December is finally here! As are the non-stop xmas carols, bright white lights and red, gold & green decorations EVERYWHERE! Alongside lots and lots and lots of people (even more than usual) splashing through puddles and marching against the wind here in London town.…Read More
Today I want to encourage you to speak your truth.
Maybe that means you looking in the mirror tonight and admitting to yourself what you are most scared of or worried about right now….
Perhaps it involves you having a heart-to-heart with a loved one or a colleague about something that is weighing heavy on your heart….Read More
When was the last time you gave yourself the time and space you need?
How often do you fill your time and space with things you don’t want or need?
I am talking about physical and psychological space. Both equally important…
So who are you?
How many of us really think before answering this?
Many of us give the name that was given to us from birth. Maybe you give the name of what you do for a living.
But who are you deeply? What are you made up of? What are your core values?
What are those individual qualities within you that show the world who you really are?
Do you even show the world? Or do you feel the need to hide your true self away?Read More
Maybe you can relate to this…
Last week started out so well. And then it got ugly. Pretty fast.
I had super productive Monday! I was up at 6AM, hot yoga, meditation, reading and journaling were all in the bag by 8AM.
Then I was at my desk like a productivity ninja and by lunch my to-do list didn't know what had hit him. A great coaching session with a new client and a drink with my dear neighbour Phil later and I was on cloud nine...Read More
What do you need to focus on taking a handle of to live your best life? What are you going to make sure you take control of this year so you can be free to live the life you want?
The first step for you could be in not allowing yourself to be a victim of control. Not of people. Not of your past. Not of money.Read More
Would you say you skip through life? How many of us can say we sail through oh so jolly without a care in the world?
You might feel you spend more time tripping up on this journey we call life. Tripping up over humps that cross our paths with no warning and quite frankly they are not welcome!
What I am talking about here are life events that take a place in our lives uninvited and cause a disturbance.Read More
As the days get longer and the nights grow colder there’s a truth that makes me feel a little bit uncomfortable – winter is here!
You can ignore this fact if you wish, but the likelihood is that if you carry on wearing summer clothes in this weather (like I did last week*) you’ll find yourself feeling rather cold.
Another truth which might make you feel uneasy is that the end of the year is edging closer and closer, in fact, there are now only 54 days until 2018 arrives! Whoa.
Is it me or does time seem to speed up for the last six months of the year?Read More
When’s the last time you felt disappointed? You may have felt disappointment in yourself. It might have been that you felt disappointed in someone else? You might feel disappointment happens far too often. You may not even remember the last time you didn’t feel disappointed.
Disappointment can lead to feeling demotivated. It can trigger a low mood and contribute to feeling low self esteem.Read More
There was a simple, fun game that I remember playing as a young child called: ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’. You’d sing the words and as you did you’d tap the body part you were singing about at exactly the same time. Eventually the song would pick up pace and you would be ‘out’ as soon as you fell out of line with the singing or the body taps. The last person ‘in’ would win...Read More
The days are growing brighter, flowers are in bloom. But you might not be.
You might be feeling fatigue? You may have reduced interest and enjoyment in activities? Or reduced ability and difficulty concentrating? Or you might have alterations in eating or sleep patterns?
Sometimes you may not feel able to show up. You may not feel capable of being presentable. You may have days that you feel so low that you don’t even want to exit your bed. I’m not talking about a Monday morning here. After the weekend a lot of us would prefer to snuggle up under the covers! I’m talking about a deeper sadness.Read More
As we come to the end of mental health awareness week I am so glad that more open, honest conversations about mental health are happening online. And that more conversations are taking place offline, where they need to to really #endthestigma.
I had a rant on twitter earlier this week about the mental health challenges that exist socially and professionally...Read More
Many dreams are not fulfilled because of fear. Does this ring true for you?
We all feel anxious at some time in our lives. This is a normal instinctual response that serves as a protection to aid our survival. It teaches us to avoid dangerous situations and in this way is a learning process. This works well in obvious circumstances like a mugging incident. Here it will produce our fight or flight mode. But sometimes the subconscious can work overtime. It will respond to situations that feel like an initial event that has made us feel anxious. In this way it distorts our belief system.Read More
I am great at planning. Always have been. I’m a dreamer and also a goal setter. I have big ideas and like to write them down and make a plan to get focused on how best to make it happen. I love to see an idea turn into something real and tangible, as quickly as possible (building this business is definitely teaching me to slow down though!)...Read More
“Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realise that you haven’t fallen asleep yet” - Unknown
Ever felt like screaming? I sure have and according to statistics I’m not the only one. In fact stress has accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases in 2015/2016.Read More
So, last week Wednesday was the day that BBC said they would get back to me if I got onto their Expert Women programme. Remember the cringey video pitch I shared a few weeks ago?
Well they didn't get back to me. I've checked my junk twice...defo nothing there I want to see.
This meant that last week I had a bit of an oh-no-I've-fallen-off-the-horse-again-how-embarrassing moment. AKA I told the internet I'd applied for this opportunity and then I didn't get it. OH GOD...Read More
... I am the Founder of A Life Less Ordinary Wanted.
Here is my video application for the upcoming 2017 BBC Expert Women Masterclass.
It's the first time I've attempted the company 'elevator pitch' to camera. I had to also share an idea for a story I'd be interested in the BBC running linked to my area of work...Read More
Valentines day fell upon us last week. Whatever you felt about it, it was pretty inescapable. A time where we’re reminded to show love in our relationships but how much love are youshowingyourself? After all you never need to wait a year to receive love...Read More
We know we desperately need more transparency and accountability in the fashion industry but how can we get there?
Fashion has it’s roots in humanity over 20,000 years ago when the first human stitched together furs for warmth and protection and realised that clothing could also serve as a way to distinguish friends from foes. In approximately 5,000BC the rise of great civilisations began, firstly the Sumerians, then the Egyptians and then the Romans. For these empires, clothing was no longer simply a protective barrier from the elements, it started to evolve into decorative items of comfort and then hierarchical symbols of status and power....Read More
It’s that time of year where you’ve been busy treating everyone else during Christmas. Now it’s time to think about yourself! You’ve spent time giving away, but what things are you still keeping hold of that would be better for you to let go of?Read More