Spotlight On Penelope Magoulianiti - Women, Motherhood & Independence

Women, Motherhood & Independence


We all want to live a full life as attractive women, loving mothers and wives, as well as respected professionals at the same time, but we just need a bit of inspiration occasionally on how to carry on. Women in Larnaca will have the opportunity to learn some useful tips and strategies at the next Larnaca Parents Network’s monthly event from Penelope Magoulianiti, author and speaker, who uses her personal experiences as a roadmap for helping women and mothers – not only in Cyprus but internationally too – in finding their strengths and pursuing their dreams, while devoting time to their families. Beata Pal-Christodoulou, an LPN mum, talked to Penelope, author of the recently published book, Women, Motherhood & Independence – A guide to Financial Freedom, Confidence and Beauty after Childbirth (available both in English and Greek).


“I am excited about the opportunity to come to Larnaca, where I will talk about happiness and its importance in our lives. I will share reasons why happiness is crucial in everything we do, the causes why happiness makes us successful and present strategies to adopt it, not only for our own sake, but for the benefit of our children,” she explained.


“As working mothers we tend to forget how important it is to devote time to ourselves in order to relax and recharge. We tend to run around constantly, looking after everyone else, except for ourselves. At some point we end up being overwhelmed and feel frustrated, angry and unhappy.  It is extremely important to pay attention to our needs too, because if we get sick, the precious people we try to protect will suffer with us,” she added.


Life lessons


Penelope emphasized that there is no secret in finding a balanced life, we just must be clear on what we really want from our lives and not how others would like us to be. Below are her three basic principles:


Rule # 1: “We must love and accept ourselves unconditionally. We must be confident with who we are and what we are capable of achieving. We must realize that we do not need permission from anyone to follow our dreams and it is perfectly right to want a better life and go after our dreams.

Having a family doesn’t necessarily mean you have to lock yourself into the house with your one and only priority being to look after your kids and spouse, unless this is the life you really want and makes you happy.  If you want more than being a stay-at-home mom, then you must understand that it is perfectly all right and your kids will not hold it against you.  Our kids observe us and learn from us through examples and not only through words, what we teach and explain to them”.


Rule # 2: “We must plan our days. We set priorities by writing down our ‘to do’ list and deciding on which ones we have to take immediate action on and which ones we ignore for now because they are not that important. We concentrate on the most important ones that bring us closer to the outcome we try to achieve, like closing a deal, finishing a project, learning another language, etc., whatever that might be.”


Rule # 3: “We ought to eliminate distractions, stop letting others determine our own agenda. When we check and reply to emails the minute they come in, then others determine our days. When we answer the phone the minute it beeps, then we let others determine our agenda. We should not check our email more than twice a day and certainly not first thing in the morning. Instead of being available all the time on the phone, we should direct our calls into a voice mail for a certain period of time with the intention of working without interruptions for around an hour. If you do not have distractions at all for ninety minutes, you are going to do a tremendous amount of work.”


The speaker: Penelope Magoulianiti


Penelope grew up in Liopetri, Famagusta with strict parents, who set boundaries and rules for her, nevertheless, she was a straight A student and involved in nearly every activity at school, eager to become a teacher and having the dream of getting out of  the small society of her village and simply travel.

“My mother got married very young, so she made sure I didn’t fall in love from very young age, but she taught me how to have dreams instead, how to have a vision and how to go after my dreams with integrity and determination,” she said.


Penelope got a finance degree from the University of Manchester through distance learning, while working two jobs in Cyprus to enable her to pay her tuition fees. She worked for the same employer (Laiki Bank) for twenty years, out of which, six were in London. Throughout her banking career she gained experience through different positions. She ended her banking career as an investment banker and decided to resign after the events of March 2013 in Cyprus.


She is a mother of two, living in Limassol. She knows how challenging it can be sometimes to have a peaceful family life with career. The past years she has inspired many women by talking to them about her experiences and sharing the knowledge on how to create a fulfilling life.


When: Thursday, 16 October, 2014 - 8-9.30pm

Where: Apothikes, Larnaca


Penelope’s book will be available for sale at the event




Fundraising required for young boy requiring brain scan

Any donations, ideas and services gratefully received

The Larnaca Parents Network (LPN) are requesting assistance in fundraising for a young boy requiring a private brain scan.

The child – who appears to be suffering from multiple issues – comes from a single-parent family who receive no state assistance and have no family in Cyprus, and very little family back in the UK.

Due to the child's age, the window for diagnosis is limited and it may take up to a year and half to obtain the brain scan through the national health service, therefore having a private scan is the only option at this time, but one that the family cannot afford.

The initial scan would cost in the region of €600, and if a further scan is required, the cost for this would be around €1000.

At present, the boy attends school and is in a class for children with issues, but the school and mother are both struggling to cope as the issues accelerate and a diagnosis becomes imperative.

Sharon McKinley – founder of the LPN says: "The boy is not suffering from a terminal disease, but none-the-less, the situation is critical and time is of the essence is diagnosing him and then receiving the correct therapy or treatment. The mother is an active, working mother of the community who offers her time and services willingly whenever we have fundraising events, and now it is our turn to assist her in her hour of need."

A former teacher of the child explained that whilst the boy receives counselling sessions through the recommendation of the school, these have so far been very sporadic with many months in between appointments and zero progress made. She added that the boy appears to be stuck in the system with no one taking the issue as seriously as it is, or offering any real help.

A friend of the family also says that this situation needs urgent attention: "The mother struggles alone to not only deal with the challenges the boy poses, but to also keep the family afloat with what work she can get. She is not comfortable with asking others for help but is in desperate need of it. This is a child genuinely in need of treatment - who is being drastically failed by the system - and who, without a correct diagnosis, cannot start the healing process. A brain scan can quickly and unequivocally offer a diagnosis or at least rule out certain conditions."

Sharon says that whilst donations are most welcome, she knows that times are tough for everyone: "We would love to receive monetary donations, but I know that people are stretched to their limit, therefore, we are also open to ideas for fundraising events, as well as donations of products, services and time to make this happen. The mother is keen for people to get something in return for their donation, which is why she would like to arrange an event whereby donators enjoy a day out in exchange for their help. Alternatively, it would be fantastic if any doctors were willing to offer their services to the family as a community service. I urge anyone who can help to get in touch with us so that we can help a family that is genuinely suffering and needs the support and kindness of the community."

If you can assist in any way, please email the LPN on:

First appeared in The Cyprus Weekly 26/09/14

Going places… - Paula Manoli-Gray

One of the complaints I hear regularly from ex-pats is that Cyprus doesn't have much to do in comparison with the UK. They cite the wonderful theatres, museums and theme parks and bemoan the perceived lack of educational and cultural activities for children on the island.

I do agree in part – who wouldn't want to be able to take their children to London's Natural History Museum or catch a West End musical? We haven't made it back to the UK since having the kids, but I am really looking forward to the day that I can show them places such as Madame Tussauds, the planetarium, Buckingham Palace, and even Pepa Pig World!

But I do not accept that there is nothing going on here. Every week in my capacity as a journalist I hear of a large and varied number of events taking place in Larnaca. Added to that are the list of permanent places of interest we have from museums and monuments to workshops and themed parks.

So it's not a lack of things to see and do that is our problem, I believe that the problem is simply a lack of awareness. I know that I myself wouldn't be aware of half the events taking place if I wasn't a journalist writing about them, and there are many more still that don't even make it on a journalist's radar and that I pick up from Facebook. Where are we going wrong?

As I do not watch Cypriot television I might be missing advertising there, but I do listen to local radio and the events they promote are mainly of the clubbing variety. Even some of the bigger events are not that extensively plugged, and on many an occasion, the final programme is not ready until a mere few days before the event (a reason that I often cannot promote some events, as they are not ready before my editorial deadline).

The other issue is that many events are promoted on a micro-level, ie, only amongst those involved, their families and friends and the particular industry they are affiliated to, so many events are very insular. But we have so many of them! Off the top of my head I could give you numerous suggestions of things to do and see any day of the week across the island, and I believe it would take me years to see everything Cyprus has to offer.

Through a Facebook page 'Kids Fun in Cyprus', we found a number of museums that we had not known about and have so far taken the kids to three; two in Nicosia and one in Limassol. At all three museums, I was asked where on earth a Larnaca family had heard of their little museum, as all three were surprised that word was getting out. The museums are small in size – nothing on the scale of other European cities – but we are small scale as an island, so it stands to reason. Personally, I found them to be just the right size for my young children's concentration levels. All three were enjoyable, well presented, inexpensive and educational, but no one I know had heard of them either. And therein lies the problem.

On another note, I am still deeply feeling the loss of Larnaca's greatest annual event ever – the West End musical brought directly from London every July 1 and 2. The event was stopped as a result of the financial crisis and was something I looked forward to all year round, as I am sure many others did too. Time to bring it back I think…

First appeared in The Cyprus Weekly, 26/09/14


LPN Third Thursday with Author Penelope Magoulianiti -Women, Motherhood & Independence.

When:Thursday 16th October 2014

Time: 8pm - 9.30pm

Where: Apothikos Larnaca

An Evening with Penelope Magoulianiti dedicated mother of two, an inspirational speaker lifestyle coach and Author of Women, Motherhood & Independence.

We all want to live a full life as attractive women, loving mothers and wives, as well as respected professionals at the same time, but we just need a bit of inspiration occasionally on how to carry on.

Women in Larnaca will have the opportunity to learn some useful tips and strategies at the next Larnaca Parents Network’s monthly event from Penelope Magoulianiti, author and speaker, who uses her personal experiences as a roadmap for helping women and mothers – not only in Cyprus but internationally too – in finding their strengths and pursuing their dreams, while devoting time to their families.

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