Live life like a drive- thru diner and reach your goals

Ayrshire Post - - AYRSHIRE LIFE - Stephen Hous­ton

For a decade the man­u­script sat gath­er­ing dust, tucked away in an old drawer.

Now it’s on the shelves, after a suit­ably mod­ern makeover, to the de­light of writ­ers Jenny Copeland and Vhairi Slaven.

Their first book Drive- Thru Suc­cess was launched at Water­stones in Ayr last week.

Jenny, 58, who lives in Irvine, is a per­for­mance im­prove­ment coach who de­liv­ers lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes for the NHS, and for pub­lic and pri­vate busi­nesses.

She be­gan writ­ing the book ten years ago and had tucked it away in a drawer un­til she met Vhairi in 2015.

Vhairi, 34, from Ayr, is a com­mu­ni­ca­tions as­sis­tant with the NHS, a writer and a yoga teacher in Kil­marnock.

She had been writ­ing blogs, movie re­views and work­ing on her first novel, Miss Jane, when she had a con­ver­sa­tion with Jenny that led to her work­ing on the book, test­ing out the ex­er­cises and writ­ing about her ex­pe­ri­ences.

Drive- Thru Suc­cess is an in­ter­ac­tive work­book us­ing the anal­ogy of a drive- thru restau­rant.

It ex­plains that in essence the three sim­ple steps to creat­ing the kind of life you want: ask ( place our or­der), ac­tion ( pay for your or­der), and ac­tu­alise ( pick up your or­der) in­volve the same pro­cesses as us­ing a drive- thru restau­rant.

It in­cludes ex­er­cises and rec­om­mends prac­tices that will give you the self- knowl­edge and self- be­lief you need to suc­ceed in what­ever way you re­ally want.

Vhairi said: “I met Jenny for a cof­fee and ( as I now know she tends to do) she very quickly turned the con­ver­sa­tion to ask­ing what it was I re­ally wanted over the next few months.

“I an­swered that I wanted to get paid to write, do some­thing cre­ative, and work on a good project with an end goal. She more or less brought out the book and said here you go.”

Jenny added: “It has al­ways been a dream of mine to pub­lish Drive- Thru Suc­cess, and I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have met Vhairi who has helped me to pub­lish the book.

“It has ended up be­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tion of lo­cal ta­lent, with lo­cal de­signer Ab­bie Bun­ton from Kil­marnock creat­ing an eye- catch­ing book cover and web de­signer Deb­bie Suther­land of Kano de­sign creat­ing a pro­fes­sional web­site. “We are all very proud of it.” The co- au­thors are keen sup­port­ers of lo­cal women in busi­ness and net­work us­ing Face­book sites such as Glas­gow Girls Club. Through this they met Kirsty Walker, founder of Love Enigma Train­ing Academy, which of­fers ve­gan and cru­elty free train­ing for makeup artists.

She was at the launch and gave the ladies a makeover.

Jenny added: “It’s an ex­cit­ing time for women, I think we are only just be­gin­ning to get out there and show the world what we can do. There are a lot of lo­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties and women are net­work­ing to­gether to sup­port each other and cre­ate busi­nesses that they are pas­sion­ate about.”

Drive- Thru Suc­cess is avail­able in Water­stones in Ayr, and on Ama­zon as an eBook and pa­per­back.

Launch night Jenny Copeland, right, and Vhairi Slaven

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