need a good excuse to de-clutter? here’s one!

We all go through life accumulating stuff. We collect physical things that we can see around us, but also mental clutter and emotional clutter, which is less visible and therefore we don’t pay it as much attention. But it’s still there. These different types of clutter are very much interlinked, so if you want to …

the traveller

This afternoon I stopped in an art gallery as I had some spare time and saw this bronze statue (Mlle Abattu by Bruno Catalano). She was one of many similar figures that all really struck me. The collection was inspired by the artist’s departure from his birthplace Morocco and his journey to France. All the …

step away!

I spent the afternoon in good company today! Standing underneath this beautiful statue of David made me feel quite tiny indeed.And so it is also when we are right in the middle of our stuff. The clutter seems huge and overwhelming, and we can’t quite see how to even begin tackling it.Moving away a bit …

switch it off and let it go…

These Thai meditation cushions were given to me about 20 years ago, and I can count on the fingers of one hand how often I have used them. I decided that it was finally time to send them off to a better home. The friend I gave them to picked them up tonight. In a …

I can see the sea!

Today I attended a great workshop on resilience. I learned a number of new things, and as an additional treat it was held in Whitstable. (I actually gave a little shriek of delight when I went over the top of the hill and the sea appeared in the distance.) I always enjoy traveling to different …

when old becomes new

I always feel like there is something quite nostalgic but also brutal about these exposed indoor walls. The fireplaces and remaining wallpaper are so reminiscent of the lives that were lived in the building, and the fact we can see them from the sidewalk seems so incongruous. I find myself trying to imagine who lived …

my confession about podcasts

Last night I met a group of friends for some Christmas drinks, and one of the discussions I had was about podcasts. A few of my friends started listing all the ones they found interesting, funny, educational, or the ones that they just generally enjoyed listening to. And I could add nothing to the conversation. …

what I failed to see…

I was just talking to a coach colleague of mine and told him about having a great day yesterday making connections with people. I spoke about meeting a friend for coffee, chatting to the owners of the coffee shop, and dinner with another friend. What I realized in talking to him was that I had …

10…

… that’s the target I had set myself. Since my running buddy had to give up due to injury, and then my husband due to the return to a commuter life, I found myself on my lonesome for my morning runs. And I knew that I was going to struggle to motivate myself. Especially as …

overcrowding

Being outside helps us shift our perspective and gain some distance from what goes on in our daily lives. So for today’s coaching session, I took my client for a walk in the fields to enjoy some autumn sunshine. We came across these mushrooms and they are such a great illustration of what happens in …