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Choosing not to feel guilty

As a new mum I have made a conscious decision not to feel guilty. In a recent mother’s group meeting our midwife noted, now you’ve had a baby you’ll feel guilty for the rest of your life. ….for not giving them enough attention, going back to work early, expressing to enjoy some drinks or deciding […]

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Becoming mum

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success” Napoleon Hill Four weeks ago today at 6.18am on Sunday 3rd May baby Ethan Matthews was born into the world, weighing 8lbs, 14oz. Serendipitously he chose to enter the world on the day of Ironman Australia which I had been competing in just a year ago. […]

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Focus – the hidden driver of excellence

Having a mindful beach stroll on the Gold Coast last weekend I was looking up (something I now try to do more often) and was struck by the apartment block pictured above with the word ‘Focus’ at the top. It was a powerful reminder to me of focus as a hidden driver of excellence which […]

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We only have moments to live

I was reminded of the great Jon Kabat-Zinn quote “You Only Have Moments to Live” at a IECL Mindfulness for Leaders breakfast last week. This is the title of the very first chapter in his book, ‘Full Catastrophe Living’ which is on my maternity leave reading list after being highly recommended. What resonates with me from […]

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Tackling a real issue head on: David in conversation with Anne

When I shared with members of my network that I was going to an Anne Summers event last week the UK crowd laughed thinking of the adult store chain in the UK ‘Ann Summers’ who run fun ladies parties. In fact it was Dr Anne Summers in conversation with Lieutenant General David Morrison who decided to […]

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Fifty Shades of Fun

Much has been written and spoken about the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie released here in Australia on the 13th February. From the accounts I’ve heard this has mainly been negative feedback. For instance Lisa Wilkinson from the Today Show said “It’s more appalling than appealing”… “It’s domestic violence dressed up as erotica… if there’s one thing […]

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Have you got the C Factor?

Sitting having a coffee with my husband Owain on Friday morning before an appointment in the city we were struck by the city zombies revolving around us. It’s not often I take myself out of the morning office commute to sit back and observe the system in operation. In front of us was a long […]

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Discovering and Utilising Your Strengths

When you have felt your best how did you know? Often you will find you have been playing to your strengths. Are you aware of these so you can leverage them more often? Love of learning Zest, enthusiasm and energy Hope, optimism and future-mindedness Gratitude Curiosity and interest in the world When these came up […]

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The key to work-life balance lies inside

The old adage of work-life balance has been discussed plentifully for years yet still proves to be topical and of interest to people. We all strive to achieve it but do we know what success with this looks like? I prefer the term work-life integration as believe a state can be achieved where they are integrated […]

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Release your inner Zumba!

What is an activity that intrigues you but is way outside your comfort zone? For me one of these activities is dancing. Having not being born with the rhythm stick (thanks mum and dad!) I have always avoided going to dance classes or public dancing by day. Last year I attended a conference where they […]

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