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Introducing Ocean Print Solutions

Ocean Print Solutions is a full design and print company based in the Bedfordshire countryside.

Established in 2001, our company’s vision has always been the same, to produce quality products with quality service and value for money.

We offer a personalised service for each and every client, and our friendly team of experts are always on hand to answer queries.  We have worked with a variety of clients from small start-ups to multi-national companies, and in many different industry sectors. Whatever size your company is our aim is always to work along-side you, building your brand and achieving your goals.

Our core services are:

Design & Artwork
Website Design & Hosting
Digital Print
Large Format Printm
Litho Print
Vehicle Graphics
Signage

Why not take a look at our website for more information www.oceanprint.com, give us a call on 01234 381035 or fill out the form below to enquire.

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#bedshour Tweet Up Tickets Available!

Hello everyone!

The tickets for the next Tweet Up are now available under the following link:

http://www.seetickets.com/event/-bedshour-tweet-up-d-parys-/d-parys/1009330

Food choices: Fish & chips, sausage & mash & a veggie option (TBC)
Drinks: There will be wine and water on each table (as part of your ticket cost) but if you fancy something different there’s always the bar!!
Goodie bags: Goodie bags will be available for you to pop your flyers, business card & treats in! Please make sure you bring something along so everyone has your name and contact details!
Networking: There will be lots of chance to chat and share ideas as time will be set aside for everybody (or those who want to) to stand up and let us know about their latest ventures!

The last Tweet Up held at the Pavilion in the Park was a great success! (Pics here: https://www.facebook.com/habmediabedford/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1787673828114780)

If you can help anyway with designs, goodie bag items, flyers, photos etc. please contact me on 07881294610 or habmedia@hotmail.com. Please also contact Daisy Media’s Hannah on hannah@daisymedia.me.uk as we are sharing the planning! 🙂

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DBM Bedshour Collaboration

Hi,

Just wanted to let you know I’ve added a new page to the DBM website which looks at our recent work with fellow Bedshour friend Tabitha Mary. As well as showing the full-length version of our video it talks a little about the process involved and has some very kind quotes about the collaboration from Tabitha.

Press here to visit the page

DBM & Tabitha Mary collaboration

Tabitha Mary – Shipping Forecast print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the best,

Rob. DBM Motion Graphics

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Looking on the world with Gratitude. How to just stand still and say ‘thank you’ when times are tough.

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Given the horrors of recent events in on our European doorstep in Nice and Turkey, and the uncertainty felt by many in the wake of Brexit and a country in new hands, it can be easy for this to be an overwhelmingly unsettling time. Suddenly we are watching the news 24/7, we are thinking twice before holidaying abroad, looking at every passing lorry with wary suspicion. We are putting ourselves on a state of high alert.

So how do we stand tall and resilient in the face of it all and make sure that we don’t take the weight of the world on our own shoulders? We take a moment to stand still and say ‘thank you’. Yes, you heard it – ‘thank you’.

No matter how dark the world gets, we can always continue to see the colour if we choose to. On a smaller, individual, personal, intimate scale, the world immediately around us still continues to offer so much. We must choose to still see this, to still see the good in the little things, and more importantly, to acknowledge it.

Before I go to bed each night, I scribble ‘5 things to be grateful for’ on a notebook at the side of my bed. It’s amazing how many things there are even on a what seems like a bad day, and amazing how much better I sleep for acknowledging them and saying a quiet ‘thank you’ to the world.

When we look at the world from a place of gratitude it doesn’t beat us, it looks after us, it helps us win. And guaranteed there will be things in your everyday which pleasantly surprise you, make you smile, move you forwards.

What 5 things could you be grateful for today? Share some of them with me to get you started today – I would love to know what really matters to you. Write to me at www.iamstrongcoaching.co.uk/contact-us

 

 

“We believe that success is a journey that everyone should be able to travel. We show you how that journey begins, equip you with the confidence and resilience to go the distance and deliver you to your ultimate vision destination. We provide great performance coaching.” www.iamstrongcoaching.co.uk

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Money and Happiness

Hello #Bedshour and Bedford folks. Now this isn’t one of my articles but I really enjoyed the read and it got me thinking.  Why do I get such a buzz from shopping and the bigger the spend the bigger the buzz? Why do some people get buyers’ remorse? What happens when we simplify our life and spend much less? When is enough money enough?!

The School of Greatness podcast by Lewis Howes is one of my favourites and I really enjoyed this article from Lewis:

Money and Happiness

Money & Happiness

How Money Affects Your Mind & Body

Would you ever guess that one of the VPs at JP Morgan Chase has also authored children’s books? Or that the same man is also a Grammy award-winning jazz album producer, and has written a book that is slated to be one of the top 15 business books coming out this year? How about that the guy who fits both of these descriptions has also traveled the world researching the origins of money and how it affects us?

Meet Kabir Sehgal. All of the above statements about him are true.

His new book, Coined, looks at the neuroscience behind our relationship with money, where it came from, and where it’s going. Even if you’re not into all that, you’ll be deeply interested when you hear Kabir explain how our brain reacts to even the touch of money. I couldn’t stop asking him questions about his research and how money affects us all.

Money’s Impact On Our Biology

Money truly has a profound impact on us. The effect money has on our biology is incredible — and it can shape our lives in ways we didn’t know. Just saying the word money can stimulate your skin, and actually touching it can numb your senses.

Money activates regions of the brain from the reward and fear centers in the exact same way as someone who is about to do a hit of cocaine. That’s a pretty powerful effect. Even the idea of gaining money is more exciting on a subconscious level than actually receiving money.

Do you know anyone that plays the lottery or gambles often? Have you ever asked them why they do? They’d probably say it’s because they might win.

That thrill from the possibility of winning comes from a cognitive bias called availability heuristics: things that are more readily available to your memory start to inflate the idea that the same thing is going to happen for you.

Money And Genetics

Our genes interact with money on a level so deep that it can affect your FICO score (which is your credit rating). That’s because there are genes that give you a predisposition to take greater or lesser risks. That means a lot of our financial decisions are made on a subconscious level.

Money is deeply evolutionary — we associate money with the ability to do… anything.

You can even test the impact money can have on people for yourself the next time you go for drinks with friends. When it comes time for you to pay for the next round of drinks just tell everyone that you’ve decided you’re not going to. Watch the reactions and energy shift — it’s amazing. You go from being a stand-up friend to the jerk who’s freeloading. Because you didn’t honor the currency — the social debt.

Money Through History

Anthropologists have gone back to look at societies and their relationship with money. Before there was physical currency, they used bartering. Even back in ancient Mesopotamia (4000 BC) there were debt and loan instruments because there has always been the need for something we don’t have (food, shelter, water, etc.).

The part of the brain that activates when money is destroyed is the same part of the brain that is involved in toolmaking. Ever heard the phrase, “Money is a tool?” It’s not an empty metaphor. There’s a neurological basis involving our reactions to money – gaining it, losing it, and seeing it destroyed or wasted – that triggers a natural response to survival.

Money And Happiness

There’s even some research done on how much money is “enough.” There’s some evidence that once you hit a certain level of income, your life doesn’t improve that much more the more you make. Once you are able to take care of your health and your stability, and the stability of your family and loved ones, the need for money should decrease.

But some peoples’ reaction and connection to money is so strong that they will go far beyond their basic necessities, working long hours and neglecting other parts of their life to achieve some sort of happiness that comes with the increase of money and the promise of more.

This is interesting because money is frequently discussed in religion in the same light. In the book of Matthew, 80% of the parables are about money. Across all the faiths there’s a different type of logic than what we act on now, and that logic is “less is more.”

It’s only in pursuing money that you realize that it’s not the end all be all. You need it to take care of yourself and your family, but as you age you learn that there is more to life.

Money is a symbol of value. It represents many different things to us. But how we react to it, how we measure our own successes and failures by our finances, is something most people don’t consider.

Take The Money Challenge:

My challenge to you is to start to really pay attention to what money does to your mind and brain. What the purchasing of items does — when you spend too much on something, when you choose not to spend on something — and how far a certain amount of money can get you.

Once you start to realize the effect money has on your life and your mind, maybe you can start to be more mindful in what you do with your money

Listen to the whole podcast here:

Lewis Howes is an online marketing expert, sought-after business coach, author, podcaster, and lifestyle entrepreneur. A former pro football player, collegiate football record holder, two-sport All-American, and current USA Men’s National Handball team member, he is the host of The School of Greatness podcast, which has been downloaded by millions since its iTunes launch in January of 2013. Howes has built multi-million dollar online education business and Details Magazine as one of “5 Internet Gurus Who Can Make You Rich.”

 

At I Am Strong Coaching we are here for all your personal resilience and business performance coaching needs in Bedford, London and the South East. We are out and about working with business owners, charities and talented individuals just like yourselves and even coach on the move out in the fresh air in our popular new Walk and Talk sessions. Your email to us is your first step along the journey to achievement and we love to help.

 

 

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#BedsHour Tweet Up – 12th September, 8pm at d’Parys!

Hi everyone!

Just a quick note (in case you missed it) – the next evening #BedsHour Tweet Up will be held at d’Parys on 12th September at 8pm! Make sure you’re there to network with all your favourite #BedsHour peeps and enjoy some delicious food!

Food choices: Fish & chips, sausage & mash & a veggie option (TBC)
Drinks: There will be wine and water on each table (as part of your ticket cost) but if you fancy something different there’s always the bar!!
Ticket cost: Tickets will be £15.00 and available once they’re set up online! Max capacity for the room we will be around 35-40 people so once tickets are available, make sure you grab one!
Goodie bags: Goodie bags will be available for you to pop your flyers, business card & treats in! Please make sure you bring something along so everyone has your name and contact details!
Networking: There will be lots of chance to chat and share ideas as time will be set aside for everybody (or those who want to) to stand up and let us know about their latest ventures!

The last Tweet Up held at the Pavilion in the Park was a great success! (Pics here: https://www.facebook.com/habmediabedford/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1787673828114780)

If you can help anyway with designs, goodie bag items, flyers, photos etc. please contact me on 07881294610 or habmedia@hotmail.com. Please also contact Daisy Media’s Hannah on hannah@daisymedia.me.uk as we are sharing the planning! 🙂

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