It’s my life…

Ever wonder why people feel the need to stop something from happening to you?  I’m not talking about saving you from a possible accident or a crazy shopper who nearly knocks you over for that last bunch of bananas!  I’m talking about people who think they know best when it comes to what’s good or bad for you.  Do they know best?  Should they interfere? What gives them the right to perhaps alter your life’s path? 
If they sense potential danger, then that’s one thing.  A true friend will always have your back and will want to protect you.  A family that cares will do the same.
You’re probably thinking our destiny is up to us and we attract the people that want to hurt us.  I personally think that’s a cop out, people that do you wrong get away with it and you take the blame….I don’t think so.
One of the main reasons for people getting in ‘your’ way is envy.  Yes, that ugly green eyed monster who will stop at nothing to stop you.  I have seen healers, gurus, fortune teller’s you name it over the years and each one has mentioned the green eyed monster and have told me to be wary. Great!  How do you deal with other people’s insecurities?  The honest answer is you can’t.  Just rise above it and carry on, be yourself and never change.
So please, if you are not happy with your lot do something to change it instead of focusing your energy on what someone else has or could potentially have. This energy is so negative and will make it much harder for you to live the life you want.
So live! Make mistakes! How can we say we’ve lived if we haven’t made the odd mistake or two?  The trick is not to make that same mistake twice.  Every situation is a lesson and if you didn’t learn the first time then you’ll be a pupil forever and never a teacher.
© Michelle Sotiriou 2011

Tell me a word, any word and I will show you the root of that word is ‘Greek’

Monogamy (monos + gamos) meaning one + marriage.  A form of marriage in which an individual has only one spouse at any one time.
 In current usage monogamy often refers to having one sexual partner irrespective of marriage or reproduction. The term is applied also to the social behaviour of some animals, referring to the state of having only one mate at any one time. 
Marriage also means the coming together or union of two things/people….so don’t worry you don’t have to propose to anyone! 🙂
© Michelle Sotiriou 2011


Speak now or forever hold your peace…

I like technology, I mean, how else would I be able to communicate with you guys? 

E-mail, texts, posts, tweets the list goes on what a great way to network and keep in touch with people from all over the globe!

The problem?  Yes, there is one….people avoid conversations and truth.

 E-mailing when you’re feeling emotional, angry or stressed can come out in what you’re writing.  I go over and over my e-mails before I send them out especially when they are work related…words are powerful and they can mean many things from one person to another. I now have my e-mailing skills down…it took time but I got there.

We all talk each day about ‘stuff’. We laugh together, talk about our problems and everyone else’s.  But how many of us use our phones and laptops to tell someone the one thing they don’t want to hear?

It’s a cop out for so many, maybe they don’t want to upset that person and don’t message at all in the hope that they will forget (wishful thinking), maybe they do message because it’s easier or maybe they lack courage?

How many of you get a text and you read it over and over wondering what it means? You look at the words, the smiley face, the ‘X’ and the word ’babe’ missing at the end of the text and you still don’t get it? What a waste of your time, energy and thoughts!  I speak to so many who say “Michelle, look at this text, what does it mean”. 

I’m no expert I can try to read between the lines but no one should have to…so speak people be brave it will make your lives so much easier if that’s what you want?…You know who you are. X 

© Michelle Sotiriou 2011

Are you being served?…

We all have problems, issues call them what you will. But what happens when you can’t leave them at home?  “Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile”….goes the song, not that easy is it? 

Intuition and the ‘knack’ to read people, does not come easy to everyone.  You either have it or you don’t, if you don’t it will come with experience, if you do and your anything like me there are days when you will feel blessed about having this gift and there are days where you will feel it’s a curse!

I am a believer that people don’t mean to be rude, aggressive or deliberately difficult.  I have determined during my 5 and a bit years at Aveda, that if you dig deep enough there is a lot more going on than first thought.

The most important thing to remember when dealing with the public your ‘bread and butter’ is never to take anything personally.  If someone has met you for the first time and they have launched a tirade of words like…”You never get it right, why do I always have to explain myself more than once”?  Logic will tell you that it’s not you they are really shouting at but your own insecurities will have you believe otherwise.

Stay cool, calm and collected…explain that you will do what you can to help and that whilst you cannot explain things at that moment you will do your best for them.  Simple if you know how!

I can honestly say that I cannot remember a time where I haven’t been able to turn a negative situation into a positive…I get a buzz out of it to be honest but then that’s what floats my boat!  If you have any questions or queries about how to handle situations effectively in your business or if you have an issue that you are faced with now and need some guidance…’Ask Michelle’

Driving Miss Michelle…

Finding the right driving instructor is like finding the perfect pair of shoes, they need to fit, be painless and have a good sole!!

I had three!  The first shouted at me the whole time….his name escapes me….so shout at me and I’ll forget you quickly.  The second was Nik ‘The Greek’ who’d get me to park up, buy us a coffee and ask my advice, ask michelle’ about his encounters with the ladies!  I got a complete run down of what he’d been up to the night before.  I soon worked out that I should have been charging him for my counselling service instead of me paying him in full for half a driving lesson…bye, bye Nik!

And then there was the third, and it was third time lucky.  I passed first time and as everyone knows it is one of the best feelings of achievement you will ever have…why?  Because you did it yourself and if you persevere you’ll get what you deserve.
In my case it was a Skoda for 300 quid! 

© Michelle Sotiriou 2011