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Linda Hamilton

Director and Developer, www.thanknest.com

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What are you doing & what were the turning points in your life that led you there?

Over the last 2 years I have been developing a website - Thanknest.com

During that time I was also working on a longitudinal study looking at why students want to leave high school early, & what makes them to change their mind. This got me to thinking about the pivotal moments in my life that have led me to develop my wesbite. For me, there were four turning points that led me to develop Thanknest:

(1) a life changing experience - I am a Mum of two & we almost lost our first child during childbirth (thankfully we had a happy ending). This experience made me realise the importance of being thankful & giving thanks. I wanted to say thank you in a unique way & I wanted to share my thank you with the world;

(2) to motivate myself - there have been times in my life when someone has helped me, supported me, inspired me, or touched my life... but I had never sat down to thank them. I came to realise that if I never made the time to say thank you, they would never know they had touched my life;

(3) the Australian $5 note - when I was about 9 years old we had a school lesson on Caroline Chisholm who had assisted women & children immigrating to Australia. I don't remember the details, but according to Wiki!, she helped with the settlement of 14 000 people. Her contribution to Australian society was honoured with her image being placed on the Australian $5 note between 1967 and 1992. During that lesson I distinctly remember that I too wanted to do something positive in my life;

(4) feeling compelled to spread something positive - during my teenage years & beyond I often watched Oprah. She was always an ambassador for spreading the positives of the world. Whenever I watched her programs, I felt strongly compelled to be one of those people who would give something positive and unique back to the world.

These four moments in time led me to develop Thanknest. What are you doing & what were the turning points in your life that brought you there?



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  • Sep 9 2012: I would have to say that the most motiavtional people for me over the years have indeed been my teachers.The creative, off the wall, interested in life ones those for whom A to B didn't have to be in a straight line and that way of working has been my guide. I have only recently come to realise that all my disapointments in life have been down to expecting to be recognised and praised for my achievements because I put my heart and sole into them but failed to realise nobody, knew that because I was not good at promoting myself I didn't laep up and down and show off.Now it doesn't matter as long as I am happy with the end result.
    I have spent my life linking both Art and Education and have been able to work with disaffected young people in a pupil referral unit.These are the youngsters who are kicked out of school for many reasons and who are so busy kicking out at the system that they fail to see just how goo they can be and where they can make a valid contribution in their own way.The people who work with such youngsters are often very similar and have their own needs and demands and this is often missed because of the calm outer layer they have to put on.
    My enlightenment happened when as Head of Centre going through the Ofsted experience and coupled with my dad being diagnosed with MND I hit the wall and had a breakdown.It was through the help of a very special Lady my mentor and Life Coach that I was able to come out the other side and turn things around.That last sentence doesn't begin to tell the tale ,b ut suffice to say it gave my the inspiration and motivation to re-direct myself and I now continue to teach Art but mainly spend time Coaching and supporting all the staff across the Counties Centres.
    I am particularly interested in women in the menopause and how their circumstances can be re wired to enable them to find themselves again. I am planning a to build a Retreat centre on Kos and offer workshops and holidays for them and use Art as a medium.
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      Sep 10 2012: Hi Sallyann,

      Thank you for sharing your personal story, journey, & those important turning points in your life. You have shared with us some very important lessons.

      Teachers & mentors are amazing - such important work spending time to help... yet they do not get the full recognition they deserve. Your story reminds me of an article I read recently about an organisation 'Hands On Learning' helping students to believe in themselves - I think you may like this - http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/how-this-student-proved-a-teacher-wrong-20120907-25k28.html

      I commend you for taking a journey that has and will continue to benefit many others. Your work is very important & your future retreat sounds like a wonderful project. I wish you much success :)
      • Sep 10 2012: Hi Linda
        thankyou for your kind words of support and the lead for me to follow.I am always searching for new ways to develop and work with both pupils and their teachers/mentors and coaches.

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