Help Your Unheard Self Be Heard

How often do you really hear what you’re saying to yourself? Have you ever thought about helping your unheard self be hear? “I can hear myself just fine thank you.  I hear myself all day long chattering away to myself in the background.”   Yo...

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Organising The Chaos Of Stress

Organising the chaos of stress is a fabulous skill to have but does this come from nature or nurture?  Life can be running along smoothly, everything is under control and your managing life beautifully, organising the little bits of chaos easily one at a time.  ...

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Opening The Doors To Your Emotions

In my last blog post, I talked about how emotions are formed and how we can connect with them. There are always going to be times when our emotions are triggered quite unexpectedly and the only way to manage them is to let them flow. Some people are afraid to allow themselve...

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Emotions

Emotions...     ...are great to have when you feel in control but can be hard to handle when we aren’t managing them as well as we would have liked. The thing is, emotions let us know what is important to us and triggers our behaviours. As we grow up we b...

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Only One Week Till Christmas

Only a week till Christmas and I hope you’ve nearly finalised all your arrangements. We can plan, prepare and think we have everything in place ready for a great season of good will to all men. A merry, merry Christmas I just wanted to share something with you. I...

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The Breathing Secret

Breathing?What’s so secret about that, you might be thinking, I do it automatically?Yes, we do, and as you know, our breathing alters when we’re asleep and during exercise.  Our breathing also alters when we are anxious, frightened, excited and during periods of concen...

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Quick Fix Holidays To Beat The Stress

How many times have you been tempted to book a holiday because you’re feeling ‘so stressed’? We all need a break, a chance to put ourselves in a different environment, unwind, relax, have fun, and see new and exciting things.  We are all guilty of th...

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Happy New Year – Setting The Scene

Happy New Year – Setting The SceneHopefully by now you have written some of your goals for 2015 and established a real vision for why these goals are so important to you.Excellent!Now we need to set your action plans so that you’re in a really strong position to ...

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Beat The Festive Stress

Most of you by now will be well on the way to arranging your Christmas celebrations. Christmas work parties, cards, budgeting for presents, food and don’t forget the arrangements with who you’re going to spend the Christmas period with and for howlong. This ongoing juggl...

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Stress: Which do you want, the control or to be controlled?

Stress – Which do you want, the control or to be controlled?Stress, distress, anxiety, tension, pressure, we all call it different things but they are all closely related. As a life coach and teacher of Developing Effective Thinking Skills, I listen to people talk about th...

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And So We Arrived

And So We ArrivedIllustration By Jess LloydAs we finished packing the van for a weekend of camping in the middle of Shropshire for the final of No.1 Sons riding event.  Watching the rain coming down we decided to leave the house in wellies.  However, much to our pleasure t...

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A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the ParkIllustration by Vanessa Bell This summer has been a big emotional roller coaster as it has been ‘A’ Level results time as well as GCSE results.  I thought it was nerve racking enough when I went to collect my own results all those years ago; but I...

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Have You Got Your Passport?

Illustration by Vanessa BellHave You Got Your Passport?Good parents bring us up to be honest and law abiding citizens saying,“Honesty is the best policy.”  However, if you can be truthful with yourself , can you say you are totally honest?  Not me that’s for sure.Don...

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My Thoughts on Trust

Illustration by Vanessa BellMy Thoughts on TrustI haven’t really thought too much about the meaning of trust until it came up in a class I was teaching recently.  Some of the learners where stating:“You can’t trust anyone.”“They will bleed you dry of your ideas, t...

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Floods and High Tidal Waters

Illustration by Vanessa BellFloods and High Tidal WatersIf you have been following the ‘Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter’ then you will probably be at the same stage as we are in our household with UCAS applications in, offers being given, i...

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Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say.

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say. You must admit that ‘People Watching’ is a fantastic pastime when you’ve got time on your hands to chill - the sun on your face and the right drink at your fingerprints.The other great pass time is listening into other people’...

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A Tidy Mind

A Tidy Mind What sort of a mind do you have? Mr Hoff says I have “a chaotic mind, all over the place it is”, unlike his which is pristine, everything in order, filed away with labels on the fronts of the filing cabinet draws.  That’s why he has to ha...

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The Sat Nav Lover

Are you a Sat Nav. lover or a Sat Nav. hater?Some people will let their life be ruled by their Sat. Nav. for one; Mr Hoff.I have tried desperately hard to resist the temptation and so far haven’t done too badly but I must admit there are times when they can most useful.  ...

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Change – Help!

Change – Help!Change!Something different!OH NO!I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to battling with the negative chatter in my head when something different comes along.  With all the best of intensions, even though we thought we had worked out the issues we ...

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Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter

Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter.  Forget the tennis, golf or Tour de France, touring the Universities ready for your daughter’s UCAS application can be far more gruelling and stressful.  You will have already waded through a metre high pile...

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Mother’s Are Only Human Too

Mother’s Are Only Human TooWhen was the last time you felt racked with guilt because you hadn’t taken enough time or trouble over something that wouldn’t have actually taken you much effort or time.Mine was not so long ago.  In fact it was on the 5th March 2012.  My ...

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Time Flies

Time Flies When I was little I always remember my Grandma saying, “I don’t know where the time goes it just flies by and the time goes by more quickly each year.”  At the time I didn’t have a clue what she was on about but she was absolutely right it does.  By the ...

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Unwanted Baggage.

Unwanted Baggage.There is good and bad baggage and we are all going to have different ways of looking at it.  For me, great baggage is equal to great memories, fun times, holidays, great feelings of calmness, love, happiness, and contentment but also some feelings of sadnes...

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One Huge Balancing Act

One Huge Balancing ActFinding the right balancing act that suits everyone can be difficult especially when you have young children.  When I became pregnant for the first time myhandmade ceramics living had come to natural end; my imagination had dried up, a bit like writers...

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A Teenager or an Alien

A Teenager or an Alien(Just Another Strange Mother)When I heard parents of teenagers saying their kids had turned into aliens I never really understood what thatmeant.  That was never going to happen to me! As I became a parent, like most of us, I had over confident expecta...

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The Trials of Holiday Preparations

The Trials of Holiday PreparationThe main holiday period is up-on us. The children are breaking up from school and the annual holiday is what everyone is talking about; at the gym, the hairdressers and at work.I don’t know about you but the preparations can be a little bit...

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Overcoming Conflict

We have all experienced conflict with others – our partners, siblings, friends, children, parents, in-laws (or outlaws as my other half calls them), the list could be endless.  Some will say their relationship thrives on this, but I’m not so sure.  The majority of us d...

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