Just Living

“My Dad worked for 30 years for an insurance company, going in, day in and day out, giving his time and energy to someone else just to support us – his family. I don’t want to make that mistake” – so shared James Smith, the world’s fastest growing online personal trainer, last week in a…

How to be confident – and why it matters

When I was at Uni, studying English literature, the only ones to graduate with a First were the only two males in our year group. Coincidence? I never thought it was. While the personalities of the two guys on our course were completely different from each other: one introverted and quiet, the other extroverted and…

Life After Lockdown: before you transition

One minute we are going about our day. Then fragments of news’ arrives, of a virus spreading in a far away land. This expands, over a few weeks, into eerie scenes depicted on European shores and a stream begins to build of regular commentary on media platforms. Random gossip turns to concern, questions become predictions.…

When hit by strong emotions

Lately, I have found myself feeling strong emotions – in reaction to political, social and personal events. By this statement, and confessing to it, I mean strong feelings: the kind of feelings that shoot through the whole of your body and don’t vacate. The kind of feeling that lingers, and may even erupt up again…

Insecurity vs Uncertainty

How many memes have you read or seen along the lines of ‘embracing the unknown’, and ‘accepting uncertainty’ as a part of life? I know for me it would be have been thousands of times by now. This has been upped exponentially in recent times, with the pandemic crisis triggering all those articles, whatsapp’s forwards…

The power of Stop

The power of Stop.   Yesterday as I was coming out of one of the exits at King’s Cross Station, at the inevitably crowd-busting-hour of 6pm, I saw coming towards me a beautiful golden Labrador.   The dog was trying to lead its blind owner through the crowds.   They weren’t doing very well. The…

The Beauty of Concentration

  Distraction, distraction, everywhere, and not a drop to sink (in). No-one likes exams, at least I don’t think they do? And yet, I catch myself nowadays almost (almost) remembering with fondness the days of being holed up swotting for an exam, especially that night before when confronted with a lever arch file bursting with…