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How to create mental space, rest, relax and recover

Do you ever feel like you can’t see the wood for the trees? Like you are lost in a forest and can’t find your way out?  There is so much going on in your life, a massive To-Do list of tasks and you can’t get near the things you want to do for yourself? I know exactly how it feels to be overwhelmed by everything on my mental To-Do list...

Are you listening? A simple tip to tap into your intuition.

I know deep down that we all have a purpose. Not always to be the next Mother Teresa, not always to change millions of lives – but a purpose nonetheless. Something that calls to us, which can drive us – and when ignored can make us feel desperately unfulfilled and unhappy. Do you ever feel, like there is more to life than this? Do you have a feeling of running...

Creativity and mandalas helped me manifest my dreams

I was surrounded by all the people I loved in the world, my family, my friends, ex-work colleagues - literally everyone I care about and I was having this overwhelming feeling of “I don’t belong”. It was January 2006 and I was about to head off for nine months for an ‘adult gap year’ or ‘mid-life crisis’ whatever you want to call it.  I’d quit my job, put my house...

Overcome your fear and have the time of your life!

I am just like you, I sometimes have fears.  Some are rational like don’t step out in front of a moving car.  Others are certainly not – like I am too old, or I am too fat. "I am too old, too fat, too unfit, I’ll get too hot, go red – OMG I will sweat too much and all my makeup will fall off … what if I am...

Do you blame others for making you feel bad?

I burst into tears this morning when my hubby told me something I do makes him feel bad. He had a valid point. It was something I was unconsciously doing - not deliberate or uncaring - just unaware. But my reaction to him telling me I'd hurt him was so dramatic and out of proportion to him just openly sharing his feelings with me - that I knew it had...

Some days it can be hard living with your own choices

Some days it can be hard living with your own choices, even when you know it was the best thing for you. I guess that is the thing about being an adult and making choices about your own life? What brought this to mind, is 10 years ago last month I made the decision to come to NZ on a 5 week holiday and I didn’t return to the UK...

We are the reason why Oprah is having to talk about inequality

Like many of us around the world I watched Oprah’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, nodding my head and agreeing with the sentiments of an end to inequality, an end to putting up with sexual harassment, an end to being seen as second class to men. At the same time I had just heard about a top BBC correspondent Carrie Gracie who quit her senior job as China Editor...

The top 8 life lessons I have learned from Harry Potter

I have a confession to make. Over the Christmas break instead of being in the studio painting, I binge-watched all of the Harry Potter movies including Fantastic Beasts and where to find them. OK, I feel better now I have got that off my chest. From the first time I picked up a friends copy of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” about 17 years ago I was completely...

Why I don’t believe in setting goals

I hope you've had a great Christmas break and you're looking forward to 2018. Perhaps you're thinking about what goals to set this year? Or maybe beating yourself up a little for those you didn't achieve in 2017? As a Life Coach you would expect that I'd be the first person to say you need goals to succeed, wouldn't you? So many coaches out there are posting on social media...

My top 5 Tips for Surviving the Christmas Madness

It can’t have escaped your notice that the silly season is well and truly upon us. I swear that each year the run-up to Christmas gets more and more frenetic. As women we seem to take on the challenge of ‘making Christmas special’ and trying to ensure it is the ‘best Christmas ever’ by managing endless to-do lists and mentally rushing around like a lunatic. If you are a working...

Painting Your Dreams – Review

I felt a sense of pride for feeling the fear and doing it anyway...and guess what I love my painting, not because it is a masterpiece to others but it is my masterpiece and it has meaning for me. Thank you, Angela, you are a special lady who has created a wonderful course and safe environment for beginners

Who is in control of your life?

“What do you mean I have to get rid of all of my personal possessions?” I remember spurting this out as I sat in a meeting room surrounded by my stunned colleagues. “Not every personal possession. You are allowed one photograph of your family.” Said our slightly nervous HR person as she scanned the shocked faces of the people in the room. At the time I was working in the...

Learning to say NO with love

 Learning to say No is a life skill we can all benefit from. “Life is so hard, I’ve got no time for myself. All I do is run around after everyone else, and no one seems to give a sh*t about what I need. I feel invisible most of the time – I’m just the person who organises everything, works, cleans, does the shopping,  ferries people where they need to...

I remember when I was a little girl I loved playing with crayons

"I remember when I was a little girl I loved to playing with crayons. I would draw on anything I could get my hands on. I’d scribble pictures of me, Mum and Dad and my little brother with our dog. I’d make pictures of my house, and castles and rainbows and flowers. It didn’t matter that they didn’t look like real life – I just loved them so much and...

Me Time – All work and no play leads to overwhelm

"I’m exhausted all of the time, and all I seem to do is live to work – I feel like a hamster in a wheel." "I leave home early to go to work and by the time I get home it’s late, I’m tired and just want to grab something to eat, so dinner’s rushed and uninspiring - or if it’s really late I just dial for a takeaway because...

Meditating with pencils can help you get a better sleep

One of the ways I get my clients to tune into their creative thinking, and tapping into their intuition is by the use of simple creative activities.  Repetitive doodling or colouring is a very quick way to begin meditating

A simple way to prevent burnout in high stress roles

“I’ve lost my mojo for work and I’m falling behind in my projects. Even worse my boss is calling my ability into question yet I can’t get myself motivated”. This was the answer I received from one of my 1:1 coaching clients when I asked him “What is going on for you right now?”   My client who is a Sales Manager for a large organisation looked absolutely exhausted. The...

Who’s rules do you live by?

  It was Monday morning and I was sitting outside a local café, enjoying the sunshine, the freshly made almond latte I’d ordered and savouring the sweet berry muffin I was treating myself to. When I suddenly got an overwhelming sense of  “I’d better get back home to my desk before someone sees me and thinks I am slacking off.” I was shocked at my response, my heart rate was...

Embarrassed and horrified in the limelight

I knew there could be much more to me and my life, but I was so scared of what other people would think "Would people still like me? What if I lost all of my friends? Will they laugh at me? I don't deserve to have a wonderful life".

Handling stress

As women we often take on the burden of stress not only for ourselves but for our families - we believe we have to be the strong ones. As a result of holding the fort for everyone involved we finally crack under the pressure .

Letting your kids get messy is good for them

I decided to do a little research into why getting messy is good for your kids (and you), and I put together the following reasons why you should let your kids play with paint.

Comparisonitis is a real thing

Over the past few months I have been coaching a group of people on their journey to bringing creativity into their own business or start-up coaching practices. Though the clients were both male and female and from all corners of the globe (US, South Africa, AUS) each of them had a similar issue… They were all suffering from a case of ‘Comparisonitis’

A cure for those Monday morning blues

Is the dreamer in you being slowly smothered? As you push pause on your alarm again, are you really pushing pause on having a life you love? My Dream Leaders experience has blown the lid off the box of my clients and now they can’t go back to that grey Monday morning feeling - no more Monday morning blues for them.

Fear of making mistakes holding you back?

How many times have you told yourself - "I'd love to do that but ...." when deep down what you really mean is "I'm scared of making a mistake, and being ridiculed if I try ..."

How I escaped my worst enemy

"What dream or passion are trying to stuff down and keep quiet?" or "What situation are you putting up with because you believe that is how it is supposed to be?" and "How wonderful would your life be if every day you were living the life you love?"

Is this what happiness looks like?

  Do you have any idea who this is?   Whoever it is she looks deflated, unfulfilled and just a wee bit sick of her life - need a clue?... It is actually me in the year 2002 BC (Before Creativity) - how absolutely bored, grey and miserable did I look?  It even shocks me!!!!   You see at that time I had abandoned my creativity for over 20 years.  I'd...

Little Miss Independent

Are you a woman in business? Do you also run the house schedule? Are you the grease that keeps the cogs of your business and family life going round? I have news for you - Sometimes you just need to let go of Little Miss Independent !!! About six months ago my partner stopped me in my rushing aboutness and said "Sometimes you just need to let me look after you"...