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  • Gifts we already have in front of us VS stress and anxiety

    Most people experience stress and anxiety from time to time. Stress is any demand placed on your brain or physical body. People can report feeling stressed when multiple competing demands are placed on them. The feeling of being stressed can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. It can be a reaction to stress, or it can occur in people who are unable to identify significant stressors in their life.

    40 gifts we already have in front of us to help with stress and Anxiety

    1. A quiet morning.
    2. A hug from someone you love.
    3. Sipping a warm cup of coffee or tea.
    4. Reading a few pages in one of those good books on your bookshelf.
    5. Learning a new skill all by yourself.
    6. Feeling the burn after a power-walk around the block.
    7. A child’s laughter.
    8. Someone special wanting your attention.
    9. Being able to sit with a true friend, comfortably in silence.
    10. Laughing at old family photos.
    11. The moment just after the front door shuts and you suddenly have the whole house to yourself.
    12. Walking around your home and admiring it right after you finish cleaning it up.
    13. The smell of a home-cooked meal.
    14. Throwing food up in the air and catching it in your mouth.
    15. Listening to a song that moves you.
    16. When you make eye contact with someone from across the room and you both automatically smile.
    17. Having an interesting conversation with a complete stranger.
    18. Finding out that others are experiencing the same problem you are experiencing, and finally knowing that you’re not alone.
    19. The satisfying feeling of doing the right thing.
    20. Looking up at the sky on a really clear night and seeing nothing but stars.
    21. That first hint of a cool breeze at the end of a hot summer.
    22. The crackling sound of a fireplace on a chilly winter night.
    23. Getting up quickly to use the toilet in the morning, and then slipping back under the bed covers to the same warm and cozy spot.
    24. Sharing an umbrella with someone else.
    25. The peaceful calm just after a heavy rain.
    26. Walking barefoot in the grass.
    27. Listening to the breeze blow through the trees.
    28. When traffic on the streets is light and you get home faster than usual.
    29. Realizing that you’re in the fastest moving checkout line at the shop.
    30. When a little kid gives you a high five.
    31. The silence in the back of your local city in the morning.
    32. When a stranger offers to take a photo of you and your friends so you can all be in the photo together.
    33. The joy of looking at a picture of yourself and loving it.
    34. When an online video plays without playing an advertisement first.
    35. Achieving a milestone that you’ve gradually and diligently worked for.
    36. Being able to tell someone some genuine good news.
    37. Knowing deep down that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life.
    38. The bittersweet feeling of finishing a really good book.
    39. Sleeping right next to someone you truly love.
    40. Falling asleep as soon as you lay down.

     

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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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