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Getting bold on defining boundaries…

Defining boundaries has been a big part of my work (and life) for a while now. They feature in my workshops, they’re a hot topic in coaching sessions and I don’t have to think too hard at how to bring them to social media discussions. I’m well overdue a blog, so what better timing than…
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Preparing for interview – bringing your whole self to the conversation

At the beginning of September I was the guest speaker for the charity, Careers Springboard. I was there to share my thoughts on how to prepare for an interview. Never one to jump straight to tried and tested (yes I know there’s a time and a place!) I adopted a slightly different run of things…
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You do you…

I’ve used this phrase quite a bit recently probably too freely and almost definitely flippantly BUT I do mean it. We have to live our lives and make our decisions based on what is right for us. I fully appreciate how hard it can be to do it so I definitely don’t share this view…
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Making remote working, work!

I started writing this piece with returners in mind – at an already unsettling time of new routines, the added complexity of Coronavirus is feeling a bit overwhelming for many people I’m talking to. What it’s actually turned into is something much more general and across the board that I hope will help put some…
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Keeping in touch…

When it comes to maternity / adoption / shared parental leave it can be hard to know how you’re going to feel about keeping in touch with your employer. What’s important to know though, is that you have options and choices to make. Keep In Touch (KIT) days are a big topic of conversation and…
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The Strengths Series – part 3

Let’s get practical – home and work. The final instalment of the strengths series is about to get you thinking about actions, and actually making them happen.  With the first two stages it’s been very much about reflection, thinking, a bit of self-coaching but this next focus is for those who love to get an action…
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Preparing for parental leave

The Strengths Series – part 2

Using your strengths and plugging the weaknesses Welcome back! In the first post we talked about the definition of strengths being a bit different to what you might find in a dictionary / on Google (delete as appropriate) – that it’s all about what energises you, that you might be skilfully great at it already…
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The Strengths Series – part 1

Getting to know yourself again – finding your strengths. You know that phrase, ‘love what you do and do what you love’? It can sound so simple yet so aspirational all at the same time – yes of course we want to love what we do, but reality can bite…hard…and with bills to pay and…
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One story at a time: Baby Loss Awareness week 2019

Miscarriage is something that changed me as a person. I lost a naivety that will never return, had my first experience with PTSD and had a period of major trust issues. I’ve written before about what happened, so if it’s something that might help you please head here to have a read. I’m not using…
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The holiday juggle

You can’t look far at the moment without seeing comments and questions about the impending school holidays in England. Scotland are already in the thick of it and we’re all full of the same questions ‘what are you holiday plans?’, ‘how are you managing the childcare?’ ‘how you feeling about 6 weeks of the kid(s) being off?’. There are LOADS of really helpful suggestions out there (Guilty Mothers Club has a free planner download and some pointers for figuring out activities, and Amy Ransom is always a breath of fresh air for all things parenting – holiday chat or otherwise!).