“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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Dancing, re-inventing, and connecting: the magic of music

Like many people around the world today, I was sad to hear of the passing of David Bowie.  Although I cannot count myself among his many die-hard fans, it is clear that the world has truly lost a musical legend.  The radio has been filled with his tunes, and as I sat in a cafe this morning to get ready for a mid-morning meeting, the rhythms and lyrics of some of his many songs were in the air and in the essence of the atmosphere.  The...

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