MAY. Amanda says … it’s in the stars

 

Aries 20th March -19th April

May is promising to be a month of opportunity for many but it is equally full of surprises. After Mercury’s about turn into direct motion on the 3rd, you can expect many obstacles to start clearing away. Better still you can also expect the things that you thought would cause you trouble, in fact, end up doing the exact opposite! This will be a month that by its close you could, in fact, find yourself in an even better and stronger position than you had anticipated in many respects. This is a month of positive change.

Thought for the Month ‘Expect the unexpected’

Taurus April 19th April – 20th May

In your mind, you have already left the past behind therefore you are ready for Mays promising opportunities. This is good as they will be forthcoming. Not only that with your new open-minded ‘let’s just see where life takes me’ attitude you will be well placed to savour all that is on offer. This will have a very positive impact on your life going forward. With Venus also direct now you will be ready to renew your affections or take a new romantic journey, start a new career or project and throw all your passion into it. Enjoy!

Thought for the Month ‘Luck is preparation meeting opportunity’

Gemini May 20th- June 20th

With your ruling planet Mercury’s recent retrograde motion, which changes on the 3rd everything has been in chaos! In fact, it is difficult to know where to start and what is more urgent. Thrown into the mix that everybody’s life is changing then it is little wonder you could do with a period of calm! While May cannot promise you this it can promise you some very pleasant and surprising opportunities. Most of which will unfold after the Gemini New Moon on the 25th and into June. In the meantime, stay open to everything!

Thought for the Month ‘You never know your luck till the ball stops rolling’

Cancer June 20th – July 22nd

Cancer’s being a fixed sign enjoy stability and certainty all of which have been in very short supply lately. Still, there is no denying that there have been some wonderful opportunities of late and some very real potential for future happiness. Therefore, to a degree maybe you should just relax and let this changing climate unfold with all its twists, turns and offers. It seems that the tides of change are slowly turning in your favour so try to weather the tensions of others and just trust the journey it promises to be good!

Thought for the Month ‘All in a day’s work’

Leo July 22nd – August 22nd

Recent stressful situations have forced you to lie low and stay distant from the drama. While that has been exhausting, it has the advantage that you are now free to consider your own opportunity. With both Venus and Mercury now direct it seems you will be able to pursue your objectives rather than those of others. While some opportunities may take you out of your comfort zone you are advised to give it a go! What unfolds because of some strange and auspicious twists of fate could be well worth any effort involved

Thought for the Month ‘As one door closes another opens’

Virgo August 22nd – September 22nd

This month as your ruling planet Mercury turns direct on the 3rd you will be eating humble pie. Something a fastidious, methodical Virgo never usually does! Mind you the good thing about Mercury retrograde is that it will highlight some facts that you had previously missed. This will make you change your whole approach to certain individuals and situations. It seems however that with times changing so quickly you may have to just take some chances. The good news is later you will be glad you did!

Thought for the month ‘There is no such thing as perfect’

Libra September 22nd – October 23rd

Life has been tricky for some time now and Mercury has not helped over the last couple of weeks. It feels impossible to complete anything satisfactorily. However, its direct turn on the 3rd. That and Venus recent about turn should now help to get the wheels of life oiled and moving again. Expect results toward the end of the month when a Gemini New Moon broadens your horizon’s. That is not just for now, but it opens doors that will change your life! This is a time you will look back on and recognise a turning point.

Thought for the Month ‘You have to speculate to accumulate’

Scorpio October 23rd – November 21st

A Full Moon in your sign promises tensions will build until the 10th when they reach a head! It’s fair to say with so many planets doing recent retrograde turns you have been going over things! Just when you think you have something sorted fate has thrown a spanner in the works. Still, while this has been testing perhaps retrospectively it will have been good and tested your commitment to certain projects and people. Remain open-minded especially as offers late month may offer yet another better perspective.

Thought for the Month ‘The game is not over until the ball stops’

Sagittarius November 21st – December 21st

With Saturn in your sign, there has been a lot of opportunities for self-improvement. While some of this has been stressful and very exhausting you have been achieving a lot and must be pleased with some of your advances. However, its seems some things and some people have been holding you back. With a New Moon, late month in your opposite house of partners the time has come to clear the decks of what and whom no longer works well with you. You need to move on and things cannot stay as they are!

Thought for the Month ‘It’s hard dragging a stubborn donkey uphill!’

Capricorn December 22nd – January 20th

May promises to be a month of opportunity for Capricorn. There are many changes in the pipeline for others and therefore you could be on the receiving end of some surprising offers! While at first, you will have some reservations, you would be wise to check everything out. Capricorn rarely shy away from a gamble and it seems that future lucky breaks require you to take a chance and do just that. It seems that better times are ahead and in a place and with people you may never have previously considered!

Thought for the Month ‘Never say never’

Aquarius January 20th – February 19th

May is promising to be a pivotal month for positive change. This may surprise you as all you can see is risk and people acting out of character. More importantly, you are a bit sick and tired of all the changes and feel the need for some stability. Still, even you can see that the current status quo is not sustainable. Even more, you have been saying so for some time! For now, just let things unfold, don’t be too quick to judge. The trends are all positive. Just for now trust others to take the lead. Later you will be glad you did!

Thought for the Month ‘There are many ways to peel an Orange’

Pisces February 19th – March 20th

Pisces are often a sign that allows the tides of life to ebb and flow over them. Still with so much now in a state of flux and with so many serious important decisions in the balance you feel uneasy. Others, emotions are familiar territory for you and you can see the dubiousness in one or two individual’s decisions now. Still, we cannot live others’ lives for them. More, we can never be sure whether what we think will suit someone will! Often fate plays a hand and unfolds a surprise! Therefore, let life unfold, it will anyway!

Thought for the Month ‘Live and let live’

~ Amanda Corrick

Time for coffee?

Breakfast was over, I had grabbed a coffee and was about to head toward the office when the ‘phone rang. Now the other hand was busy.

On the other end of the line was Tricia. Tricia had recently started a physiotherapy business and returned from holiday with what is recognised as a seasonal ‘gripe’ – although perhaps a little more of a reality check for those such at Tricia – a newbie to running her own business.

“Charlie, I’ve been away for two weeks, batteries recharged and ready to get back into ‘it.’

‘Good for you.’ I heard myself reply as I juggled the coffee and found a seat.

‘The trouble is, there is nothing happening – all my regular clients are away on holiday and I’m sure I’m not going to hit my targets for next month. I’m worried about my year-end totals.’

When I say that this reality check is something that many newbies find difficult to deal with, it happens to us all and it’s essential that we understand that business – like the people that run the business – its a seasonal thing and we need to make allowances for the roller-coaster of enquiry, order, invoice, payment and the impacted cash-flow.

‘Think about this Tricia. I began. Worry shows that you are aware of where your business should be although the emotion of ‘worry’ does not help you get ‘there.’

‘But it’s mid September – and just fourteen weeks until the end of the year …’ came the reply.

‘More likely just the 12 weeks Tricia.’ I suggested. Think about Christmas.

Stony silence from Tricia. She was listening and I wanted to help her.

Fifty two weeks of the year, take away your three weeks of holiday/vacation, another 10 days of public holiday, all topped by your best customer taking a much needed break … it means we need to really sit down and take a look at our business ‘seasons’ and budget accordingly.

‘Don’t worry about not making the end of year targets, there is nothing you can do to impact this just now. Stick to your original plan, keeping close to your clients and keep pitching the business.’

Take it month by month, week by week and prioritise your daily tasks. ‘Make it easy for you to finish the week on top every week – and start thinking about how you would like to finish the year.’

It’s great that Tricia is thinking for the future as next month we’d be talking about how she wishes to start the year in understanding that business is indeed seasonal, as we take time for a coffee and plan the reality check that is the ‘first year in business.’

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Take time for coffee

Breakfast was over, I had grabbed a coffee and was about to head toward the office when the ‘phone rang. Now the other hand was busy.

On the other end of the line was Tricia. Tricia had recently started a physiotherapy business and returned from holiday with what is recognised as a seasonal ‘gripe’ – although perhaps a little more of a reality check for those such at Tricia – a newbie to running her own business.

“Charlie, I’ve been away for two weeks, batteries recharged and ready to get back into ‘it.’

‘Good for you.’ I heard myself reply as I juggled the coffee and found a seat.

‘The trouble is, there is nothing happening – all my regular clients are away on holiday and I’m sure I’m not going to hit my targets for next month. I’m worried about my year-end totals.’

When I say that this reality check is something that many newbies find difficult to deal with, it happens to us all and it’s essential that we understand that business – like the people that run the business – its a seasonal thing and we need to make allowances for the roller-coaster of enquiry, order, invoice, payment and the impacted cash-flow.

‘Think about this Tricia. I began. Worry shows that you are aware of where your business should be although the emotion of ‘worry’ does not help you get ‘there.’

‘But it’s mid September – and just fourteen weeks until the end of the year …’ came the reply.

‘More likely just the 12 weeks Tricia.’ I suggested. Think about Christmas.

Stony silence from Tricia. She was listening and I wanted to help her.

Fifty two weeks of the year, take away your three weeks of holiday/vacation, another 10 days of public holiday, all topped by your best customer taking a much needed break … it means we need to really sit down and take a look at our business ‘seasons’ and budget accordingly.

‘Don’t worry about not making the end of year targets, there is nothing you can do to impact this just now. Stick to your original plan, keeping close to your clients and keep pitching the business.’

Take it month by month, week by week and prioritise your daily tasks. ‘Make it easy for you to finish the week on top every week – and start thinking about how you would like to finish the year.’

It’s great that Tricia is thinking for the future as next month we’d be talking about how she wishes to start the year in understanding that business is indeed seasonal, as we take time for a coffee and plan the reality check that is the ‘first year in business.’

Decisions, those decisions

In business as in everyday life we make choices of what purpose to pursue, whom to engage or avoid, whether to answer mail, make that call, attend the meeting, leave ‘stuff’ for another day or clear the desks. We decide whether we beat the traffic to the ‘pumps’ via the take-away or hit the supermarket – and therefore make ever more decisions in the aisle of choice.

The decisions WE make set up a series of events that WE ultimately become responsible for therefore the decision based on our choice can have a huge impact.

Today friends is such a day, your decision, your choice. Here is a ‘story’ for you …

“Blessed are those that can give without remembering, take without forgetting.”

The Haircut …

One day a florist went to the barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked how much he owed and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’

The Florist was very pleased and left the shop.

When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a police officer comes in for a haircut and when he tries to pay the bill, the barber again replies, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’

The policeman left the shop a happy customer.

The Next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen jam donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Member of Parliament came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replies, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’

The Member of Parliament was of course very happy and left the shop.

The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Members of Parliament lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the decent hard-working people of our country and the opportunists who run it.

Choose well.