What is causing you to feel overwhelmed?

Uncategorized Mar 13, 2018

It seems quite ironic that just days before writing this blog I personally experienced feeling very overwhelmed. I wasn’t sure initially whether to mention this although it was a useful reminder of experiencing these feelings. Would people think I was some sort of failure for not being completely sorted myself and thus not equipped to support others? Yet on the other hand I always want to be completely authentic and empathetic in my work. So here is just a quick indication of what happened. Some of these experiences may resonate with you.

I woke up quite early having not slept well, which can easily set the tone for the day. Immediately my head flooded with a huge list of things I needed to do. Although it was Sunday and Mother’s Day my list included some business actions to try to complete for an imminent deadline. Those tasks hadn’t been completed during the working part of the week due to attending a conference. Sometimes time pressure can help with focus but I...

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What is overwhelm?

Uncategorized Mar 06, 2018

Last week saw much of the UK with unusually unpredictable winter weather, blasted by storms, icy winds and buried under a blanket of snow. If you turned on the news it seemed as if the end of the world was nigh and that you should not leave your house under any circumstances. But if you actually ventured out where I lived it was actually ok. It was well below zero degrees Celsius and very windy, but there was only a little very light dry snow that wasn’t causing problems on the paths or the roads. Yet friends nearby cancelled events while at times I looked out onto blue skies, so there were a lot of localised variations. I don’t doubt the seriousness in other areas – many were ignoring the reality of the conditions, creating accidents and getting stranded with the resulting chaos stretching emergency services to the limit. There were horrendous videos of multi vehicle collisions and stories of heroic rescues. Schools in most areas had to close, parents were unable...

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Why do I go on retreat?

Uncategorized Feb 27, 2018

To explain why I personally go on retreat let me take you back to late 2014. At that time I was still affected by symptoms of ME /Chronic Fatigue syndrome that typically became worse during the winter months. I was negatively affected by the weather & light, my energy levels became depleted and I lived in fear of catching even the simple cold as it typically resulted in chest infections and other health problems. To add to this I was mostly doing work that I found stressful and unfulfilling, with tight deadlines that coincided with periods of my lowest health and energy. I could see that the two were connected but how could I change this pattern? This had been my life for fifteen years. I realised that if I always did what I’d always done, then I would always have the same issues. The answer came in seeing a post about a retreat. Could I manage to go away during the busiest month when my energy was lowest, and set my intention to transform my health, my life and my work?...

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Does your business or career fulfil your reason for being?

Uncategorized Jan 16, 2018

Yesterday was a day known as Blue Monday, the third Monday in January, apparently the saddest day of the year. There are numerous reasons- the joy of Christmas may be forgotten but the debts remain, income may be slow to arrive but tax payments may be due, the weather is cold with limited light and Spring seems a long way off. Plus those inspirational New Year’s resolutions may have already been abandoned and old habits resumed. It can also be the time when we want to make our great plans for 2018 but perhaps doubts emerge about whether our business or career is really on the right track.

You may have seen something like the diagram before, but it seemed particularly relevant today. Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means a reason for being, our purpose and joy from life. It is based around experiencing all the four elements of what you love, what the world needs, what you can be paid for, and what you’re good at. It is possible that you may have elements missing...

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