Life lessons

The beef with beliefs

The beef with beliefs

I saw a friend of mine the other day. She’s in an exciting new relationship but has noticed that her work life is taking a turn for the worse. ‘Well, that’s how it goes isn’t it?’ she said, ‘You can’t have everything go well at once.’ ‘Do you believe you can have everything at once?’ I…

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How to speak up

Trembles to TEDx: How (and why) to speak up

 Somewhere in the middle of October 2014 – I forget which day because they all merge into one – I was standing at the front of about 12 other trainee yoga teachers, cueing them into godknowswhatasana. Forrest Yoga guardian teacher Cat Allen was sitting at the back of the class, watching me. At some point she…

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Service suspended

Service suspended: a manifesto for resilience

On Monday afternoon I got a Whatsapp message from my best friend: ‘Honey are you aware the web link in your email signature is down? ‘. Bugger, I thought. How long has that not been working? For a day? Since FOREVER? Is there even a way to quantify how unprofessional that looks to potential clients? Unlikely.…

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Is 'work life-balance' a big fat lie-

Is ‘work life-balance’ over?

“We are diluted in gigantic intangible collective projects, which leave us wondering what we did last year and, more profoundly, where we have gone and quite what we have amounted to….” – Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work I seized on this book, the modern-day philosopher Alain de Botton’s The Pleasures and Sorrows of…

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Environment- it's a big deal

Environment: it’s a big deal

No, not ‘The environment’, although that is a HUGE deal (if you haven’t read or seen Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, I can’t recommend it enough). I mean environment in the personal sense – the spaces we spend our lives in. As we settle into our new house and new life in the kind-of-country (i.e, we’re…

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Transitions, resolutions, revelations

Every year since I left the comfort of my full-time job for the life of an entrepreneur, I have been in transition. And 2016 has been the most intense by far. Did you feel it too? As a part of a greater whole, it seems to me that our personal transitions are reflected in those of…

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Twelve truths of Christmas

I’m a hopeless sucker for Christmas. The smell of the tree. The twinkly things. The fact that it’s absolutely acceptable to have prosecco with breakfast. And also absolutely acceptable to hang out in your pyjamas until midday, watching old movies and playing board games.  Marriage has seen me alternating between Christmases in Norfolk where my Auntie owns…

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The warring tribes of wellness land

The warring tribes of wellness land

It’s almost six years since I took my first steps into the weird and wonderful world of ‘wellness’. It was quieter then. Pioneering organic chefs like Alice Waters and food writers like Michael Pollan had yet to be overwhelmed by the blogosphere. ‘Radical’ functional doctors like Mark Hyman and Frank Lipman weren’t mainstream. And GOOP – that purveyor of well-trendy…

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Brand new things

Brand new things

My wedding dress started life as a scarf. I’d been sent fabric shopping by my dressmaker. She’d told me where the cloth trade hung out  – Berwick Street in Soho, the Goldhawk Road in Shepherd’s Bush, and a variety of other random, off-the-beaten-track locations around London. So I topped up my Oyster Card and hit…

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