Learning to Love Christmas

Learning to Love Christmas

The other day I saw a story on the internet and it made me think about Christmas. The story is one about a gardener who was getting frustrated with garden weeds. It goes like this: A man who took great pride in his lawn found himself with a large crop of dandelions....
Picking a Winner

Picking a Winner

The other day I lost £10 at the races. I was convinced that despite the odds I was going to pick the winner. How wrong I was. Wouldn’t it be great to predict the future? Imagine all the success at the races. Never again would you lose money. You could go to Las...
Which Wolf Do You Feed?

Which Wolf Do You Feed?

If you’ve ever battled with the two inner voices, then this Cherokee fable will resonate with you. Cherokee Fable One evening, a grandfather was teaching his young grandson about the internal battle that each person faces. “There are two wolves struggling...
The Problem Is Not The Problem

The Problem Is Not The Problem

If you want to really help people then the best piece of advice I can give you is don’t give advice. We all love to offer solutions when we’re confided in. However, what we don’t realise is that people don’t want solutions to their problems....
A Letter To My Baby Nephew

A Letter To My Baby Nephew

My nephew is just a baby and recently my sister, mum and I decided to do something for him for the future. We decided to write him a letter that he might be intrigued with when he’s a bit older. Rather than a traditional letter I thought it might be interesting...
The Daffodil Principle

The Daffodil Principle

If you want to do something really inspirational this year, then read this story I found on the internet. It’s about a lady in America whose daughter (Carolyn) took her to see a field of daffodils. The lady was reluctant to go at first, but her daughter...
How Busy Are You?

How Busy Are You?

How busy are you? It was a question I asked a group of business women this week. They sighed wearily and nodded that they were very busy indeed. Being busy is one of the hazards of running your own business: I’ve yet to come across a coaching client who...
Lessons From a Puppy

Lessons From a Puppy

We’ve just got a labradoodle puppy called Buzz. He epitomises cuteness and charm and everyone who meets him dissolves into coo’s of delight. However, although this puppy can be at times a pure joy; at others he is a real terror. Buzz has only been in our...
Why the Golden Gate Bridge is Orange

Why the Golden Gate Bridge is Orange

Have you ever wondered why the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is painted orangey-red? Why not silver like the neighbouring Bay Bridge? Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, someone on our tour bus asked this question. It was only then that it struck that I’d...
What is Happiness?

What is Happiness?

What is happiness? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself extensively over the past few days after a trip abroad to Bangladesh. Bangladesh is such a mad, chaotic and vibrant country. It’s untouched by tourism and is heaving with noise, colour, dust...
Create Valentine Memories

Create Valentine Memories

Imagine this. It’s midnight, it’s freezing cold outside and you’ve just snuggled down under your warm duvet for a welcome sleep. Just as you’re about to fall into a deep slumber your partner walks into the bedroom, leans over the bed and...
Fear Makes the Wolf Bigger Than it Is

Fear Makes the Wolf Bigger Than it Is

There is a German proverb that says, “Fear makes the wolf bigger than it is.” I was reminded of this the other day as we were discussing the dangers of being hit by lightning. My mother began to lecture my brother, whose is a keen golfer, on the dangers of...
What Are the Golf Balls in Your Life?

What Are the Golf Balls in Your Life?

I turned 40 the other day. I suppose there are two ways to look at it. I’m either an 18 year old with 22 years worth of experience, or I’ve moved onto the escalator of middle age. My initial reaction to turning 40 was to sit down and write a list of all...
Bad Customer Care – Life Happens

Bad Customer Care – Life Happens

The other day I stayed in a grotty hotel. It was tired and grubby and all night the plumbing gurgled and rattled. The next morning the shower water wouldn’t drain away and the toilet wouldn’t flush. It was such a huge relief when daylight arrived – I...
What is Missing From Your Life?

What is Missing From Your Life?

There are two questions I want you to ask yourself. What’s the most important thing in your life right now and What’s missing from your life? Before you continue reading come up with some answers. These answers will be unique to you and once you know what...
Do You Have Work Life Balance?

Do You Have Work Life Balance?

Work life balance means different things to different people, there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’. For example, one of my clients is a lady who is a PA to the regional manager of a well known national organisation. Let’s call her Jill. When I...
Stories and How To Change Them

Stories and How To Change Them

Have you ever left the house, driven down the road and wondered something along the lines of, ‘Did I switch the iron off?’ or ‘Is the grill still on?’ Then on returning to the house you realise your concern was completely unfounded? Did I Leave...
Enjoy Life More Via Paradigm Shifts

Enjoy Life More Via Paradigm Shifts

The other night my watch was stolen from my wrist. I couldn’t believe it. I was out with some friends for an evening and it was taken from right under my nose. My husband had given it to me as a present, so I was particularly attached to it. I’m still at a...
The Emotional Bank Account

The Emotional Bank Account

“At every party there are two kinds of people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is they are usually married to each other.” These words, written some time ago by an Agony Aunt still ring true today. Couples can seem...

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