Diary of a silent retreat – the pleasure and pain of sitting with yourself

In this hectic world, finding a moment of peace can be a challenge. My quest for inner peace has led me to explore a range of meditation and mindfulness practices, enhanced by annual silent retreats.

7 ideas for a more connected and meaningful new year

As the new year unfolds, it offers a fresh start for you to imagine your life anew. A life well lived is one rich with connection, purpose and meaning. Whatever that means to you is up to you. Your ability to live in alignment with your life’s vision is success....

How to discover your purpose

In a world brimming with possibilities and choices, finding your true purpose can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. One of the things that gives me the most job satisfaction is helping clients to uncover what is most important and meaningful to...
Self-compassion when things are hard

Self-compassion when things are hard

Self-compassion is a radical act which can soothe suffering, build empathy and acceptance, and improve your relationships.  You may consider yourself a compassionate person but do you actively apply compassion to yourself? Most people are unfamiliar  with generating...

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R U OK? –  what to do when U R not OK

R U OK? – what to do when U R not OK

Thursday 9th September is R U OK? Day.  As many of us are in lockdown, I thought it might be a timely reminder to highlight the impacts of lockdown.  Perhaps OK is all you can manage at the moment.  Most people are not thriving in lockdown.  Perhaps you are not OK....

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Could your childhood be causing problems in your adult life?

Could your childhood be causing problems in your adult life?

It took me a long time to figure out my childhood was causing problems in my adult life.  As a child, I was the brunt of frustration and passive aggression, punished for minor mistakes, forgotten, sent away, ignored, and shamed.  Others had it much worse than me, so I...

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What’s the point?  Finding your clarity and purpose

What’s the point? Finding your clarity and purpose

I recently had to make some very important decisions that would have consequences well beyond my immediate concerns, and I was feeling overwhelmed. Stuck between a rock and a hard place I wondered, “What is the point?”.  But while I pushed away what I decided was a...

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Are you pushing so hard you may fall?

Are you pushing so hard you may fall?

Breakfast wisdom.. At breakfast this morning I mentioned to my husband that I wasn’t sure what to write about for this blog post.  He asked me a simple question, “What has been a theme for you and your clients?”  Such wisdom at the breakfast table immediately...

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Are you getting enough Vitamin N?

Are you getting enough Vitamin N?

A few months ago I took some time to feed my soul - to sit by the river and to connect in as many ways as I could with the nature around me.  What I experienced, along with so many other humans over the history of our species, is that being in nature is a powerful way...

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No more lockdown Melbourne! 4 tips to make the most of it

No more lockdown Melbourne! 4 tips to make the most of it

Melbournians, we are on the way back!  No more five kilometres, no more two hours of exercise, no more four walls, no more isolation.  How do you want to emerge from lockdown?  Responses to our increased freedom are varied.  From worry and trepidation to flat out,...

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Are you a coach or a critic? – the key to greater motivation

Are you a coach or a critic? – the key to greater motivation

Human beings are purpose driven.  Without being clear on our purpose we can feel lost, stuck and lack motivation.  For many of us, part of our purpose is to grow and to help others.  But what makes a person truly helpful?  What qualities provide the conditions for...

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3 simple ways to manage lock down fatigue

3 simple ways to manage lock down fatigue

Fellow Melbournians, we are collectively fatigued.  I hear it day in and day out in my counselling and coaching practice.  I feel it in my body and mind.  I admire Melbournians immensely as I listen to our attempts to get on with it, re-frame, call on our resilience and empathise with others in the same boat.  Amidst that, many of us have friends and family in other states that are posting in social media feeds all the things we would love to take for granted again. 

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How to make compassion your superpower

How to make compassion your superpower

In seeking to understand my own struggles, and those of my clients, I often recognise suffering in others. I feel a great deal of compassion for that pain and, in the past, I have sought to alleviate the discomfort in ways that may have fostered an avoidance of...

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