Setting Your Intention

Happy Summer Solstice everyone. The longest day of the year is here already. Where did the first half of the year go? This is a great time to take stock of everything. What was your intention for this year? What goals did you have and how are they going? Its so easy at New Years to get swept up with the perceived spangly newness of it all. Christmas is a time when we can usually find a bit of downtime and get some headspace. Time to think about the coming twelve months and what we want from it. But there's always a lot of pressure attached to that. We have a tendency to trot out the same list of resolutions every time, and don't notice that we are repeating the pattern. So on this day I invite you to review [...]

2018-06-21T15:19:12+00:0021 June 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

The Sorry Reflex

How many times a day do you say that you're sorry? Have you ever counted? If not, then I invite you to try it for a day, or half a day, even a couple of hours. The word sorry is becoming like a reflex, it comes flying out of our mouths as naturally as our eyes blink. Its automatic, and its infuriating. What are you sorry for? Why are you forever apologising? Have you ever stopped to wonder? A couple of weeks ago we had a family day out at a National Trust property. my mother in law was holding my son, and she got distracted by something she wanted to buy. As she pointed to it, she caught his face with her nail. He cried (well made a noise) for approximately 4 seconds. No harm done. She spent the next [...]

2018-06-20T12:17:12+00:0020 June 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Careers Advice

My schools career advice wasn't brilliant. Okay, so this was a long time ago. The early 90's to be precise. I remember feeling so ridiculously excited about it. I had been looking forward to it for weeks. There was a real sense of anticipation in the room. Would anyone's career path mean a stint as a backing dancer for "Take That"? We could only hope so. Its funny how a few minutes in one room can change a persons mood so dramatically. I was searching for answers, for meaning. I wanted to be told what to do, because I had no clue myself of which way to head into my future. The Careers advice lady seemed to have a distinct lack of interest in young people and our careers, which seemed to fly in the face of why we were [...]

2018-06-12T11:20:39+00:0012 June 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Our House Needs Work

Our house needs work. From the outside its pleasant to look at. It’s a little cottage and has an element of kerb appeal to it. People tell us frequently that “its lovely”. But look closely and the windows are dirty and the front door looks tired. Inside this pattern continues, I love our front room, the room that most people see. It’s definitely the room that we have put the most effort into. It feels grown up and cared for. The dining room and kitchen are okay too, the colour flows through both rooms and its bright and welcoming. At the back of the house is the bathroom, this room isn’t so good. In fact, I don’t like it at all. At least I know that when people visit, they will spend very little time in there. Upstairs, we have [...]

2018-06-12T10:36:09+00:0017 April 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

What You Can’t See

I saw a sign on my way into town this morning that said "Its What You Cant See, That Matters Most". As a coach, the biggest hurdle I face is getting people to see their own worth, to see that they are worth investing in. I see coaching as a healing profession, and there are a lot of them out there. Recently, I have been talking to owners of other businesses that deal in healing, and they all say the same thing. “Everyone says the work that I do is so important, but I struggle to get clients. ”Why is this? Well I guess there is no definitive answer, but my best assessment is that people find it hard to believe in what they can’t see or feel. In a previous life, I would have headed out to the shops [...]

2018-03-27T21:27:28+00:0012 March 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Opportunity Knocks

Last week I had unexpected opportunity present itself. I received an email from a lady who wanted me to contribute to an article she was writing for an online magazine. My lovely coach and friend Liz, had sent her my way. The article was about returning to work after long term sickness, and other contributors included HR professionals, and people from the HSE. The journalist also wanted the perspective of a Life Coach….this Life Coach to be precise, because my writing and I were recommended to her. The input from me was needed that night, and it was already early evening. I felt tired and stressed from a long day, and so as much as this was a great chance to get my name out there. I immediately started telling myself that I couldn’t do it. It never ceases to [...]

2018-03-27T21:30:39+00:005 March 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

When I was a runner

In 2014 I turned 35. I’m not sure what exactly happened to me, but I felt a desire to ‘do something’. That something started as joining a spin class and going 4 times a week. Honestly, I had hoped to really dislike it, then I wouldn’t have to go anymore. But I did more than like it, I LOVED it. I got such a buzz from sweating buckets and feeling like my heart was going to burst out of my chest. It got me thinking about other things that I could try too. I had always said that I wasn’t made for running. I’d had a brief sprinting career in my youth in the 100 metres, but that’s it. Why the hell would you ever run further? I mysteriously found myself frequently ill or injured on cross country days – [...]

2018-08-14T10:17:18+00:0022 January 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

What’s In Your Bag?

Handbags, purses, rucksacks. We all have them, and the majority of us will carry them every day. Those bags carry all sorts, don't they? Money, phones, keys, a snack etc. The things we need to have with us. Then there's the other stuff. The stuff we forget about, or just chuck in there to deal with later. Things like letters, receipts, pens, a long forgotten about apple. The bags getting heavier, making your shoulders sore and your back ache. "I really must clear this out" you think. Except you've got other things to do with your time. So you put it off, and yet more stuff goes in. It's now getting really uncomfortable to carry this bag, it's literally weighing you down. You can no longer easily find those things you really need with ease, there's so much other crap [...]

2018-06-12T10:45:12+00:0022 January 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Learning From A 10 Month Old

I am learning so much from my son. He is now 10 months old. He’s into absolutely everything. In recent weeks he’s figured out standing up whilst holding on to stuff, and now that’s how he wants to spend his time. Every day he falls down multiple times. He’s been trying to figure this stuff out for months now. Slowly getting stronger, mastering crawling and then watching us of course. It was the same when he learnt to hold his bottle of milk, and to feed himself. He'd been watching that bottle coming towards him his whole life, realising over time that this vessel can fill his tummy. He'd also been slowing figuring out what his hands are for and how to use them. The dots connected and he didn’t need me to hold that bottle for him anymore. Rather [...]

2018-03-27T21:37:57+00:0022 January 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Are You An Olympian?

Have you seen the film ‘Eddie The Eagle’? If not then add it to your ‘must see’ list. Eddie was a boy with a dream to become an Olympian. As a child he was seen as a bit different, and didn’t have many friends at all. So, he filled his time with books, and read as much as he could about the Olympics. Even from a very young age, he was determined to get there. The only person that really supported him was his Mum. His Dad believed his dreams were stupid, and that he needed to forget about them. When he grew up he was going to be a plasterer and that was that. Throughout his childhood he tried many different sports, without much success at all, and then one day he read that the British team had no [...]

2018-06-12T10:42:54+00:0022 January 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments