It was Twenty Years Ago Today …

My business started, with me standing at Oxenholme train station, waiting for the train to London Euston. I was full of anticipation, enthusiasm and a bit of nerves. I thought there were strong possibilities and I wanted to explore them. Since that successful first job, I’ve delivered training throughout the UK & Ireland in person… Continue reading It was Twenty Years Ago Today …

Small Things that Brighten our Day

What brightens up your day? For me, it’s the small things that make a huge difference. Saying or hearing the words ‘thank you’. A smile. Laughter. Someone giving their time, because they choose to. Our town has had its postboxes decorated for Easter. A small gesture, purely to give pleasure to others. It is great… Continue reading Small Things that Brighten our Day

Normal is What’s in Front of You

In a conversation two months ago about life in general, I heard this lovely sentence Normal is what’s in front of you. It really resonated with me. The last two years, while very challenging, have provided an opportunity for a reset, a chance to do more of what I want to do, rather than what… Continue reading Normal is What’s in Front of You

Balance

So, how was your first week of 2022? My ten-day break ended with four sessions on my first day ‘back’. A great, intense way to start the year. The rest of the week was more sedate, with an even spread of delivery, design and meetings. Last week got me thinking about balance. The importance of… Continue reading Balance

Puzzles, Practice and Solutions

Recently, we came across a Monkey Puzzle tree. Native to Chile and Argentina, its name was first coined in 1850 by Charles Austin, who said that climbing its branches would be a puzzle, even for a monkey. Whenever I see a puzzle, my Instinct is to find a way of working it out. In a… Continue reading Puzzles, Practice and Solutions

Breathing Space

One of the many things I’ve learned in the past 18 months is that you don’t have to be travelling all the time to be, and feel, busy. Working from home, there are thankfully many clients to serve and even more events to deliver. My virtual work tends to be in smaller chunks, with a… Continue reading Breathing Space

The Unexpected

One of the best pleasures in life is the unexpected. The people we meet, the opportunities that emerge, the great things we notice. Working from home means that on an unexpectedly hot, sunny morning, we get a great walk, with a hazy view over the firth and a selection of washed-up wood, including a weathered… Continue reading The Unexpected

How Did You End Up There?

How Did You End Up There? I saw this driftwood tree, washed up on the beach and wondered, ‘How did you end up there?’ That is a question I am often asked these days. At my point in life, the answer is, ‘it’s a long story.’ Everyone has a story. Even for those of us… Continue reading How Did You End Up There?

Tipping Buckets and Perspectives

This week brought inspiration, beyond the fine people I worked with. I read an essay by Paul Farley about the Tipping Buckets. Officially the Piazza Fountain, they were a regular stop on me and my Dad’s Sunday morning walks around Liverpool City Centre as a child. I was fascinated by the buckets: tipping, moving, emptying… Continue reading Tipping Buckets and Perspectives

Space is Gonna Do Me Good

Not only is this a great song by Frank Black, it’s also a good mindset to have. After two hectic weeks (thanks everybody!) it’s great to have the space to take a good long walk on the beach. It’s good to create some space in our busy working lives too; that time in between meetings… Continue reading Space is Gonna Do Me Good