Our Guest

Laura Donnelly

Virtually Amazing the Podcast


Shelley Fishel

Jo Brianti

Show Notes

Today we chat with Laura Donnelly of Body Brain Balance – we talk about using the exact amount of energy for the task at hand. Find out how ease can help in any area of your life including how to make decisions. How you can do everything with ease.

And – Shelley admits to eating cake – again!


Our Guest - Laura Donnelly

Laura Donnelly is a teacher, mentor, choreographer, dancer, and writer. She teaches Body-Brain Balance, evolved from the Alexander Technique, Somatics, and Movement Fundamentals™ online and in person. People who work with Laura reduce stress, eliminate overwhelm, and discover their “right effort” to achieve dynamic balance in all activities. Laura has an MFA in Theatre Arts/Dance from the University of Arizona. She toured throughout the U.S. and Europe as a professional dancer performing ballet, modern and historical dance. Her choreography has been performed in the U.S. and Europe. She has appeared on the following videocasts: Surfing Your Edge and Discovering Love and Gratitude. Laura is the founder and producer of The Healing Path Conversations.

You will learn

Here are some of the resources available from Laura

In these unpredictable times, self-care is even more important, especially for caregivers. To support your self-care we will be running different versions of the Easy Peasy Itsy Bitsy Bite-Sized Self Care Adventure several times this year.

Adventure 2 begins April 1, 2021!  That’s not a joke, we really are starting on April Fool’s Day to encourage us all to remember to look at the lighter side of things.

You can sign up here now!
If you’ve joined us for an earlier challenge/adventure, the format is the same (only 7 days, one short daily video in a private Facebook group, supportive commenting and engaging, daily email reminders) and each time we add some new tips or organize them in a different flow. So, it’s familiar but different – we’d love to see you in the private group in April!

NEW in 2021!

We have created the first of what will be a series of mini self-study courses. The Arc | Ark of Caregiving – Create a Safe Space for Yourself on Your Caregiving Journey

This 30-minute mini-course will give you an outline of the 5 main stages of the caregiving journey. This basic understanding of what to expect will help you identify where you are currently in your caring adventure so that you can manage the ups and downs more easily.

The Arc | Ark of Caregiving will take you from swimming in uncertainty and overwhelm to creating a simple and effective self-care routine that will give you a safe space to return to throughout your caregiving journey.

We are creating a series of short informative courses that you will be able to access on your own time. Each course will focus on one aspect/topic of the caregiving journey and provide a tool for calming and recentering in the midst of the often unpredictable adventures of caring for another. The series is designed so that each course is a complete unit and caregivers will be able to select topics relevant to their particular situation.

In addition, when we launch each course (we anticipate a new mini-course will be ready every 2-3 months), we will share it with a live question and answer session. This will give you a chance to:

  • meet in a group via zoom,
  • share problems and solutions,
  • be supported by and support other caregivers.

That’s not all we’ve been up to in the last few months.

We have also created a free tip sheet 7 Super Simple Self-Care Solutions for you. It’s a free gift to all who sign-up for our email list but since you’re already signed up we wanted to make sure you got a copy!

We continue our commitment to supporting caregivers in all the different caring situations they find themselves in whether remote caring, in-person caring, coordinating care, or something else unique to your situation. Our experiences have taught us that the caring journey can be one of growth and transformation for the person being cared for and the carer. We are honored to share this journey with you.

If you’d like more information on any of these projects, just email info@caregiverscentral.net 

If you have friends or relatives who are caring for others, please share https://caregiverscentral.net with them. Our goal continues to be to provide gentle support for people who are on caring journeys.

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The session was well structured and the explanation was very clear. It was amazing how Shelley managed to squeeze so much info in just one hour and a half! Colin’s support and contributions were also very valuable, and so were “Virtual Veronica”‘s. Thank you for a most interesting and useful training session at the Miss Jones Virtual Summit!

Laura Carizzo- Royal Norwegian Embassy in Argentina

I haven’t used PowerPoint in 20 years, this has really boosted my confidence.

Lyn Parker

Course is packed with so much valuable information in a easy-to-understand and follow language, even for a complete beginner. I can respect the fact that sometimes it’s very hard for an expert to break the information down to basics. but Shelley has done it brilliantly. I was sure that I knew quite a bit but Shelley has proven me wrong even at the very beginning of the basics of PowerPoint. Lessons are short and precise which allowed me to easily transfer the new skill into practice without being overwhelmed and to carry on adding on more with each lesson. I had so many ‘Aha!’ moments and for most of them I couldn’t believe I used to pay graphic designer to do it for me, now, thanks to Shelley, I am looking forward to creating, designing, converting my presentations all by myself!

Iva Freeman – Vertex Human Capital

Shelley was very thorough and knew a lot of tip’s for using Teams, thank you 🙂

James O’Connor – Cavannah Homes

Very informative, constantly getting everyone in the meeting involved, loved every bit of it!

Dylan Teal Hopkins – Cavannah Homes
Fantastic and informative training and great to see all of the exciting functions with Microsoft Teams.
Laura Rigby – The Apprenticeship College
Shelley was really clear in her teaching and went at a pace that was helpful to us. We covered all we needed to know to get us started, as a small team, using MS Teams. She was also very helpful in the run up to the session, with check in calls and ensuring our platform was set up correctly. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone wanting to learn to navigate their way around MS Teams.
Leigh Dowling – Innuous

Microsoft Teams One to One Training Session

Shelley was approachable, easy to work with, and agile with answering questions to apply the session to my specific needs

Melissa Marshall – Present Your Science

A course on Outlook had been on the top of my list when Shelley asked VA’s what they wanted to learn.

It was a real case of ‘so that’s how you do it’ or ‘I never knew that’. I have to say that I learnt so many great tips it has definitely improved the way I work in Outlook and my inbox is looking colourful and organised and I can’t wait to share this knowledge with my clients.

Jacqueline Leake – JLeake VA Services – Outlook

A great course with lots of examples and step by step instructions. I can now confidently create infographics and as a bonus, I learnt a lot of new PowerPoint functionality that will enhance all my PowerPoint work and save me so much time.

Jessica Bailey – Integral Resource

I really like Shelley’s courses. She has a clear and easy to follow teaching style. In ‘How to Create Fillable Forms’ I’ve learned about the functions of the Developer ribbon which will mean I’ll be able to create a bespoke Returns Form for a client who has an online shop

Freya Henderson – Virtual Office Orkney

Shelley was really clear in her teaching and went at a pace that was helpful to us. We covered all we needed to know to get us started, as a small team, using MS Teams. She was also very helpful in the run up to the session, with check in calls and ensuring our platform was set up correctly. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone wanting to learn to navigate their way around MS Teams.

Sarah Clements – Inuous

Absolutely superb course, easy to follow and to refer back whilst putting it all into practice! I was unaware of the extent you can customise a presentation and it’s just made me want to know more – what’s next Shelley?

Denise Williams

I thought I had a pretty good grasp of Outlook until I did this course! In her videos, Shelley is clear and concise, and the language she uses is straightforward and jargon-free. Each module is broken down into manageable chunks, which helps keep your attention and means the course is easy to fit in around other commitments. I’ve created email templates and implemented rules that are already saving me time, and as all the other things I’ve learnt start to become second nature, the positive impact on my efficiency is fast becoming clear. This course has been incredibly beneficial and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to strengthen their skills and boost productivity.

Pip Doleman VA

I thought I knew Powerpoint really well, but I wanted to specifically learn how to use Powerpoint to create better infographics, easily and quickly. Shelley explains everything in a very logical and clear way, so I understood everything the first time I heard it. The most useful thing I learnt was that Powerpoint can do so much more than I thought it could. By also using the short cuts that Shelley showed me I am much quicker than I have ever been and I thought I was already quick!

Susan Marot

Shelley Fishel of Tomorrow’s VA has a wealth of experience in Microsoft Office. I met her in person 2 years ago at the PA Show in London. I also saw her in action in a fab workshop and knew she was the whizz that everyone had told me she was. I have since bought a lifetime access to her HUB and all the courses in there are a MUST if you are a VA on a mission. The courses will give you confidence in all the Office 365 components and will catapult you to dizzy heights

Alex Hughes