Why diets don’t work : a mindful eating perspective

Diets don’t work. A controversial statement for this time of year, perhaps, but it’s true that diets don’t work for the vast majority of people. And if you’ve experienced the merry-go-round of hope, deprivation and control that leads to weight loss – only to be followed by struggle, rebellion and the disappointment of regaining the…

I give you a blank sheet…

I have a confession. I still haven’t outlined my intentions for 2019. Am I the only one taking my time? This year I decided to take it slow on purpose. I’m taking a blank sheet of paper and adding only the things I want in my life, I’m calling this project ‘designing my life’. After…

Creativity – a need or a want?

I’m at my best when I’m creating so I know it’s a need for me. Which is it for you? Creativity – the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness Recently I came across an article about everyday creativity. This is where you acknowledge your creativity through everyday actions. The best way for me to…

Repeat after me…no!

No, nope, no can do, never, NO! No is a strong word, some say a negative word. I say it’s a beautifully short word, one that’s clear and makes sure that you can look after yourself first, especially when everything feels like too much. Here’s why I feel it’s important to say no when you want to:…

Adventure lessons from Northern Scotland

People often tell me they want more adventure in their lives, but wonder if it’s possible when their plates are already full. Can they actually step outside their routine and live with more spontaneity, fun and freedom? I believe it is absolutely possible. When I was in my 20s, “adventure” was a solo pursuit, guiding…

Destination: out of my comfort zone, Status: on time!

We all find ourselves at some point out of our comfort zones. The thing with comfort zones is that they are different for each of us. What’s comfortable for me may not be comfortable for you and vice versa. I’m writing this sat at the airport waiting for my flight home. This trip was out…

Changing careers means changing mindset

One invisible aspect of changing careers or re-designing your life is the daily battle you’re engaged in – with yourself! Does it get a little noisy in your head sometimes? There are so many fears and doubts associated with any change, and as with many things, we expect ourselves to be perfect – and if…

Listen to your body

As I continue my learning journey, I am becoming increasingly struck by how statements such as ‘listen to your body’ would appear to be intuitively connected to neuroscience. Whether it is my age; a drive to enhance and improve the quality of work cultures; devise meaningful and well-being focused development opportunities, being a parent or just an increased mindfulness and awareness…