Surviving Against All Odds!

I have just returned from an amazing trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. You may think this is of no interest to you… but read on because the lessons I learned during my time in this magical place are relevant to all humankind. Many animals made these Islands their home and have survived against all the odds. How? By adapting to their surroundings… And by that, I mean PHYSICALLY adapting. Can you imagine changing your body to adjust to new circumstances in life? I discovered that the Flightless Cormorant, is one of the rarest birds in the world. Why? Because […]

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Fed Up With Society’s Consumption of Stuff?

Am I the only one feeling overwhelmed by the amount of Black Friday Special Bargain emails flooding into my inbox this weekend? I feel torn because a part of me doesn’t want to miss out on the latest, greatest offer – but there is also a greater part of me that is fed up with our society’s consumption of ‘stuff.’ I know this Black Friday marketing is there to highlight what I don’t have, but even if it’s something I don’t really want or need my subconscious is now aware that I don’t have it and feels slightly bereft, weird but true! Rene […]

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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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The Game of Life

Most Kids/Teens play computer games.  This can drive parents mad with frustration, especially when their teenage child is not focusing on other things like schoolwork or house chores.  What if I told you that there are valuable life lessons to be learned from playing computer games? I discovered this recently when chatting to my teenager about the amount of time spent on gaming.  Defending her actions she bemoaned “but mum you don’t understand!”  That’s true.  I don’t get it.  “I can’t just give up, I am working to reach the next level, where I will be rewarded.”  I looked at […]

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WHAT DRIVES YOU?

I have studied the topic of motivation and different internal or external drivers that move people forward in life.   For example, some people are motivated by money others strive for free time. I have struggled with the idea of goal setting for the past few years because (thanks to my husband for financially providing a comfortable life for me and my family) neither time nor money drive me to achieve. Some may say this is a very ‘spoiled’ scenario and to just ‘get over myself’. I may even recommend to someone else in this position to go and do voluntary […]

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

New Year : BE you

The New Year allows us to throw away old calendars and start fresh with a blank canvass for each new month ahead. We make resolutions in our minds to change and improve. We make verbal commitments to ourselves and then we give ourselves a hard time when we don’t measure up. We label ourselves a failure by mid February and convince ourselves that it is all too hard and new years resolutions are a stupid idea anyway! “Life is difficult.” This is the first sentence written by Scott Peck in his famous book The Road Less Travelled. And do you […]

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CHANGE: Let Go and Grow.

“You have a problem at work, home or with yourself and you know you should do something about it but you never do – why?” Over the years, I have asked this question of numerous clients and there is one resounding answer, which I pick up through their body language and facial expressions because most don’t verbalize that they don’t like change. Human beings must be one of the few species on the planet that is willing to put up with pain for a long time rather than take action, to change and move on. By nature we become very […]

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USE IT OR LOSE IT!

As I age I become more forgetful. I know that’s ok because it happened to my mum and dad and friends parent’s and my grandparents – it’s just what happens when we age. Or is it? I used to think so until I heard an interview with Dr Michael Merzenich from the University of California where he states that: “Your brain continues to make new neurons throughout life in response to mental activity.” That got me thinking – maybe it was lack of stimulation that caused the older generation around me to become more forgetful. My parents watched TV every […]

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KEEP CLIMBING

I can’t remember where I heard this story but I love the message it conveys. There was a climbing competition organized between a group of tiny mice. The goal was to reach the top of a really tall tower. A huge crowd gathered to watch the race. No one in the audience believed that the mice could reach the top because it was such a huge climb and would take forever. They yelled, “no mouse has ever made it to the top” and “that’s too difficult” and “it’s far too high.” The race began and within a short period of time many […]

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Undercover Boss

I love the TV show, Undercover Boss because it gives us a chance to see people as they really are.   Unaware that they are being assessed by the boss, the staff get on with everyday tasks, usually training the company’s CEO (incognito) as they go along.   I always find myself asking, what would my boss say at the end of a day with me? I laugh when I see the CEOs struggling to do basic menial tasks, but I also admire them for making the effort to find out what life is like working in the frontline of their organisation. […]

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