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Film and Nostalgia: Representations of History Course Review

Guest Post by Sandra Martin

WEA Billericay Branch – Spring Course

Film and Nostalgia: Representations of History

Tutor – Dr Bex Harper
Scene:

A cast of around 30 men and women from their mid to late twenties and ……!
Seated, facing a screen, wide-eyed in anticipation. Unsure what the next 8
weeks will involve. A plethora of bodice-ripping tear- jerkers? A potted history
of the world courtesy of the film industry? Think what the film ‘Troy’ did for
our knowledge of the magnificent Greek civilisation hmm?!

Enter stage left:

Our Director/Producer Bex whose in-depth enlightenment of how film
techniques are used to portray events, emotions, relationships and
environments ensured that we will probably never view a film in quite the
same way.

Bex helped us to really see the importance of things that we may not have
noticed in our viewing. For example, so many different camera angles used as
devices to show so much more than the things in shot, such as the
power/vulnerability of characters, historical setting, and of course emotions.
She chose 4 films for scrutiny. The first being Howard’s End, which we soon
realised was so much more that a beautifully filmed rural idyll and which some
might call a stereotypical nostalgic film?

Secondly, and about as different from Howard’s End as you could choose, was
the brilliant Good Bye Lenin!, a film set in the last years of the GDR ,when
history was being made, but focussing on the life of one family. Bex’s guidance
through this film showed us how a film can show nostalgia and heritage in such
a very powerful way that the viewer can identify with even though the events
were far removed from their own lives. It was a film that was a great discovery
for most of us and during the 4 weeks we studied it, I for one couldn’t wait for
the next session.

After a session viewing clips from, and discussing The Help – a film set in the
south of the US around the time of the Civil Rights movement, we moved on to
our final film The King’s Speech, set in the years leading up to WW2 and
centred on the future King’s struggles to master a speech impediment which
could hinder his role as sovereign.

Method:

Our sessions were so much more than us, as the audience, viewing while the
Director Bex led – we broke off into small groups for discussion and then
regrouped to share our views after each clip. This technique enabled us to
pursue in depth what nostalgia and heritage in film meant, not only to us, but
in the portrayal of life events in film.

A thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening course.

– Sandra Martin, Student
Easter break means easter eggs!

Easter Holidays: Closure Information

Easter Holidays Closure Dates!

Bex Harper Tutoring & Coaching will be closed for the Easter break between Saturday 6th April and Monday 22nd April 2019 (inclusive). There will be no tutoring lessons or coaching sessions during this period, as Bex and our administrator, Hannah, will also be out of the office, on annual leave.

 

Contact

If you need to contact us via text or email or send homework via email, you shall receive a response on Tuesday 23rd April, when we resume our normal business opening hours. Many thanks for your patience.

 

Revision

Good luck with your exam revision over the Easter period! Don’t forget to build in little tea breaks to eat those lovely Easter eggs!

You can set up your business with some business coaching

How do I start my own business?

As a business coach and a business owner, I get a lot of people telling me they’d love to work for themselves. Many people ask me how it’s done. So I thought I’d share my story, insights and knowledge. Here are the questions you should ask yourself:

 

Why do you want to work for yourself?

Knowing exactly why you are choosing this path can be helpful. Try to think about what your top 5 core values are for your business practice. This is basically your vision for your business and will help you decide if you are doing this to try to be more in control of your life and schedule, or because you want a business venture, or because you like the idea of being able to wear PJs and work from home! Here is a list that is nowhere near exhaustive.

 

Should you ease into it or throw yourself in?

People often ask if they should quit their 9-5 job and begin being their own boss. It depends entirely on the industry in which your business is location and your financial needs. It also depends on whether or not your boss will let you go part-time whilst you set up your new venture. If you are someone who values financial security, then you might prefer to ease yourself in. If you are someone who just wants to work in your current job until you are ready to launch, then that might be seen as the middle group.

But if you are someone who thinks that, unless they take drastic action, they won’t actually do it, then possible throwing yourself in completely might be right for you. But only you can know what is right. If you are unsure, I suggest you get some business coaching before making such a big decision as quitting your 9-5 job!

 

 

What practical things do I need to know at the start?

Once you decide on an industry, your business location, and your core business values, you can get started! You need to register your business with HMRC so that you can start paying tax. It is advisable to get an accountant, particularly for the first year. This is because, for the £250-400 you spend on an accountant, they will be able to advise you correctly about what you can claim against your taxes (expenses and business set up fees) and what you cannot.

 

You should also make sure you set aside enough of your income to pay your tax and NI. HMRC require you to pay your tax bill in the January following the last tax year. (I.e. for the tax year April 2018- April 2019, you pay your tax bill before the end of January 2020.)

 

I would also advise you to have a website and social media pages to promote your business. You could also get references from former employers to show to your first clients before you have any testimonials or online reviews. Once you’ve been in business a while, as clients you are working with if they would mind writing a review.

 

Many people also advise you need a marketing plan and business plan. These are particularly important if you have investors, as they will want to see that you have ensured your business will grow year on year.

 

Let’s Go!

If you would like some business coaching to help you get started, please email hello@bexharper.com

 

 

person achieves their goal and celebrates on a mountain top!

How to determine your core values

Core Values?

Values drive our aims and goals in life. They help us to sort out what is important to us and where we need to direct our focus. Pick your top 5 values for living your life (and another 5 specifically for your business or career). See if, in your current situation, you are truly achieving the life you want with these values.

You can do this by writing down examples of how each of these 5 values appear in your life, at the moment. If they don’t feature in your life currently, write down one step you can take towards achieving this value in your life. The more values you are currently including in your life, the more true to yourself, your dreams and your moral compass you will be.

The aim is to get all 5! Our goals and values change, so it is useful to do this exercise every year.

Here is a list of key values:

Acceptance

Achievement

Acknowledgement

Adventure

Aesthetics

Appreciation

Authenticity

Balance

Beauty

Being active

Bliss

Caring

Career

Clarity

Comfort

Commitment

Compassion

Community

Co-operation

Confidence

Contentment

Courage

Creativity

Curiosity

Daring

Dedication

Detachment

Determination

Devotion

Diligence

Discipline

Discernment

Empathy

Empowerment

Energy

Enthusiasm

Excellence

Exciting

Fairness

Faith

Fame

Family

Financial independence

Flexibility

Forgiveness

Freedom

Friendship

Fun

Generosity

Gentleness

Goodwill

Grace

Gratitude

Growth

Happiness

Harmlessness

Harmony

Healing

Health

Honesty

Hope

Humility

Humour

Inclusiveness

Independence

Insight

Integrity

Influence

Intelligence

Intimacy

Introspection

Intellectual growth

Intuition

Joy

Justice

Kindness

Knowledge

Leadership

Learning

Love

Loyalty

Maturity

Money

Nurturing

Openness

Orderliness

Participation

Partnership

Passion

Patience

Peace

Performance

Prosperity

Purpose

Recognition

Relationships

Reliability

Respect

Responsibility

Reverence

Risk taking

Sacrifice

Serenity

Service

Sharing

Silence

Spontaneity

Strength

Status

Support

Success

Trust

Truth

Understanding

Unity

glasses onto of a laptop to indicate taking a break, resting, and self-care is happening rather than work

Why are we burning ourselves out?

I’ve previously written a number of posts about health and wellbeing. However, there is still one thing that baffles me: why are we burning ourselves out? Well, for one thing, our fast-paced modern society expects everything to happen immediately. We want that person to respond to our text or to get things done all at once. But, unfortunately, one thing that hasn’t changed: there are only 24 hours in a day!

Over the past 10 years, I’ve taken numerous steps to trying to improve my wellbeing and quality of life. I’ve given up drinking caffeine, set regular goals to be sure I am going in the right direction. I’ve decluttered my life significantly to only keep the things that make me happy. In fact, you could say, I’ve done it all. But I’ve noticed, through coaching others and my own journey one thing in particular. This is how, once high achievers finish one goal, they go onto the next one without taking the time to appreciate what they have accomplished. Subsequently, many high achievers find themselves burnt out, developing chronic illnesses or even life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer or heart disease.

So what’s the solution? Well, there is no one or easy answer to this. But definitely getting to grips with the stressors in your life; carving out free-time to get a clearer work-life balance and celebrating your achievements can all help. A journal or workbook can help.

Here are some suggestions for journaling to helping you achieve this:
  1. What are you grateful for today?
  2. What self-care are you going to do for yourself tomorrow?
  3. What would you really like to be praised for today?
  4. How can you be forgiving today?
  5. Which tasks can you delegate, delete or delay?
  6. Will the world end if I take today or tomorrow off work?

These can be powerful questions for helping you to run a business, pass exams, manage a project, or just cope with a job that you hate. It’s important to enjoy your life. Life is short and no-one died saying they wish they worked more hours! So, if you are really struggling, reach out to friends, family, a therapist or life/business coach and see how you can get the support you need.

Like most therapists have their own therapists, most coaches have their own coaches. I could have coaching on anything, but I specific choose to focus on health and wellbeing in my sessions with my coach, because I feel that once you are feeling energetic, healthy and calm, the rest falls into place: be that your business, your love life, your parenting, your job. In order to do any of these well, you must be well. So, for me personally, health and wellbeing are a must.

Good luck, and if you do decide you would life to try a discovery coaching session, drop me an email: hello@bexharper.com – I look forward to hearing from you.

Why Your Business Needs A VA!

As a business coach, I have helped numerous people set up small businesses. At the start, you have the exciting thrill of setting up your project. But as time goes on, the workload can become overwhelming and it is harder to get a desirable work-life balance.

One solution can be hiring someone to do your admin, but employing staff can be extremely expensive. So, more and more businesses are contracting VAs to do their admin work for them, because, as VAs are self-employed, they pay for their own taxes, insurance, equipment and CPD themselves.

VAs can manage your invoicing, taxes, email inbox and blogs for you, but they can do so much more than that! Everything from arranging your business trip, to creating twitter posts, and from formatting documents, to scheduling meetings with clients, they are the jack of all admin trades and the master of many!

Passing on admin to a VA can give you a better work-life balance. Business coach Bex Harper explains how hiring a VA can help your work-life balance. Passing on admin to a VA can give you a better work-life balance. Image: photo of two women, relaxing on a wooden deck, instead of working.

Benefits of having a VA

The many benefits that outsourcing your work to an VA include:

  1. creating more time for yourself (to spend relaxing) and your business (to invest in increasing your turnover)!
  2. efficiency by outsourcing work to someone who is an expert in administration and organisational systems.
  3. giving yourself the mental space concentrate on tasks that attract the greatest revenue for your business.
  4. know that someone is on-hand and having someone to psychologically be present to support you. This can combat the feeling of being alone if you are a sole trader.
  5. having peace of mind that someone is dedicating themselves to the tasks you find time-consuming, boring, or just aren’t so good at!
  6. to decrease the amount of tasks you are juggling and having to remember: the more you have to remember, the more likely you are to be stressed!
  7. knowing that you can earn more money in the time you would be up to your neck in paperwork, as a VA can often do admin tasks far faster than us non-admin types!

When you outsource a task to someone, it is important to make sure you are comfortable handing the work over to someone and that you are happy to leave your business in the hands of someone who is trustworthy. It is also important to make sure you contract around what you want and what your expectations are for your VA. As, every business has different needs and if you are investing in getting a VA, it is important to make sure your VA is able to handle your needs.

My Recommendation

Lots of people ask me who handles my business admin and, for other small UK-based businesses, I’m very proud to recommend HMR VA Services. They provide a professional and friendly service, and have excellent contracting and clear communication. To find out how they can help, drop them a line today, on 07375119311, or email: hmr@hmrvaservices.com.

2019 AQA GCSE REVISION WORKSHOPS: KEY INFORMATION

AQA GCSE REVISION WORKSHOPS: 

Dates and Times

  • Unseen Poetry: Sunday 12th May, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • An Inspector Calls: Sunday 12th May, 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • English Language Paper 1: Sunday 19th May, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • English Language Paper 2: Sunday 19th May, 1:30pm-3:30pm

What do the workshops include?

  • Never-seen-before exam questions to give you a real exam-simulated-environment.
  • Exam practice question walk-throughs & techniques to boost your grade.
  • Small group workshop for focus (i.e a maximum of 5 students per session).
  • Complete and detailed, individualised feedback on how to improve!
  • Workshops take place in Westcliff-on-Sea, only 5 minutes walk from Southend-on-Sea high street!
  • Experienced tutor and qualified teacher, with lots of enthusiasm!
  • Free drinks and nibbles for students.

I need this! How do I book my place?

  • Email hello@bexharper.com to book your place. Early booking is recommended.
  • You can pay by bank transfer, Paypal or cheque: £40 per two-hour workshop.
  • I look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions meanwhile, feel free to email me!


Kick-start Your 2019 with your Coaching Workbook!

Get Your Coaching Workbook Here!

 


YES, IT’S HERE – IN TIME FOR THE NEW YEAR!

Coaching workbook to change your life and achieve your goalsMy ‘year ahead’ planner and coaching workbook helps you to get really clear about what you want out of your life and what your goals are for 2019 and beyond. Asking important questions in a clear and fun way, this is the perfect way to treat yourself and practice self-care. This really has the power to change your life for 2019 and beyond for only £9.99!




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Christmas and New Year Closure

Bex Harper Tutoring and Coaching wishes you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a fantastic 2019! We will be closed on the following dates:

22nd December 2018 to 2nd January 2019 (inclusive)

If you need to contact us via text or email, you shall receive a response on 3rd January.

GCSE Revision Workshops

This spring I will be running various GCSE revision workshops. More details (such as dates, times and prices) to follow!

This spring I will be running various GCSE English revision workshops.