Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, daughters of mothers, friends of mothers, mothers of mothers…it’s a day to celebrate your achievements and tenacity. For all of your patience, solitude and endless love. I’ve written a small poem in honour of all of you. Please feel free to share :)

Happy Mother's Day

A mother is like a painter

or an architect,

building a family to her exact specifications

crafting manners and values in her children –

gifting them with  kindness, wisdom.

Whatever strange circumstances

led these beautific creatures to share her world,

she has risen to the challenge of host,

protector and guardian

with the best skills she has:

painting smiles on their faces

building confidence and hope in their souls

washing away regret,

reviewing endless plans.

Unforeseen events may demand a change in course

but she paints on, builds on

her vision and love

holding strong.

 

by Suzy Rigg

I give you words like I give you gold

@EveryWordWriter

 

A new (ad) venture! EverywordCopywriting


 

Everyword Copywriting  - open for business

Everyword Copywriting – open for business

It’s here, it’s here!! EverywordCopywriting is alive and ready to sprinkle moon dust into darkest crevices of your marketing campaigns. After deep analysis of my personal brand and USP, re-reads and re-writes, we pressed the ‘go live’ button. Please welcome my new addition – http://www.everywordcopywriting.co.uk feel free to peruse this sunny orange/ grey ‘word cloud’ I’ve spent the past few months creating.

You will see a snapshot of my professional endeavours, window-dressed to showcase what I offer potential clients and associates. Everyword CopywritingA devotee of the written word, an avid reader and a marketing communications professional for my entire career, I deciding to specialise in copywriting. For me it’s one of the most satisfying and intellectually challenging aspects of the marketing mix. The relationship between the written word and design fascinates me. Gazing at nature, architecture, visiting London’s art galleries and museums; I soak up inspiration for whatever project I’m working on. To drip some of my enthusiasm into a campaign’s creative platforms, is both a responsibility and an honour. On top of the packet of Frosties in my kitchen are the words: “It all begins with sunshine & grains”  in a neat 1940’s font, next to a child-like golden yellow sun icon. Simplicity and brilliance. It’s what I strive for.

Here’s to you if like me, you are following your dreams, honing your talents and doing what makes you happy. by Suzy Rigg http://www.everywordcopywriting.co.uk @EveryWordWriter

A big ‘thank you’ to http://www.helenbantock.co.uk/ for immense patience and professionalism.

International Women’s Day, more than a gimmick


Being an entrepreneur is not just about financial or career freedom for me…it’s about me being a woman in the fullest sense. I’m also a mother and sometimes the incompatibility between corporate work and motherhood can place a high strain on women and their families. For me setting up as a freelancer was the riskier than employed security, but overall a more rewarding direction for me.

Conversation Between Friends

It’s not for every woman, but for me entrepreneurship and emancipation are partners. The level of personal investment is in direct proportion to the level of personal gain and satisfaction. I think about women who do not have the freedoms that I enjoy, and I feel inspired to continue to work hard, not taking anything for granted.

I think of the women, the ancients or ancestors who have gone before me and endured lives of terrible separation or loss. Separated from families, raped and abused in response to the slightest acts of defiance. Contemporary women, who are confined and enslaved for other reasons. There are women whose voices have brought pleasure to many, whilst their inner turmoil eventually led them to destroy themselves with drink or drugs.

Conversation Between Friends

I think of women who have become emotionally unstable in the face of great difficulties.

I think of every woman on the planet today and know that we are all on a spiritual journey; at various stages, with great challenges and prizes strewn in our paths. Wherever you are on your journey, hold out your hand and feel the love and support of a woman who is just a few steps ahead of you, whilst doing so stretch your own hand behind you and another will fall into it, a woman who is a few steps behind you. Help her along. This way, we all progress. Men and Women.

“To be a woman is to feel safety, freedom & powerfully feminine, joyful, emotion-ful, strong, maternal, loving!”

 

Suzy Rigg

http://www.everywordcopywriting.co.uk

Fifty Shades of Red


What did you think of the cringe-inducing exchange between Dakota Johnson and her mother Melanie Griffiths at the Oscars?

Conversation Between Friends

Star and Starlet, Mother & Daughter, Dakota Johnson & Melanie Griffith

It’s a very common scenario – conversations between mother and daughter can include bickering, but this is generally not witnessed in such a public forum. This is an award’s ceremony, der! Typical mother daughter arguments usually occur in the privacy of your home, with family members collectively rolling their eyes, running for cover  – or both!

It’s no different in my household; now I’m ‘big mama’ and even when I was the ‘irksome daughter’ it was just the same routine. Frustration, raised voices, slamming doors, wild gesticulation and spiteful words. It’s all about boundaries, being top ‘bitch’, respect and approval. A complex, emotional cocktail, not to be consumed by those with a weak disposition.

It was amusing and embarrassing to witness, Dakota’s frustration with her mom for refusing to see her arguably ‘finest’ hour on the big screen. I understood her mum’s point of view, and to be fair, you don’t need to see the film to imagine what the scenes might look like. We can assume that Mel flicked through the book when Dakota was offered the part. Her mother graciously remarked that she knows her daughter is a great actress. Dakota’s response, was pure teenage indignation and a demand for approval. “I’m a woman too!” she said without saying it!

This should be in the National Portrait Gallery – it’s a masterpiece

So, mothers and daughters of the world, do not despair – your bickering is normal and natural (assuming you have breaks in between where you are friends and can laugh at yourselves). It’s not easy being a mother whose daughter doesn’t or will not hear you. It’s equally distressing being apparently ‘brushed off’ by your mum. You both have an opinion and they are equally valid.

Keep smiling ladies, you’re in stellar company :)

 

Suzy Rigg

Conversation Between Friends loves Mask Girl

Need a little Lego magic? Tune into Lyrics 4 Lyrics!


Welcome to the Interview Paul Allimadi, Creative Director/Designer at Lyrics 4 Lyrics!
Your Twitter handle is @bwoywonder, that sounds a bit like a cartoon or comic book hero! Are you into graphic novels?

*Laughs* Not really no, I took it from Batman side kick Robin The Boywonder. He does everything, a lot like myself.

Your profile pic on Twitter features a futuristic piece of LEGO headgear; (pictured below) what is it and how did you go about making it?

Bwoy Wonder - The names says it all!

Bwoy Wonder poses with his eye-grabbing mask – The names says it all!

The lego mask in my profile pic is inspired by Transformers. It started off as just Lego visors, but I just kept building on top of it until it covered the whole head!

Have you ever broken a really crazy LEGO design that you’d spent hours on?

Yes! It was a baseball cap for a corporate client and the lego brim gave way which led to the bottom section breaking off. I was frustrated to say the least!

Conversation Between Friends loves Mask Girl

Conversation Between Friends loves Mask Girl

Who are your design heroes?

Philip Stark and Nigo.
Contrasting designers but I like almost all of their work.

Have you seen the LEGO exhibition? What do you think of it?

I was invited to the preview opening and loved every single room of lego art!
Everyone should go see the Art Of The Brick exhibition and I guarantee it’ll make you want to stop by the Lego shop and start creating!

You sell LEGO inspired clothing on your website Lyrics4Lyrics, how did you make the leap from creating things with LEGO to putting LEGO designs on clothing?

I always ran a clothing line and so it was inevitable that my lego creation was going to be integrated into our clothing.
It’s all very practical garment pieces. Apart from the Lego shoulder pad jacket we made for Will.I.Am of course!

Wil.I. Am sporting Lyrics 4 Lyrics Lego design

Wil.I.Am sporting Lyrics 4 Lyrics Lego design

LEGO is going to be around forever, what is your favourite Lego design or LEGO genre?

Lego recently got voted the world’s most popular toy so the legacy it has will carry on well into the future. My favourite Lego design is anything they do with Star Wars. It’s so intricate!

Who is your favourite LEGO SuperHero?

Batman! Has to be Batman.

I spotted your Twitter photo in the Metro, promoting ‘Creative Pioneers’ can you tell me a bit more about this project?

It’s an apprenticeship scheme that aims to recruit young under graduates into the creative industry. Be it digital media, marketing or other. I won their Creative Heads competition which was to design a range of creative ‘heads’ using any medium for their advertising campaign.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
I want to integrate Lego into the education sector. It’s a brilliant learning tool for wannabe engineers mathematicians and even autistic children.

Do you see yourself building a clothing empire or is there something else that you would like to turn your attention to?

I want to do everything and anything creatively possible. Why do you think they call me Bwoywonder? :)

If you want to find out more about Lyrics 4 Lyrics clothing, check out bwoy-wonder.com for more show-stopping Lego designs!
You  can follow @bwoywonder on Twitter or ‘like’ his Facebook page: ‘Follow The LEGO Brick Road’

If you’re a budding talent or small business owner and wish to be featured on this blog, please email everywordcopy@yahoo.com or follow @radiantlady on Twitter for your chance to be featured in ‘The Interview’

© Suzy Rigg

Writing every word

Time for change?


My in-box is flooded with recruiting emails for new jobs, new improved body, new hair, new lifestyle – “ALL ABOARD THE CHANGE TRAIN!”. Many of you will be helping your children to make the change from primary school to secondary school, or supporting your grown up child as they start a new job, after years of study.  Some of you may be adjusting to a new year without beloved mothers, fathers or friends.

Change, is a fact of life and according to the Buddhist teachings, one of the few things in life that is constant.

Transformational change

Transformational change

Here are some tips that might help you to cope with change:

1. Think of change in terms of a process –  a series of consecutive events rather one big scary thing – it’s much easier for the brain to cope with.

2. If the change is major (death, divorce, moving house, new job) write down all of the anxieties you are worried about..

3. On the same piece of paper, write down some solutions to each anxiety, they can be simple things like, do online research, go to the doctor, talk to a friend you trust. Write down in detail what is worrying you and come back to this after a few days to see if the same things are on the list. A few days away from a problem can change your perspective on it

4. Break the big change into smaller ‘changlets’  on a large sheet of paper. If the change is a new job, each ‘changlet’ could be something like ‘managing new technology’ ‘understanding a new boss’ ‘becoming a line manager’. Deal with each changlet separately and over time the magnitude of the major change will have diminished into smaller, hopefully more manageable issues you can pick off.

5. If the change is creating a high level of instability or turbulence in your life, you may need to make ‘one small step’ towards dealing with the BIG problem. If the change is a family bereavement or loss of income due to divorce or redundancy, that ‘one small step’ might be deciding to seek professional help. It’s a simple phone call, but sometimes dealing with a big change of circumstance, can create in you a kind of inertia – you feel like a rabbit in the headlights. But taking that one small step can be the equivalent of taking a huge gulp of air after holding your nose under water for a very long time. A huge relief.

Conversation about change

Conversation about change

Taking the step towards the next phase in your life can be scary, a step into the unknown. But remember this: every other human being shares this same anxiety, the same powerlessness against change, the same fears as you, take comfort in our shared situation. We are social beings and we can help each other on our unique journey of life.

S0 – Step out, breath deeply and EMBRACE the changes that await you with courage, love and immense positivity!

Suzy Rigg

Zumba is not just dance – it’s meditation!


I went to Zumba this morning. Nothing extraordinary there, but life has been throwing up some extraordinary events, so I hadn’t been since Christmas and was feeling somewhat out of shape and under the weather. There were loads of new faces and with relief, I noticed lots of familiar ones too. I positioned myself nearer the middle than the front, I wasn’t sure whether I would remember the moves or be able to keep up. I needn’t have worried. Like breathing, the moves came back and I kept going without collapsing in a quivering heap at the side (that happened when I first started and my body was unused to that level of cardiovascular exercise!) ZumbaIt was great to hear some new tunes too; it’s always good to dance to something unfamiliar in terms of choreography but familiar as you’ve heard it on the radio or in a club. I’ve been a total Zumba convert for quite a few years now, as it’s been the best fun I’ve had whilst toning up. But something else occurred to me today, I was so involved in the dance, the steps and the music that whatever troubles had been worrying me when I stepped into the hall, quickly vanished. Lost in the rhythm of dance, the synchronised steps of all of the Zumbettes had taken me right out of myself. Like an out of body experience. Radiantlady loves ZumbaI read somewhere that dancing or singing can be a form of meditation. Your mind is totally focused on what you are doing, to the exclusion of everything else. It’s not quite the silent, ‘OM’ type of mediation that is also practiced, but it’s a step in the right direction. Geddit?! Like all healing practice, a level of dedication is required to reap the full benefit and the same is with Zumba. Going out in a crop top and leggings on a cold February morning takes commitment. Getting back into your exercise habit take guts. When you’re a little out of shape or feeling low, taking that first step back into the driving seat – in my case literally whacking up the heating in my freezing vehicle – takes commitment. But the sense of well being, balance and the reconnection of mind body and soul is one hundred percent worth it. Like the advert says: #thisgirlcan Here’s a little plug for the wonderful Adrienne! https://www.zumba.com/en-US/instructor/Adrienne_Green/69737  Zumba Love!

Suzy Rigg

Thinking of quitting your day job?


This interview appeared in Stylist Magazine, Online Edition, November 2014

Recently I responded to a journalist request and this was the result…

Downgrading your job –  Career women who traded high salary careers jobs to set up their own business or become self-employed

Conversation Between Friends - Photo: Courtesy of Stylist Magazine

Conversation Between Friends – Photo: Courtesy of Stylist Magazine

What was the job title of your original job?

Media Relations Manager

What’s the job title and annual salary of the job you downgraded for?

Freelance Copywriter & Owner, Everyword Copywriting, salary (depends how hard I work!)

Why did you decide to make the change?

The change in my work status was a result of personal reasons. As a busy and engaged mum of two, I find working freelance enables me to manage my work and family time for effectively, I don’t mind working at odd hours either!

What made you take the plunge when you did – what motivated you, specifically?

My mum passed away in November 2012, a month after I started my last job, I was in shock for months afterwards. Managing a fast-paced working environment, grief and two dependents as a single parent was starting to take its toll. When I saw my doctor, she was adamant that something needed to change to prevent my health from deteriorating.

What fears did you have about making the downgrade?

In my situation, it wasn’t something I was consciously thinking about, so in a way I didn’t have time to worry about anything. I saw my changing circumstances as a huge opportunity.

What lifestyle changes did you have to make as a result of your salary change?

Well, I’ve always been an avid charity shop shopper, and now I can legitimately give up the corporate suits and dress in a way that better suits my creativity and personality. Cutting down on food is no problem as I’m sure it’ll help me stay the same size to fit into the designer clothes I bought in the ‘flush years!’ I’ve switched to packed lunches for my son, and we’ve had some financial help with school trips etc. Thankfully he’s not into expensive gaming toys so he hasn’t really noticed any changes. Generally we are all just really, really careful with money and the priority is that the mortgage gets paid. I stay within my overdraft limit and gave up my credit card ages ago!

Did your friends and family support your decision, or oppose it, and why? Did anyone try to advise you against it?

Because the situation wasn’t really planned, no-one really had a say in it. All of the people close to me were hugely supportive and agreed that now was a good a time as any to set myself up.

What did your boss say when you gave your notice in (and the reason for that)?

I didn’t actually hand my notice in as I was signed off sick and didn’t return.

Do you enjoy your new role – what are the benefits?

I totally love writing and I have a very enquiring mind, always have, so for me it’s a dream role. You have to be realistic about what money you can make however, and how to promote yourself effectively. The clear benefit is the opportunities to learn new things, meet new people and push my creative boundaries. The key benefit is being able to meet my son’s teacher in the middle of the day, supervise his homework and finish of my work in the evening, free of the guilt of not having spent enough time on parenting. I love being out of the office environment, sometimes I work in a café or in a library in London there’s inspiration in creative settings. I am also making great progress with a book that I started in 2011 and didn’t finish.

Any regrets – do you miss your old job, or the salary that came with it?

I have no regrets at all, I’m so much happier: It’s now two years since mum passed and although you never get over the death of your mother, I’m starting to feel happy again and confident in my abilities. Now I’ve started out, I have lots of other business ideas I want to pursue. I believe if you set your sights on a goal and work hard, miracles can happen.

I’ve realised that life isn’t always a smooth path of steady employment work until retirement: for lots of people the ‘portfolio’ career is now a reality. My mum was a teacher, an intellectual, an author and she belonged to an armful of volunteer organisations. Not having the cushion of a steady salary can be a huge motivator to achievement.

Having at least three months’ salary set aside makes sense: Or save before you make the leap. If you don’t plan properly and go back into steady employment without having given your idea a proper go, you’ll feel disheartened.

There are often key times in your life when a natural ‘break’ presents itself: even if you haven’t planned it, sometimes you need to jump in and say a little prayer… you never know where you might end up!

If you’re currently working for free, how do you support yourself?

I’m working part-time for a charity in a paid marketing role, it’s really enjoyable. Clearly I’m not earning as much as I was previously, but it feels good to be working part-time whilst I build up my freelance business.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of making a similar move?

Well, it’s not original advice but having at least three months’ salary or mortgage holiday set aside makes sense. Or save, before you make the leap as if you don’t plan properly and go back into steady employment without having given your idea a proper go, you’ll feel disheartened. Discuss a sabbatical with your employer, leaving your job open at the end of it, so you have a safety net. There are often key times in your life when a natural ‘break’ presents itself – even if you haven’t planned it sometimes you need to jump in and say a little prayer… you never know where you might end up!

My business called ‘Everyword Copywriting’ which is about focusing on my strengths and my first passion: words. I’m able to support clients with my mix of marketing expertise in blogging, social media and they can tap into my inexhaustible well of ideas and enthusiasm!

Here’s the original article:http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/downgrade-your-job-careers-meet-women-who-traded-high-salary-careers-jobs-to-set-up-own-businesses-self-employed

I will be sharing my logo with you and very soon, I will be pleased to share my new website :)

Here’s to fulfilling goals and pursuing dreams!

 

Suzy Rigg

 

 

Winter sunshine greetings


Behind each window or door

Behind each window or door

Photograph “Behind each window or door” used with kind permission of Jake Rigg

It’s that Christmas end of season, late winter time of year when we get together, eat a lot and if we are lucky, we enjoy the good and bad times of being in the company of those we love!

I would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has followed or commented on this blog.Thank you for taking the time to read the posts; I know some of them are more interesting to you than others!

As I post this, I’m at home with many home comforts and I feel incredibly grateful for that. There have been a few sad losses this year and these people will be eternally remembered. There have also been some huge gains, and life is like that, we always need to be willing to open our doors to new people, new experiences, new loves, new lives. Consider the families in each of the houses in this picture, they may all lead different lives with different experiences but what do they have in common? Well they are blessed to have a home of course, some may acknowledge this, others may not see the gifts that are in front of them. But for all of them, the magical sleigh flies over their houses, if they believe. Behind the windows and doors these families are more alike than they are different.

Jake Rigg plays Silent Night, a carol with a melody that is known universally although sung in different tongues.

As you read this, I wish you and yours peace, tranquillity at this year’s end. For this, I think, is the best gift we can experience in our lives.

PEACE.

Suzy Rigg

 

 

 

 

Cas Walker, educationalist & schools’ pioneer


Dorcas, or ‘Cas’ Walker, as she became known, was born in Kingston Jamaica in 1943. Her formative years were spent in Jamaica. She arrived in England in 1952 and settled in Manchester with other relatives before moving to Birmingham in 1958. She first career, was as a civil servant at the ‘Board of Trade’ now Department for Trade & Industry. Due to  a change of personal circumstances, Cas changed her professional direction. She joined Dunlop Research Limited in the late 1960s doing laboratory work on rubber polymers.  But the field of education was always an enduring area of interest for Cas. She gained experience working in supplementary schools and as a result decided to train to be a teacher in 1971 and eventually gained a B.Ed from Birmingham University. An avid student, Cas went on to gain further specialist qualifications in teaching reading and linguistics and a B.A (Govt).

Cas Walker

Cas Walker receiving her masters at Warwick University, with her father, Wilfred Walker

She taught in both Primary and Secondary schools in Handsworth, Nechells and Ladywood areas of Birmingham. Career progression led to the post of Senior Teacher, Head of Specialist Team, (African Caribbean Teaching Unit) advising on primary school management and ancestral diversity in education.

Cas progressed to Education Adviser for Birmingham Education Authority and was the first Africa Caribbean female to take up the post in 1987. Her wide-ranging role included development with key players in Education, e.g. Professor Aubery Osler at Leicester University.

Cas recalls the early years in school when pupils and teachers were surprised by her knowledge of English, history & geography. School plays were not without difficulties and racism, but the few years spent in Jamaica as a child, had given her a sense of self-worth and confidence and the ability to deal with the rigors of the inner city classroom!

There is so much more to tell you about Cas Walker’s contribution to education, how she came to write a book, her visits to the Gambia, her breath-taking community involvement, her opera singing. I will sign off now but will continue to share her story, her legacy. There are lots of things I want to document about Cas Walker’s life, not only because of her extraordinary achievements, her intellect and talent but also because she was my mother.

 

Suzy Rigg

Writing every word