Deepak on Life, the Universe and everything


Debs celebrates her birthday Oh, and happy birthday to me!

Busy busy week, guys. First just to fill you in, the speed reading course went well – increased my reading speed by 50% which I was very pleased about!

Then of course it was my birthday week – and a fascinating talk by Deepak Chopra was top of the agenda in London, plus lots of eating and drinking with family and friends.

Speeding up your reading
For me, it's very important to get through as many novels as I can, to aid my writing, and of course, there are tons of text books you can peruse to help learn how to get published, like, er, How to Get Published, and so on. But funnily enough, I've discovered that the knowledge inside them doesn't just osmose though the cover and into your skin just by owning them! Funny that!

So I set about finding a way to read more of them. Alex at the has a fascinating video you can watch to show you just how fast your brain can assimilate words – do go check it out. Anyway I took myself off to this month's TiFFT – (try it for the first time club) to find out more. Yes I know it's very early in the month and lots of other things might happen later, but this one's so significant it'll probably not be beaten.


In very small groups, the four hour courses can help you read faster by basically not reading slower. Cutting out the things that slow you down – like, going over the same para several times – all help to speed you up, as does using peripheral vision and focus.

The latter is the main reason why I find myself steaming through books when they grip me – you know the 'can't put it down, can't turn the pages fast enough' feeling. Well by tricking your brain into thinking that you're excited by the book by reading it faster, it really does make you focus more on what you're reading, even though you're basically skimming it.

Alex was very charming and an easy teacher – came out with some little gems to keep me and fellow attendee Sophie amused! One I liked was that Einstein said 'imagination is more important than intelligence'! Sophie read faster than me to begin with, but also improved by 30% which thrilled her as it'll help her in her work.

Mine's just so I can read the mountain of pristine novels and 'how-to's' sitting on my shelves but I think it’ll be useful everyday too. I'll be able to read The Sun in five minutes daily now instead of ten! Lol. Anyway I'd recommend it, if you are an avid reader but find yourself reading as fast as you speak (I blame all those years of autocue!)

Why there's no such thing as coincidence
Deepak Chopra at the seminar If you're like me and believe everything happens for a reason, you might be the sort of person that follows the works of Wayne Dyer and his 'other wife' (he's joking) Deepak Chopra – the world famous endocrinologist, philosopher and metaphysician.

I love hearing how the universe shares a unified field and how the brain synapses connect at extraordinary speed and how our emotions stem from deep within the skull, but then if you read my blog regularly you'll know I'm geeky like that.

Well it felt like Deepak's seminar on Saturday was custom-made for me! I was accompanied by son Brad and my sister Linda and good pal sis-in-law Nicky, oh and 996 other eager attendees – it was jam-packed. We all had a fabulous day hearing why things happen in our lives and reinforcing my facebook motto 'whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right'.

What do you see - the word or the picture - of what He had some fab optical twisters too – like this one. Can you see the word? Or the picture? Clever eh? Go to '' for more of their talks, but at risk of boring you to death, I'll keep this bit short – suffice it to say we learned or brushed up our meditation skills and it was a brilliant way to spend a day in great company and the time flew by! As Deepak says, to make someone else happy is the number one reason for happiness, so I'm glad I made it happen!

Hippo birdie two ewes
Well, hippo birdie two 'me' actually – once again thanks to everyone who sent me good wishes – in fact, I've never had so many – over 300 on my Facebook account alone! I spent the day itself having various lunches and coffees and visits to Chessington Garden Centre and takeaways and ended the night watching the launch of the new The Apprentice!

I was supposed to go up London with Brad but he's just started a new job and had a special event on, so we postponed our 'theatre and meal' extravaganza till Saturday and hopefully we'll get to go to a matinee – I quite fancy the Judy Garland thing but we'll see.

Debs and family celebrate her birthday Best present – apart from the lovely jewellery my kids bought me – was the 'Ashes to Ashes' complete box set – thanks mum! All ready for when I finish watching 'Life on Mars' series one and two! I confess I'm not watching as much telly as I used to, since I'm supposed to be finishing my book, but being a John Simm fan, I also found time to watch his new drama 'Exile' – brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Thank goodness for iPlayer! What's the last thing you watched on catch up TV?

Well in the interests of finishing said book, I'm off to a pal's in Devon soon to focus on getting the SFD done – as mentioned previously on here. But watch out over the weekend if you can, for the great new Today's Special Value pilates machine – I'll have it on Sunday evening (15th) I think. Yay!

And next week, I'll report back on another excellent gadget – the new Fuji bridge camera – even higher spec than the one Mat Trim sold out of recently. I'll be launching it on Saturday night next week (28th) so catch it early if you can! See you on air!

Best wishes,


  1. sylvia May 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    A belated birthday to you!I’m not sure what date your birthday was, but I celebrated my 50th on may 11th.Looking at your cake you will be celebrating yours next year.I was dreading this one but it wasn’t too bad.
    Reading your blog you said you were a John Simm fan.I think he is a very good actor.Wasn’t he good as the master in dr.who aswell?
    Anyway I love watching you on QVC as you are always up for a laugh.
    Take Care Debbie x

  2. Nigel May 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Debs, saw the word first then the face after a couple of mins.
    If you like this, ‘’ is worth a visit at least once a week (there a more Multiple Meanings in the archive).
    Soreeeeee for getting Houdini and Gracie mixed up in the Joan Rivers blog. I must pay more attention as my teachers kept saying !
    Good luck with the writing in Devon and don’t get distracted by all those cream teas !! Nige

  3. Elisabeth May 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Fantastic as always! Delighted to hear your speed-reading is going like a dream. I am a big fan of your blog and, inspired by your creative writing efforts, I have started writing some romantic fiction. I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve based the central character – Cara, a buxom sassy redhead – on you! Anyway, it would be great if you could read my stuff and give me a bit of feedback. Let me know if you can.
    It would be such a big help. I’m a real novice, so any encouragement I can get is much appreciated.
    Elisabeth x

  4. Louise May 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Glad you found Deep’s seminar so beneficial – I think I would, too. I recall, several years ago, Aguy called John Ross from Anthony Robbins’ organisation was calling me re attending one of his events but, with work etc., I never did. What do you think of him? I think sometimes we can inevitably view these american life coaches as ‘shysters’, because too many people associate what they do with wanting to be financially successful. Whilst we would all love to be in a position where money wasn’t a problem, I believe that it is more important to be happy with one’s life and the direction in which it is going. Anything which can help achieve that is, imo, worthwhile. Isn’t it so true what Deep said? Making someone else happy is it’s own reward.
    ‘To Defy A King’ was delivered this morning, signed by Elizabeth and with an added inscribed notelet enclosed. How nice is that? I’ll wait until I know I have plenty of time before I start it. Looking forward to it!
    Didn’t know you were into pilates, saw your show with Marjoleine. I suffer from spondulitis and arthritis in my back, so I have often considered getting a machine but I’ll see.
    Wasn’t the tanzanite tsv gorgeous today? Missed out on my size (j-k) and I turned on at approx 00.20! Still, I’ve got the clogau tsv on advanced order, so I’m looking forward to that arriving.
    Take care, Debs, and speak soon.
    p.s. lots of slobbery hugs from my guys to your’s!

  5. Michelle Roberts May 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    Debs, Love the blog i saw the face first then the word, your blogs always get me thinking best not to read them before going to bed, i couldn’t sleep for ages last night thinking what you manage to fit in a week and while working!!
    Oh debs looks like the big 50 next year, goodness knows what you will get up to on that birthday.
    Well i went for the fish pedicure my something new for this month,i really enjoyed it apart from it being a cold night, Llanduddno prom was a wee bit breezie, had a lovely hot toddy to warm me up afterwards. oh i forgot to mention i also had silky smooth feet!!
    Looking forward to seeing the new fuji camera, thinking of investing in a new one for my holiday to Oz later in the year, hoping husband might treat me to it !! ( live in hope lol!!)
    Have a good week debs

  6. Susan May 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Fabulous blog! Love how interesting your life is!! You really do make the most of living don’t you!? You’re an inspiration my dear! I think your seminar sounds really interesting so if you’re a geek then so am I..and I too am happy to be! Your friends and family are super lucky to have a fun person like you in their lives. You’d be a fab addition around here! I missed your Pilates show but I wish I’d seen it. Do you enjoy it? You really are looking great. It’s lovely to have a variety of you doing the shows I must say. Always learn something new then.
    Chat soon.
    Susan x
    PS Had to tilt my head to find out the word!! Couldn’t work it out!

  7. Susan May 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Debs, can’t remember whether I said before but you look fabulous for 49!! Such a youthful complexion…and outlook! x

  8. debs flint May 19, 2011 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    Sylvia = yes John Simm was a fab ‘master’ too but I prefer his dramas and of course Life on Mars was all about him!
    You’re almost exactly one year older than me hon! will be a big blog this time next year eh! lol

  9. debs flint May 19, 2011 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    Nigel – no cream teas but I did succumb to a couple of Alix’s profiteroles! She was the perfect host – see next blog!
    Moillusions site interesting stuff – thanks – you always come up with good comments, ta!

  10. debs flint May 19, 2011 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Elisabeth – haha – I’m flattered! It’s fab doing writing for sure – but I wouldn’t even think about starting until I’d read a couple of books or gone on a couple of courses. The think about being a beginner is that there’s so much you ‘don’t know you don’t know’. Learning all about character arcs, conflict, inciting incidents and ‘show not tell’ are amongst the things I didn’t know I didn’t know.
    Now if you’re just writing for you’re own interest, that’s a different thing!
    I’d recommend a couple of the books on the ‘writers’ site, look half way down ‘free expert advice and tips’ as a start.
    But have lots of fun writing and that’s the main thing! As Harry Bingham says in his book ‘getting published’, the biggest rule is ‘write a good book’!
    good luck!
    ps when you’ve finished your first novel, let me know! Happy to give it the once over! I’m in a little writing group of ladies who’ve all done the same courses, so we’re ‘singing off the same song sheet’ as they say, and it really helps for us to take a look at each other’s work.

  11. debs flint May 19, 2011 at 12:20 am -  Reply

    Louise, oo oo oo – how lovely to have received the book from Elisabeth! Enjoy!
    Yes I’d definitely say the Tony Robbins courses are worthwhile – he puts on a great show if nothing else, and is a fascinating expert in human behaviour. If you go in determined to enjoy it and use his stuff then it’s worthwhile. don’t book it without asking /googling around tho cos there are often discounted tickets available.
    And yes I think it’d be worth a try with the pilates – unofficial advice of course, bearing in mind all the usual caveats about ‘check with doctor’ etc. Keep me informed!
    best wishes and nice to hear from you as usual!

  12. debs flint May 19, 2011 at 12:22 am -  Reply

    Michelle – the camera’s great – amazing zoom! Look at next blog for some examples!
    Glad you tried a fish pedicure hon – good for you!
    hugs to your gang!

  13. debs flint May 19, 2011 at 12:25 am -  Reply

    Susan – thanks thanks and thanks again! I blooming love pilates, yes! There’s something about how your muscles feel after you’ve been doing it, with no pounding pavements or doing anything that’s too hard! I just need to do it more! lol.
    Yes next year will be a big one – am intending to arrange a big party to go to the ST Catherine’s dock ‘medieval night’ amongst other things!
    Thanks for your kind compliments hon!

  14. Ann Whittle June 3, 2011 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    It’s “Glitterfairy01″ here. Thank you for the information regarding writers workshops. I’ve put it on my faves on the computer. I do write but not in the same league as your good self. Hope you had a fabulous birthday. I love reading your blog and watching you on air too. You always make me laugh as you are such a good sport.
    Take Care
    Ann xx

  15. Lorraine Bailey July 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    I love the gold link necklace and earrings you’ve been wearing the last couple of days. Are they on sale at QVC?
    Best wishes,

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