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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What gets me up in the morning – Simon Hallion, architect

What gets me up in the morning – Simon Hallion, Shared Architecture Simon and I have been friends for a long time – and I was particularly keen to ask him to contribute to this series as he was the architect on our house extension which includes my office where I am sitting right now! [...]

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Psychology, the future, me and you

What are my post-conference intentions and reflections? I’m just back from the annual conference of Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP ), British Psychological Society. It is always a blast of energising fresh air at the beginning of the year, and – no surprises here – I’ve come back all fired up from some great conversations and [...]

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Happy New Year! Any resolutions?

Any resolutions? I can be a sucker for a resolution – easily inspired to be a better person in some way or other when the year or season turns. But this year for some reason I feel a little more muted about it – though the motivation to keep myself as healthy as I can [...]

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