Seeing the goodness in the world

It was late Autumn last year when I found them. 2 kittens. They ran to me through a rusty, gaping hole of a barn door. A barn that was in the middle of nowhere, really. A barn that I passed each day on a 5 kilometre walk. They were so tiny. I didn't know what to do. I wondered whether to bundle them up right there and then in my coat and take them home. I inspected them closely. They seemed well-fed and their fur—despite the rain and cold—seemed to be soft and shiny. A sign that they were doing [...]

By |2020-04-14T13:07:14+01:0014 April 2020|

Are you doing ok?

I was doing ok, and then I realised that the next time I see my Nan's wrinkly old face and grey-blue eyes might not be for months and months from now, and I cried. This is grief. I wasn't doing ok, and then my kid told me that "Tomorrow, I'm just going to wear my undies all day, Mummy. Nothing else. And you're to call me Captain Underpants, ok?" I smiled and kissed the top of his sweaty little head. This is bone-deep love. I was doing ok, and then a woman standing close to me in the bread aisle [...]

By |2020-04-14T13:07:58+01:002 April 2020|

Self-isolating with Pokemons

We've been self-isolating for a week now. It already feels like a month. My son built an obstacle course in the garden yesterday and timed me as I navigated it. It was a terrible obstacle course, mainly because he's five and five year olds apparently build terrible obstacle courses. I ran around it anyway, catching a glimpse of his proud, beaming face as he watched me sit in a garden chair for 10 seconds, before sitting in another garden chair for 10 seconds, and then running around the tree 3 times before standing on a bucket on one leg, wobbling [...]

By |2020-04-14T13:09:34+01:0020 March 2020|

How to have a backbone and say what you actually mean.

Recently, I needed some help spreading the word about something I’d created. I woke up one morning with the idea of asking some of my friends and clients to share the details about it with their friends and people they know, maybe via their Facebook page or email, or in a way that felt good to them. And yet…I didn’t. Something stopped me from asking them. Instead, I just sat on the idea and went round and round in circles, not wanting to ask and yet feeling frustrated with myself for not. Do you do this too? I hear this [...]

By |2019-07-17T11:39:51+01:0023 June 2019|

If you’re having a rough day, read this.

Our recent road-trip around the USA Pacific Northwest was centred specifically around going to a concert at the epic Gorge Amphitheater. My favourite singer-songwriter of all time, Brandi Carlile, was playing and there was no way I was missing her show at a venue that's considered to be one of the most scenic concert locations in the world. Emmylou Harris was one of her incredible support acts and during her set, as she was introducing a song and strumming the chords on her guitar, she said something along the lines of: "This next song is one I wrote about 30 [...]

By |2019-07-17T08:28:57+01:0023 June 2019|

Road-tripping, whales and learning.

I'm travelling at the moment, with my little family. Mainly around the The Pacific Northwest and Canada. I'm learning a lot on this holiday. I'm learning that travelling is tiring and hard and yet heart-opening and wild. Travel stirs something in me that makes me want to pack up my life back home and live in an RV and hit the road (although I'm also not daft enough to forget that I LOVE regular showers and working toilets and my dream of living a life on the road would last approximately 2.3 days before I got fed up. So there's [...]

By |2019-07-17T08:25:13+01:0023 June 2019|

The space between what is, and what could be.

"I don't think you should swim, Liz." This was the advice my Dad gave me two weeks ago. Advice that I ignored. We were sitting in my Nanna's house, on the eve of the Great Swim, an open water race in my home city of Manchester. My Dad, sitting opposite me in my Nanna's brown wing-back chair, looked at my concerned. "You're full of a bad cold, and if you get in the water now, you could make it worse. You could get pneumonia and you don't want to get pneumonia." I didn't say much in reply. But I knew I'd be getting in the [...]

By |2016-12-29T13:32:01+01:001 August 2016|

7 reasons I’m not the coach for you.

Pro: I just bought a new pair boots that make me want to spontaneously bust a move. Con: They rub the shit out of my right heel. (We’re talking blisters, you guys. Huge, bubbling blisters.) To be fair, it’s my own fault. Instead of trying them on, taking a prolonged stroll to test for a good fit like a certified Adult—with a capital A—I put them on for roughly 10 seconds before whipping out my credit card. Cut to 4 days later. I’m hobbling around, lusting after a refund and having torrid, not-even-remotely-safe-for-work dreams about my old boots. (Oh, old [...]

By |2016-12-29T13:32:01+01:008 March 2016|

For those of you who limped into 2016, this is for you.

You know that thing you want so much for yourself, for your life? The weight you want to lose or gain, or the new career, or the telling the truth more often and saying what you mean instead of being all passive aggressive and sighing loudly when you get home from a long day to find they still haven't unloaded the dishwasher, or the joining the gym and actually going instead of making excuses all the blimmin’ time as to why you can't? You have everything you need to just start. Right now. You always did. It was always there. And you didn't [...]

By |2016-12-29T13:32:01+01:0028 January 2016|

Hello, is it meaning you’re looking for?

As a coach, it's my responsibility to change lives. Like a magician. Poooof! After I work with people, they never feel unhappy or have negative thoughts again. Actually, that’s even close to what I do or even remotely what happens. Not at all. Wanting to be happy is the biggest reason people approach me to work with them. And the first thing I tell these people is that I cannot guarantee their happiness. I can’t guarantee that they’ll never feel unhappy or find anything in their life challenging again. Because, well, life is hard at times and challenging stuff does [...]

By |2016-01-28T19:35:36+01:0028 January 2016|