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16
Sep

Razor Shells – Warning to Bathers: Take Care of Your Own Feet

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16th September 2017 When I was a young child, I spent three years living in Swansea in South Wales.  My mum, who had five kids all in single digits at the time, and whose energy was probably solely focused on our collective sanity, took us to a beach every single day – come rain or […]

14
May

Firsts

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14th May 2017 I have been noticing “Firsts”.  First times I do something since Mike died, or even since Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – still only a little over 6 months ago.  Things that were routine, weekly, sometimes even daily.  I feel like I have noticed them all.  Some feel massively important and […]

7
May

Grief Part Three: How do I integrate Grief anyway?

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6th May 2017 For the past three days I have been in Belgirate on Lago Maggiore doing Part One of the Advanced Programme of Systemic Constellations with Francesco Pimpinelli.  The training has been about ways of working systemically with aspects of ourselves – patterns of behaviour, inner conflicts, shameful attributes, unacknowledged powers, character traits, inner […]

24
Apr

Grief Part Two: Widowing is Lonely Work

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24th April 2017 One of my nieces uses the term “Adulting” on her Facebook posts. I like the term. Even at my grand old age of 50 I comment on how grown up some of my friends have become – e.g., “your home is so grown up” (i.e., clean, dangerously light-coloured furniture, belongings that look […]

20
Apr

Overwhelm

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20th April 2017 “Adminalation” – that’s a cross between Admin and Annihilation. Megan went back to the UK last night. Julia’s been gone on an exotic holiday for a few days. So it’s just Ben and me now for a bit. Having had some pretty unstructured days recently, I thought I’d put a bit of […]

17
Apr

Grief Part One: I Don’t Much Like This Widowing Thing

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17th April 2017 My first post in over 18 months, following the deaths of my sweet friend Don on 11th September 2015, my youngest brother Edward, on 10th January 2016, and my husband Mike, on 8th April 2017.  This is going to be raw.  It’s purely personal, not much to do with my core work, except that […]

6
Oct

Leaning In

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6th October 2015 Long before Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook made popular the term with the title of her excellent book, “Lean In”, I had a different experience of the phrase. My encounters with the term stem from the Therapeutic/Coaching/Counselling world where “Lean into the discomfort” sets the challenge to those in my field to remain […]

6
Mar

Courage – Part Two

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6th March 2015 Part two then is a small personal act of courage.  One of those “daily acts of courage” I referenced in part one.  Nothing wild or dramatic.  Nothing that will create even a ripple in anyone’s life but my own.  But still something that represents courage in that it involves my stepping out […]

24
Feb

Courage – Part One

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16th February 2015 Some time ago I wrote a couple of blog posts on Hope.  One reader’s response was a request that I write about Courage some time.  So here we are, at last.  Part One is about my changing reflections as to what courage is.  Part Two is one small personal act of “ordinary […]

7
Jun

Running on Purpose

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7th June 2014 This post has little – perhaps even nothing – to do with my professional work.  Other than the fact that it explains something of who I am, some of my passions and interests outside the work I do.  Which I would argue has A LOT to do with my professional work. I have always […]