Three simple steps for taking control of your life

Apart from Women’s Football and Commonwealth Games there is very little in our world in the moment that feels positive. The news is dominated by the cost of living crisis, war in Ukraine, climate change and child murder. When I go to work the extreme pressures on the NHS are evident, everything is much, muchContinue reading “Three simple steps for taking control of your life”

5 Step Guide to Living a Value Based Life

1. Connect to Your Story Listen to and understand what you are telling yourself and what you are feeling. Recognise where they come from. Let them inform you, not define you. 2. Connect With What You Value Identify your most important values. What motivates you? What moves you into action? What you cannot imagine beingContinue reading “5 Step Guide to Living a Value Based Life”

That Sunday Feeling

Sundays conjure up so many memories, emotions, and sensations. The smell of bacon cooking in the morning, the sound of the radio playing in the background, laying in bed all day nursing a hangover, trips to the seaside, walks by the river, roast dinners, cups of tea, the Sunday Matinee, getting ready for school theContinue reading “That Sunday Feeling”

Is that a light at the end of the tunnel or someone bringing more work?

The title sums up how I feel at the moment. I have been consumed with helping teams write their mission statements, preparing for and delivering on our leadership programmes, talking about coaching, teaching some coaching skills and approaches, and actually coaching people. The past month has been full on, so full on and consuming IContinue reading “Is that a light at the end of the tunnel or someone bringing more work?”

Connect with your present at least once a day.

Most days we follow a routine and mindlessly complete tasks without really paying attention to them. This ability to mindlessly carry out tasks we do everyday is essential, it frees up our conscious minds to carry out other tasks like engaging in conversation, reviewing past activitities, planning future activities, or listening to information. However weContinue reading “Connect with your present at least once a day.”

How to better connect with people around you.

“Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.” Many of you will remember these words of wisdom from Baz Lurhman’s song (more spoken to music) Everybody is Free (ToContinue reading “How to better connect with people around you.”

Back on the vitamins, antacids and antihistamines!

COVID has struck me again, more irritating than scary this time round. It has made me feel ill, but I didn’t feel as ill, for as long. I am on day 9 now and my symptoms are now relegated to a snotty nose, a cough and feeling tired. However I am still testing positive whichContinue reading “Back on the vitamins, antacids and antihistamines!”

Focus on coaching, supporting others and feeling vulnerable

This week has been really busy, really helpful and a bit challenging. My new colleague started this week which was wonderful and spending most of the week working with the wonderful and enthusiastic Amy has been so restorative. This week though has challenged me, firstly making sure I provided Amy with the support and directionContinue reading “Focus on coaching, supporting others and feeling vulnerable”

From Losing My Religion to Rediscovering My Purpose (05/02/22)

I have had a couple of conversations with healthcare staff this week, which took me back to a dark place in my career. It made reflect on my journey to where I am now in my career and despite how I felt back then still working for the NHS in the same Hospital Trust. TheyContinue reading “From Losing My Religion to Rediscovering My Purpose (05/02/22)”

Coaching, Facebook Groups, Work-Life Balance, and The RSPB Birdwatch. 30/01/22

It has been a busy week this week, lots going on in my head and some different activities. I will start on the coaching front, as you will know (or not) I coach as part of my day job in the NHS, and I also offer coaching in my spare time. The idea was thatContinue reading “Coaching, Facebook Groups, Work-Life Balance, and The RSPB Birdwatch. 30/01/22”