Friendship and Why It Hurts Sometimes: Podcast Ep 208

The topic for today’s podcast, our last before Christmas, was sent in by a listener with whom I had this conversation in advance of the show: Her: Something I’ve been pondering a lot this year is the nature of friendships. How they change over time, those that last, those that don’t, is it me or is it them… Lots of memes about being true to who you are but then people don’t always like that and it can be quite a lonely place, for a time at least. There have been a number of instances over the last few years, […]

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Growing Your Business: Podcast Ep 196

When’s a good time to be growing your business? What might prompt that? How will you create a reliable supportive team? Are you a good manager? Today’s focus of Own It! the Podcast is Should I Grow My Business and it is prompted by Nicola having thoughts along these lines herself. We’ve both been there before, we’ve even done it together, and I doubt I will ever go there again but you never know. Nicola is feeling the possibility that she might need to grow a small 2-person team to meet commitments to current and future clients and her sister […]

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Gratitude Sunday: Three Things I’m Grateful For Today

I’m back from my holidays today and counting my blessings as a way of dealing with a slight reluctance to surrender the freedom and fantasy of holiday-world into the reality of my more than wonderful normal life. So here goes…three things I am grateful for today: A lovely relaxing holiday in The Cotswolds and a travelling companion who, despite coping with her own grief at the recent loss of a parent, was good company and generally patient in the face of my foibles and the poorliness which cost me about 1.5 days of our week together. Holidays are quite a […]

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How To Tell Someone You Love Them In Three Little Words

When I was going through my first career change from accountant to coach, my elders encouraged me to ask ten people who knew me really well to send me a description of myself in three words. The name of the game here is to help you come to know your authentic self as it is appreciated by those around you, so that you can market to those strengths. One of my favourites at the time, from someone who had known me as a friend for at least two decades, was razor sharp and blunt. Witty, well written and spot on. […]

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Reflections on Friendship

When I go to bed at night I count my blessings, often listing them in my Gratitude Journal. And I notice the thing I list most is the names of the people I am fortunate to have in my life. When it comes to friends, I am a millionaire. I am awash with them, rolling in hordes of gorgeous gems. Some are transient, just passing through for a while to teach me something, and some last forever. My oldest friend I met when I was eleven, in 1966, and we are still pals to this day though our closeness has […]

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