THE BASICS of Wellbeing

You know what they say: Don't abandon the basics, then you'll never have to go back to them. Earlier this month I did an on-line talk on mental health and wellbeing for the NORAC AGM. In preparing for it, I'd thought to myself, 'What can I talk about that's not just...

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Premature Retirement

This week I had a conversation about retirement. I was presented with a logic centered around grafting very hard right now, making all the sacrifices, missing family time, working long hours, focussing on the big goal to have the best chance to make it happen. With...

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Do I need a Life Coach?

What even is a life coach? Whatever it is, you don’t need one. And you don’t need to read that book that was recommended to you. Remember all those unread books still sitting on your shelf. Remember all the books you’ve started and not finished. And you don’t need to...

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What is HAPPINESS?

Much to my wife’s annoyance, I love coming up with acronyms. I find them to be handy little reminders about stuff that I want to be able to remember to help ground me. Or to remind me of what’s actually important, after all, there’s so much stuff that can overwhelm...

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Your Vehicle

If you were gifted a new car, your first ever car AND the only 1 you're ever going to own... You'd LOOK AFTER IT.  Would you not? Your body is just like a car. It's your vehicle to get around in this life. A car needs to be looked after, to be valued. It needs to be...

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Are you getting fitter or fatter?

“Dad, we’re getting fitter not fatter” That’s what my daughters are now saying during lockdown, our Sophie is 7, our Grace is 6. (Our Harry doesn’t care, he’s 1). We’ve got the girls running round the field most mornings at 8am; 9am on a Sunday. Some days they love...

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The Wrong Kind of Success…

I read a lot, every day actually. Either a book in my hand, or kindle, or iPad, or audible in the car. Amongst the three books I currently have on the go, this week I’ve been reading: ‘The Asbestos Lie. The past and present of an industrial catastrophe’ by Maria...

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Compounding a good or bad result

The signs are all there… And you know they are. But you choose to ignore them. You think you’ll do something about it, tomorrow, or one day soon. I’m a big fan of the compound effect. It can work for you, or against you. It can nourish your life or show neglect. It’s...

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The MAGIC of Change

Change is scaring. For some people.   But change is a constant thing in life.   We have to evolve, learn and grow. This is change.   Consider this question: Have you got what you want yet? Perhaps you have but it’s not fulfilling you any more.   Well, the good news is...

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New Year’s Resolutions? Just start today

This month, on the 13th December, I celebrated 9 years sobriety. My weapon of choice being booze; with occasionally doing other recreational 'stuff'. But mostly booze. Booze was my go-to guy for the good days, the bad days, the average days, or any days! But on the...

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