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Relationships

April got me thinking about friendships. I had the opportunity to connect with two old friends while I was away in Rotorua which was very special for me. We talked about friendships and how difficult it has been to maintain these over the past couple of years. I know that we have spent much more time away from others due to enforced lockdowns or isolation periods and I really think it’s been harder to connect with friends because of this. Building on last month's topic self-compassion I wante...

May 2, 2022

Grief and loss

What is self-compassion? Life dishes up pain for all of us. We all get to repeatedly experience disappointment, frustration, failure, rejection, illness, injury, conflict, hostility, grief, fear, anxiety, anger, sadness, guilt, loss, loneliness, health issues, financial issues, relationship issues, work issues, and so on. Unfortunately, when we experience great pain, we often don’t treat ourselves very well. Self-compassion involves acknowledging your own suffering and responding kindly. In ot...

April 1, 2022

Perfectionism

✨ Oh I can’t wait to share with you this month about perfectionism. It’s such a juicy topic. I wonder how many of you are sitting reading this and thinking oh I’m not perfectionist? Hands up if that’s you. Well have I got news for you!I never thought of myself as a perfectionist until I was coached by someone at, the beginning of my business journey. It came as a bit of surprise to have this label.I was procrastinating about putting my website up, which was a fabulous website, however ...

March 2, 2022

Activator

I am feeling thoughtful today as I write this blog. I have been thinking about how I work with clients. When I began coaching, I felt I needed to sell myself as a particular type of coach, now I have figured out that I don’t fit into a particular coaching box and that the way I coach is unique to me. I know I gel well with people who work in healthcare because I know what they are experiencing very well, however that does not limit me to just working with them. In fact, many of my clients come...

January 20, 2022

Goal setting

I find November a month when I am able to reflect back on my year and see what I have achieved to then allow me to plan for next year. This allows me to set goals for 2022. This is why I am busy working on my strategic plan for 2022. I have experienced huge growth in my coaching business this year and feel I want to spread the word more widely about the effectiveness of coaching in helping people reach heights they didn’t believe they could get to. My latest newsletter focuses on bringing your...

November 29, 2021

What's coaching all about?

Everyone is familiar with sport coaching: Our favourite athletes wouldn’t be where they are today without exceptional coaching. In our first business we used a business coach to help drive us to meet our business goals. And there’s another type of coaching that sounds more foreign to many people: life coaching.  WHAT IS A LIFE COACH? The life coach definition is someone professionally trained to help you maximize your full potential and reach your desired r...

November 8, 2021

Mindfulness

I have been practicing mindfulness for two years and love my time each morning that I dedicate to this practice. It is something that I really encourage my clients to engage with too. The scientific evidence has been supporting the benefits of mindfulness since Jon Kabat Zinn made it more popular in the 1970s. He used mindfulness with patients in his chronic pain clinics and saw immense benefits for them.  Even a simple google search brings up studies from Harvard, Forbes and positive psych...

October 13, 2021

Mind Health

This week is Mental Health Awareness week and so I thought I would write a blog about mental health. We often focus on keeping ourselves physically fit however what about looking after ourselves spiritually and emotionally? I follow the work of Rangan Chatterjee a UK based general practitioner because he has a very simple message. We can feel better in five minutes. He purports that three short health snacks a day will quickly improve your health and make you feel happier calmer and more energet...

September 27, 2021

Change

Today I am sitting at my desk on a sunny Sunday afternoon because I am feeling so excited about getting the word out about change. I have never been afraid of change and some people may even call me a little reckless at times - but hey that’s me and I am also prepared to fail. I would have started this crazy business from scratch if I wasn't going to face the fear of failing, because my brain has told me many times that this is too hard and perhaps you should go back to a well paid comfy job b...

August 22, 2021

Selfcare is healthcare

I opened a book on Burnout a couple of weeks ago and on the third page in, I read the line “among medical professionals, burnout can be as high as 52%.” I was a little shocked but not surprised. I hear anecdotally, and frequently how difficult healthcare professionals are finding their work. Our work is tough. We give a lot of ourselves when we work with people who are unwell every day. This book goes on to describe the human giver syndrome in which people are expected to offer their time, a...

May 10, 2021

Beliefs

I listened to a podcast today that I really wanted to share with you. It resonated with me and because I am a great believer that we are the architect of our lives I wanted to share with you how you can really change your behaviour to get what you want out of your life. Step 1 If I was to take a snap shot of you today, what would I see? What feelings and emotions would hit me in the face? Would you like what that photo reflected? Have you heard about the sports coach analogy? Well I think you ...

January 11, 2021

Newsletter

Hello there. September is just around the corner so my focus for this months newsletter is on Spring and oh what a spring kinda day it is today. I have just been caught in a hail storm!  How can you use September as your month to spring yourself into action and launch yourself into some deeper work. What's been annoying you over the winter months? Is there a nagging problem that is keeping you stuck? Are you really... enjoying your life, your work or do you feel overwhelmed by eve...

August 27, 2020

Nursing Heros

Having been a nurse for over 30 years I was surprised to hear one of my colleagues say that she felt the media hype about “Nurses being Heroes” over the COVID 19 pandemic didn’t reflect how it actually was for her. This comment has stayed with me over the past month and I have reflected on it a number of occasions. At the same time it was put into perspective further when I read how many nurses had died in the United Kingdom (UK) during the last few months. Over 100 nurses and support work...

July 2, 2020

Resilience

Lately I have been thinking more about resilience in Health Care Professionals and especially in Nurses. I was speaking to two younger members of our profession who have been nursing for about five years and they both told me about how close they have come to leaving nursing behind. One thought about going back to University to study accounting, and all I could think about was the great loss to our profession of such a talented young person. The other decided to take a break and go travelling. S...

May 4, 2020

Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID)

I was having a phone conversation yesterday with a very dear friend who was telling me that she had found a lump in her breast before Christmas. She is getting the lump removed next week. When I asked her how she was feeling about this health scare she made a comment about me, and how I always show up with a smile on my face even though I live with a chronic condition. She thought if I can do that, then she will too.This got me thinking so I have decided to write about my health condition and ho...

May 4, 2020

Covid-19

Covid-19 is beginning to have an impact on our daily life in New Zealand. It is comforting to see what the government has done to restrict the spread of the disease. Additionally this is an important time for you all to think about self-care, especially those that work in healthcare environments. You don’t have the choice of working from home like many others do. You have to go to work for your shifts and I know that there will be a certain level of fear amongst you about contracting this viru...

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