How to Take Criticism

I feel I have a good grasp on what can be considered ‘constructive feedback’ having recently studied the role of Evaluator with my Toastmaster’s group.  I gave my first evaluation last week for someone’s ‘icebreaker’ speech and was careful to abide by the sandwich technique, giving lots of praise, followed by a few constructive comments on how to…

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Stand Tall !

I posted the picture above on Twitter this week for a hashtag post with the word #stand. I thought it summed up a very good example of the word and on such a significant occasion.  This got me drifting back to the time it happened in 2019 and remembering not only how difficult it was,…

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What is Happiness?

  My father once told me that ‘money cannot buy happiness,’ and I used to think, “easy for you to say – when you have a heck of a lot of it!” But then, after deeper discussion, he further explained how he believed happiness is in the journey to riches, not the result of living…

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Depression is a Bully

The truth of the matter is depression is a bully! A big, fat, cheating, loathsome menace, that only you can beat  when armed with awareness and mindset. I know this because I have experienced it; I had postnatal depression, as well as other dark bouts of depression up until my forties. I was lucky enough…

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How To Make 2022 Your Best Year!

Many people’s social media posts over the last week, have words to the effect of – ‘goodbye shitty 2021′, or ‘let’s hope 2022 will bring better things!’  You only need to scroll down Facebook to see dozens of these types of posts. But then, if you go back and check the year-end posts of 2020,…

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Live, Love, Learn

Which is your favourite ‘L’ from the list in the title? I couldn’t decide between them, so I based my talk on all three at my Toastmaster’s meeting last week. It was a lot to cram in to just 7 minutes – but I succeeded. I opened my “icebreaker” speech by explaining how I played…

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Invisible Disability

Spinal Update So, this week’s topic is a little about spinal cord injury again, since I experienced a recent breakthrough, which I am still celebrating!  For those who may not know, I suffered a fracture to my T12 vertebra in 2019, along with ‘incomplete’ spinal cord damage. Now, you may have noticed, that my blogs…

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Beam Me Up Scotty!

Have you ever experienced one of those moments where you wish the ground would open up and swallow you?  A heart-thumping, cringe-worthy moment of utter humiliation and embarrassment? 😳 Apart from an excruciating moment a few years back when I was a dancer in ‘Copacabana’ on Cromer pier, and I turned to raise my arms…

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Are you stuck?

Do you sometimes find yourself stuck in a rut? Does it feel like you’re wading through treacle and not making any headway? Maybe you’re stuck in a relationship that you know isn’t right for you. Perhaps stuck in a dead-end job but feel your hands are tied because you need the money. If you remain…

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An Angel With Attitude

I was lying in my daughter Alex’s bed this morning, which is mostly redundant now she is living in Leeds where she  goes to uni. Let me just add here, that no, there is nothing wrong with my marriage. Quite the contrary. It is fundamental for our happy marriage that I escape my husband’s snoring…

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