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Humbled by Hospitality

I never cease to be amazed how cultures differ, and how something quite normal in one is completely alien in another. Or maybe it’s not the cultures that differ, but more the thoughts of the people based on their life experiences in their part of the world. On a recent holiday in Sri Lanka we were honoured to be invited to the home of a Hindu family for dinner and we brought some small gifts…

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Interruption? No, I just had to say this!

You know that feeling when someone is talking and it triggers something, a half remembered article you read, an event that happened sometime, maybe not even to you and it’s so relevant, so important that you just have to share it, right now? You’re so desperate to share your story you barely wait for a pause, the speaker taking a breath is enough for you to rush into the space and enlighten everyone with what…

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Happy New Year from The Newly Confident Me!

Here we are in 2018, looking forward to a bright exciting year ahead, aren’t we? Or maybe you’re still reflecting on 2017, on what you were grateful for, what you may have missed out on, the risks not taken, the chances that slipped past. Some people say, “Don’t dwell on the past, don’t spend too much time there” and I understand some of their reasons, after all we can’t change what happened, and opportunities are…

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Are you braver than you think?

I was inspired to discover this was “Winnie the Pooh” week, just after watching the film, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” on a recent plane journey. It’s story of the real Christopher, the son of A.A.Milne and was I saddened to discover that the success of the hundred acre wood adventures didn’t bring as much excitement to the family as the stories themselves. Many kids, like myself enjoyed these stories at the heart of their childhood and…

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Is it really all over?

As we awaken following the aftermath of the Christmas festivities, I find it the perfect time for reflection, don’t you, a time for appreciating the good times with family and friends, whilst also sparing a thought for the ones that could not be at home for Christmas this year, who were working or even working away. I popped into Tesco for petrol late on the night before Christmas Eve and said to the cashier, almost…

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My Letter to Santa This Year

Now and again I get an invitation to do something I might not be that keen to do and last month was no exception, “how do you fancy sleeping out overnight in Princes Street gardens to raise awareness for the homeless?” Really? Thank you so much…eh….but.…although homelessness is a cause close to my heart, I can’t quite make the connection with me leaving the comfort of my bed for one night with the plight of…

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Other People’s Stuff Becomes Yours When They Work For You

You know why you’re in business. You know what you want from your business and you know what you want for your business. That’s great, pretty key stuff for you to get from here, where you are to there, where you want to be. However, there’s other people working in your business. Have you thought about what they want from their work, where their ‘there’ is? Everyone is different, we all know that. Some people…

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What’s Your Annual Read?

“Jane, I’m off on holiday, can you recommend a good book?” “Of course, what do you like to read?” And there it begins, I love reading and learning from it, I love personal development books, business books, nature books but recognise that our tastes are all different so it’s not that easy to recommend one single book. I was surprised when the conversation turned to, “Why on earth do you read so much?” I was…

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Did You Hear The One About The Ice Cream Van?

I woke up on Saturday morning; the sun streaming in through the window and impulsively decided today was going to be a beach day. Sun, sea sand, we have to grab every opportunity to enjoy good weather here in Edinburgh. Not long after, I’m paddling in the sea, gentle breeze on my face, loving the cool water lapping at my feet. When my thoughts were interrupted with that familiar sound of tinny bells from an…

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Spinning Plates, Ooops! Dropped One

Although I write about it often enough, how important it is, key in fact to success, I have to confess that I sometimes have a problem staying focussed. I often feel like I am spinning plates; it’s hard enough to get them all up in the air and spinning at the same time, but then one starts to wobble and if I don’t catch it fast enough, it smashes to the ground, swiftly followed by…

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