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Getting real about trying to do it all: identifying and balancing our buckets

Last week was a big transition week for family Matthews – Owain’s six month parental leave finished, I started a new job and Huw officially started daycare after his transition program. During the few weeks leading up to this there were some big decisions for me and I was back to my decision making compass. […]

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How do you want to remember this time?

Recently a few friends have said to me “I don’t know how you do it” – referring to looking after Ethan (2 and a half) and Huw (11 months), who are definitely busy bodies when they’re awake! The truth is, sometimes I think the same, there are days where I think it’s all too much […]

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How I Made A Very Big Decision (and how you can too)

Originally published on Huff Post I’ve recently made a few big life decisions that have left me reflecting on the decision making process. One decision involved a change in career direction which I will focus on for the purpose of this post. This decision (to focus on building my own business instead of returning to […]

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10 Things I Learnt from the Daring and Disruptive Lisa Messenger

For the last few years I have admired Lisa Messenger’s entrepreneurial spirit, being an avid reader of the Collective Magazine and her books. When an opportunity emerged to hear her speak through my friend Bel and a Flight Centre Business Travel ‘Women in Business’ event I was very excited. Lisa certainly didn’t disappoint with an […]

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Learning from Gen Z

After much media attention has been given to Generation Y, Generation Z are now the youngest generation in the workforce. Whilst I don’t like to generalise, I do think the different time periods we grow up in can shape our behaviour. Understanding this can help us relate to each other more and for businesses to […]

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1 becomes 2 – The Stages of Change 

Having reflected on this idea for a while, I’m writing this post during some rare, precious quiet time on a family break over the long Easter weekend. Over the past two months, I have found it fascinating to watch our 23 month old Ethan adapt to having his 2 month old baby brother Huw around. […]

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The Time is Now

When listening to a Jon Kabat Zinn short guided mediation recently he started by saying to his audience that ‘the time is now’ rather than quoting a traditional clock time. I have heard this phrase before but the timing of his message resonated more strongly with me this time. I find you may hear things […]

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Becoming Mum #2 

With the imminent arrival of a second baby boy I revisited my post Becoming Mum and checked in how do things feel this time round? I feel excited/nervous about the birth remembering the painful contractions during labour and immediate joy once Ethan was out. I feel I want to make the most of quality time […]

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Parent as Coach

In October last year I went to the International Coach Federation Australasia conference on the Gold Coast. One of my favourite sessions, (perhaps topically being mum to a toddler Ethan with another one on the way!)  was a workshop by Tracy Tresidder called ‘Parent as Coach’. As well as being useful for parents I think […]

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Finding your Flow

In my last post I shared some learning from a Golden Door Health Retreat ‘Fostering a Growth Mindset’ seminar. Here I reflect on a subsequent seminar by David Bott from the Institute of Positive Education looking at the state of flow. Steven Kotler (co-founder of the Flow Genome Project), describes flow as an ‘optimal state of […]

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