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Thinking about making ‘The Leap’?

I recently did a Facebook Live video on Career Transition with some Top Tips and a Q&A session for those of you who are thinking about making a big leap of some kind, the definition of which is obviously subjective. Hundreds of views later I've decided to consolidate everything into a blog post. 1) Surround yourself with like-minded people, those who really believe in you and what you're doing, or just support you (even if they have no idea what...

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4 ways of identifying people to surround yourself with

TRIBE. A term that's come into fashion over the last couple of years in the world of spiritual and self-development, particularly among women. My understanding of the term 'tribe' as all those people around you who 'have your back'. Bigger than a family but perhaps smaller than an entire community. In fact your 'tribe' can include both members of your family and members from a variety of different communities. The importance of surrounding yourself with the right people We've all...

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Turning Failures into Wins

Making a mess of my schedule today turned this morning into a complete blessing in disguise. Not only did I get on the wrong DLR train #fail but I backtracked and did the EXACT same thing again #fail - because two trains to different destinations arrived at the same platform. And because this is what we humans do in life. I then realised that I’d put the wrong dates in my diary and instead of being late, I was actually 1...

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The Fear of Being Seen

Fear is a funny thing. As I write this I’m feeling excited, nervous and sick all at the same time. I’m using different words to describe what is essentially the same physical reaction. The reason? This newly revamped and rebranded website has gone live this evening and my very first podcast interview launches tomorrow. And I’m not going to be able to control who sees what. In fact I’ve gone and shared a lot of my story too. And its...

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Perfection is Boring

To the point where I’ve been told that seeing others make mistakes, lose their train of thought, forget words mid-speech or not do the 'cleanest' of jobs, has become some kind of fetish (yes, the exact word used). I’ve also been told that I’m hot on the beauty of imperfections. To which I reply ‘I love them. Its what makes us human and not robots’. Which makes this an interesting topic of personal exploration. And through which I also hope that...

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How I weaned myself off sugar (in coffee)

This is going to sound crazy to many of you, but as a teenager whenever I had drank (black) tea it would have to be accompanied by six teaspoons of sugar. Yes, six! So it was a good thing I didn’t drink it often and stuck to herbal teas (with nothing added) whenever it was available. Coffee was something I developed a taste for nearly almost two years ago (must be getting old!). The fancy stuff. Not the instant. I say...

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Happy New Year!

Saturated. Is the word I'd use to describe the Internet in relation to 'what a shitty 2016 it's been' and how 2017 is going to be so much better. I was almost tempted to shut down my social media for a few days as the constant bombardment was making me feel, quite frankly, stressed out. All this pressure to set goals and make this year better than the one before it. Then there is the entire Health & Fitness/Wellness industry jumping on...

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SPEECHLESS: A lesson in slowing down and getting grateful (again)

I lost my voice for the first time 2 weeks ago. It lasted 8 days (and thankfully not the 3 weeks the doctor said it could take to get it back). Day 1 = panic! Having never lost my voice before and otherwise feeling fine I got into an irrational state of ‘what if I never get it back?!’ I was forced to give up teaching 11 classes that week, had to delegate a work presentation and couldn’t verbally contribute...

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Confessions of a former Fitness Addict

Author: Livon Yeow / Photo credit: Bruno Nascimento. My longest workout streak to date is something like 12 days. That includes multiple workouts on the same day. Lunchtimes, after work, occasionally before work too. Did I have a problem? Of course not. I was just being super fit and healthy! Does this sound familiar, either to yourself or somebody you know? In fact, I was exercising so much by early 2015 that I injured myself and was forced out of action...

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Pick one thing. Do it consistently

I haven't eaten crisps from the work cupboard since 16th February 2016. To put this into context I used to go there at least once a day for a pack - ideally Salt & Vinegar. Sometimes this went up to two packs a day. Just because they were there. Crisps aren't part of my grocery shop so cannot be found around the house. When junk food is freely available at work then this can become a problem. Especially around the time of that afternoon slump. Some of...

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