A Special Week

As many of you will be aware the Hospital where I work has a coaching network that I have been coordinating since it’s start in March. Up until Thursday this was a temporary arrangement. However the hospital have made that co-ordinating role permanent and on Thursday I was interviewed for and offered the role, soContinue reading “A Special Week”

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Mind The Gap

Below is a blog I wrote this morning for my coaching network blog at work. I have adjusted it slightly to make it more generic and accessible for people who work outside the NHS. I liked so I thought a slightly wider audience might like it too. This week I have been preparing for anContinue reading “Mind The Gap”

Loneliness

After all the lovely inspirational comments from my friends yesterday, threw myself into writing and researching my book with a new fervor yesterday. So I have an outline of the structure of the book, with the titles of the sections and chapters all planned out. Last week I started work on the first chapter. TheContinue reading “Loneliness”

Do you belong or are you just fitting in?

Over the last few weeks I have been thinking about turning the connected living program I have written into a book. So last Saturday I dared greatly and started putting together an overview. So far I have the titles of the chapters and the beginnings of the first chapter. As soon as I started writingContinue reading “Do you belong or are you just fitting in?”

PERMA and That Hour of Happiness

The past week has been a little turbulent. It has been a week of feeling vulnerable, after sharing my feelings on here and sharing a little of myself in the support of others. In fact sharing in support of others Is suppose has triggered this blog. I had no plans to write a blog today.Continue reading “PERMA and That Hour of Happiness”

The Shame of Being a Parent

I don’t know about you, but in our house for the past 18 years we have had almost daily discussions on our parenting skills. We would often fall in to the trap of comparison, especially when our children were younger. Everyone seems to be doing it better than us. “Tabitha and Timothy at soft playContinue reading “The Shame of Being a Parent”

Being vulnerable and connected with yourself is hard, but worth it!

On Sunday I wrote about my mental health after a while. I thought it was time to share again. Time to face a few demons that have been lingering and to acknowledge to positive effect reading Brene Brown’s work has had on me and my mental health. I should have known though, I should haveContinue reading “Being vulnerable and connected with yourself is hard, but worth it!”

Me and Foggy

My old friends will remember Foggy. For the uninitiated Foggy is my negative self speak, my dark cloud, my black dog.  He is my depression to put it simply, the dark part of my brain that likes to suck away my hope, my joy, and my enthusiasm. Maybe I am being a little bit unkindContinue reading “Me and Foggy”

What is Compassion?

I was reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown yesterday (I finished it yesterday and started on Braving the Wilderness last night). As you may  have realised I am a little bit obsessed with this lady. I have completely connected with what she says. It makes complete sense to me. I keep kicking myself that it has taken me soContinue reading “What is Compassion?”

It’s OK to Lead with Compassion

When I started as a Student Nurse 29 years ago, my warmth, compassion and empathy were applauded, even considered a strength. I was not the most technically capable student, my written work was not the best, and I often just did enough. My interpersonal skills however were my strength. I naturally put myself alongside myContinue reading “It’s OK to Lead with Compassion”