It's my 40th birthday in January! I'm feeling pretty good about it. There was a time (not too long ago) when I would've lamented all the ways in which my life isn't the way I'd imagined it would be at 40. I've no kids, I'm not married, and I'm not minted. Younger me knew these … Continue reading 40 things for 40
I had the pleasure of chatting with my friend, Stephen Warley, on his brilliant podcast Life Skills That Matter about crafting work that's fulfilling, balanced and quintessentially 'you'. We talked about how stressed and unhappy I'd got after nearly five years running my first business and what that taught me about my own strengths, preferences … Continue reading Find the Right Way to Work for *You*
One of the biggest barriers to moving forward in our lives is our inner critic. It's the voice that says: you're not good enough you're not smart enough you could never do that you should... you're so stupid/incompetent/arrogant It's the voice of doubt and fear, determined to keep you down. It's also every external voice … Continue reading Inner Critic vs Self-Compassion
This post was written for my beloved coworking community, Tribe Porty in Portobello, Edinburgh in Scotland. Why is it that co-working at Tribe is so very pleasant? It’s because we’re all a bit in love with each other… I’m not talking about secret trysts and unrequited infatuation; it’s what psychologist Dr Barbara Fredrickson calls ‘positivity resonance’. … Continue reading For the love of coworking
Why is it so important to feel like we're doing what's truly in line with ourselves? Because doing so makes us feel incredible and leads us to perform at our best. To live life well, Aristotle said we must "strain every nerve to live in accordance with the best thing in us". In other words, we … Continue reading Be You
It seems pretty instinctive that when something's wrong, we try to fix it. Including with ourselves. Yet recent advances in neuroscience suggest this isn't always the best way to get unstuck. The Problem... To understand why, we need to understand what it means to 'think'. When we have a new thought, it happens in our conscious mind, … Continue reading Why focusing on solutions beats fixing problems
Is work a means to an end, or a means in itself? While the answer to that question might depend on a whole slew of factors, in the end it's those who see work as a calling that have a much better time of it. According to Amy Wrzesniewski, professor in organisational psychology at Yale University, … Continue reading Unhappy at work? Change it!