Motivation -find your mantra

Whatever our own personal challenge may be it is always a good idea to find and adopt a mantra that makes sense to us and fits well. Your own mantra may be one you invent to include your goal or just a quote belonging to somebody else. With this in mind today I am offering one of Winston Churchill’s quotes:-

‘Success is being able to go from one failure to the next with endless enthusiasm’

I still remember my driving mantra given to me by my instructor and from time to time when I come across a lunatic driver it floats into my head…I am a confident driver, I am a careful driver, I am a safe driver….

When trying to overcome our individual hurdles if we can find somebody to work with and encourage us in our journey we will be more likely to arrive at that destination.

When working with clients learning new skills I often say ‘don’t worry if you make a mistake’ – it is how we learn and let’s face it everybody makes them!

However, only a fool gives up trying. As I often quote ‘it can be oh so lonely out there on the learning shelf!’ So getting a study buddy is an excellent idea too.

Remember: We are never to old to learn new things and/or finally decide to overcome our worst fears or phobias.


Striving for Perfection

As I so often tell my friends and some clients ‘don’t be so hard on yourself’. Often we are our own worse enemy by expecting too much of ourselves and, indeed, of those we love too.

At the moment my reflective reading includes; Haemin Sunim’s ‘Love for imperfect things’ . I am a great fan of his work and recommend him as your modern day guru.

When recently hospitalised my daughter brought in my ‘writers news‘ and Haemin’s book which was on my desk.  I enjoyed sharing some of the contents with fellow patients. Haemin reminds us about the problems we bring upon our self ‘by being too good’ too.

Meeting with my great friend and fellow life coach earlier this week we both agreed how draining it can be in our quest to help others and be continually kind – this can often be at the cost of our own sanity. But I still maintain my usual stance kindness is a strength.

So today when you are aiming to be kind to one and all…remember to be kind to yourself too. And…as Haemin says ‘be good to yourself first, then to others’ 

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s day to all those wonderful woman who do an amazing job not just today but everyday. Recognising the needs of those we love on a daily basis is no easy job but with that comes such great rewards and unconditional love from our children.

We don’t just remember our Mothers on the marketing day, as a close friend agreed only yesterday, and, this is especially so for those of us who no longer have our Mothers around. They are kept forever magical in our hearts as I say so often on my blog.

My own beautiful daughter is away this Mother’s day but her love, kindness and thoughtfulness have been deeply appreciated especially this week. A room full of flowers blooming in her absence and a box of chocolates soon to be enjoyed. I will be lighting my scented candle later and will say a little prayer for those in need today.

I am sending spiritual healing to all those who may be recently bereaved in the loss of their mother knowing only too well some of these days can be really hard…but remember it’s just another day and they would want you to go on living and do the things that you enjoy.

We have a new mum in our family unit this year blessing us with a beautiful new baby boy just eleven days ago …wow how lucky are we?

Happy Mother’s day ladies.


Putting ourselves first

Again I am mindful that my blog has been neglected and inactive…how did that happen?

I found myself recently saying at a meeting ‘I run a blog.’ Then realising that I hadn’t actually been on it!!’ A good friend said how she had missed my daily rants and that I was always so good at posting every day, sometimes several times a day. So what has happened to silence the rambler? Life, basically…  busy learning new skills, helping others and gaining continued life experience improving my own life skills and…very sadly  a family bereavement.

Working with the elderly is also very demanding albeit terribly rewarding too and being with people at the end of their life recently has proved a reflective time. As we know when somebody dies we re-evaluate our own life and mortality. Memories of other loved ones we have lost creep back in and whilst it can be upsetting releasing that associated grief is actually a good thing.

To be perfectly honest the family bereavement had affected me deeply – whilst I know from my own training all the stages one has to go through – I found myself stuck emotionally and some days going through the motions…all perfectly normal. In comforting others in the unit (who were also bereaved) my own grief was being shelved…also common.

People come into our lives and some more than others definitely leave their imprint on our hearts.  So here I am returning to making time to do the things that I previously enjoyed and sharing advice and lessons learnt to help others is high on the list. I always know when I am not writing and ranting I am not my true self.

To all those who are recently bereaved it really does get easier as we begin to come to terms and accept that our loved one is no longer ‘with us’ but they remain ‘with us’ and fondly so in our mind and our hearts. Remember our loved ones would want us to carry on doing all the things we enjoy and making the most of our lives. Don’t forget to be honest and tell somebody how you feel and avoid saying ‘fine’ when actually you want to admit you are struggling.

Yesterday I enjoyed some distance Reiki and found myself more energised and had a productive day -so sincere thanks to Papu Jordan.

Neglected blog…saying goodbye

How on earth did I stop blogging? After such good discipline and never running out of things to say/write?? Was it just the lead up to Christmas madness, family and work commitments? Or was it a frame of mind following a family bereavement?  Normal service is now resumed and yes I have lost to say still….

This week our family said our goodbyes to a very special man who died before Christmas and who had touched so many lives. He was a gentle man and a gentlemen and always showed a keen interest in his family’s lives and shared joy in their achievements.

My great family member’s funeral was a celebration of the things he loved, enjoyed and supported -classical music and Shakespeare sonnets. He had insisted on donations instead of flowers to Help the Heroes which spoke volumes. We left the chapel to ‘Bring me sunshine’ the funny Morcambe and Wise song. This reduced me to tears with fond memories of my mother doing her funny mimic dance of the daft duo and my singing the same song with my beautiful dementia client, also sadly no longer with us.

Attending a funeral obviously makes one reflect on our own lives and the many things we feel we still want to achieve. Best not to have regrets but to insure that even our most difficult or seemingly negative experiences give us an opportunity to learn something new, or find our more about our own character and what we can do to improve our outlook and how we react and interact with others.

Remember: The cost of loving somebody close is of course grief and as I often write we keep them alive in our minds and hearts.


I know most people are against any type of bullying but to deny it exists we are all kidding ourselves. Even when schools have strict policies these are not always enforced and this is far often down to the fact the child concerned has been too afraid or embarrassed to tell anybody that they are being bullied.

A while back I donated an article to Innovate My School’s website and for ease of reference and time the link follows – my message and advice still apply.

Children carry the memory and trauma of being bullied right into adulthood and thankfully we are now all talking about it and increasing awareness and have support charities to help our children through the sad experience.



Curiosity and Positive Attitude

Yesterday’s ‘Times’ featured an interview with the amazing Dr Edith Eger a survivor of Aushwitz  by Ben Hoyle in which her positive attitude towards life is contagious.

She is quoted as saying of her time in the camp ‘they could not touch my spirit’ and similar phrases I often heard my own mother and mentor say. She speaks about prison and freedom  ‘prison is in your own mind and the key is in your pocket.’ Never a truer word said and how we can all apply that to every area of our own lives and challenges we have to face.

She confirms that ‘curiosity saved her’ and curiosity is something we should encourage those around us to apply on a daily basis to improve our perspective and widen our horizons. Talking to new people and taking a different route to work -try something new and feel the benefit. Having a positive attitude can help see us through the darkest of moments life is precious and should be celebrated.