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Welcome to the Good Life: The Blueprint

Life is good – and here are a few things to introduce into yours, if you don’t agree, or need a ‘boost’….

  1. Drink Coconut water everyday – stay hydrated
  2. Eat whole foods everyday – stay healthy – follow the Four Pillars of Healthy Eating’ 
  3. Do Hot Yoga – and become a teacher like my housemate @YogaShirley!!
  4. Travel – and share your experiences
  5. Banish negativity from your Facebook – and yes – un-friend/un-follow!
  6. Read – all the time!
  7. Love family, friends and strangers alike
  8. And a personal one for career progression, that’s worked for me and my friends – learn ‘‘ and learn about the ‘Internet of things’ (iot) – this ‘Salesforce for Dummies‘ book may help get you there
  9. Smile as often as you can!
  10. Finally, my favourite: Get yourself a Ganesh NOW – to remind you daily that YOU have the power to remove any obstacles in life

Welcome to the Good Life!

My story:

I was fortunate to experience a few milestones which helped me along the way, which may not be relevant to everyone, but got me to where I am today – a happy place…..

I studied Engineering and Software Development at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

I then moved to London, ended up working for a UK Startup – ‘GlobalExpense’, where I was able to implement a CRM for all aspects of business management – from Customer Support, Account Management, Invoice/Billing Management and Automation, QA and beyond – a fantastic opportunity – Item 9 on my list. We were later acquired by Concur Technologies, who are an incredibly innovative company with immense talent and foresight into the world of Business Travel. Prior to that acquisition, I had only traveled abroad 4 times in my life, but in the last few years, I have had the opportunity to travel to some wonderful places and experience differences in culture which opened my eyes and made me appreciate the world we live in, and everything in it – item 4 on my list. (Side Note: The fact that the owner is Indian made my mother very happy, and settled her heart – I’m 35 and unmarried -well past my ‘sell-by date’ – rebellious in an Indian culture!!!)

During my time in London, I was lucky enough to live with a good good friend, who having been a Dance Teacher, had 2 hip operations, lost one career, and had to ‘transform/pivot’  – she discovered Hot Yoga, and recently became a qualified Yoga instructor with Fierce Grace, taught by the first lady of Hot Yoga in Europe – Michele Pernetta – this helped me with points 1,2 and 3 on the list above – probably the most influential and positive items.

‘I Have a Dream’

I’ll finish with this: Several years ago, I really did have a dream, which I will summarize as follows:

If only all the children in the world could grow up with the belief that they all possess the power and ability to remove any obstacles presented to them in life.

Being of Indian origin, I thought – ‘we have something for that’ – Ganesh. A few conversations with my brother resulted in the creation of a new type of  ‘teddy bear’ – one that EVERY child should have regardless of cast, creed or religion – but being a workaholic, I was immersed in the world of Business (and travel), so my brother followed through, created that very ‘teddy bear’ – and today, I am so proud at what we were able to achieve – There’s still lots to do, and lots more teddies to come, but we need your help and support to get there: If you got this far, I thank you, but I urge you to please go one step further: get yours now, and help make this a reality – and free up some space in my loft!!…. Namaste!






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2. Fierce Grace Hot Yoga Teacher Training Orientation

Shirley Williams Yoga

So 1.45pm today I was meeting with the rest of the Fierce Grace family and discussing our course, the coming week and getting all necessary paperwork and literature! I was nervous as I pictured a sea of yoga teachers all chewing their toes and breathing like Trojans 🙂 Instead I met love.

The teachers are lovely and excited 🙂 they gave good advice and explained all well. I am very lucky to be taught by Emma Croft, Karen Bellfield and Michele Pernetta – some of the UK’s finest, most knowledgable yoga instructors.

I met a lovely mixture of folk and a lot of real nervous energy was wafting about so yeah #mysteve was right: he called it earlier today when he reassured me that most of the trainees will have a level or degree of anxiety of their own. And as a teacher of dance I know that if you…

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How To Pass Salesforce Certification Maintenance Exams, Every Time.


The following is a set of steps I use to study for Salesforce certification maintenance exams, or in my case more specifically the developers’ maintenance exams.  When following this prescription, I’ve never failed.  I originally posted this information to the LinkedIn Certification Group.  I highly recommend joining it.

The certification folks at SFDC should be including, within the certification maintenance notification emails, links to the release notes and educational videos. If you get a notice without these links contact the certification team. In my experience, they’re a very helpful bunch of people.

Also within the notification email you’ll get very specific pointers on what and how to study. I’ve never gotten a notice that didn’t somehow tell me explicitly which topics would be directly tested. I find that 90% of a maintenance exam is an exercise in following those directions. Here’s what I do:

1. Do a quick overview…

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GRRRRRR!!!! Which Approval Process was it?

GRRRRRR!!!! Which Approval Process was it?

Which Approval Process was it?

In a Global SFDC org with over 3000+ users, sometimes you just can’t avoid having many active approval processes on the same object,  no matter how clever you are with entry criteria. Using front-end tools, it’s always difficult to identify just which approval process was used, and when you have lots, it can become a nightmare from a support perspective. Checking the entry criteria for each process isn’t always an appealing proposition.

Recently, I’ve been discussing this with a colleague, and investigating ways to troubleshoot approval process related issues, and have come up with a solution that will satisfy our needs, until we overhaul our whole approval process approach, for this specific object.

Warning: This is not really a scale-able option, as it uses ‘hard-coded’ ‘text’ values within a field update, within each approval process, and therefore a nightmare to update, although not too complex.

Step 1: Add a new field to the required Object, call it ‘Approval Process Name’ or something similar.

Step 2: In the ‘initial submission step’ of each approval process, create a field update to this new field. Update this field using a formula, which should simply be the name of the approval process, in quotes, e.g. “EMEA Finance”. (You’ll need to copy and paste the approval process name into each field update, as you can’t obtain is using the point-and-click options as far as i’m aware).

That’s it. Using this approach ends up creating lots of ‘Field Updates’, so not very good if you don’t like long lists, but it should definitely help identify which approval processes are being used, or more importantly not being used, simply by running object reports. In my world, I’m hoping it will allow our 1st line support the ability to quickly identify issues, before escalating to 2nd line support.

Let me know what you think, or if you have something a little more easier to implement and keep updated, would love to hear from you. Thanks!

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Making my MaKeyMakey Beat Maker

When I first heard about the ‘MaKeyMaKey‘, I knew I’d have to get one, so when it finally arrived in January 2013, I was elated!! I went through several bananas, tested most things in the house for conductivity (including cats and dogs), and then thought about making a cheap ‘beat pad’. Here’s a short explanation of how I did that.

First, it’s probably worth visiting the site for a quick rundown on how it works, but I’ll attempt cover it in one sentence here: it’s a device that replicates ‘key-presses’ on a keyboard, but you can connect each ‘key’ to a ‘thing’. So you could type an ‘A’ onto the screen by e.g. touching a banana. Pretty cool. Check out the official site here:

To make this work for a ‘beat pad’, I had to find software that allows a sound to be played, when I press a particular key on the keyboard. Although there are many music/studio applications that would allow you to do this, I wanted something really lightweight, simple to use, and cheap/free. I found that Soundplant was simple enough to cope with the task at hand.

I searched the web for free drum sounds and samples, and found a range of sites offering free sample packs. I download a few, and started to assign these samples to the keys I needed to trigger sounds.

Now I needed to gather all the parts to make the actual beat pad.. The list:

A MaKeyMakey
A laptop
Aluminium Foil
Sellotape/Insulator Tape
A Shoebox
Some wire
Software used: Soundplant

I started by cutting strips of foil, then folding them into squares, leaving a little bit sticking out, so I could attach a wire clip to it. I attached these foil squares to the lid of an old shoebox, and gave the device a quick test. Here’s a little video of the device, going through its first proof of concept test:

I completed the top of the box with 12 pads, and connected each of these to an output on the MaKeyMaKey, using the crocodile clips provided. I used a lot of insulator tape to make sure that everything stayed in place, and also to make the device look a little neater! I had finished creating my MaKeyMaKey beat pad, and was ready to plug the MaKeyMaKey into my laptop via USB.

The next job was to prepare the samples I wanted to use, so I used the Soundplant app to do this. Once I had found all the samples, I saved the configuration file, and began to plan a demonstration video. Here’s the first take of playing a beat using my new MaKeyMaKey Beatpad:

And here’s a video of me playing a beat to some spoken word, a reading by Seth Godin, of his book ‘The Icarus Deception’, which is also a great book – a recommended read.

Big thanks goes out to @ericrosenbizzle and @wakeupsilver for inventing the #MaKeyMaKey and @ThisIsSethsBlog for the #Kickstarter Project that allowed me to get ‘The Icarus Deception’ on vinyl (I’m old skool!). Also gotta say thanks to @YogaShirley for putting up with the annoying samples playing over and over again while I created my masterpiece!

I hope you enjoy these videos as much as I do! Play, Share, and let me know what you think!


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Removing your Obstacles in 2013

New Year’s Resolutions.

Most will want to give up something, others will want to try something new, overcome fears, get a promotion at work…… however, very few of us will really track our resolutions throughout the year, unless we have constant reminders of what we had set out to achieve…..

You need something that you can look at everyday, to….

  • give you the strength to remove the obstacles that are preventing you from succeeding,
  • inspire you to put that ‘extra bit of effort’ in,
  • give you the strength to push aside the barriers to fulfilling your objectives and resolutions,
  • give you the perseverance to keep going, no matter what comes in your way,
  • give you the courage to start-up that business you’ve always dreamed of,
  • help you find the money for that life-changing training course you’ve always wanted to do,
  • give you the drive to write/publish that book/film…

You need Ganesh – The Remover of Obstacles.

How I do it:

I know Ganesh to be the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ in Hindu Folklore – I remember this fact every time I see Ganesh. All I need is a ‘trigger’ to look at Ganesh everyday. Let’s choose ‘waking up’ to be that trigger – after all – I do that every day!!

So – every morning when I wake up, one of the first things I see is Ganesh. I make a point of looking at Ganesh over on my chest of drawers, as I sit up in my bed, shortly after turning off my alarm. That’s it. There is nothing more to it. Really. And it changed my life. How? Here comes the ‘science’ bit…….

Seeing Ganesh triggers a wave of thoughts about my life, dreams, aspirations, targets, goals, and what I think are ‘obstacles’ to success for these many thoughts and ideas I have. This brings ‘self awareness’ of one’s weaknesses and obstacles <;<;<;<; THIS IS THE GOLD DUST. All I have to do now is write down these obstacles, and start crossing them off the list as I overcome each one. Once I get to the bottom of the list (if I don't keep adding to it!), I will inadvertently have overcome the obstacles that were preventing success for my own personal goals/dreams/aspirations!!! Achieving them simply becomes a 'choice', unrestricted by 'obstacles'.

It's kind of like having goals, but not going after the goals – go after the obstacles, and the goals will eventually rack-up!

Apart from the fact that there's a great opportunity for someone to create an 'app' to deliver the above 'life goal tracker', I hope you're able to find inspiration in the above – and if you think Ganesh will help you achieve your dreams, head on over to


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PlushIndia: ‘Jai-ho, Jai-ho, it’s off to work we go….’ :)

PlushIndia.comChristmas is magical. It brings happiness and joy to the hearts and minds of many millions of people all over the world. This year at, we’ve had so much fun preparing Christmas orders, we thought we’d share the magical journey with you. Click the image below to see some lovely pictures of a special order being prepared…..

Here’s to a great 2013!

Ready to remove obstacles all over the world!

Ready to remove obstacles all over the world!

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