Choosing Happiness Every Day

One of my CCFs (client/colleague/friends) made an observation in the group I started called I Love My Life. This is a space where we deliberately focus on the good and call magic and miracles into our lives as inspired by various books we’ve read, specifically Pam Grout’s Thank and Grow Rich. In fact, the group was originally called after the Robbie Williams song of the same name. Whilst inauthenticity is never encouraged, and even within a largely unspoken climate of the challenges we all face in this life, we aim for three things each day which we can celebrate in […]

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Oscars 2018: My Annual Film Marathon

My annual film marathon is underway, with the intention of seeing all the important ones before the Oscars 2018 on 4th March. Here’s my film wishlist and how I’m doing so far: Call Me By Your Name – Lovely. Lush. Love. Where on earth have I been? This is an impossibly beautiful film, a feast for the senses, to look at, to listen to, to feel, to remember. And that Timothée Chalamet is awesome. How old is he? He was also in Lady Bird, see below. TC is my current winner for the Oscar but then, I  haven’t yet seen Phantom […]

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Going On Ahead

Yesterday a friend/client/colleague let me know that her close friend had died last weekend. We knew it was coming, but the end was sudden. Even when you know death is coming and it is inevitable, it is still and always a shock. “Even if you know what’s coming, you’re never prepared for how it feels.” Natalie Standiford The lady in question and I had spoken on the phone, I’d spoken to her husband too. We’d become good Facebook friends and I’d watched her story unfold over the last couple of years. I’d been a part of their final adventures as […]

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Addiction

For the majority of my career, certainly while I was forging my way in the world, I was a workaholic. I would say that I am in recovery now, though I still have my moments. For instance, yesterday, which was a Sunday, I put all my core appointments into my diary for the rest of the year – when I am going to be with clients, both 121 availability and group calls, when I am going to be doing marketing (social media, newsletters, blogs, podcasts), when I am going to be helping a friend with her business, when I am […]

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Laughter and Green Vegetables

Today I had the day off. Even though I like to think of myself as a reformed workaholic, and even though I love my leisure time, it is still often very difficult to give myself permission to have a proper official whole day off. Friday is my day off of choice. To be more exact, it’s every other Friday since on the alternate one I do a group call with SBBM at 1600-1730 so that means that if I go out to play, I need to cut the day short to be home. Doesn’t work, that, so more home-based day […]

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August, I Have Loved You

Dear August, how wonderful you have been this year, 2017! I have had such a lovely time and I feel very fortunate indeed. The last ten days or so I had planned to be properly “off” work and I’ve not done very much at all except to have fun with friends and go to a couple of parties and do some reading and writing, resting up and recharging my batteries for the coming September term. But before I knocked off for that R&R I wrote a list on Facebook of all the things August had been to me, so that […]

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A Whole New World

You know how they say on Mock the Week and The News Quiz that they are recording the show before the outcome of the Big News is known? Well, that’s where I am today, writing this on Thursday 8th June, the day of our General Election here in the UK. I just spent an hour or so having fun on Facebook instead of writing this, as it is a funny limbo place in which to find oneself today, writing to be read tomorrow. By the time we wake up, it could be a whole new world. Well, it could be. But […]

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Solitude and the Self-Employed

I found an article on The Guardian called Home Alone? Dealing with the Solitude of Self-Employment. Although I have never felt alone when working at home, I know many do. And although I relish solitude and appreciate it more and more, I know many are yet to learn how to do that and many never choose my way. We are all so different. But I have always been aware that working alone at home is not easy for the majority of people especially if you loved the social bit of being in a job which is why most people do […]

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My Secrets for a Happy and Peaceful Life

I found myself last week awash in the emotions of my clients. You’ve all turned up with the full gamut between you – confusion, frustration, overwhelm, exhaustion, sadness, disappointment, anger, fear and flux. I’ve even been reduced to tears a couple of times myself. I like this actually. Not you being in emotional extremis, but the opportunity for me to be extra specially helpful. As you’ve heard me say and read me write many a time, business is the easy bit. Learning to handle our emotions is the work of a lifetime. And I realised as I woke up this morning that there […]

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What Did You Do on Your Easter Holidays

Sometimes I know what I am going to say in my weekly Friday newsletters a day or two or even three in advance and I write them then, feeling a little bit smug that I am ahead of this week’s game. Sometimes I don’t know what I am going to say and I trust my intuition that when I wake up on Thursday morning I will be inspired. And so it is. And sometimes I wake up on Thursday morning and I still have no idea what I am going to write. Last week was one of those. On Wednesday I […]

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