29th June 2020 13:15 | 0 comments

After a five year contribution to Urlings Cricket Club where my partner Trevor Erskine was VP and Captain, I offer up a few musings on the ups and downs of a village cricket club and what’s needed for there to be a future for cricket in Antigua. 

Trev and I have stepped down now because funds donated for Nets and a grassroots program for children are being misused for the Club House build. We can’t support that. Raise more funds to continue the club house build, don’t abuse the generosity of donors and steal the opportunity to play cricket from children.

We leave Urlings CC with $EC44,000 for Nets and a grassroots program that can run for a couple of years. A deal with Neil Radford to provide professional nets at factory cost and 5 newly trained coaches. Laid out and ready to go, anything less than a thriving grassroots programme is a failure. We watch with interest.

Incredibly more than 500 cricket lovers gave money, love and encouragement to Urlings Cricket Club to raise a total of $EC135,000 EC or £42,000. Children in UK schools sold lollipops at their sports day. Cricket clubs hosted fancy dress parties. England cricket fans bought drinks from the Urlings CC bar at the West Indies Test Match. 140 people attended a dinner with Michael Holding and Andy Roberts spending £24,000 on auction prizes generously donated.

To all of you Trev and I say THANK YOU SO MUCH. You are awesome.

Trust is important. When a person gives money for children to play cricket you use that money for children to play cricket. When you give your word Mr President, keep it. When you give your written word Mr Treasurer, keep it. Walk your Talk. This is more important in a country with a culture and reputation of corruption.

£42,000 is a lot of money isn’t it? For that we all want to see kids playing cricket.

Cricket in Antigua, how brilliant you could be. Right now it’s full of old men talking about the glory days. Glorious they were, yes. 50 years ago. To be glorious now the focus has to be in the Now and Future. Current day facilities are non-existent or derelict. Clubs can barely get a team together and youth development is minimal. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Work with the men and women passionate about cricket NOW. Those on the cricket field with the vision, rolling the pitches, showing up to coach kids in their free time. Support them. Move away the men robbing energy because they want to be the ‘Big Man’. They are destructive. If they were going to contribute anything to grassroots cricket in Antigua, they’d have done it by now. Stop the culture of undermining. Celebrate achievements and learn appreciation. You will create and build this way.

Have some women at the table. There were times at committee meetings when men and Sir’s were outraged that I spoke on behalf of myself and Trevor. ‘Trevor, you can’t be a man and talk for yourself?’ They said. Embarrassing. What century are we in people? Women on the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Board, Women on the West Indies Cricket Board, Women at the wicket smashing a six in Antigua, where are you? You are long overdue.

Teach competent organisational skills to sports clubs. It takes 18 months to set up a Friendly Society in Antigua, to open a bank account and set up an Exec Committee with a constitution. After all that effort the Treasurer doesn’t have to submit accounts, the Secretary doesn’t have to take minutes, the president can do what he wants,  the Executive Committee can dwindle to 3 people. There is no accountability.

Team with up with UK clubs and form friendships across the water, share ideas build relationships. Send players to the UK for the experience of playing on other surfaces and to broaden perspectives. Receive their players here in Antigua. Build an international community around coaching and leadership.

Work with the football community, unite instead of fight, build bridges not walls. While pitches are shared between football and cricket teams, co-ordinate so the football season finishes in time for the cricket season to begin. So that kids, youth and athletes can play both sports if they want to.

Right now, Urlings CC can just about make a team. This was beginning to change. Trevor nurturing a couple of youngsters onto the team and building the resources for a grassroots programme. Magnify this.

We leave you with few highlights of what was described by ‘The Big Men’ as the ‘Trevor and Kat Show’. Trev, I am so proud to be part of your show. A show all about the love of cricket, dedication to children and youth in Antigua playing cricket. I salute your heart, your vision, your patience and dedication. Put your sunglasses on if you can’t deal with people shining and sharing love.

A few highlights….

Setting up the Friendly Society, Executive Committee, Constitution and Bank Account, 18 month’s learning Antigua’s processes and systems.

The Urlings Cricket Club Emblem designed by George Williams

Trev setting up the Urlings CC Kids Club. Every Friday on the field, races, training, juice and ice, lots of fun, laughter and good times. Seeing two of those kids go on to play in the Urlings CC team.

Lord Taverners kit donation arriving for seniors and kids. Seeing the kids show up to the senior matches proudly wearing their first set of cricket whites, wanting to play.

Organising for Kofi James, Liberta to attend Lansdown Cricket Club, Bath, the club Sir Viv Richards first played at in Somerset. Kofi came back to captain the Leeward Islands. Playing cricket with my nephew and Kofi in Victoria Park and eating ice cream.

Organisng the West Indies Foundation Level Coaching for 14 coaches from Urlings, Jennings, Mahico, Rising Sun. They also received their child protection and First Aid and I remembered it’s the people playing cricket who love cricket that’s where it’s at.

Writing successful grant applications for Jumby Bay Foundation and Sir Andy Roberts Foundation both providing 10,000 EC for the Club House building, a home for training and learning of youth locally.

3 days, should have been 5! at the England v West Indies Test Match running the bar, meeting all the England fans supporting Urlings CC. Their G+T’s got stronger on day 3 drowning their sorrows.

Selling 20 copies of Simon Lister’s book ‘Fire In Babylon’, signed by Sir Andy Roberts to kick off the fundraising campaign, chatting with Simon Lister five years later at the London Fundraiser.

Organising a sold out London Fundraiser with a dear friend Paul Snudden. Michael Holding and Andy Roberts shared their stories and an auction raised £24,000. Michael Holding mentioned Urlings CC on the Sky TV Ashes coverage! Michael also insisted on paying for his ticket for the dinner too. We can all learn from this gentleman’s grace.

Fundraising over EC 134,000 – 90,000 EC towards the club house and EC44,000 towards nets and grassroots kid’s program.

For the Love of Grassroots Cricket, Community and Next Generation.

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12th June 2020 12:11 | 0 comments

 

With all the ups and downs and uncertainty it’s easy to have emotional overwhelm, emotional spikes. And then decision making, focus, creating our business goes skewiff!

Blue Mind Medicine, time out with water, can help reset our nervous system so we can make decisions and create from a calm, connected, serene space.

Wallace J Nichols in his book Blue Mind provides research, stories and evidence explaining why we are happier, healthier and more connected by water.  The blue, red, grey mind concept is a simple way of understanding the contribution of water to our mental health.

Blue Mind – calm, connected, serene, space for grace and inspiration, able to receive

Red Mind – action, decision making, anxiety, pushing, city

Grey Mind – burnt out, disillusioned, indifferent, depressed

Where are you right now?

The antidote to Red and Grey is BLUE – get to the Water.

Where is the nearest water body you can be with or get in?

If there isn’t one, visualise being under a waterfall cleansing any negativity, anything you no longer need away. Take a long bath with epsom salts, stand under your shower for a little bit longer and breathe.

I’m so grateful to the shade of the sea grape tree, dozing whilst listening to the waves and the peace.

Bring your nervous system, your focus, back to your calm, core centre, back to your heart and inspiration to create your business from here, from Source.

Much love, until next week. x x

PS You can listen to the True Business Podcast with Wallace J Nichols for some more Blue Mind inspiration for your business too.

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26th March 2020 12:53 | 0 comments

Come with me on a walk – 3 minutes of beauty

And listen to your heart.

When you listen to your heart in business you take a very different path.

A business that leads with your creative spirit, honours your heart and is in harmony with the Earth. A business with connection, compassion and kindness.

My productivity this week has gone out the window. Overwhelm, anxiety and scattered thinking.

My egoic mind wanted to push through, write my book, now you’ve got the time!

My heart invited me to go on a beach walk.

A walk into beauty, calming my mind, soothing my soul.

Returning grounded, peaceful, present.

Come with me into these little blasts of beauty.

Listen to your heart.

What does your heart want to share with you?

This week’s wisdom from the Sea.

Much Love x x

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19th March 2020 16:17 | 0 comments

Friends, family and clients have been reaching out, sharing that whilst there is so much rapid, external change, redirection and uncertainty it can be challenging to stay balanced, connected to our calm, clear wise heart.

It is much easier to listen to our heart’s together.

I’m hosting on online circle this Thursday, 19 March 2020 at 8pm UK, 3pm New York, 10am LA, 7am (Friday) to connect to Source and listen to your Heart.

To stand for and hold your heart’s vision for your Life and True Business in harmony with Nature, in alignment with your Inner Nature, love, kindness and compassion.

We will listen for:

** What Source, Life is calling you to create at this time
** Your natural way to be of service
** Your obvious next steps to take in harmony with Life, with your Nature
** Any other key questions you would like to ask your calm, clear heart

Here’s the link to register: https://zoom.us/…/regist…/tZwpc-iurzMqsLGHno3dKh4hPwTIvbni1g

And if you find it beneficial, we can come together weekly.

Please share. All welcome – friends, family, clients who would also like to come together and listen to their hearts in a supportive circle of people standing for the highest vision and outcome Life is guiding us towards. There’s no charge.

Bring your creativity out to play.

Xx

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27th February 2020 13:21 | 0 comments

Are you in harmony with the natural cycles of Nature, with your natural rhythms, or do you fight against Nature? Push yourself when you know you actually need to rest and rejuvenate?

True Business reveres Nature – it is sacred, inspiration, power.

The Water Lily has inspired me to close my business at dusk, to rest, to rejuvenate. I can have a bad habit of picking up work in the evening to finish off, send that invoice, edit that chapter. Watching the Lily close reminded me to go to the beach, walk, swim and close for the evening to rest.

This week…

.1. Schedule in time to be with Nature, to receive inspiration and flow.

.2. Close your business at dusk with the setting sun and the Water Lily.

.3. During your day notice the environment around you. Give your thanks to the plants, trees, flowers. 💕🙏🏻💕

Join me for The Antigua Retreat in March or December and Create your True Business from Source. katbyles.com/antigua.


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22nd February 2019 04:43 | 0 comments

I’d love to invite you to Antigua.

To take the last place on the March True Business Retreat from 16-23 March 2019.

A special time to dive into the sunshine energy and turquoise Caribbean Sea to explore and create the next chapter of your business. To pour pure source inspiration into you and your business.

When you do you have an energy that can sustain you and carry your forwards; an energy that is attractive and opens up opportunities naturally in alignment with your true nature and purpose. This is the pathway of your heart – creativity, love, joy, vitality, fun and freedom, receiving rather than all that blood sweat and tears, leaning in, pushing and struggling we’ve been told business is.

Through the week we connect to your true purpose, your 3 prosperity pillars, your audience, the layers of your heart’s offering to serve your audience, and the financial structure to create confidently. You leave with a solid True business structure and plan aligned with your true purpose, your pathway forwards and a 5 year map that will bring wellness, fulfilment, prosperity and legacy.

We have our creative sessions in the mornings, giving you the afternoons to enjoy the beach, the pool, the sunshine and assimilate all the goodness before a sunset debrief.

There’s yoga, swimming, paddle boarding, beach combing and a very special photo shoot with Yensa Werth, a talented local photographer, designed to unleash your creative spirit, to set it loose to lead in your business. You will love it.

It’s a holiday with lovely women too. We visit lots of beautiful places on the Island, including some favourite beaches, a drive through the rainforest, Sheer Rocks, which was voted one of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, English Harbour and Nelsons Dockyard. On your day off your have the option to have a massage, Reiki, go on a boat tour or spend the day reading your book or writing at the beach, whatever you’d like.

It’s £2950 and includes 7 nights luxury accommodation in your own double bedroom with en suite bathroom, breakfast, all transport on the Island including to and from the airport, welcome dinner, Sheer Rocks celebration lunch, Yoga, Paddle boarding, photoshoot and all the creative time with me to design your True Business structure. Amazing amazing value.

Have a look at www.katbyles.com/antigua and give me a shout with any questions. If it is seriously calling you message me and we can do an decision making session together – kat@katbyles.com

Please do feel free to pass this invitation along to any women who come to mind that would love to pour all this goodness in to themselves and their business too.

Until then. See you in the turquoise!

Much love,
Kat x

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15th December 2018 16:27 | 0 comments

Peace under a grape seed tree.

Reflecting after a remarkable December True Business Retreat in Antigua.

Creative spirits were set free into newly designed expansive True Business structures – True Business structures designed from our higher natures.

All four women signed up to return next year. WOW.

There are natural, heart-led collaborations emerging between all of us.

We are letting go of old collaboration stories that left us all frazzled, pissed off, burnt out from the lack of mutual reciprocity.

There is simplicity and strength, so much strength in each woman, in each business, in the group, in my business and in the True Business model.

I’m learning that as I connect to source inspiration, show up and serve, letting go of my expectations and any attempts to manipulate and control the outcome is way beyond my imagination.

That I love listening deeply in each moment to what is wanted and needed, choosing to go with the flow, and that the more I relax the better the retreat, the deeper the connection, the more powerful the experience.

All four women loved the delight of connecting to their hearts true purpose and the certainty of success, energy and desire they now feel around their True Business.

They loved too the simple True Business model with its 3 steps of connecting to source, receiving their unique true business blueprint and taking skilful action to bring it to life.

My relaxed flexible focused facilitation style and ability to create tangible end results from the heart, the insights that spring forth from that space for everyone.

That business can be feminine and a vehicle for the full joyful expression of their creativity, make a difference and create legacy – YES!

Antigua, the magic of the island and All the beautiful places we visited, the turquoise sea, butterflies, so many butterflies. The inspiration that pours into us from the Caribbean Sea.

The magical photo shoot with Yensa at Mermaid Gardens. I’d love to share so much more about this one day but for now want to hold the mystery for future women who will immerse in this beauty and liberation.

There is so much goodness from the week that my mind has a job to process it all to understand all the different levels of connection, benefit and impact.

And I noticed my fear rising that success in my business will lead to being publicly wronged, shamed, humiliated, that it’s not safe to win, and that Im ready to let this old limiting story go.

I fell in love even more with my True Business unfolding and with the True Business Model born of inspiration from the turquoise Caribbean Sea, a Business model that has the potential to serve thousands of people to create the businesses they were born to build, to create a new way of doing business that creates wellness and fulfilment and prosperity.

It’s going to be a gift working with these four powerful, smart women with a blend of true purposes that couldn’t be any more perfect to bring our businesses to life over the next five years.

Business doesn’t have to be blood sweat and tears, hard work and burn out. It can be a blend of beauty, truth, relaxation, creativity and joy. It can be so natural to you that it doesn’t feel like work.

Join me for the 16-23 March 2019 Antigua Retreat.Katbyles.com/antigua for more info.

Wellness. Inspiration. Fulfilment.

Set up an Antigua Exploration Session if you’d like to speak, tune into your end result and make your decision.

See you in the turquoise.

Xx

 

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16th November 2018 12:13 | 0 comments

Welcome to this gift of a PR with Heart Webinar introducing a pioneering approach to PR for women making a difference so you to grow your audience, visibility and impact naturally with grace and ease.

Gone is the overwhelm, stuckness, frustration and paralysis to be replaced with creativity, freedom, fun and fulfilment.

During this one hour together you will…

      1. Demystify and simplify PR so you can reach your audience effortlessly.
      2. Discover the 5 keys to successful PR aligned with your true nature and purpose that brings a natural flow of opportunities to reach and grow your audience.
      3. Hear stories of women who have used PR with Heart to go from stuck to successfully sharing their message as leading spokespeople in their fields.
      4. Play with your own PR! You will connect to the wisdom of your heart to identify your unique channel of communication to reach, inspire and engage your audience.

The PR with Heart Online Course begins 7 January 2019 for women making a difference, so I also share about this 5-week course to grow your audience, visibility and impact with grace and ease in a growing global group of supportive women.

You can register here: PR with Heart Online Course and there is an early bird of £195 before 30 November 2018 and it’s £295 thereafter. This is a lifetime membership so you can create your PR plan in alignment with your True, Higher Nature year on year and continue the expansion of you, your audience and your business for years to come.

It’s an inspiring time for women to visibly stand in our purpose and power, share positive messages of love, healing, compassion and kindness and birth the businesses, creativity and change we want to see in the world. I stand with you for that!

I looking forward to working with you very much.

Here’s the link to register: http://www.katbyles.com/products/pr-with-heart-online-course/

Much love,
Kat x

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27th March 2018 01:37 | 0 comments

This month I’d love to draw your attention to the beautiful new book just out – ‘Yoga and the Dark Night of the Soul, The Soul’s journey to Sacred Love’ by Simon Haas. This is one of those magical books that found me just when I needed it, every chapter seemed to be just right for the moment I discovered it. Don’t you love it when a book finds you like that?

Yoga and the Dark Night of the Soul offers a powerful reframe of depression. Whilst modern day civilisation is fearful and ashamed of depression, hiding and medicating it, Ancient India saw darkness as a right of passage, a calling to sacred love, a gift. This book is about that right of passage, about the journey from fear and confusion to sacred love, unveiling the four stages to that journey.

The book is full of relatable, inspiring stories from Simon’s life and the people around him as well as accessible illustrations from the Bhagavad Gita. While yoga has to some degree become part of the feel good industry and “oooh look at my amazing handstand on Instagram” this book brings us the true purpose of yoga with depth and authenticity, to follow your purpose, engage your heart in yoga practice and live a life of love and compassion. It is quite literally a breath of fresh air.

Simon spent his childhood studying Sanskrit and the sacred writings of India and his teenage years living with monks the temples and monasteries of India. This is so far away from my own childhood growing up on a housing estate in Iver Heath, Bucks that it seems other worldly. He also apprenticed with an elderly master practitioner in the Bhakti tradition for 16 years. After returning to the UK to study Law at Cambridge University he now lives in Costa Rica practicing corporate law and is dedicated to making the ancient wisdom of India accessible to modern day.  He is also the author of The Book of Dharma, Making enlightened choices.

Yoga and the Dark Night of the Soul is a beautiful book, one to keep and read over and over, as well as to flick open and take in the particular message for you on that page.  For those of us dedicated to listening to and following our heart’s it is a classic, a must have. You can buy it from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0957518528

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25th January 2018 17:14 | 0 comments

Antigua just got even more wonderful and expansive.

This year we are bringing business teams to the island to immerse in nature, connect with pure source inspiration and unlock all that hidden wisdom and creative power and potential of the hearts of the team to pour into the business.

I’m collaborating with leaders in their fields of marketing, leadership and philanthropy to co-host retreats focused on…

Leading with Heart for Corporates
Marketing with Heart for SME’s
High Harmony Teams for Global Change Makers

And I’m open to future collaborations too!

The combination of the immersion in nature and connection to the heart is a powerful tool for transformation and creativity. This will only be enhanced in a team benefiting from the synergy and synchronicity that comes in a high harmony team focused on the higher purpose and vision.

During the retreats for women founders, entrepreneurs, pioneers, change-makers, teachers, healers, artists and writers with their own businesses as they have listened to the wisdom of their hearts and stepped into greater harmony with their true nature and purpose and the flow of life, they have…

++ Aligned their business with their true nature and purpose
++ Designed innovative products & programmes with high value and impact
++ Quadrupled their business income doing far less
++ Become confident, creative, imaginative industry leaders
++ Opened international offices
++ Experience deep fulfilment, wellness, joy and happiness
++ Lost kilos, committed to give up alcohol, recovered from burn out
++ Got married!

If you’d like to know more about bringing a business team to Antigua to access the hidden creative potential of the heart in a beautiful nourishing place free of distraction and full of wonder let me know and we can arrange a time to speak.

Or join me for the next Antigua Retreat, 3-10 March 2017, an intimate retreat for just 4 women and experience it for yourself before you bring your team. Here’s a little more about it:

WHAT: A Business Retreat in Antigua, West Indies from 3-10 March 2018, pure source inspiration, beauty and transformation for you and your business.

MADE FOR: Women beginning a new chapter in your career or business. To take the time and space to listen deeply to what your heart is called to create now, source this next chapter of your business from pure inspiration. You want it to be deeply fulfilling and true to your purpose with far more grace and ease whilst you make a difference and enjoy wonderfully healthy financial returns.

INCLUDES: 5 days of creativity and business development with me. Seven nights accommodation in your own double room with an ensuite bathroom in a luxury hillside villa with 180 degree views of the Caribbean Sea, Five Islands, Nevis and St Kitts. You also have access to the facilities (pools, gym, spa) at Sugar Ridge Hotel. Breakfast, your welcome evening meal and celebration lunch at Sheer Rocks are also included, as is a yoga session and guided walk to a hidden part of the Island. Flights are not included but all transport on the island is, including your airport transfers.

COST: £2,950 (approximately US $4,000 / Canadian $5000).

TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE: Email me kat@katbyles.com or book a decision making session.

See you in the turquoise.
Much love,

Kat x

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