Are the opinions of others valid?

June has been an incredibly busy month for me and there is still more to come!  I have listened to podcasts, read a variety of articles and had the privilege to work with over 300 people.  And as I reflected on all this I’ve noticed, that in every connection, there has been a story or an example about how controlling our self-talk can be. Continue reading

Wow! 16 years, where did the time go?

Sixteen years ago today, I woke up with what I call the ‘can’t help its!’ You know that feeling when you could burst out crying at the slightest thing?!  That was me.  You see I was leaving everything that was familiar to me in the workplace.  After 19 years working for the same organisation, I was about to leave and set up my own business. Continue reading

An excuse to indulge

Wow, don’t you think the days are passing by quickly?  I can’t believe it’s March already.  I’ve been meaning to say hello for ages, but time has marched on with both work and personal life being very busy … in a positive way.  However, I realise that my writing has been the one to suffer, which means I haven’t appeared in your inbox!   You see I made a pledge at the end of last year that I was going to be kinder to myself Continue reading

Be a better delegator using WILD-RICE

THE HUNGER FOR THE TOPIC

I was reminiscing with a colleague about our journey of managing people and we both agreed that it would have been so much better for everyone concerned if we’d learned the art of delegation much earlier in life.  We both hit the same cycle that a lot of people do when they’re new to management.  We took on the extra responsibility, but we thought that also meant that we had to take on the extra workload.  After a prolonged period, Continue reading

B.A.K.E. when you’re feeling stressed!

The Hunger for the Topic

When I settled on B.A.K.E. as the acronym for managing stress, it felt as if it was very serendipitous.  I love baking and spending time in my kitchen as it is a place of warmth and doing what I love so I feel that I can lose myself creating delicious things for others to eat whilst restoring my inner calm.

Over the last 18 months we’ve all had to find activities to help us to manage our feelings of overwhelm.  There has been a huge amount of uncertainty and in some respects having less places to go and things to do outside of our homes has reduced our comfort zones and left us feeling at ease with the familiar.  We all have different tolerance levels to stress, which is a part of our daily life.  However, it starts to become a problem when we think we’ve lost control.  Having some Continue reading