I was in a situation recently that caused my mindset to shift. I was asked a question which, to most people, was quite a standard, harmless conversation-starter. To me, however, it was actually quite personal and referenced a part of my life that I keep sheltered from most. I smiled and delivered my rehearsed, disengaged … Continue reading Set Your Own Boundaries and Respect Them
I spent about two years refusing to download TikTok. I assumed that I would spend too much time on it and would finish the day feeling consumed by my phone. I was recently pushed over the edge. My reason? ‘For work purposes.’ I felt the need to say this to everyone, strengthening my reputation of … Continue reading TikTok is Such a Mental Health Boost
A Class Act by Rob Beckett A Book Review A Class Act draws heavily from Rob Beckett’s experiences but is not an autobiography as such. The book is an exploration of class and how this corresponds to identity. Rob grew up in a working-class family but, through his successful career and income, his middle-class wife, … Continue reading How Class and Identity are Unexpectedly Linked
Becoming an Active Ally Part 3 of a 3-part blog In becoming an active ally, we can apply what we learn from the Black Lives Matter movement to other communities and confront different unconscious or implicit biases we have, whether that be in relation to disability, LGBTQIA+ or different religions to name a few. Below are some commitments … Continue reading How to Uplift Other Communities
Similarity versus Difference Part 2 of a 3-part blog If you are someone who has not experienced prejudice before or who can sometimes struggle to empathise with those who have, try this little exercise: Consider something about yourself which you deem perfectly normal - maybe your eye colour, hair length, shoe size. Now imagine someone … Continue reading How to Embrace Difference and Diversity
Black History Month Learnings and Reflection Part 1 of a 3-part blog As Black History Month has come to end and we continue to learn about and celebrate the black community, I would like to share what I have recently been made aware of. In honesty, I have previously felt a barrier of fear from not knowing if a conversation is going to … Continue reading How to Remove Fear from the Equality Equation
Are New Year’s Resolutions right for you? Explore why you may have felt defeated in the past or continue to hit a brick resolution wall each January. There are mixed reviews around New Year’s resolutions. There are those who thrive off them because they are die-hard committers, referring back to their list intermittently throughout the year. And then there … Continue reading Why your New Year’s Resolutions Aren’t Working *Free Resource*
2020 was the start of a new decade: it offered a chance for new beginnings, to reach new aspirations, to excel in a brand new chapter of life. It promised the prospects that a new year offers but tenfold over. This was what the human race was ready to embrace, but mother nature had something else up her sleeve. As life appears to be returning … Continue reading Those around you are your helplines.
It’s safe to say this week has been super challenging for me. I undertake a role I enjoy and find so fulfilling, but there are times when something unexpected gets in the way. This week it’s been my health…whilst it would be too long and laborious to unpack it here, I’ve need to speak with … Continue reading When you need your Team around you – mini blog
Breaks? Holidays? People often wonder why I need a holiday when I am now practically fully retired but I still find the concept of holiday invigorating and exciting. Holiday for me, used to be time for a recovery, time to get away from everyone and everything, I liked nothing more than to be in my … Continue reading Restoration and wellbeing – why ‘breaks’ are important.