Paying it forward … the Fruitfull way

So , remember when I said I’d be packing my bag and heading off to Spain .. and I went all fernweh with a million and one Travel quotes and memes ?

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Well , about that – Like the BBC opportunity

It’s not going to happen .

There will be no quick getaways .. (not just yet anyway ..)

As, I’m currently tied up with setting up the official launch of the Fruitfull Juice Academy and other behind the screens stuff but hey hey ……

Happy to confirm that I’ll be sending someone on my behalf !

 

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Yep …

This individual will not only get to enjoy the sunset in Ourense, Spain but will also meet Social Entrepreneurs , network with changemakers across the water .. and learn a thing or 2 about business

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In all honesty , I was slightly disappointed that no one looked the gift horse in the mouth .. because the nature of “paying it forward” comes naturally to an entrepreneur when they reach the road less travelled , ”  the Flight or Fight theory ” kicks in when adversity rares it head .. call it the law of Entrepreneurship …

“Pay it forward or Pay dearly ” .

With time ticking and the invitation open to immediate RSVP , not one reply to my very public call out .

But a few days , 1 call and a scream down the phone later – one 18 year old will have the opportunity to travel to Spain .. to promote what we do here in the U.K 

Maybe it’s because of all the people who unconditionally opened doors for Punch and Juicy in the early years , by giving me the opportunity to break out of the box , or it maybe all the people who restored my faith by pledging towards our Crowdfund LDN campaign or could it be the very special people who bailed me out last year when I found myself in a less than fruitfull situation and about to lose Punch and Juicy (or my mind )

Whatever the case maybe .. the truth is ..

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But it feels good to share these snippets of the Fruitfull journey with you all … Naturally ❤

 

 

 

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Lulls , Lullaby’s and not one L.O.L (Prelude before the 2016 recap )

Wow , just made it before February .

Is it too late to wish a magnificently Fruitfull New Year to one and all .. ?

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Nope ?

I didn’t think so 🙂

Hope the Weather is being kind and the threat of Snow storms haven’t put you off of starting/launching a new project ?

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So , what’s been happening you wonder ..

2017 started as if the year 2016 hadn’t ended , forgetting to take my entrepreneurial hat off , a sack full of good memories , had me catapulting into the New Year forgetting that everyone else had taken time out in December to celebrate … to rejuvenate …for a reason !

But not me .. I was counting down the days to continue on regardless ..with new allotment key in hand and Gardeners waiting to turn over the soil .. there was no time like the present ..

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I even managed to pass my Nutritional therapy course and flew head on into a Child Safety workshop which felt great – until I realised everyone else was still taking the opportunity to either enjoy the last of the Xmas pudding or to burn off last years Turkey .

Blinkers on , noisy notifications switched to mute , I was determined to get all of my to do’s ticked off

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I ignored the “What I ate last Xmas pics “, turned down the New Year party invitations , but slowly began to realise , that missing my annual opportunity to mope around in track bottoms and woolly socks – was a big mistake and concluded that I should’ve taken that well deserved break .

Memo to self : Even progress needs a break ( Thanks for the timely reminder Volvo ) 

The end of 2016 , was also the point when I tried to end a non conducive project partnership which was somewhat challenging to say the least .

I’ve learnt so much about conflict resolution by dealing with it face to face (or should I say via a mass of CC’d messages ) it’s one of those things that no one is really willing to do for you and understandably so – it’s a messy task that makes or breaks an entrepreneur , baring in mind, with all the best intention , some times , there is no resolve , but the lessons therein are life changing .

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I got the call that a close friend had passed away – and that’s when the Lull began ..

The Social media posts became sporadic , I had started to ignore phone calls and became aware that the texts always started with “Can you ” rather than “How are you

I was upset and didn’t know how to deal with the news (writing another reference was the last thing on my mind ..  )

Although I found some solace in the beauty full voice of Lizz Wright whose songs became my Lullaby’s

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I still feel a little sensitive , but a whole lot wiser .

Simple thoughts of a Social Entrepreneur

Many entrepreneurs forget to stay human in the endeavor to build a successful enterprise and inevitably our family and personal lives are sacrificed – which in turn becomes detrimental to our overall growth .

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This realisation has forced me to seek out ways to stay grounded as well as gain some work/life momentum in 2017 if not a little more selective about who and what I collaborate on/with .  .

So , I’m pretty thankful about being chosen to take part in an entrepreneurial exchange in Spain  .. fingers crossed , all goes well – I’ll be away for a week networking with and speaking to international change makers .

Not to worry , you won’t miss out …

I’ll be updating the blog throughout the next fortnight until I handover to our new Social Media Assistant , so do keep popping in to see our new menu , find out about our new workshops or just to say Hi

Over and out ….

See you in February ; )

3 … is the magic number !!

So – here we are , on our 3rd opportunity for the next fortnight . As you may know we’ve been on the look out for a few new team members to join us on our #FruitfullJourney .

We’re about to embark on our very first Official Fruitfull Juice Academy programme in 2017 ( in under 7 weeks to be exact )  –

Teaching young people how to grow their own food , make tasty smoothies and hopefully set up their own bar’s around London  !!

But it all kicks off in Brent !   I’m not allowed to reveal too much at the moment … but we’ll be popping up in schools across the borough raising awareness about the benefits of healthy drinking  … ( and I hope to start in an area that holds a lot of memories for me ! )

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This seemed like a very small project when we piloted earlier in the year , but the magnitude has sincerely shone light on all the little bits that were missing …

A matter of a few more people and a lot more skills will be required and in all honesty there’s a little too much I and not enough WE ….

So yes , without further ado – for those of you interested , please welcome Opportunity Number 3 !

This role is an amazing one , I’m looking for someone who can cross the T’s and who knows where an apostrophe should be (Thanks David – your observation has been duly noted )

Not only will you be the foundation of all our forthcoming communication with all the mover’s and shaker’s – you’re going to be the first point of call when an enquiry comes in  , you’ll have the opportunity to meet some fantastic people and help to create a Virtual Office , AND you’ll be one of the first to taste our new menu    🙂

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We hope to fill this role by Friday 16th December 2016 – PLEASE SHARE or apply at info@punchandjuicy.org.uk

For all of you wondering what’s happening with the Juice and Smoothies  ,

I’ll be honest – I’ve skipped a few in the last few weeks – but have started to create a tasty Butternut Squash , Swede and split pea soup – the perfect Winter Warmer seasoned with Mustard Seeds and Cumin , which has also doubled up as a gorgeous mash !

( P.s My current food on the go favourite is Bananas and Cashew Nuts , just in case you what a simple and quick snack  )

Over and Out Juicilicious ones x

And then there were 2 … (Opportunities)

Afternoon all ..

Just popping in to share our second opportunity ..

Very happy to read a few early bird C.V’s already sent in , even more happy to see a few students are applying  , if you missed it here it is again .

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And here is the second one …

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I’m a make do and mend , kind of lady , from a second hand table – we were able to kick start this whole adventure , but web design was a challenge and in all honesty , it’s time to call in a professional ( semi even ) .

Pop over to http://www.punchandjuicy.org.uk to see what I’m talking about  ..

If you have what it takes to bring our website up to scratch – please read below

Are you a talented Web and Graphics Designer looking for your next challenge? New to the field of web design and looking for a project or case study to kick start your career?

Would you like to work with an award winning Social enterprise?

Join our liquid food company and help to introduce us to the world, we’re looking for someone with an eye for colour and naturally creative , to work alongside a photographer and brand agency which will help to showcase our delicious liquid food range whilst capturing our social message to make London a little more Fruitfull

Email your Portfolio or links to previous work and you may find yourself in a rather fruitfull position in 2017

Look out for Opportunity Number 3 coming tomorrow 🙂

Ready , Steady ….

A blink of an eye and December is already around the corner , everyone’s talking about winding down , office parties and the opportunity to snuggle up with a loved one , whilst I’m here trying to get the Juice Academy promotional Campaign ready for January when school starts back  …….. did someone say

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I mean , it’s all the way in January for crying out loud – what on earth could  I have been thinking about ?

As always my better self whispers “The future awaits … those who prepare  ”

 

A data analyst has joined the steering committee and she’s given me strict  guidelines for making the whole launch a successful one and not one party has been scheduled in for the next 6 weeks …  did I say strict guidelines ?

So there you have it … no going back now , the official countdown has started …

On that note however , I’d like to make a happy announcement .

We’ve decided it’s time to hand over the baton in the new year …. .

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I’ve been advised to give someone the opportunity to give our online presence a much deserved makeover … (as I doubt I’ll be winning any blogger of the year awards anytime soon and in all honesty , it was only a temporary thing )

We’re looking for 3 team members or 1 who can play the role of 3 efficiently ….

All opportunities are open to applications as of Monday 28th November and interview dates will take place mid December … (before the snuggle season truly kicks in )

So – what are these opportunities then ?

We’re on the lookout for a Social Media Assistant

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If that has left you a little intrigued or know someone perfect for this opportunity  ,

Send an email today for a Job description at : info@punchandjuicy.org.uk

Check back in tomorrow for the second one 🙂

Ce la Vie ,

I’m off to spread the news around the WWW ………

 

 

A little reminder …

Some days we forget to value ourselves ,
Sometimes , we even undervalue others
We forget that we too deserve care ,
We forget that there are those who are still healing ,
We forget to tell another how special they are in our lives ,
We forget to call one another up and say “Hey You – You’re amazing ” ,
We forget that the pace of life is indeed causing irreparable damage to families , to communities and to the world in fact and we forget to take it easy on ourselves .
Lest we forget
Some days , I forget that one of the most simple way to minimize inflammation is to elevate my legs .
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Thanks to individuals around London  , Quintain , Car Giant , London and Regional development and the Mayor of London – we’ll be on a mission to make london Fruitfull !
Punch and Juicy Liquid Foods will be launching a Juice Academy in the new year
In 8 weeks time
So , I’ve been upskilling in the fast lane , trying to absorb as much information that would help me to harness the ways of a successful social entrepreneur , which should enable me to deliver the project effectively ..
So , what’s been happening over the last 6 weeks  ?
Let it be known ,  celebrations (If any ) were short lived , there was none of the presumed glory parties – and the only basking I’ve been doing is in the reflection of a computer screen  ..
There is so much more to making things happen ,
it’s overcoming the little things that take the joys out of the journey ,
the paperwork ,
nursing a hidden/chronic illness,
ordering manure or compost ,
dealing with a range of different people  ,
the draft plans  ,
the emails / the backlog thereof, the un-updated database and forever growing pile of business cards  ,
the 5pm traffic and the way people push /shove to get on the bus not to mention the amount of rucksacks that get stuck in train doors ..
Hmmm
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For me ,looking back over 2016 , I think it is quite evident , that all I wanted to do was get in a garden , make smoothies and teach others how to do the same … the perfect pace of life for someone like myself … simple , some would think .
Over the last few months , I realise that the Aesthetics is one thing but the internal mechanics of running a business , social enterprise , CIC , Charity is just as important ..
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 So , it was with great pleasure , going back to basics , earlier this month at Harlesden Hub even more so , when this little fellow stopped by , looking at the fruits in awe
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He reminded me why The Juice Academy was a much needed activity , especially for little people who may need that extra little confidence boost  … his mum was quite chuffed when he stepped forward and started to create his own Melon and Berry Smoothie …
We both bid farewell with smiles on our faces , both proud of his achievement and that moment I was able to put it all into manageable perspective , this child and others deserved to smile

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Rushing from meeting to meeting , in a bid to look our best  – it’s very easy to forget that the very simple things in life really matter   .

Take a moment today to think about what matter’s to you

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Vitamin B , Leafy Greens , 10 minutes of morning meditation – it really helps to focus the mind , Sweet Potatoes roasted with Rosemary .
Wishing every one a memorable weekend

And just like that – it’s November , time to update the blog …. Finally !

Can you believe , we are all about to embark on the 2nd week of the 11th month , time has flown by, but hasn’t it been a riveting year so far ?

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I’ve seen far more awards being won , Social enterprises being launched , Tomatoes growing on forecourts and crowdfund targets hit than ever before …

And the weird thing about it is , these experiences all stem from the need to heal , love of juice and some very supportive friends …

In actual fact this project has been a saving grace , the opportunity to be in a clean , green environment , to make and create Smoothies , Juices and teach others how  to do it , is indeed gratifying .

There’s more to it , than throwing a Cucumber into a blender and saying ” Hey pesto ” , it’s the smiles you see as children leave the growing gardens with potted plants , the interest invoked when you hear someone’s grandmother say they want to make juice because they’re tired of taking pills or creating an alternative self employ-ability programme for those teenagers who may not fit  into societies mold .  .

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On that note , raise a glass (Or a cup of Chai ) to toast everyone who took timeout to pledge and support our recent Crowdfund Campaign to officially launch a Juice Academy , because believe it or not , it definitely wasn’t an easy task raising funds in a documented area of social depravity and with that same toast , give yourself a pat on the back for surviving every tribulation or hurdle that tried to trip you up along the way …

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Life has a lot to teach us – ( if we pay attention ) the most of the lessons will teach us of how great we really are .

The texts /emails/phone calls/Social media posts , long nights and early mornings , getting stuck in the rain – actually amounted to something mindbogglingly magnificent .

 masses of love to all of you

May your homes be filled with fruitfullness and odd looking veggies 🙂

So , what’s the next step ?

We’ll be inviting all of our backer’s and members of the local community for a Juice, Smoothie or/and some Soup this month to celebrate our success and share what we’ll be getting up to over the next few months .

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Thanks to the amazing team behind the Harlesden Hub Pilot  as we’ll be popping up on Friday 11th November 2016 from 1-4pm , we’re looking forward to making Harlesden a little more Fruitfull . . .

The Harlesden Hub is a project aimed at bringing together local people and organisation’s to provide support and advice and make connections.
The Hub will be open for two-weeks in locations in the centre of Harlesden and will host a range of activities which will encourage better connections, new relationships and sharing of information.

To claim your free liquid lunch just join the eventbrite page and print out your ticket . Bring it along with you on Friday 11th November at 1pm – 4pm  .

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Stock up on Nature’s goodies : Ginger , Lemongrass , Manuka Honey , Turmeric , Moringa Seeds/Leaves for extra added protection this Winter season x

Pop back in a couple of days …

Where did the time go …

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So , literally just deleted this off the FB Status – as it was a rather long recap and really belonged in a place where , followers of the journey could , kick back and read a lengthy update … comfortably , thank the Gods for Cut and Paste ..

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So anyway

We recently decided to organise a fundraising style pop up tour .. from the 8th August until the 21st August 2016 in our bid to hit our target and spread the word at the same time .

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And we started with a Summer Juice Academy which would incorporate Revo Seccus , a community organisation in Brent .

Our group currently consists of 6 x 11-16 year olds , who all have different characteristics , but are able to work with each other respectively – ( which in fact is a great way to promote inter-generational mindsets  )

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We managed to get through the 2nd day without a Smoothie ( as one attendee decided to munch all the fruits and forgot to replace them  , the rest of the group expressed their disgruntleness , laughed it off   ) and so began real team rapport .

So , what can you say about transitioning adults ?

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Full of confidence , knowing that the world holds within it – great opportunities, but most times fail to see , their own importance within the bigger scheme of things

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As , I saw the phones breaking out and no ingredients to bale me out , I thought fast and went back into the memory bank of “have done’s and I’ve beens ” , to draw upon my stage management and drama skills – and we managed to devise a sales pitch , market research questionnaire and a new flyer !

Very happy to say ..

The Juice Academy concept is growing in all it’s tiers – From new Crops to Pop Up’s it’s doing what it say’s on the packet

Having successfully piloted the Fruitfull Juice Academy in April .. this is a great opportunity to test the feasibility of teaching the young people how to grow , create and sell their own produce on a different level and age group .20160805_192836

The Root to Market tier , is a great way to support them in their personal bids to be entrepreneurs .. wether it be in the Juicing industry or owning their own natural hair production lines .. so , we’re definitely on the right road .

But . We will need your help to succeed in our endeavours .  

So ..

On that note – if you’d like to support our cause and do something great at the same time . 

Here are a few ways to do so ..ZIONSponsor a teenager who wants to gain a new skill this Summer for £24.00 a day .

Get in contact if you have a Son / Daughter

£3.80 per hour ( Drop in )

£10.00 per day ( Low income ) £24.00 per day  ( Working Parent )

Or make a pledge at http://www.spacehive.com/pjmp

#Fruitfull #JuiceAcademy #RootToMarketPilot #CrowdfundLDN #PunchAndJuicy  #Juiced

Public Reminder … #63DaysToGo

Afternoon all

With 63 Days to go to raise £11,000 , massive thanks to all those pledging already , but we still need the help of the wider community of we want to make our vision a reality . .

This month has ben jam packed and today is no diffrent … only difference , is the capacity in which we are busy in .

Who are we ?

Punch and Juicy have partnered with Revo Seccus to offer a new interactive programme teaching young people semi- independent kitchen skills with alternative self employment guidance

We are asking as many people as possible to support the ‪#‎CrowdfundLDN‬ Campaign to launch the first ‪#‎JuiceAcademy‬

The Juice Academy plans to get communities living well by creating healthy allotments and provide valuable education on using fruit and vegetables to improve their health by juicing

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Find out more here ( don’t forget to pledge )

www.spacehive.com/pjmp

Please share

Get in contact : juiceladee@gmail.com /ricky@revoseccus.com

Thanks in advance