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She Swam With Turtles and I Gained a Super Hero

16th October 2016

She Swam With Turtles and I Gained a Super Hero

Brenda Bergin

She virtually tapped my shoulder and whispered Caroline, come over to my group and post your articles there. So, I joined Seniorpreneurs Ireland a facebook group that has become so popular that entrepreneurs of all ages, genders and countries are now welcome to join.

Social media can be daunting and over-whelming at first, especially for us introverted types who thrive on our inner-world of serenity and the exploration of ideas. She didn't stop there, constantly reminding me keep telling people about your work, you are doing great, you've got to get your name out there!

This encouraging, supportive and inspirational lady is Brenda Bergin (@DigiGranBiz) another of my many sponsors for my Art Exhibition show-casing 'The Sacred Lives Of Trees' which takes place during November 2016 in Carlow.

It turns out that Digi-Gran is a lover of art and nature who revels in the wild sounds of the wind stirring the branches of trees to fantastic displays of free-style dancing.

Mother of two with three adorable grand-children, a fondness for cats and dogs and, a romantic at heart, Brenda is a senior with an interesting past and it looks like she's set to blaze a trail through the years that she is fortunate to receive.

Brenda's career has been long and varied, nursing, auctioneering, tourism and being self-employed, all had one thing in common for Brenda, an outlet for her passion for providing customer service, care, social communications and networking. As Brenda simply states 'I love helping people'.

Brenda was the original host of the popular weekly Twitter hour '#tweetursis' through which she successfully promoted brands for three years. Her business 'Sun Flower Touch Supply' (@paloma100449 on Twitter) was the third Irish business to be picked as winner of the Sunday Business Show(#SBS) of UK Dragon Theo Paphitis. Brenda's business at that time, carried a range of superior materials for Milliners hats and fascinators.

Life has its many challenges but Digi-Gran (who I sometimes refer to as Super-Gran) simply rolls with the rough and tumble and adapts to all that comes her way, just like 'The Sacred Trees' which inspire my paintings.

The toughest of these challenges has to have been Brenda's six year encounter with cancer. Brenda made a successful recovery to good health, using her desire to swim with turtles as her reward for making it through. This all happened during her dream holiday, a 34 day cruise from Ireland to the Caribbean and back, which included a visit to the magical Isle Of Mustique.

Brenda shares her secret to successful living

" My message every morning is I exhale the past and I inhale the future."

Brenda Bergin,Seniorpreneurs Ireland

Digi-Gran has had an interesting past however, as travel was in her bones from an early age. Having a best-friend in school who was Spanish, drew her to Spain, a country which she has lived and worked in and continues to visit regularly. During her nursing years at International Missionary Training Hospital (as it was known), in Drogheda, Brenda met nurses and doctors from all over the world, including India and Africa and was all set to travel to Zambia and further afield at one point.

Returning, eventually, to her nursing profession in her home-place of Waterford, Brenda met and fell in love with her current partner, a doctor, just like in the Mills and Boons stories. Digi-Gran is a true romantic. Add to the list her enthusiasm for hockey and tennis which she played avidly throughout her school and working years.

"With Digi-Gran at your side you are surely set to soar"

With her latest business DigiGranBiz (Seniorpreneurs Ireland on Facebook), Brenda Bergin aims to promote brands through use of social media platforms, web advertisement and networking events. She regards this as a natural step in her colourful career. Her vision is simply to help people by giving them the means to get their businesses seen and heard.

Brenda kindly offered to be a promotional sponsor of my November 2016 art exhibition featuring my painting collection 'The Sacred Lives Of Trees'. Her advice to artists and indeed all businesses is plan your marketing strategy in advance and reach out to those who can help you to succeed.

Wishing Digi-Gran much success in her business and in life .

Twitter: @digigranbiz

Facebook: Seniorpreneurs Ireland

Caroline Cunningham

Through my art and writing I share stories and inspiration for transformation, healing and dreams turning to reality. When you visit my gallery you glimpse my journey, my authentic path. It took a ‘Break True’ moment to point me towards developing my artistic talents. It’s never too late to make a new start. I’ve achieved a lot in a relatively short time. My work has been presented in New York as part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, has been displayed on county Post Office and has been show-cased on National TV. Read more about my art journey here.

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  • Multi-talented & Down to Earth

    Caroline is a multi-talented artist and one of the most down to earth people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Her work in reflexology is second to none. She is completely dedicated to the well being of her clients. Caroline’s singing is truly magnificent, and an experience that the world really needs to prepare for.

    Fran Malone, Hypnotherapy, Cork, Dublin, Ireland

    Tremendously Talented &
    Authentic Soul

    Caroline is an incredible artist, her grace and beauty are reflected in her work which is a real treat. I’ve also had the privilege of witnessing Caroline sing in Hebrew, she is a tremendously talented singer. Caroline is a really authentic soul who is not afraid to be herself and I so admire that about her.

    Madeleine Forrest, Tourism & Events, Carlow, Ireland

    Her Readers Travel With Her

    Caroline is a gifted artist with so many additional talents. Caroline’s gift with words offers her readers to travel with her. This is an artist I will be following closely. It was an honour for me to support Caroline in reaching her ‘Fund-It’ target for her art exhibition ‘The Sacred Lives Of Trees’.

    Brenda Bergin, Seniorpreneurs Ireland

  • Renaissance Woman

    Caroline has many talents and will be able to write a beautiful poem, paint a lovely picture and even sing at your wedding. Her travel writing stories are captivating. She is certainly a renaissance woman and if you have her to do anything for you she will put her all into it and make sure you are happy with the finished product.

    Jackie De Sousa, London, UK

    A Great Affinity with Earth & Humanity

    I love Caroline’s art which conveys a peaceful, deep understanding of the essence of place, through colours, fluid shapes and perfect light, evoking smell, time of day and her connection with nature.

    Read more...

    Caroline is also a talented writer, sharing her experiences in an easy to read style. Her honesty and interest in the simple, everyday details and lives of other cultures is compelling and revealing. She shows a great affinity with humanity and the earth we inhabit.

    Sinead O’Gorman, Historian & Actress, Wexford, Ireland

    A Fund of Talent

    In representing the Carlow Association of London at the St Patrick’s Parade in New York in 2015 it was my role to make a presentation to Carlow Association of New York. I wanted something special to show the link between Carlow, New York and London.

    Read more...

    I contacted Caroline by phone a few days prior to the visit & soon the painting entitled ‘Mind the Gap’ was born. It was well received in New York as was her poem of the same title. I cannot recommend Caroline highly enough. She’s a fund of talent with great ability in going that extra bit further.

    John Nolan, Carlow London Association, UK

  • Powerful & Magical Piece of Art

    I love art and I’m the privileged owner of Caroline’s ‘Break true’. Caroline has uncannily captured in a most beautiful way, a woman breaking through the ties of her life and reaching for freedom. It’s now a daily reminder of the strength I found within to change my life. A truly powerful and magical piece of art which I will always treasure for many personal reasons. Caroline has many gifts to share with the world and I wish her success in all that she does.

    Teresa McGrath, Hypnotherapy, Dublin, Ireland

    Vibrant & Radiant

    Caroline’s use of colour makes even a naked winter tree look vibrant and radiates in any room graced with her art.

    Gavin Duffy, Investor, Dragon & Presidential Candidate 2018

    Striking & Courageous

    Caroline’s ‘Break True’ art piece is so well defined even in it’s title, representing a moment of awakening. It’s a striking work depicting true nature, light and shadow and the courage it takes to push through with authenticity. I’m also the proud owner of Caroline’s artwork & books and she is featured in my own book entitled Dreaming Doors.

    Maria Lehtman, Author & Digital Influencer, Finland

  • Multi-talented & Down to Earth

    Caroline is a multi-talented artist and one of the most down to earth people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Her work in reflexology is second to none. She is completely dedicated to the well being of her clients. Caroline’s singing is truly magnificent, and an experience that the world really needs to prepare for.

    Fran Malone, Hypnotherapy, Cork, Dublin, Ireland

  • Tremendously Talented &
    Authentic Soul

    Caroline is an incredible artist, her grace and beauty are reflected in her work which is a real treat. I’ve also had the privilege of witnessing Caroline sing in Hebrew, she is a tremendously talented singer. Caroline is a really authentic soul who is not afraid to be herself and I so admire that about her.

    Madeleine Forrest, Tourism & Events, Carlow, Ireland

  • Her Readers Travel With Her

    Caroline is a gifted artist with so many additional talents. Caroline’s gift with words offers her readers to travel with her. This is an artist I will be following closely. It was an honour for me to support Caroline in reaching her ‘Fund-It’ target for her art exhibition ‘The Sacred Lives Of Trees’.

    Brenda Bergin, Seniorpreneurs Ireland

  • Renaissance Woman

    Caroline has many talents and will be able to write a beautiful poem, paint a lovely picture and even sing at your wedding. Her travel writing stories are captivating. She is certainly a renaissance woman and if you have her to do anything for you she will put her all into it and make sure you are happy with the finished product.

    Jackie De Sousa, London, UK

  • A Great Affinity with Earth & Humanity

    I love Caroline’s art which conveys a peaceful, deep understanding of the essence of place, through colours, fluid shapes and perfect light, evoking smell, time of day and her connection with nature.

    Read more...

    Caroline is also a talented writer, sharing her experiences in an easy to read style. Her honesty and interest in the simple, everyday details and lives of other cultures is compelling and revealing. She shows a great affinity with humanity and the earth we inhabit.

    Sinead O’Gorman,Historian & Actress, Wexford, Ireland

  • A Fund of Talent

    In representing the Carlow Association of London at the St Patrick’s Parade in New York in 2015 it was my role to make a presentation to Carlow Association of New York. I wanted something special to show the link between Carlow, New York and London.

    Read more...

    I contacted Caroline by phone a few days prior to the visit & soon the painting entitled ‘Mind the Gap’ was born. It was well received in New York as was her poem of the same title. I cannot recommend Caroline highly enough. She’s a fund of talent with great ability in going that extra bit further.

    John Nolan, Carlow London Association, UK

  • Powerful & Magical Piece of Art

    I love art and I’m the privileged owner of Caroline’s ‘Break true’. Caroline has uncannily captured in a most beautiful way, a woman breaking through the ties of her life and reaching for freedom. It’s now a daily reminder of the strength I found within to change my life. A truly powerful and magical piece of art which I will always treasure for many personal reasons. Caroline has many gifts to share with the world and I wish her success in all that she does.

    Teresa McGrath, Hypnotherapy, Dublin, Ireland

  • Vibrant & Radiant

    Caroline’s use of colour makes even a naked winter tree look vibrant and radiates in any room graced with her art.

    Gavin Duffy, Investor, Dragon & Presidential Candidate 2018

  • Striking & Courageous

    Caroline’s ‘Break True’ art piece is so well defined even in it’s title, representing a moment of awakening. It’s a striking work depicting true nature, light and shadow and the courage it takes to push through with authenticity. I’m also the proud owner of Caroline’s artwork & books and she is featured in my own book entitled Dreaming Doors.

    Maria Lehtman, Author & Digital Influencer, Finland

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