It’s been a hard week to be a human

I look at the picture of a smiling Jo Cox and all I can do is be witness to my heart bursting at the thought that her husband and children won’t get to see that smile in real life any more.  She will now become a collection of memories, of what she has done in service of her constituents, for the rights of the people she served, for what she stood.  But ultimately, a family no longer gets to share the everyday moments with a person they...

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“Flexwell” – the value of wellbeing and flexible working conversations

This week I’ve enjoyed seeing various discussions from different sources about the ideas of wellbeing in the workplace and flexible working.  It’s a cool mind meld of things that matter to me and link together quite nicely.  On Monday, CIPD held a Wellbeing Conference, and although I wasn’t there in person, through the power of Twitter I was able to get a sense of some of what the conversation was about.  The need for businesses and...

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Why I’m wondering what the Wookiee word for “play” is

Why I’m wondering what the Wookiee word for “play” is

Like a lot of people this week, I’ve enjoyed seeing the rise of the Chewbacca Mom and the total joyride that Candace Payne has been on in the last few days after her video was viewed over 145 million times on Facebook. In case you missed it, this is the story of a 37-year-old woman who went into her local department store, bought a Chewbacca mask that gave a Wookiee growl when the person wearing the mask moves his or her mouth, and filmed...

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A 4-letter F word to look out for (no, not that one!)

A 4-letter F word to look out for (no, not that one!)

Last week I took my bike to get serviced.  It had sat outside in the back all through the winter, serving as a youth hostel for the local snail population who gathered under its black plastic rain cover to hibernate, regenerate, and otherwise stay cosy for the long months of November through March.  But now, with summer on the horizon, my 40th birthday looming, and the idea of another old-age-defying attempt at the London Triathlon in just a...

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Three ways I helped myself have an easier life

I’m midway through a year of self-discovery.  In my mind, I guess it started the day I left my company and full-time job of 15 years in July last year to get certified as a professional coach, and culminates on my birthday – this year, my 40th.  There’s been a lot of reflection.  A lot of self-compassion.  And a lot of doubt, but I’m slowly beating the doubt into the shadows so that I can live more fully, more at peace with who I am and...

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The fun of “What if…?”

The fun of “What if…?”

I had the pleasure of walking the kids to school this morning. The air was crisp, the sky was a brilliant blue, and the sun was really just beginning to come up on the horizon of our back-streets path.  One of the things that’s happened since I made my career transition is that I’ve been much more aware of the sky.  It’s not that my head is so much in the clouds (with all the connotations of ditzy dreaming that come along with that phrase), but...

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