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A summer of feeling conflicted…

Read the books they said. Join a group (or six) they said. Follow this person on social media they said. So much well meaning, kindly intended advice was the order of business when I became a parent. I was SWIMMING in the stuff. Do you know what I didn’t hear people talk about though? The…
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All about the boundaries…

When I say ‘boundaries’ what gets conjured up in your head? Do they come with a particular feeling for you? Perhaps you could start immediately reeling off your current ones and go into all the detail about how they support you. Or maybe you’re wondering what on earth I’m going on about.  Boundaries have a…
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Four things nobody told me about being a parent in the workplace…

When I became a parent in the workplace, I was a rabbit in headlights a lot of the time. I was definitely winging it and the energy that it took to maintain a shiny(ish) exterior was next level. There were so many things I wish I’d have known before I returned to work. The reality…
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Money, rates and budgets…the side of a small business you might not see.

This has been brewing in my head for a while. Questioning if I should say anything publicly for fear of judgement. Then I listened to Elizabeth Day chatting to Brené Brown on her podcast. Something Brené Brown said about fitting in, shame and judgement has made me think differently. Parts of what I’m going to…
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The truth about working for yourself.

It’s fair to say I held a lot of expectations about working for yourself. It hasn’t exactly followed a step by step approach. I’ve found some bits full of joy and others bits really chuffing tough. It’s always evolving but I want to share some things that surprise(d) me the most. Spending time ‘marketing’ takes…
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Questions you might not be asking…

This post is for the empathetic and compassionate eyes of employers and line managers (and those that might be working on dialling up their empathy and compassion actually!) I want to explore with you questions you might not be asking your team members who happen to be parents…. It’s fairly common for someone to return…
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Three reasons to define your version of success…

One of the foundational things I do with clients is to define your version of success. It can be a workshop, a coaching session or a chat over a coffee (well, actually tea for me please) but it generally, without fail features. I feel incredibly passionately about taking the time and consideration to define your…
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Strengths in overdrive – too much of a good thing?

When I first started my strengths practitioner training about eight years ago, I had a major lightbulb moment. Well, to be honest I had about 164 lightbulb moments but this one would make the top 20.  Our strengths (the things that energise us) can go into overdrive. Roughly translated, that means we’re overusing them. Sometimes…
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Are you a people pleaser?

I have definitely described myself as a people pleaser before, have you? When I saw this Ctrl Alt Delete podcast episode it immediately grabbed my attention. Being a people pleaser hasn’t always looked like me saying ‘yes’ to others. So spending some time listening to Emma Reed Turrell talk about this topic was incredible, even…
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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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