Healthy and Balanced; Stress to Success


Last month at the Community Hub we heard from two women entrepreneurs about their experiences of running a business and what inspired them to do so. In the afternoon we heard about the importance of making a commitment to our business and career development. We learned how to overcome procrastination and apathy by following through on our business plans and taking action.

We all left, having made a promise to ourselves to carry out at least one commitment and set out the steps and a timescale within which it would be completed. The group would then hold each other to account next month – this is one role of the Community Hub.

Being the diligent type, I can report honestly, that I did follow through on my promise and, as a result, I now have an experience behind me which has improved my confidence, propelled my motivation, and increased my contacts and connections!

A promise that we would all benefit from making to ourselves, is a commitment to our own welfare. When we are busy, we can sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. This is ironic, since it is when we are at our busiest that we really need to be in optimal physical, mental and emotional condition.

Whether we are parents or carers, business owners, voluntary workers, or professionals of any kind, it is crucial that we, not only look after ourselves, but demonstrate to others the importance of self-care.

As parents/ carers or workers, of any kind, in the caring and healing professions, we have a duty of care to those whom we care for and the best way to do so, is to lead by example. As our children learn about self-care by following our example, so do our clients, colleagues, friends and employees. I know my own sons have already begun following my lead about taking ‘time out’ when needed and my eldest (at 14 years of age) always puts himself to bed, lights out, by 9pm every night, regardless of what else is going on in the house or what his brothers are doing. He knows, that doing this improves the way he feels in the morning, and his performance at school.

As small business owners, we are often the only one in our business who is doing the work. Not only do our customers need us to be consistent and reliable, our income also depends upon our ability to do the job. Hence, we need to ensure that we are looking after our physical bodies and ensuring we are calm and balanced emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We need to build regular time out and downtime into our plan. It doesn’t have to be weeks, even short breaks make a big difference.

If we run larger businesses or hold senior positions at work, we have a duty of care towards our staff, as we do towards our children. Our employees look up to us to provide stability and strong leadership, and our customers want to see ethical organisations who value their staff and their welfare.

Most of all though, we all want to be able to live contented and fulfilled lives and have all of our needs met. For this, we need to build resilience for ourselves, our families, our businesses and our communities. By taking care of our minds, bodies and emotions, we build resilience within our whole system, that helps us to maintain balance and ‘bounce back’ quickly from events and unexpected incidents.

The theme of this month’s Community Hub is ‘Health and Wellness’. We are very pleased to have a number of guest speakers taking part in the morning plenary session. They will be offering their expertise across a range of health and lifestyle issues and topics including exercise, nutrition, diet and complementary therapies.

In the afternoon we have a workshop by two of our sponsors from the counselling and coaching professions talking about how you can turn your ‘stress into success’ and become more aware and resilient.

However, it’s not all serious – we have a professional make-up artist and reflexologist offering subsidised tasters for you, as well as some goodies for you to purchase, if you wish. We will also have a stand where there will be a range of health and wellness products available for you to sample and find out more about.

The Community Hub days are intended to add value, yet always have a light hearted feel, as we believe passionately that enjoying what we do is paramount to our success in any endeavour.

You can drop in for a part or all of the day. For more information please visit the website : contact Emma Jaynes on : or 07791 520388. We also have hubs in Bedford, and soon in Cambridge. We will look forward to meeting you.

Warming Up Creativity

Your Hub hosts recently attended a number of networking meetings (it is good to mingle) and it was pointed out that the opportunity to meet at the Hub could inspire creativity.

We were quietly pleased that had been noticed, as we trust that in having good conversations, creativity will be nurtured through:
1. Surrounding ourselves with new friends, surroundings and concepts.
2.Broadening our ideas and understanding through gentle and fun education, on areas outside of our own expertise.
3. Challenging ideas, assumptions and of course self-limiting beliefs. Brainstorming is such fun!
4. Capturing our developing awareness and new focuses, sometimes called aspirations, so bring a pen and a small booklet.
With warm encouragement to you all this beautiful summer.
Please join us at the next Community Hub Day : Wednesday 14th September – Hitchin Community Hub Day- Sun Hotel

Balancing the Three Ps

Your Community Hub is focused on balancing people and business, with an underlying fundamental assumption that the World ecology needs to be be balanced and healthy.

The Hub, therefore, in encouraging our discussions around three key factors of People, Profit and Planet are always looking to stimulate debate. Our Friend and colleague, Eisba, has published an article to think about the positions that we might personally and politically take when considering our position on the three factors.
In particular Eisba’s conclusion that women and children should decide how the three are balanced is of particular interest to our focus at the next hub, which is on exactly that topic.

Wholesome Planning and Effective Action

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It has to be said, women are the glue that keeps community, not just together, but stuck to or focused on task.

Whilst your hub continues to stick to purpose (encouraging growth through interaction and good conversations), we will engage with and deepen that theme by checking and appreciating out the role women play in our community.

And so the focus of the next hub is how we can all profit and benefit from the nurturing, holistic approach that is, quite rightly associated with the female way of doing things. We will therefore look at the ways in which we, as a community, can inspire our youth and lead entrepreneurship, in business, work, hobbies or learning – indeed anything that adds value to the group or an individual. That’s profit!

Your hub will also recognise, that healthy planning, which must, by definition, take the needs of all the enterprises stakeholder’s into account (a stakeholder is simply anyone who has an interest in any endeavour) also needs a good dose of masculine ‘action’ to bring the desired ‘result forth or into fruition’, which simply put means ‘get in there’ (or GOAL!)

At the last hub your hosts heard a great discussion about the meaning of healing. For us it is the ‘the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again’ We believe that seeing wholesome goals and taking effective action we make us sound.

Come along to some or all of the day, on the 14th  of next month

The Triple Bottom Line

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The Community Hub on Thursday, as part of the ‘People & Business Matters’ program, continued to explore the ideas behind the Triple Bottom Line (‘TBL’) that measure our community success through:

  • PROFIT – how we create value through providing goods & services to each other, make £s and build our careers
  • PEOPLE – how we interact, support each other, pass on knowledge and skills and share experiences through good conversations.
  • PLANET – the way we take care of ourselves now, without compromising the ability of future generations

Underpinning what we do is the idea of ‘Wellness’ or how healthily we approach our challenges and growth. Your Hub Facilitators are seeking your input into how we meet Community and Individual Wellness, building on the key components which we see as:


o   Engaging in meaningful occupation; business, careers, work or caring

o   Being a valued and respected employer and employee

o   Pursuit of hobbies, academic study, interests outside of occupation

o   Building meaningful and trusted contacts


o   Social wellness through connections, closeness, relationships, diversity & fun

o   Emotional wellness by exploring ideas & resolving concerns via resiliency

o   Intellectual wellness through debate, discussion and sharing new concepts

o   Physical wellness through food, exercise and stretching

o   Healthy growth by having a philosophy to life that makes good sense


o   Being conscious of our planets limited resources

o   Taking time to be aware of the beauty in our natural world

o   Recycle, conserve, reuse and nurture

o   Creating a calm, clean environment at home, in work and outside too

What can or would you add?


Turn Up, Tune In

One of the enduring qualities of a community is to be ever present, especially during times of change. Indeed, at ‘every turn’ exactly as the Byrds sung for us, there is a time, for example, to heal, to plant and to reap.

The current focus of your Community Hub is on that new growth, by helping us all to:

  1. Understand our current situation
  1. Dream our (personal or collective) vision for the future
  1. Plan the journey forward
  1. Take action

If you have ‘good conversations’ with each other, your hosts are confident you will also hold each other to ‘account’ for sensibly delivering on your plans, and in doing so to find that there is a ‘time to laugh, celebrate, mourn and complete’.

Our ambition is that your Community will support you through each of those turns.

Please see the events page on this website for information on where you can find us over the next few weeks!


Community Open Day – ‘When in Doubt, Trust the Group’


We had a great time in Stevenage at the Community Open Day, which was more of a Community Hub ‘Lite’ version.

We met a few new people in Cinnabar at the coffee event in the morning, some of whom came and joined us in the BTC Centre later on in the morning, and again in the evening.

The day flowed nicely as we placed ourselves in the cafeteria and met with a gentle stream of people coming and going for drinks and ‘good conversations’.

We have been very pleased by the positive response to the Community Hub idea and have already had a number of requests from people who wish to become sponsors of the main hub in Hitchin from August. It has been pleasing to see people wishing to genuinely engage with Community activity in such generous spirit, with a true understanding of what it is we all wish to achieve.

The current sponsors wishing to offer bite sized advisory services to attendees as well as seminars and workshops, within the hub include: HR advice for small businesses and employees; Business Banking; Financial Planning; Insurance Advice; Business Advice; Personal Coaching & Counselling.

We are also delighted to have someone coming to the hub to offer short Reflexology treatments throughout the day and we, will have Sports Injury and Fitness Specialists on hand at some of the days offering support.

The link4Business event in the evening was a very fruitful meeting. Many of the participants had been at parts of the Hitchin Hub Day the previous week and so we took the opportunity to review the needs of the group, going forward. During the meeting more collaborations were formed and supportive friendships are beginning to grow. We will also now have a photographer and videographer attending the hub days to record and document the journey.

In addition to our Ska-Tea party in August, the Community Hub games night was also born as we believe that friendship is key to building a supportive and nurturing environment for growth in all ‘people and business matters’. Our motto says it all ‘Cum in Dubium, Fiducia Coetus’ or ‘When in Doubt, Trust the Group’.

All in all, we can safely say that it has been a very good and productive start to the first month of the hub. Watch this space for more news of the social events we will be holding in addition to the monthly Community Hub days. It is very exciting news.

If you wish to find out more about sponsoring the hub, please contact us via the contacts page on this website, with your query.

In you wish to talk with one of us, then please call Emma on 07791 520388 or email

We look forward to seeing you soon !