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

Contrast

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed people appearing happier with a return to their workplaces. They tell me they are enjoying the contrast between their time at home and workplace. Home working can save time and money; it can bring relative solitude. The workplace offers face to face interaction with colleagues, a higher level… Continue reading Contrast

Home from Home on Burns Night

Again rejoicing Nature seesHer robe assume its vernal huesHer leafy locks wave in the breezeAll freshly steep’d in morning dews (Robert Burns – Composed In Spring) I am a proud Scouser. I am also proud to call Scotland our home for the past twelve years, so tonight we will be raising a tot of whisky… Continue reading Home from Home on Burns Night

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

Discovery

No-one was there. That’s how we sometimes like it. We made a point of stopping at the kind of place people pass while they’re busy rushing from A to B. There was ‘nothing’ there. Except overgrown bushes, a variety of fungi, a couple of weathered picnic tables and midge. Hundreds of midge, looking for the… Continue reading Discovery

Smaller World

My world feels physically smaller, yet bigger, these days. I’m no longer an expert in transport timetables, hotel and sandwich chains. That knowledge is now applied to sourcing the best independent locally sourced food. Work is all over the world, even though I run everything from our dining room table. Despite hardly travelling and meeting… Continue reading Smaller World

It Gets Late Early

It gets late early was a phrase I first heard in Cumbria. It is even more applicable up here in the Highlands. I was reminded of this yesterday, when, for the first time in months, I had to switch on the lights for my evening virtual session. My American participants were amused by this happening… Continue reading It Gets Late Early

What we Love

One of the better things to come out of the pandemic has been noticing how many of us have started, or re-discovered, doing things we love. The small things that matter, like being in nature, more time with loved ones, knowing more about our local area, or a hobby. Right now, it’s more important than… Continue reading What we Love