Tag Archives: Inspiration

How Nelson Mandela helped me to realise my purpose

I have to say, 2013 has truly been a year of reflection and personal growth. As you may know, about a quarter of the way through the year, I had lost inspiration for my business, specifically the services I was offering and the people I was offering my services to. I made the choice to take a few months out to reconnect with things that I knew inspired me. In this time, I also spent 10 days in Singapore and Bali. It was exactly what was needed. I reconnected with my creative side and felt inspired again. I was inspired about my business and life in general. I revised my services, became more specific about the people I wanted to help rebranded my book and websites and delivered a workshop.

The desire for a more purposeful life

In more recent months, I have been thinking more and more about the “bigger picture” and my greater “calling” in life – some would call it my life’s purpose I suppose. I had a conversation with 2 friends who are at similar stages in their coaching businesses to me and they too were having the same feeling. They too had been thinking more … Read more

5 Tips To Help You Feel Excited and Motivated About Life Again

We all have days, weeks or even months when we feel totally deflated and lack motivation to do anything.

Press play below for 5 tips to get you feeling excited and motivated about life again



Until next time,

Be fearless, be authentic, be unapologetic! 


The Career Supernova

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5 Important Career Change Lessons from Barack Obama

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Whether or not you have an interest in politics, I am sure you have heard the news that President Barack Obama has been elected for a second term, for “Four More Years!”. Personally I have a very minimal interest in politics and I never watch television in the morning, however I did tune in first thing on Wednesday morning to find out who had won. I tuned in just in time to hear Obama give his victory speech and as always his oration skills were second to none.

It started me thinking about leadership and what was required of Obama to successfully win a second term as President of the United States of America, particularly following a significantly tough first term. I then considered the key factors that contributed to his victory and how they could be used for a successful career change.


Obama became the first black president of a nation that only a few decades earlier, still had active racial segregation. As well as the challenges and opposition that came as a consequence of that, he also became president during one of the US’s worst economic times. Despite the criticism he received, in order to come back … Read more

5 Simple Ways to Maintain Your Focus During the Autumn and Winter Months

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The clocks going back an hour on the last Sunday in October officially marks the end of British Summertime. It also marks the official start of a new season. Unlike the start of spring which for many inspires new beginnings, the start of autumn tends to represent a time when people start to shut down. As people prepare for the short, dark days and long cold nights in, it can be tempting to take their focus off their goals and allow bad habits to creep back in.

Here are 5 simple ways you can  maintain your focus on your goals throughout the autumn and winter months:

–          Review your goals for the next six months and work out what action you need to take between now and spring.

–          Identify any season related obstacles that may prevent you from meeting your goals. E.g. if your goal is to lose two stone by March 2013 by jogging after work, how will the weather and nights getting darker earlier affect your training plans?

–          Identify what motivates you. During the autumn and winter months, our levels of motivation can drop drastically which can make working towards your goals seem like too … Read more

Book Review of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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This week I finished reading the book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

As with many of us, the author frequently felt herself yearning for something more in life and one day decided that the only way to change anything was for her to do something about it. The book journals her year long project to see if she could increase the level of happiness in her life.

I bought this book a few years ago and was initially inspired by idea of creating a project aimed at increasing my happiness. It was at a point when I was feeling disillusioned and at a cross road in my life. I was inspired by the book because it seemed as though the author had not made any major changes to her life and instead set out to increase her level of happiness with as little effort as possible. In the Amazon book description, it said that her project consisted of monthly resolutions such as get more sleep, quit nagging, start a blog and sing in the mornings. I thought these all sounded like really simple things that could be incorporated into every day life but that had the potential … Read more

Changing Seasons – 4 Quick Lessons Learned From An “Autumn Clean”

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Towards the end of this week I found myself feeling very frustrated. It’s a feeling I always get during the changing of the seasons, particularly the change from Summer to Autumn. I am very much a sun baby so the thought of dark, cold, wet days and nights is  a really depressing for me. Seeing the nights get darker earlier and earlier is a visual reminder that Autumn has arrived.

This time of year also frustrates me with regards to clothing and what to wear. It’s not quite cold enough to dig out the big chunky winter jumpers and coats, yet it’s not warm enough to continue with just a blazer and blouse, especially if you’re leaving home during the early hours before Mr Sun has come out to show his face.

By Friday I was feeling slightly down. I was thinking about the prospect of a shopping trip to spend money I am supposed to be saving for travelling on clothes for this awkward time of the year.

Coincidently earlier in the day I had been giving  a careers interview to a young person who wants to become a stylist and she told me that she regularly empties her … Read more