The Controversy of New Year Resolutions!

MLC___Resolution_by_caycowaThis year I have been struck by the number of articles around New Year Resolutions and why they don’t work.  I was actually very happy about this as I have been saying it for years!  So what is the Controversy of New Year Resolutions and how can you achieve your goals successfully?

Have you ever joined a gym in January and then noticed how empty it is in February – if you have actually managed to keep going that long? Or witnessed the pain of people trying to diet in January and either being overly worthy about the whole thing or bemoaning the pain they are suffering? So why don’t we stick to these ‘resolutions’?

The main reason [Read more…]

‘Tis the season of Goodwill. Managing Christmas Stress.


‘Tis the Season for Goodwill. Or is it?

Yesterday I popped out to collect some parcels and do a bit of shopping and I was struck by just how miserable and stressed some people were. ‘Tis the season of goodwill – or so the plethora of Christmas films on the television would have you believe. So why the long faces and the general feeling of stress and anxiety?

We put a tremendous amount of pressure on ourselves to make everything perfect – the perfect present, the perfect meal, the perfect table, the perfect decorations… In reality who actually notices?

So here are some ideas to help you get through the next few weeks and for managing Christmas stress: [Read more…]

Are you having trouble with NATs? – Negative Automatic Thoughts that is!

sign direction negative - positiveNo, not the annoying little flying things but these NATs can be just as annoying! I am talking about trouble with Negative Automatic Thoughts. Those things that we think to ourselves which cause us to doubt ourselves or or those around us. Have you ever passed a friend in the street or the supermarket and they haven’t acknowledged you? What did you think at the time? Perhaps “Well, he was obviously busy and he didn’t have his glasses on. Never mind, I will give him a call later.” or maybe “He just ignored me.  I must have done something wrong. I must have said something wrong.” If you find yourself thinking [Read more…]

What is chia and what’s all the fuss?

A while ago I discovered the amazing Rebecca Kane of Shine on Raw and I have since followed her 30 day programme to introduce more raw food into my daily routine.  As part of this I discovered chia seeds.  So what is chia and how do you use it?

They are amazing little seeds with some huge health benefits as this article from the Huffington Post shows – the most notable being that [Read more…]

Fathers Day

As I sit here today reading my Facebook and Twitter timelines, I am surprised by the number of people talking about their fathers.  Father’s day in the UK is a fairly recent phenomenon – the cynical part of me thinks it has more to do with the ‘Hallmark’ effect – shops trying to sell more cards, gifts and general tat by creating an additional day for us to get sucked into the trap of spending more money.  But there seems to be a genuine outpouring of love today for fathers and a lot of regret for those people whose fathers are no longer here.

But as I read the posts and tweets I find myself asking [Read more…]

Breakfast Top Tips


Breakfast top tips

For me breakfast is the most difficult meal of the day. I know that it is the most important meal of the day. I understand the necessity of breaking your overnight fast and that it gets your metabolism moving. I have read loads of literature on how important breakfast is.  But still, for me personally, I would rather spend a few extra minutes in bed!

So here are a few breakfast top tips [Read more…]

What’s Your TNT? – Tiny Noticeable Things


What’s your TNT? Tiny Noticeable Thing

We all have busy lives and are constantly having to juggle between work, family and other things in our lives. Often trying to fit in new things is difficult even when we know they are good for us. We know that we should be eating less, eating more healthily and doing more exercise. But wholesale change is tough.

So let me introduce you to TNT!  TNT stands for Tiny Noticeable Things. So what’s your TNT?

By doing Tiny Noticeable Things we can make a real difference [Read more…]

Is clutter messing with you life? Do you need to declutter?

Order Or Chaos Directions On A Signpost

Is clutter messing up your life?

I have just come back from the post office after sending off a load of stuff I sold on Ebay and I was reflecting that every client I have worked with has had some issues with clutter in their life! We surround ourselves with ‘stuff’ and for various reasons we seem to be reluctant to get rid of it. The physical mess surrounding us each day – at our desks, in the spare bedroom or just that drawer in the kitchen – has an interesting relationship with the clutter we carry around in our heads. Often the physical clutter can be a manifestation of a cluttered mind or it can be a block to helping us move on. So is clutter messing with your life? Do you feel disorganised? Do you need to declutter? Here are some quick tips to help you.

So, as it is a beautiful spring day, I thought that I would share some tips on getting rid of the physical mess to help you [Read more…]

Are you feeling lucky? Can you change your luck?

I have just watched the Derren Brown show – The Secret of Luck which was fascinating and has confirmed my firmly held belief that luck does not actually exist! So are you feeling lucky? Can you change your luck?

grunge-lucky-horseshoe-1013tm-pic-1536The experiment was designed to test whether patting a ‘lucky’ dog statue actually created good luck for residents of a Yorkshire town.  What it actually demonstrated was that people who are open to opportunities presented to them are more likely to benefit from that openness.

‘Luck’, ‘fate, ‘fortune’ or whatever you prefer to call it is all about being open to experiences and whether you are ready and able to embrace opportunities.  So often people walk around convinced that they are unlucky and that it is not worth them trying anything as it will only fail.  This becomes a self fulfilling prophesy as their unwillingness to enter into anything outside of their comfort zone means that they will continue to do the same things over and over again and expect a different result – Einstein called this the definition of insanity!

It is only by being open to new ideas and moving outside of our comfort zone [Read more…]

Getting your dreams to come true

Jane has been working really hard on setting up her business. She has decided on her company name, her logo and what services she will be offering. She has worked out her marketing strategy and decided on what she needs to do next. But then Jane stopped progressing her actions and came up with excuses about why she had not moved on.

Sound familiar?

I have come across this a number of times with clients and the answer I am usually given is that they lack confidence to move forward or get overwhelmed by the amount of work needed to achieve their outcomes.

So what’s the answer? [Read more…]