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Blog for Monday 8th February

As many of us are cut off from the outside world even further by the snow this morning , either working or in search of work, I thought it would be appropriate to post about self confidence being eroded by negative thoughts. Here’s a beautiful hand drawn comic strip on this topic by the ultra talented and wellbeing aware artist and filmmaker, Renée Gerald. In her words: “Lockdown has meant I’ve been alone with my thoughts a lot more than I’ve wanted to be, still while ive taken up my new years resolution to be kinder to myself my brain always finds some way to make out that everyone else is doing better than me. But whenever that happens I try to look at how far I’ve come and look forward to what else the future might have to offer, then in the present I can feel a sense of calm. While this pandemic was never going to be easy, being kind to yourself seems to make the days feel a lot less harsher. “

What strategy is successful for you? #selfcare If you would like to contact The artist, Renée Gerald find her on Instagram at That ones @renaysaunceart

Blog for Monday 8th February

As many of us are cut off from the outside world even further by the snow this morning , either working or in search of work, I thought it would be appropriate to post about self confidence being eroded by negative thoughts. Here’s a beautiful hand drawn comic strip on this topic by the ultra talented and wellbeing aware artist and filmmaker, Renée Gerald. In her words: “Lockdown has meant I’ve been alone with my thoughts a lot more than I’ve wanted to be, still while ive taken up my new years resolution to be kinder to myself my brain always finds some way to make out that everyone else is doing better than me. But whenever that happens I try to look at how far I’ve come and look forward to what else the future might have to offer, then in the present I can feel a sense of calm. While this pandemic was never going to be easy, being kind to yourself seems to make the days feel a lot less harsher. “

What strategy is successful for you? #selfcare If you would like to contact The artist, Renée Gerald find her on Instagram at That ones @renaysaunceart

Blog for Wednesday 20th January

Last year I was formally assessed for my coaching practice. Just before my the observation was due I received a job offer from my previous work sector. It was like a call from the past, and one that reminded me of stories I used to tell myself like ‘I’m a failure’ and ‘I am not worth listening to.’ Despite this fact I managed to stick to my observation even if stomach remained squirming in the toxic past. Afterwards, as I was writing up notes, my phone buzzed with an email. A short story I had entered into a competition had got through to be published. Teacher. Coach. Writer. Past. Present. Future. I burst into tears. Conclusion Opening yourself up to the best of all possibilities allows greatness to and great people to come forward. In coaching it’s called ’flow.’ In mindfulness practice it’s called ‘being present.’ Stephen King would call it ‘Ka’ (like the wind.) #flow #beingpresent #kalikethewind

Blog for Monday 18th January

Finding a New Career: Myself I became a Transformational Coach at a crossroads moment in my life. My health was compromised, I was living with Fibromyalgia and all the attendant symptoms. I was in a career that was crushing me until so unwell, I had to leave the job. The institution offered an NDA to silence any future legal protests I might want to create. I had to build myself from the ground up. Little did I realise I was already working on the plan that would transform my life. I visualised my ideal work life, health and happiness. I asked myself what would make feel most aligned to my moral purpose and how would I do it. After researching I decided being a Transformational Coach was the answer. I looked for a course that would align closely with my mindfulness practice and beliefs. I found the Transformational Diploma ran by Catalyst 14. I had already done all this before the trauma of my final months in Education. The day after I left, I applied for the diploma. I let my vulnerability show to those around me. Rather than push them away I stayed grounded and honest. I was moved by the generous support they offered (and still do). David Elliott at EBA helped me set up my own business, Life Coaching London Ltd. One close friend bought me a domain name, website space and email address to get me up and running. My partner gave me the freedom to follow my own nose, something that had always landed me in shtuck as we say in Yiddish, working in schools. I started the course which was rigorous (one of the reasons I wanted to do it) and recognised and administrated by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. I met new kinds of people- those that shared my sense of purpose and outlook. Even as I was learning to work with clients in the throes of imposter syndrome I was experiencing those symptoms myself. Always one for a bit of ‘physician heal thyself’ I took on the job of coaching myself through this period of transition and transformation. I passed the course at practitioner level. After I began to juggle my working life in earnest- developing deeper coaching skills and enjoying work in one to one and the business world. Working to help transform others’ lives, whether part of a six-month engagement or the three hours of a 360 coaching debrief. I began to look towards improving my health. I took a test for PTSD, as discussed during my own coaching, and then accessed support. Later in the same year I attended the course ‘The Lightning Process’ and recovered from many severe symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia. I got a dog. I began to walk further than I thought would ever be possible. Much of this occurred during COVID. I delved deeper into my mindfulness practice and through the work particularly of Rick Hanson and Tara Brach and support of my supervisor Damion Wonfor of Catalyst 14 I deepened my practice. Then there’s my career as a budding writer and author…well that’s another story for another day and indeed another LinkedIn page (check out Neil Lawrence, writer.) Conclusion? We really are extremely adaptable and resourceful creatures if given the chances to be so. I am truly grateful for the compassion, care and skill I found in being able to coach myself into this current version of my life. I am deeply affected by the wider context we are living in of course, but the skills I developed after the NDA out of Education continues to serve and help me develop ways of thinking about the size of our global strife. #resilience #volition #transformational coaching

Blog for Monday 11th January 2021

Would You Like To…. live with uncertainty?

The last year we have seen that every day cannot be the same, and we can’t always rely on things as constant. Our responses to this can be to hide away or to overinflated our anxiety about the pandemic. It can be helpful rather to find a ‘sweet spot’ where it is possible to live in the midst of this uncertainty, if not with comfort then at least with a greater sense of resource. You could: Be aware of where you are…Note the number of times you are trying to alter what is in the future or end up dwelling on the past. Be as in the moment as you can. Be aware of negative stories you tell yourself…Try approaching each event with an open mind. Count the ‘wins’…There is no such thing as a ‘little’ success, if something is successful it is successful. Turn away from interactions that create anxiety…People, posts, places that makes us feel jolted. Avoid these if we can. Let go of negative ‘build up’…Create space for dumping feelings and reactions that build up and can slow us down. Accept difficulty as part of the everyday…Without creating a dramatic story, find acceptance in the current conditions we live in, letting each event happen and remaining open to whatever it brings. #resourcefulself

Blog for Tuesday 12th January 2021

Be more available, but choose what you do wisely.

The Issue With Time “Not enough time,” is a mantra I hear myself mutter as if there are not 86400 seconds in a day. In addition the rolling tide of lockdown can easily skew perception of available time. When we are caught in the headlights we freeze to the spot. We stand still- time does not. What Are We Doing? Many of us have spent the last year referring to the ’normal’ – things that we depend on every day . If there is one thing the pandemic has shown us it is there are no absolutes. If life is not static then the good news is there are many opportunity for growth. What Might We Do? The first thing we can do is answer the mantra ‘I haven’t got time’ with ‘time for what?’ We squander seconds only when what we do isn’t serving our greater good and indeed the greater good of those around us. COVID has revealed that….we are mortal, life has an end point. Many of us will have already lost loved ones or seen the lives of those around us shortened, or even had our own lives threatened. So these 86400 seconds are an absolute daily gift . How can we use them? When possibilities open up, results can be exciting. The Way Forward Instead of thinking of what is not done, engage with what we are doing Look for the things that improve the quality of our lives and work. Pursue the leads that offer mutually beneficial outcomes. And every day congratulate ourselves for being useful and look forward to the 86400 seconds available the next day, so we make a difference all over again. #showup #bestself