• Pushing through fear…………..

    So for those of you that read my blog regularly you’ll know I decided to take the plunge, and push through the fear and enrol on a coaching course earlier this year. Although it’s early days, it’s definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made this year! Two weekends ago I took part in my very first coaching workshop, which basically involved being assessed by fellow students and an assessor whilst coaching other students. I know this would have terrified me years ago, so I’m pleased to say I kept my nerves at bay and came away being really pleased with how I performed. There’s two very obvious hurdles that…

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    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…

  • Accepting fear, but taking the plunge…..

    Everyone suffers from fear at some point in their lives, but fear can come in so many different forms and it impacts those affected and anyone close in so many ways. I’ve seen first hand how debilitating it can be for some and although I’ve never suffered from excessive fear/anxiety, I wanted to talk about how it’s played its part in my life. I’ve begun to realise that my fear of failing has definitely led to some anxiety, albeit many people that know me may find this hard to believe. Outwardly, on a day to day level I do not see myself as an anxious person, but where I sometimes struggle is…

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    Reconnecting with your talents and passions!

    For those of you that aren’t aware, or don’t have any connections to the UK, next month is the annual Brighton Festival and as part of this huge month-long series of events is Artist Open Houses  This year over 1,500 artists and makers will exhibit their work in artists’ homes and studios, and guess what, my home is one of them! I’m so excited to be involved in this amazing event, which I have loved ever since moving to Brighton. Each year when visiting open houses I have always thought how amazing it would be to invite artists to exhibit at my flat, and last year I just thought, what’s stopping you?…