• A Conversation On,  Active Language,  Active Listening,  Coaching,  Connection,  Interview,  Mindset,  Podcast,  Techniques,  Vlog

    🎙️🎥 A Conversation On… Resilience Vs Adversity

    In the latest episode of ‘A Conversation On’, Vipan Maini (www.xtraclarity.com) and I talk on the subject of adversity and how when you connect with your inner resilience you can learn and grow from the tough times that life often throws our way.   We also talk about the experience of depression and how to navigate through those dark times back towards the light.   Vipan and I both share our personal stories of some of the toughest times that we’ve experienced throughout our lives and how we found our way through those deeply dark and challenging times and learned many important and powerful life lessons along the way.   We also throw in some self-coaching techniques to help you find your way through those tough times back to your stronger self so that you can live the life you most desire and deserve.   Vipan speaks from experience and from his heart.   Literally.   In his early 40s, he experienced two heart attacks which turned his world upside down. He’s also had major back surgery, suffered opioid addiction…

  • Active Language,  Active Listening,  Coaching,  Connection,  Interview,  Mindset,  Radio,  Techniques

    🎙️🎥 #2 Harnessing the POWER of language – NYC Radio Show

    Earlier this year, I was invited by Frank R. Harrison and his co-host Phyllis Quinlan, to be their guest on the TalkRadioNYC ‘Frank About Health’ radio show. (Yep that’s right… New York City! Sadly, on Zoom rather than in person but still!)   The show went so well that I was invited to return for a second conversation with Frank in November 22.   In this conversation, I explain how the inner dialogue we have with ourselves can be incredibly impactful and we discuss how it is therefore, important that we learn how to observe our inner narrative so that we can ensure we are using positive language instead of negative.   This gives our brain a healthy structure of thinking so that we can move forward throughout our life with positivity, passion and purpose. We will also be talking about how using active language also enables us to communicate more effectively with others. This inevitably will also lead to the creation of healthy relationships and clear boundaries with those around us.   I also share mindset techniques that will enable…

  • Active Language,  Active Listening,  Coaching,  Connection,  Interview,  Mindset,  Radio,  Techniques

    🎙️🎥 #1 Harnessing the POWER of language – NYC Radio Show

    In April 22, I was invited by Frank Harrison and his co-host Phyllis Quinlan to be their guest on the TalkRadioNYC ‘Frank About Health’ radio show. (Yep, that’s right… New York City! Sadly, on Zoom rather than in person but still!)   In this episode, I tell my ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia recovery story – ‘from wheelchair to rock climbing to coaching!’. We of course, talk about NLP, what it is and what it’s all about and how it can enable us to create a powerful road map for our brain. When we harness our mindset in this way we can move forward in our lives with passion and purpose and truly live the life we so desire.   We also talk about the power of language – one of my most very favourite things to talk about! How impacting it can be when we speak to others and they to us but above all, how impacting on us our own internal language can be and therefore, how important it is to become aware of it so that we can harness…

  • A Conversation On,  Active Language,  Active Listening,  Coaching,  Connection,  Interview,  Mindset,  Podcast,  Techniques,  Vlog

    🎙️🎥 A Conversation On: Social Media Anxiety

    When I first met Rebecca, she was a photographer in her mind but not in her reality. She was stuck in a negative state of social media anxiety that was blocking both her creative and productive processes. In this conversation, we talk about our time working together and the journey that I took Rebecca on so that she could create powerful state shifts for herself and her photography career.    Essentially, she went from her primary focus being the need for constant social media interaction and her fear being that she wouldn’t succeed if she wasn’t constantly interacting (which she was doing to the extent that she wasn’t out and about taking photographs!) …to making the mighty leap of deleting all of her social media apps for one month and ONLY taking photographs in that time. At the end of that month, the result was a new photography project that was edited and ready to post on her brand new photography Instagram account that she was incredibly excited about and a renewed passion for taking photographs and the editing process.…

  • A Conversation On,  Active Language,  Active Listening,  Coaching,  Connection,  Interview,  Mindset,  Podcast,  Techniques,  Vlog

    🎙️🎥 A Conversation On: Healing from Grief and Loss w/ Mark Ashton

    In this episode of ‘A Conversation On’, Mark and I talk on the subject of loss in its many shapes and forms and how it can be both a positive and a negative experience. And how the loss of the old is necessary to make space for the new.  Mark and I both share personal stories of loss and grief experienced throughout our lives and how we found our way through those deeply dark and challenging times and learned many important and powerful life lessons along the way. We also throw in some self-coaching techniques for good measure! Mark is a somewhat reluctant contrarian/heretic in business, now entering the 5th decade of his career. His passion, enthusiasm and determination to tell the truth, even when it’s awkward or risky, is largely undiminished though tempered by experience. He still believes the best is yet to come and was thrilled to discover 10-12 years ago that research proves the most enduringly successful companies have a compelling purpose beyond profit.  Mark has built an international community of what he calls likeminded, like-hearted and…

  • Coaching,  Metaphor,  Mindfulness,  Nature

    One mountain + its metaphor!

    I love me a good mountain metaphor!   And this morning, as we drove up through the Llanberis Pass on our way out of Snowdonia en route south to Devon for a few days of rock climbing, I spotted a goodun’.   As we passed through the Pass, I was looking up at a summit that I had been on only last weekend whilst walking with a good friend and contemplated how different it looked from the road up. And how the valley’s below had looked completely different from the summit.   And it struck me how this is always the case with scenarios that are upcoming in our lives. Whether they might be of the positive or negative kind.   They never turn out to be how we imagined they were going to be when we looked at them from the time before arriving within them.   Much like the summit of that mountain looked nothing like it did from the bottom.   And on this occasion, where I was heading even came complete with spectacular views!  

  • Before + After,  Home Organising,  Lifestyle,  Mindfulness,  Minimalism,  Techniques

    The Minimaliser Mindset

    what is: the minimaliser mindset MINIMALIST [noun]: a person who advocates or practises minimalism MINDSET [noun]: the established set of attitudes held by someone The Minimaliser Mindset is simply one of lessening.    Whether it’s the lessening of the chaotic home clutter or the monkey mind chatter, we can choose to apply a mindful + minimalist approach in our thinking, our reactions and our actions.   When we do this, we create that quiet space within us and from there, we are able to see ourselves and the world around us more clearly.   This, in turn, enables us to make decisions that will propel us forward in ways we never previously imagined possible.

  • Before + After,  Home Organising,  Lifestyle,  Mari Kondo,  Minimalism

    Client: Zach ~ Wardrobe Blitz!

    Zach’s wardrobe wasn’t exactly overloaded with clothes but he knew that a lot of what he did have no longer fitted him as in recent times, he’d dropped some pounds and was planning to continue on his weight loss journey.   From start to finish, this project took about an hour which goes to show how much you can achieve in a short time when you go at it, are decisive and for both of those things, have a little expert guidance and moral support to help you along the way. BEFORE AFTER Stage #1We started by removing all of Zach’s clothes from the rail and hangers. This is an important part of the process as it begins to de-personalise the clothing which helps to make the letting go process somewhat easier. Stage #2Find some floor space so that you can do the following: Empty ALL of the clothes into one BIG pile on the floor. The messier the heap… the better!  As again, this helps to de-personalise. The clothes become a pile of multi-coloured material instead of items of…

  • Before + After,  Coaching,  Connection,  Home Organising,  Lifestyle,  Mari Kondo,  Mindfulness,  Minimalism

    Tim and the Carving of Space

    For the rest of my minimalising days, this will unquestionably be one of my most special and most memorable jobs. Last summer, my darling Father unexpectedly passed away. I had always dreaded that day but never did I, nor my family imagine that it would happen in the midst of a global pandemic. I’m sure I don’t need to explain how challenging this time was for us all. A week after the funeral, my family and I had to make the painful decision to sell the family home as my Mum is now unable to live alone and will now live with my brother and his wonderful family in an independent Annex at their home. This meant that we needed to sell the family home as quickly as possible in order to fund the build of the Annex. I was fortunate at the time to be on furlough and this meant that I was able to be part of the process of dealing with the house sale and I knew that the one way in which I could be most…

  • Coaching,  Mindfulness

    Where’s the Tiger?

    SO What’s holding you back? It could be big thing or a tiny thing but if it’s holding you back… then it’s holding you back There are two types of fear… The rational type: This is the fear you feel when faced with a tiger in the wild. It’s the fear that makes you run when there is clear and present danger. We need this type of fear in our life. It keeps us alive. The irrational type: This is the fear that is a figment of our imagination. Its origin will be in our history and most likely, will be causing chaos in our present and in our future. It’s like you have your very own tiger in your mind.Good luck with that! So.Next question… What’s your tiger? It might be a known fear.But it could also be a sense of feeling stuck within a part of your life.Or some kind of struggle that you’re in the midst of. Perhaps you’re not even sure what the issue is.You just know that there is a struggle. The good news is, that…