What I learned about coaching by training with Olympic gold medalist, Michael Johnson

What I learned about coaching by training with Olympic gold medalist, Michael Johnson

I’m just back from a training session with Olympic gold medalist, Michael Johnson.  I’ve been working with Michael for the last 9 weeks to build up the fitness to run for 30 minutes.  It’s been an awesome experience. Yes, you read that correctly.  I’ve just been training with Michael Johnson.  And the best thing is, you can train with him too! It’s all thanks to the BBC One Couch to 5k app, which allows you to pick a “coach” in the...

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The strength in being ourselves

“I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I’m meant to me, this is me.” I’ve been reflecting on authenticity and vulnerability over the past few days, since seeing The Greatest Showman on Sunday.  Finally seeing, I should say – I had no idea what I’d been missing!  I love a bit of escapism in the form of going to the movies, and I left the cinema with a full and uplifted heart after being swept away by the magic of the performance. There was so much...

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I flew through the air! And how it relates to career change…

There is some part of me that loves a challenge, an adventure.  Last weekend I had an ultimate test of my courage as I went for a ride on the flying trapeze at the Gorilla Circus.  The idea came to me from Sonia Duggan, a coach who is guiding me and 5 other women through The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron’s book about rediscovering your innate creativity.  I’ve loved the course so much, and toward the end of one of the weekly classes, Sonia...

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Teeing off for career change success

Teeing off for career change success

I took my boys to play crazy golf this week and after their 9 holes of craziness, I spent some time on the driving range, something I haven’t done in years.  As the boys sat and watched, an instructor asked them, “Is this an outlet for Mum to get out the stress of the summer holidays?”  Maybe, but more importantly, the experience gave me some useful lessons about how my golf practice compares to a career change. Keep your eye on the ball The...

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Summer’s nearly here (but it’s not here YET!)

Summer’s nearly here (but it’s not here YET!)

The end of the school year can be stressful.  There’s so much going on, with sports days, assemblies, the summer fair, last-minute drumming concerts, gifts for teachers (give generously, they work so hard!).  The light evenings and light mornings mean that nobody is getting the right amount of sleep.  Summer weekends often are busy; though they’re fun, it can mean that Monday morning arrives and you feel anything but rested and...

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