A Year On – Reflections on the Wheel of Life this September

Thanks to Rebecca Norton for the Wheel of Life exercise at our August WISEtribe meeting.  I love summer and I’ve just got back from a holiday so my happiness stocks are running high… In the last year I have exchanged one job for a series of brilliant learning opportunities, some which have even earned a…

Thank You

I have been lucky enough to work with a charity called Endeavour this year. The illustration below was created by one of our fabulous learners along with the inscription, “Thank you for helping us to find our space – Class of 2019“… So chuffed with that and yes, a little teary with lump in my…

What I do and Why

I write stories for charities, individuals and projects which I believe in.

Why I Volunteer in a Dusty Cupboard (Second-hand Bookshop)

A sense of anticipation in my head and heart. What treasures will I find today? The door is thickened by burgundy paint, a heritage colour. I enter the combination, turn the silver dial to the left and the lock opens. My eyes adjust to the darkness before I click on the strip light that flickers…

The Pros and Cons of Marginal Gains (so 2012)

Listen to any management guru or performance coach and they’ll bang on about the joy of marginal gains, an over-generalised theory adapted and exemplified from models used by David Brailsford at British Cycling.  Sure, every little thing you do contributes incrementally to your success.  Many of us know this.  We make the most of it,…

I Have a Confession to Make: I am an Addict

Gonna to have to face it I’m addicted to books!  Books have that easy-going, take-me-to-bed quality for me.  They can take me on a journey when I’m snuggled up comfortably at home, make me laugh out loud or make me cry.  Whatever makes me keep reading, anything that I can complete must have elements which…

Funny Adverts – Hit or Miss?

Sting in the Tail Cyclist’s Lip Balm. This goes on my face right? As a female cyclist I am much amused by the use of text and images in advertising. Here’s another: I don’t need to point out the obvious! At least the picture editor had the good sense to edit out the flat tyres…

Why do we have New Year’s Resolutions?

Some thoughts on Goal Setting with Rebecca Norton from Sense of Direction, Life Coach and Wellness Walk Leader. Many of us set goals at this time of year but statistics show that 80% of people have given up on their goal by February!  So how do you make it to being one of the 20%…

Less is More and More is Less this Christmas

I’ve been thinking about a lot about meanings lately. The Charity, Refuge have produced some brilliantly effective copy this year,  producing poems which read equally well from bottom to top, turning meanings on their head.  I found the hidden messages in them both powerful and moving.  Life is full of riddles and complexities.  The perfect…