Why Bendylegs?

bendylegs granola Mar 29, 2021

10 years.

An actual decade.
 
On this day 10 years ago was the first time I revealed the branding and new packaging of the granola I had started to make on a bigger scale at home. The recipe from my wonderful, Canadian cousin Becky  that I had started making and selling in paper bags in the local market, a long time before the shelves were stacked with different granolas.
 
 
People loved it and wanted more. 
 
Some local shops agreed to stock it as a trial so I set about trying to persuade the cafes locally that Bendylegs Granola, fruit compote and yogurt was actually something that people would pay good money for on a breakfast or brunch menu like they did in Canada, Australia and New Zealand at that time. 
 
This was greeted with a considerable amount of scepticism in South Wales.
 
"Really? Instead of or as well as a bacon sandwich?"
"We can try it, I guess"
 
But. It had to look nice on the shelf. The paper bag wasn't quite...
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March News and Events

 

Here at The HOW People, you’ll find us cheerleading amazing women everyday but as Monday 8th March is International Women’s Day we are dedicating this month’s blog to sharing with you how individuals, charities and projects are trying to change the future for the next generation of women. 

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This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #choosetochallenge and you can watch some brilliant creations by women from a variety of backgrounds speaking about how and why they choose to challenge gender bias and inequality. We love the engaging poem by Aminah Rahman and the video by JayaHadADream about her experiences as a woman with a passion for music!

Click here to have a look

Got a bit more time?  Watch the UN speech given by the truly inspirational Malala Yousafzai, the young girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out for girls’ right to education. She went on to become the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and...

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Children's Mental Health Week - HOW can we help?

1-7th February is Children's Mental Health Week.

This year, more than any other, we are seeing more and more children really struggling.

Uncertainty, family stresses, financial worries at home, no school - then school - then no school, not seeing friends, no play dates, no birthday parties, no sport, no clubs, no swimming, no museums, being asked to keep away from friends in the park. 

What can we do to help them now and in the months ahead?

What practical steps and ground work can we do now?

 

1. A little bit of routine 

HOW can routines help our anxiety?

As adults make lots of decisions every day but so do our kids, especially teens.

What to wear, what to eat, what to do for the day, what piece of work to finish first.

If you have too many decisions to make then that this can increase anxiety

Try having some "certainty anchors” built into your day.

These are things that make parts of our day solid, anchored and unchanged. 

This is harder at the moment...

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7 Healthy Social Media Habits

For The HOW People by Jess Strange: Mountain Biker. Film maker. Social Media Influencer

www.thehowpeople.com 

@velomejess 

It’s easy to fall into the social media black hole where you find yourself scrolling for hours catching up on what all your friends and celebrities are up to. Even though social media is a fantastic tool for communicating with people, learning new skills and for getting inspiration, it’s essential to take control of how we use social media, and how often. To help prevent you from falling into the social media black hole, here are a few of my top tips for healthier social media habits.

1. Follow Inspiring Accounts 

You have the control to follow and unfollow whatever accounts you like. Of course, friends and family go without saying, following those your closest with is a great way to show support for one another!
Outside of your social circle, think about what kind of things you enjoy, like animals. I love cats, and they make...

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Only human

 We are only human.
 
If you saw our Instagram stories yesterday, you will have seen the fall out of Polly’s day. The struggle of back to back meetings (her job, not HOW meetings) and trying to ‘home school’.
 
The impossible task of fitting education into a lunch break.
 
Getting frustrated when her son was not paying attention in the time slot, then the impending doom and guilt the minute she was back in the meeting wishing she could sit and read with him again and give him more time.
 
Feeling like, but absolutely NOT being, a Drama Queen. 
 
 
Jo totally gets it too. The Juggle.
 
“It’s super tough. As a GP, never before have we seen so much anxiety, stress and depression in the general population. That’s not even taking into account groups of the population that we know are under severe pressure and in awful situations at work as a result of this virus.
This is just regular people....
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This is not home schooling

Home schooling is a choice made for lots of different reasons. Usually, after a huge amount of discussion, opinion and often judgement from others.
 
A decision parents make as they feel it is the best direction for their own family or child’s situation at the time. Not something just thrown at you, that you try and muddle through, while working, when you can’t go anywhere or see anyone, in a global pandemic.
 
What is happening at the moment... Is. Not. Home. Schooling.
 
Nowhere near it.
 
This is Crisis Schooling.
 
We are all just trying to get through, with our heads above water.
 
This looks different in every house across the nation, and indeed the world, because of differing work patterns and external stresses. Doing school set work at home is pretty tricky for those continuing to work at home with little ones. Trying to help older ones with the tech, logins, something they didn’t understand, the assignments and...
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What's all the fuss about Clubhouse?

The new kid on the social block is creating a LOT of noise.

This might help anyone wondering about the set up etc.

Feel free to share this with anyone who might find this helpful.

"Like Podcasts and Instagram have had a baby and dressed it in a Linkedin baby grow."

A few tips re Clubhouse from my last 48 hours of playing around with it

  1. Download the app and reserve your name @jowatkins is mine. If you are into podcasts, personal development and learning from others, just DO it!

  2. This first step is pre ordering your name. Usually they suggest your actual name rather than business name. Sadly, this doesn't get you in but it gets the process started.

  3. Then you have to wait for an invitation from someone. Ask around, ask in your groups. Create an invite chain within a group.

  4. When you get an invite it will be via a link in the app. There is just a waiting time before they go through the requests for the names without invitation. They reckon two - three weeks before they...

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A wild ride

2020 has been a wild ride.   

For so many 2020 has meant loss, sadness, illness, money worries and much more. For others it has opened new doors, made them slow down, given opportunities and meant more time spent with loved ones. Even a mix of both!   

We all worry about the the impact of what we have been experiencing during 2020, and the impact it will have on our kids and teens, the future generations.   

How is this going to effect them?

Is 2021 going to be a kinder year?  

There are two things that will triumph from this period of time along with the scientific advances.   

Dealing with uncertainty and resilience.  

Dealing with uncertainty is something humans find hard but never before have we had to sit with it, process it and deal with it like we do now.  

‘Can I see Granny on the weekend?’

‘Will the local sweet shop be open next month?’

‘Can I have a birthday party in...

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Jacinda ROCKS!

Just when we needed it, one of the most respected and well loved leaders in the world, tells us how the build up to Christmas looks for her and chats about her mental and physical wellbeing. 

Jacinda Ardern, the PM of New Zealand, a country we love, is home to many friends and has had responded so brilliantly in this Covid pandemic. Jacinda explains to ex All Blacks rugby player turned wellness coach, John Kirwan, about feeling like she is 'crawling to Christmas' this year.

LINK HERE

Discussing self doubt and imposter syndrome she shares her strategies for dealing with this. Connections, loneliness and being an active relaxer. This 35 min chat really does cover so much of what we are about with The HOW People.

Looking at the basics. The pillars that make us function.

We call it The Know HOW. The important basics to grow your Happiness, increase the Opportunities that come your way and give you a framework for good mental and physical Wellbeing.

Make time to watch this ...

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It is ok to not be ok

It has been a long month at the end of a very long year.

The curved ball thrown at many of us this weekend has been a tough one to take and so many people are left disappointed.

It is tough to stay positive, it is hard to remain resilient.

Surely, this whole experience will make us more capable as a human race of dealing with things that are thrown at us in the future. I was looking at our blog, to get things up and running with more regular content in 2021, and came across a post I wrote while in Canada on 2nd April before returning to the UK.

Everything written on that day remains in place today.

The feelings, the advice, the uncertainty. We have been living with this for 9 months now and even though so many of us feel very lucky to have steady jobs, a roof over our heads, a garden, loving families and food on the table when so many people around us are really struggling it is still hard for each and everyone of us in different ways.

So, be kind on yourself and others this week....

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