“Divine discontent” – can coaching help?

“Divine discontent” … …is how Kenneth Grahame described spring as it struck Mole in the opening to the glorious classic Wind in the Willows. The change of season can unsettle us slightly, in often a good way. It can make us want to throw off the winter and stuck habits, make us start thinking about pastures [...]

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The Inaugural Big Conversation – how to thrive in mid-life and beyond

The Big Conversation, April 2014 – how to thrive in mid-life and beyond “Aim to be the old person you would like to visit” What a great afternoon this was! In several rounds of relaxed and lively conversation, much laughter and reflection, and of course, lovely tea, sandwiches and cake, the final summary of the [...]

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What gets me up in the morning – Beccy Speight, National Trust

Beccy Speight is a Director of the National Trust. I was delighted to interview her in Keeping Your Spirits Up and we have stayed in touch since. I have life membership of the National Trust, which came to me as part of my grandmother’s will, and which has enabled us to enjoy many aspects of the Trust’s [...]

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Are you a stereotype?

Noooo!!!! …I’m sure we all cry. None of us like to think that we are a stereotype. We all think of ourselves and our loved ones as individual. We know the personalities, interests, habits and back-story that make them so. And yet – when it comes to people we don’t know, we all use stereotyping [...]

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And a grand time was had by all….tales from the book launch

What a blast… On Sunday 2 March, people gathered at the Malt Cross in Nottingham to celebrate both the official launch of Bolder and Wiser, as well as the connections and community that echo the spirit of the book and the women that took part. I was thrilled to welcome our special guest, Sue Bourne, [...]

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Guest post from Sue Bourne, Director of Fabulous Fashionistas

  Sue Bourne I am delighted to welcome Sue as a very special guest at the book launch on Sunday. Regular readers will know that I am a fan of a great documentary and Channel 4′s long running Cutting Edge series of films has often caught my attention. But few more than the screening last [...]

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What gets me up in the morning – artists, Jo and Mark Beattie

  What gets me up in the morning – mother and son artists, Jo and Mark Beattie Jo and I met through Bolder and Wiser (which is bringing me into contact with so many interesting people), and her infectious enthusiasm for both her own textile work as well as that of her son, who is [...]

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Actually, with a book launch, this is the thing…

… I’ve only ever been to one (not counting my last one) The launch for Bolder and Wiser is on Sunday. Pretty much all the planning has happened now – or at least, as much as we can think of has been done. The details are here. So, only now, does it occur to me [...]

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If music be the food of love….

  I don’t listen to enough music…. …in recent times. I’ve realised that the writing means I am immersed in a lot of words (which I love) but I haven’t listened to as much music as I used to. I’ve also had quite a number of things to do over the past few months too [...]

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What matters? What doesn’t? My top ten…

I set out to ask… …what matters and what doesn’t as we age, when I carried out the conversations for Bolder and Wiser. The answers covered many areas of life: marriage, work, money, health, children, friendship, appearance, and adventure, amongst others. I was left with so much food for thought. But anyway – distilled – [...]

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