let’s expose 10 of the cowardly mind’s most damaging excuses once and for all…

    Excuse #1: I can’t do it.

    It seems too difficult at first, so you think you can’t stick to the positive change you’re making. You don’t believe in yourself enough to take another step. This is a common excuse that can be countered by looking at the fact that other people no more capable than you have done it.

    For example, my 60-year-old next-door neighbor ran a marathon a little before I started training for my first 5k ran, and so I told myself, “If she can do it, so can I!” And I was right. Truth be told, the only person who can tell you “I can’t” is you. If you hear those words echoing in the back of your mind, tune them out. Realize that your doubts and your faith have something in common—they both ask you to believe in something you can’t see. You simply have to decide which one you want to believe.

    Excuse #2: They can do it, but that doesn’t apply to me because they have it better than me.

    Just because someone else can, doesn’t mean you can, right? You look for reasons they can do it but you can’t—maybe he’s an internet entrepreneur or freelance writer because he has no kids. Maybe she’s way fitter than I am, so she can run a marathon. Maybe she doesn’t have all the work and family obligations I have, or has a supportive spouse, or doesn’t have bad knees. OK, fine, it’s easy to find excuses: but look at all the other people who also have considerable obstacles and have done it anyway.

    Roucheon and I have a family, and have dealt with significant loss in our lives, and still managed to succeed on many fronts. And just as we’ve turned things around for ourselves, we know hundreds of other people who’ve done the same.  Your obstacles can be overcome.

    Excuse #3: I’m stuck because I don’t have enough time to make changes.

    Have you ever met a happy, successful person who regularly avoids responsibility, blames and points fingers and makes excuses for their unsatisfying life? Me either. The truth is, you write your own destiny through the choices you make every day. You become what you repeatedly do. It is more important to know where you are going and why, than to get there quickly. In fact, the most important thing in life is knowing what the most important things in life are, and prioritizing them accordingly.

    Most of us spend too much time on urgent things and not enough time on important things. So do yourself a favor and implement these three action steps every time you’re building or sorting your to do list:

    1. Think about the difference between what is urgent and what is important.
    2. Review all the obligations on your list.
    3. Do what’s important first.

    Excuse #4: It’ll be too hard because I can’t get by without _____.

    Fill in the blank: I need my wine, my phone, my sweets, my TV shows, my ten hours of sleep, my big house, my fancy wardrobe, etc. These are luxuries we convince ourselves we can’t live without, so we can justify not making positive changes like eating healthier or exercising daily or saving money or simplifying our lives or building a profitable side hustle. And like I said, I’m not immune either—in the past I’ve made these excuses myself, but they all turned out to be lies. I didn’t need any of these things in my life, and believing that I did was only getting in the way of the positive changes I was capable of creating for myself.

    Excuse #5: Life is meant to be easier and enjoyed more.

    Sure, I agree that life should be enjoyed (as most people would) but the problem is that the idea that life should ALWAYS be easy and enjoyable is used to justify all kinds of lazy behavior. Might as well sit on the couch and scarf down those cookies, because hey, life is meant to be enjoyed, right? Nope. You can do without junk food and still enjoy life. You can exercise and enjoy it. You can give up a lot of comfort in your life and not lose a thing. In fact, the path of least resistance is often the path of least reward.

    You need to do hard things. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. As Einstein once said, “Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.” You must run to be a runner. You must write to be a writer. You must actively work on a business venture to learn how to run a successful business. There is no substitute for doing the work. So meditate on this every day: “I will do the work. It won’t be easy. It will be worth it!”

    Excuse #6: I deserve a reward (or a break).

    We all deserve a tasty treat, or a day off. I’m not saying you shouldn’t give yourself a reward or break when one is deserved. But if you make this rationalization a primary rule for living, you’ll always be on a break. You’ll always be giving yourself rewards, and never adhering to the original plan. Here’s what I do instead: I see sticking to my plan as the reward itself. I see reaching my goals as a gift I give myself. Going on a run isn’t the thing I have to get through to get a reward—the run is the reward.

    Excuse #7: I can do it later.

    Sure, you can always do it later… but your later self will feel the same exact way. Think about it: Why should your later self be more disciplined than your present self? There’s no reason. In fact, because you’re allowing yourself to slack off now, you’re building a habit of procrastination and actually making it less likely that your later self will be more disciplined.

    So today, stop making excuses for why you can’t get it done and start focusing on all the reasons why you must make it happen. Stop talking about what you have done or what you are going to do. Just do it and let your actions speak for themselves. Most great things in life don’t happen by chance, they happen by choice. You never know what’s possible until you risk finding out. In the long run, there is only one thing that makes your dreams and goals completely impossible to achieve: Your lack of action today.

    Excuse #8: One time won’t hurt.

    This lie is so tempting, because it’s somewhat true: one time won’t hurt. Assuming, of course, that it really is only one time. One scoop of ice cream, one missed workout, one time procrastinating instead of working, etc. Unfortunately, it’s never just one time. One time means your brain now knows it can get away with this excuse next time too, and the next “one time” leads to another, until you’ve completely fallen off the wagon.

    Make a pact with yourself: never believe the “one time” lie. If you’re going to allow yourself a scoop of ice cream, decide this beforehand and build it into your plan—“I will allow myself a single serving of sweets once every weekend” and stick to your plan, rather than deciding on the fly when your conscience is weak.

    Excuse #9: I’ve already failed too much.

    You’re only human. If you break down, it’s fine. Just don’t stay down. Rest, and then pick yourself up so you can go to where you’d rather be. Mistakes make us wiser. Failures help us grow. Hope keeps us going. And love is the reason we’re alive. Keep learning, loving and living.

    As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It is courage to continue that counts.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. Persistence is the mother of all productive effort. Failures, small and large, happen every day to the best of us. The strongest, most productive people aren’t the people who always succeed, but the ones who don’t give up when they lose.

    In the heat of the moment when you feel like quitting, think about how far you have come and why you started in the first place. Oftentimes you’re a lot closer to making a breakthrough than you think. Some people give up their efforts when they have almost reached their goal, while others conquer their goals by exerting, up until the very last possible second, more vigorous efforts than ever before.

    Bottom line: Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. Make some necessary adjustments, and KEEP GOING!

    Excuse #10: It’s too late now.

    Change is constant, but growth is optional. Remain stuck or learn and grow. Where you end up is dependent on your daily attitude and response. And it’s never too late to change your attitude about something you can’t change. Just decide to make the best of it. No excuses. No regrets.

    Honestly, nothing is too late until your tired heart stops beating. If you’re reading this right now, congratulations, you are alive, which means it’s not too late for you. Things can change if you want them to at any age. Right now you can choose differently and make something new happen. Your future is immediate. Grab on to it with both hands and keep on moving on. When you come up on a roadblock and are faced with the choice of sitting down and doing nothing or doing something to make further progress, choose the latter.

    Think, work, and climb if you have to.

    Move your life forward.

    Today!

     

    Your turn…

    What kinds of excuses sometimes echo in the back of your mind? What’s one such excuse that has held you back?

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