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 …

and the winner is…

Last week was pretty much a wash-out for me because of a cold. When I am ill, my reflex is to ignore the “inconvenience” and power on, noticing that everything is a bit more difficult than usual, but carrying on regardless. In some place in my mind, I hold a belief that being ill is …

4 little words…

This morning, I was out running on my usual circuit and struggling up the hill leaving the park, as I usually do.   When I started this new routine 2 years ago, I resolved to greet each and every person I saw on my route with a smile and a “good morning”. Even if they …

feeling stressed? You’re not alone…

In the latest edition of The Week (my favorite mag), there was not one but 2 articles on the topic of anxiety and stress. More and more people suffer from these, and the numbers are on the rise.   Until last year, I was on the treadmill in a busy office job, with ever growing …

of penguins and scalpels

I often notice street names, an early influence from my mother, who would regularly exclaim “imagine having to write THAT down as your address for years!” whenever we came across a particularly funny example. A few weeks ago, my husband and I visited Oxfordshire, where we discovered Penguin Cottage. The name made us smile, and …

and then there was light!

Recently, I visited my parents in France. They still live in the house where I grew up, and have been there for about 35 years. Every time I go back, I spend a bit of time sorting through stuff, mine, theirs, or my brothers’. Unsurprisingly, they have accumulated rather a lot over the years. This …