What do you really want for Christmas?

Do you have a Christmas wish list? Are you still making New Year's resolutions? Have you got a big grand plan for next year, with all your goals and dreams mapped out? Santa is a bit unreliable sometimes and we all know that New Year's resolutions don't work. So how do you get what you

Confidence can be rebuilt

You can rebuild the confidence you had when you were a child. When we came on leave from Papua New Guinea every two years, Mum used to take me to the dentist. His practice was high up on one of the many floors in an old building in the centre of Sydney. The rickety lift

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Too stressed to think straight

Freedom Day Four months after entering lockdown, Sydney finally opened up (somewhat). Labelled "Freedom Day" by many, hordes of people flooded to the shops, booked their long overdue hair appointments and gathered with friends wherever they could. Another group of people stayed home. Some cautious. Not wanting to go out too soon. Not wanting to

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Poetry has power

Poetry to Film Poetry has power. To evoke feelings with well-chosen words. Pared to essentials. Crafted by masters. "Negative Space" is a very short film, based on Ron Koertge’s poem, that beautifully adds depth while keeping the emotion. The film won several awards, including an Academy Award. It has an ambiguous ending, which makes you

  • Preventing burnout takes awareness and effort

How to prevent or cure burnout

How to prevent or cure burnout A few of my clients have been in touch, feeling quite anxious. They have been trying to keep their businesses running, at the same time as juggling children’s schooling, running their homes, and working from home. In some cases this was happening before the current lockdown. Sometimes the added

Learning something new

"I can't understand why I can't do it! I should be an expert by now!" That was me, crying my eyes out in the maternity ward. Unable to get my newborn son to latch on to my breast. He was my third baby. Each baby had started breast feeding the same way - my inverted

Learning to adjust

This came up on my Facebook memories. It was my first day in Paris, before meeting my daughter for our two week holiday together. She had been singing her way around Spain and I had been camping at a beach in Australia with the rest of the family. The day before this, I had left


It's amazing how motivating some black circles with ticks inside can be! Ever since I got to almost a full screen for the first time (a week or two ago) I make myself go EVERY day. I want another full screen. This week it's been wet, grey and rough. I've been a bit tired. I've

Doing nothing

Doing nothing is the hardest thing when it's not a regular practice! I'm practicing 5-10 minutes of doing nothing every day at the moment. That's not reading, not having a coffee or water, not knitting. It's not looking at my phone or TV. It's doing no-thing!! I sit on my back step and watch the

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Questioning myself

Sitting in my car, I watched the sky darken over the ocean, observing the rhythms of nature, summer solstice approaching, feeling the energies shifting. It has been a very challenging month. One where I have questioned myself deeply – personally and professionally. Am I fit to do the work I do? What do I really