Happy Returns

July has been a month of happy returns. Last week, I enjoyed my first work trip in four years to London, our former home city. This week, we returned to Lochan Mor for a sunny, summer woodland walk to see the lilies in full bloom. It’s wonderful to experience new places. It’s similarly refreshing to… Continue reading Happy Returns

Spring Forward

In the past, I used to get in a muddle about which time change did what. Then, an American colleague told me her simple phrase, ‘Spring forward, Fall back’. Like so much in life, the simple thing is the most effective. We spring into more daylight and, in theory, better weather. More time outdoors in… Continue reading Spring Forward

Sit, Wait, Pounce

We’ve been waiting all winter for a day like today. The perfect mix of a non-delivery day, sun, snow and safe roads. It was a wonderful start to the weekend. It’s important to know what you want. Sometimes, it’s all about sitting, refining it, waiting for the opportunity to arrive, being prepared for it, then… Continue reading Sit, Wait, Pounce

Busy

Are you busy? I was asked that three times last week. My standard reply these days is ‘Yes thanks, lots of interesting things happening at the moment.’ A subtle shift in language has made a positive difference for me; a reminder to stay engaged and grateful with what’s filling up the diary. And busy isn’t… Continue reading Busy

Serendipity

How often does something great happen and it feels like everything has fallen into place for you? If that’s the case, take a step back and consider your actions, your choices and the part they’ve played. I’m a great believer in fate. I think we can shape situations for ourselves, too. Our thinking, preparation, networking,… Continue reading Serendipity

Friday the 13th

Are you superstitious? I let go of superstition in 1980. I went to Leeds to watch Everton in an FA Cup semi-final replay. Before I left, my Mum gave me a ‘lucky charm’. West Ham scored the winner in the last minute of extra timeā€¦ No more superstition for me! This means that for me,… Continue reading Friday the 13th