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Crying needs to be normalised!

Crying needs to be normalised!

Most of us have had experiences when we were young of being told   “Big boys/girls don’t cry” “Don’t be scared” ‘Wipe away those tears and put on a smile!’   And as we get older that phrasing might change to “Cheer up, it’s not that bad” “Pull yourself together”...

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You’re not broken: Sensitivity is a Superpower!

You’re not broken: Sensitivity is a Superpower!

If you’ve ever watched the news or read an article about the level of injustice in the world, and been overwhelmed by a deep sense of sadness and helplessness - you’re not ‘over-reacting’.    Maybe you’ve attended an event or party with friends, even had fun and...

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The fine wool suit that never quite fitted.

The fine wool suit that never quite fitted.

10 years ago in April 2010, almost a year after qualifying as a coach, I was still searching for my niche, so I could attract people to pay me for coaching.  I felt completely out of my depth, not knowing how to find clients, and feeling like a fish out of water. I’d...

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The Art of Taking Up Space

The Art of Taking Up Space

During lockdown I’ve been taking my daughter out for driving practice.    She’s doing really well now, and I can’t believe it was only a few short months ago that we drove round and round the local village car park (totally empty!) - stop, start, stop - trying to...

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What a sunflower can teach us about connection

What a sunflower can teach us about connection

Do you sometimes feel isolated or lonely, yet feel there’s nothing you can do about it, because the ‘normal’ connection solutions don’t apply to you? “If you’re feeling lonely, you should join a group or a class,” they say.“Invite a friend round for a meal” ….That’s...

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How to be more Resilient in turbulent times

How to be more Resilient in turbulent times

At the time of writing (May 2020) here in Scotland we are still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus crisis. In these crazy times,  we might be feeling a mixture of helplessness, frustration, disconnection and whole host of other ‘negative’ feelings. It’s important to...

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How to speak up, even when you feel inferior.

How to speak up, even when you feel inferior.

When you meet ‘successful’ people, do you feel inferior and assume they know more than you? Do you assume that what you say would be irrelevant or they’d think it was silly, so you stay quiet ? (and then give yourself a hard time later because of what you could have...

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How to stop arguing with yourself and return to inner calm.

How to stop arguing with yourself and return to inner calm.

Last week, still in lockdown and self-isolation, we had our food shopping delivered by a very helpful Asda driver (complete with gloves and full filter face mask).  As he unloaded the shopping and we carried the bags inside, I noticed that as well as stuff we were...

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Something holding you back? How to get unstuck.

Something holding you back? How to get unstuck.

In this blog, I want to explore how to get unstuck from a certain kind of stuckness. This stuckness can be relentless, infuriating and downright exhausting. It feels like one leg is held tight in a concrete block, and we can’t move anywhere without huge effort.  It...

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Speaking up in a messy transition…

Speaking up in a messy transition…

My friend Steve Mattus released a video  recently that really touched me. It reminded me how powerful it is to show up real and uncut.  I’ve been hiding, scared to show up and talk about business related stuff because I’m not CLEAR on the direction my business is...

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When it all feels too much: taking on the ‘D’ word.

Why is mental health still such a taboo? Why is it ok to say you’ve got a headache, or the flu or a broken leg, but it’s not ok to say you feel depressed ? I’m writing this to share my own experience, and to give you hope that if you’re not feeling well, either now or...

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