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If not now, then when?  If not you, then who?

Have you ever wanted to start something new, but not felt ready enough to begin?  What if I don’t know enough?  ‘There are SO many people who are better than me/know more than me/have more experience than me/what makes me think that I’m good enough?.’  Do any of these sound familiar?   The fact is […]

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Make hay while the sun shines

Many, many years ago when I was a mere whippersnapper I had a boyfriend whose brother had broken his back in a motorcycle accident.  The brother was really struggling with his mental health, but my boyfriend would encourage him during his ‘good head’ days to put structures and other things in place to help him […]

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Learning how to make calm and considered decisions is possible, it just takes time

Sometimes, making the right decision for you can be overwhelming. I was recently placed in a position where I had to make a very difficult personal decision. I had known for some time that I would have to face this choice at some point, and I had been dreading that moment because I just had […]

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Are You Missing Out on Your Own Life?

Recently something has happened deep within me that I’m absolutely ecstatic about and have been working towards for some time.  For the first time in my adult life, I love being single.  There, I said it and I’ll say it again: I love being single!   In the past I have wanted a relationship to […]

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Have you heard the one about the eagles?

Recently I’ve been watching documentaries about wildlife (not my usual viewing, to be honest) but it got me thinking about things. Apparently, at the grand old age of 40, eagles have a difficult choice to make: die of old age or put themselves through a painful period of rebirth.  They fly high to their eyrie […]

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And poof! Just like that, it’s time for new beginnings – again!

This week I’ve had two ‘bolt out of the blue’ connections which have made me smile, both from ex-students.  The first from a young lad who reached out to me on LinkedIn.  I remember him about 4 years ago, cheeky and able, but going through some personal stuff that would have floored many.  He left […]

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Why I’m grateful my boiler broke down, seriously

Four days ago my boiler broke down.  I have to admit, I cried.  Thoughts of the cost to repair it, the impracticality of it happening right now, and the inconvenience of having no hot water in the house set me off.  But let me rewind a bit and put the whole thing in context.   […]

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Time is precious – don’t waste a moment of it

I sometimes sit and think about the concept of Time.  Within the last year particularly, I have thought so much about where the time has gone regarding my children.  I remember many years ago finding myself a single parent of two children under the age of 4, and wondering how I was going to raise […]

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The real benefit of positive self-talk

When you were little, were you ever told off by your parents?  To be fair, I’m sure we’ve all been there.  Being disciplined by a slightly irate parent telling you that you’ve behaved badly and that ‘this type of behaviour is never acceptable’ was never a great experience.  In fact, looking back, I was that […]

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When in doubt, remember Mr Phineas

Two weeks ago my youngest child finished Year 11 and decided to buy herself a baby goldfish. She did some research on how to maintain the health of a cold water tank, used her own money to buy the tank, the filter as well as several decorations.  A day later when the tank water was […]

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