The History of Mothers’ Day

Mother’s Day was celebrated in the UK on Sunday 26th March this year. It was lovely for me to see photos on Facebook of my friends celebrating with their children. Originally from Scotland, I have lived in Sydney with my husband and two daughters since 2007. I have often wondered why this day is celebrated on different days in different countries and so decided to do a bit of research. Reading about the history of this day, I discovered that an American social activist named Anna Jarvis (1848 from Philadelphia) lobbied the US government for an official day to honour […]

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All You Need Is A Little Gumption!

At the beginning of each year I choose a word to guide me through the next 12 months. A word that I find inspiration from, a word that resonates with what I’m trying to achieve. For 2017 my word is GUMPTION.   I love the word gumption not just because it originates from 18th century Scotland, and I was born there, but also because of what it means. The dictionary definition states that a person with gumption is shrewd, spirited and resourceful.   I believe everyone has a dose of gumption. Some of us just need a bit of help […]

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Drama Queen? Superhero? Angry Bird?

Do any of these personalities live in your home? The truth is that we are all guilty of playing some of these roles at different times, depending on the situation or the people involved. Recognising these behaviours in ourselves is the first step to having harmony in our lives, our work place and our home. Teaching this awareness to our children is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. You may have heard of The Drama Triangle. It is a relationship tool that was created by Psychiatrist, Stephen Karpman in 1968, as a way to show his clients […]

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VolUnteering is SELFish

In the 1990s, I hit a turning point in my life and began to search for meaning. I wanted more than a corporate title. I needed a greater reward than money. My friend had just returned from Africa and when he spoke of the poverty and need, I felt this was something I had to contribute to. I left my career and enrolled as a volunteer. I was appointed Project Manager for the Surgical Eye Expedition (SEE) in Zimbabwe. Twenty young people from the UK made up my team and together we visited local villages, assisting nurses who performed eye […]

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The Window

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They began by telling each other about their illnesses but eventually, their talks became more intimate as they spoke of their wives, families, jobs and other personal matters. Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could […]

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LIFE IS ALL ABOUT …

Robert Waldinger presented a Tedx talk last year about what makes a good life? He asks the questions “what keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life? If you were going to invest now in your future best self, where would you put your time and your energy?”  He tells of a study where children born in the year 2000 were asked what their most important life goals were, and over 80% of them said that a major life goal for them was to get rich. Another 50% of those same young adults said that another major life goal was to become famous. There was no mention […]

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IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED …. ASK YOURSELF WHY?

Planning the winter holiday in Japan with my family was great fun. What I hadn’t planned was the lesson I learnt about myself in the process… My teenage daughters and I agreed to join my husband in mastering the art of snowboarding. With huge excitement and positivity we booked rooms overlooking the mountains of Hakuba and signed up for beginner’s lessons. With our bags packed, a comfortable flight and a few days in Tokyo beforehand, we finally arrived at the ski resort. Winter sun shinning on white glistening snow, we stepped comfortably into a gondola, helped by an assistant who […]

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5 Positives to 1 Negative

This is a terrific article by neurogym.com I could’nt explain it better myself, so am sharing the whole article with you. When doctors and therapists teach patients to turn negative thoughts and worries into positive affirmations, the communication process improves and the patient regains self-control and confidence. But there’s a problem: the brain barely responds to our positive words and thoughts. They’re not a threat to our survival, so the brain doesn’t need to respond as rapidly as it does to negative thoughts and words. To overcome this neural bias for negativity, we must repetitiously and consciously generate as many […]

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Do you SEE miracles?  

The more I read about brain science and the power of the mind, the more I wish we could change our education system. Instead of expecting kids to regurgitate facts and figures, I would like to help them draw a vision of their future and give them signposts along the way. The path will not be straight because life never is (and would be boring if it was). There will be forks in the road, to make them stop and choose. This is great because we all learn, grow and are led to freedom through choice. A number of years ago […]

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