• Hope - Coronavirus

    Adapting to change…

    Ironically ‘Adapting to change’ is the subject of my latest life coaching module, I don’t think the timing could be more poignant. Like all of us, this past week has been full on, with totally overwhelming emotions at times, but I believe some of my own learnings and observations may be helpful to share if they help someone else. Although these are unprecedented times, I do believe some of the things I’ve learnt about myself over the past few years, as well as from the coaching community and self studying is helping me navigate these difficult times. I am very self-aware of my emotions and know from past experiences how…

  • Group Travel……not just for 18-30’s or the over 60’s!

    A mixture of excitement, curiosity and possibly some nerves hovered around me in the days running up to my recent holiday. A holiday which differed to any I’d ever been on, booking it was venturing into the unknown, but I hoped it would be full of adventure and new experiences, as well as sharing those memories with an easy going group. Having been back home for just over a week I’m really happy to say I experienced all three in bucket loads! To be completely honest, when a really close friend told me about her friend that had gone on a group travel holiday and couldn’t recommend it enough, my reaction was…

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    Grief – it can hit us when we least expect it!

    The thing is with grief, there seems to be no pattern, rhyme or reason why or when it hits us. In my experience, how we cope with different degrees of grief is dependant on the quality of support we have from those closest to us and how it defines us. Even when we are silent in our grief, that doesn’t mean we’re ok. Sometimes we all need to lift our heads, look around and ask our friends if they’re ok, because often what people portray on the outside isn’t always what they’re feeling. As most of us recognise, grief doesn’t get any easier to cope with as we get older. It…

  • Acceptance New Year

    Acceptance…..A New Year’s resolution?!

    Letting go can mean a lot of different things to people for various reasons, but for me, it’s meant letting go of what could have been in order to focus on the possibilities of the future. The future can be a scary thing when everything seems so uncertain, but when the fog lifts it’s amazing how things which once seem daunting can start to seem exciting. As someone wise once said to me, you sometimes have to shut the door behind you in order to pave a new way forward, a sentiment that sits with me as I start this year. I believe part of letting go comes down to acceptance, something which I…

  • Loneliness – what does it mean to you?

    It’s all too easy to have the mindset that loneliness comes down to what type of person you are or what your current situation is, but who does it really affect and why? When I was growing up the most obvious ‘group’ to be affected by loneliness was the elderly. My granddad passed away shortly after I was born, which meant my Nan lived alone for almost 40 years. She was quite isolated living in the countryside having never had passed her driving test, which combined with losing many of her friends as the years progressed left her spending a lot of time by herself. In many ways she was…

  • Taking care of yourself!

    As you will know if you read my blog regularly, health and fitness have always played an active part in my life, but have become increasingly important over the last few years. I’ve become more aware of how a healthy mind can influence your overall well-being and how we can support that by what we eat, how we behave and what we do. As someone recently pointed out to me there’s also another important aspect which may get neglected over time and that’s our hearts! This may seem so simple to many of you, but it’s something which I have definitely neglected over recent years due to my tendency to…