The Garrett Learning Newsletter. Being Inspirational – October 2023

Inside this month’s issue: 

  • What should we do after World Mental Health Day?
  • Being inspirational 
  • Monday Club

What’s been happening?


I can’t lie, I’ve had a wonderful three weeks away in the sunshine. My husband Charlie and I went to the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia for a family wedding and we stopped via Bali on the way home for a little holiday (and Bali was on my bucket list!)


Bali is quite a nice place to write this newsletter! 

I’m not a work-a-holic by any means, I don’t always work while I’m away, however the joys of being self-employed does mean that I can go away on holiday more often so I do need to keep on top of work. I pretty disciplined with the holiday/work balance. I usually spend the first hour of my day with a cuppa and catch up on emails, share a social media post etc then I have the rest of the day to rest, explore and eat amazing food.   


What’s coming up?


Lots of exciting stuff, that’s what is coming up! 


I’m passionate about supporting others and helping people grow. This is why I changed my career direction to Learning and Development in 2012. I love to support people and connection (or re-connecting people) is important to me. 

Whilst I’ve been away and ‘out’ of the business, my brain, ideas, and creativity levels have ramped up a notch or two.  


  • I will be running Monday Club on the first Monday of every month. It’s online, it’s free, and for 45 minutes starting on Monday 6th November at 4pm. Monday Club welcomes everyone, whether you’re in business, study or working towards personal goal, come and check it out. 


Sign up here! 


  • The Work Retreat in the Cotswolds, January 17th to 19th. Get away from the daily grind and give yourself some time to focus on yourself and your business. £575 for 2 nights in a castle, breakfast, dinner, entertainment and a massage. Find out more here: A perfect way to start the new year. 



What’s new?


World Mental Health Day has come and gone, however we need to continually support the people in our team. If you’re looking for some guidance, the new MHFA England programme: Mental Health Skills for Managers, will help you on your way. 


This programme will support managers in putting well-being at the top of the leadership agenda. The programme will provide confidence and practical skills to support the team in person or virtually. The managers will be confident in having a conversation with their team members about mental health and wellbeing.

This programme will help you create a healthy workplace for all which will encourage employees to thrive, be themselves at work, and access the support that is required.

If you’re a people manager, this course is for you.

Cost per person: £150 – includes digital resources, workbook and certificate.

Dates for all the MHFA England Adult open programmes are available on this link: 

If you’re interested in running your own private cohort, or want more information please email or book in a call to chat directly with Wendy: 


Finally, I’ve been nominated for an award! 


Women Who Inspire Award – This award will go to the woman who, against all odds, has risen to challenges and made the impossible into possible for herself. 


I’ve been recognised as ‘Inspiring’ by the fantastic group of ladies at Women Who, Worcestershire. The awards dinner is at the end of November. I feel truly honoured to be recognised for doing what I love. 


There are ten finalists, who are all incredibley inspiring ladies. Whom we can all learn from and support one another. 


It led me to think about being inspirational. I’ve had a few conversations over the last couple of months about how I’ve inspired others.


  • I’m training for the London Marathon in April, so I started Couch to 5k. My sister-in-law and friend mentioned they’d re-started couch to 5k running as I had been posting my runs on Strava and Facebook and it inspired them to get back out there and give it a go. They’re smashing their goals too!


  • I chatted with a former learner on one of the MHFA England programmes I ran, and she asked about becoming a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. I asked her why she wanted to do this and she said I inspired her to do this through my passion and love for the job. I will continue to support her in the new role. I’m excited to see how she grows and develops as an instructor. 


  • Then just last week, I caught up with a friend on the phone – we hadn’t spoken for 12 years! She moved cities, from Clermont, inland Queensland to Brisbane. I asked her what made her move. I didn’t expect the answer of ‘Wendy it was you that made me do it, if you can travel solo halfway across the world, I can move to a bigger city’ 


All these conversations fill my heart with love and admiration. 


If we want something, we can do anything we put our minds to it. Yes, life gives us challenges, sometimes things don’t go the way we expect them to go. We can learn from this, we realise that change is good and provides us with new opportunities. 


I love this quote from Richard Branson before: 



I really do live by this. It pushes my comfort zone and opens up a new world! Perhaps I will see you at Monday Club to start working on your own goals! 



Want some help?


Garrett Learning creates welcoming, memorable, and learner-focused learning experiences to reach individual and business goals.  Book a discovery call with us to see how Garrett Learning ( ) can help:

  • Lunch and learn workshops
  • MHFA England Programmes  Open courses
  • Bespoke training 
  • 1:1 support
  • Mentoring
  • Work Retreats


Book a chat with Wendy here: 

We (Wendy and her growing team!) are here for you when you need us. We are here to hear you! We are kind in nature and open to hearing everyone’s point of view. Our training and overall learning experiences are built to ensure you feel comfortable and can be yourself. 


If you want to discuss your future plans, I’d love to hear them! Get in touch!

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