• Be Kind - stop bullying

    Bullying….seen through the eyes on an adult

    If you were bullied when I was a child, the only silver lining was that you were able to leave some of the pain behind at the school gates, but now we live in a very different world. One that means children can be ‘connected’ 24/7 and I can’t begin to imagine how hard it must be to have that worry follow you around wherever you go. This week is Anti-Bullying Week, and as I don’t have children of my own, I wanted to to briefly talk about how bullying can not only affect a child’s life, but can also manifest in adulthood. I’m sure most of us have had…

  • World Suicide Prevention Day

    When asked, ‘how are you?’ how many of us simply reply ‘I’m OK’, even though we may not be. We all have highs and lows but, unfortunately for some, the lows are more constant and more extreme. I can’t imagine what it must be like if that’s your default response, yet feeling low was a more regular state of mind and there’s no one you can rely on for support. In recent years it seems suicide has touched my family and friends in one way or another, and as a mental health advocate it saddens me that people feel that there is no way out, that suicide is the only…

  • How do we cope with loss?

    Loss can mean so much to so many, perhaps it’s the loss of a job, a relationship ending, a friendship changing, saying good bye to old chapters in our lives, or the worse of all, loosing someone close to us. Do you stop to consider how we all cope with these stressful times in our lives? For many people during this world wide pandemic it’s been a time that’s made us stop and consider how we want our lives to look. Perhaps we’ve begun to look more inwardly on ourselves than we ever have done, or even on what has passed. At the beginning of lock-down I wrote about change…

  • 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…

  • https://tinyurl.com/extendthelimit

    Fertility; A Women’s Choice

    For those of you that have followed my blog from the start, you will know the reason I started writing followed my decision almost three a half years ago to freeze my eggs. Something that I have talked about at length, but also something I have tried to move on from……… as much as any women can move on from her own fertility story! Today, at the beginning of National Fertility Awareness Week, the Progress Educational Trust (PET) is launching #ExtendTheLimit, a campaign to extend the 10-year storage limit on eggs frozen for non-medical (media please stop calling this social, there’s nothing social about it!) reasons. The trust states, ‘If…

  • Working from ‘home’ in today’s digital world…….

    With so much media focus on the harmful effects of the digital world, which many of us find it hard to switch off from, I thought it would make a change to focus on some of the benefits of being connected. I especially wanted to talk about how remote working can bring so many benefits, including the opportunities for a better, more flexible life balance. In 2015 I started my first ever role that didn’t involve having to be based at one office, which was a massive change to the previous 20 years of my career and one that if I’m honest I struggled with initially. I missed the company…