Below are some ideas and musings on the coaching process, change, writing, and wellbeing. Please get in touch if you like what you see and require coaching support and services.

  • Hopeful

Hopeful for the future

Over the last couple of years it has been challenging to find positive things on which we can be future-focused. The Covid-19 pandemic stripped away our ability to plan long term, the immediate focus rightly being on staying safe and at times isolating within our respective bubbles. While our safety is still a major focus, I feel a heightened level of optimism and hope coming out of the Federal election results in May. Whatever your political persuasion the results [...]

  • Stress

Coaching Tips for Stress and Overwhelm

Over the recent Easter weekend, I took the opportunity to fly interstate to see my family. As you no doubt saw and heard, the airports, and travel to and from them, were chaotic. People everywhere in crowded terminals, long  [...]

  • Being

2022 – The Year of Being!

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are – Joseph Campbell Here we are  entering March in the year of the Tiger.  The festive season has come and gone, January and February have sped past like fast trains, [...]

  • Pace Yourself

Pace Yourself this Festive Season

The final month of 2021 has arrived and the rush to year’s end is gathering pace.  It is a time of heightened demands on our time this month as we attempt to finalise projects and tasks to ensure we [...]

  • Re-entry

Re-entry Post Lockdown

Lockdown restrictions are easing in Sydney and Melbourne! For some of us living in these cities, we are poking [...]

  • Shining

Shining Bright!

When I think of constellations, I always thinks of the children’s nursery rhyme ‘Twinkle, [...]

  • Line

Drawing the Line

Many of us are now working at home or splitting our time between home and the ‘old’ office due to COVID restrictions. Those without the option of moving into a safe home office space over the pandemic or have been commuting to and from work trying to stay safe. Under these circumstances, the issue of work-life balance has been more highlighted than it was previously. While we speak of work-life balance, it is really more about work-life boundaries, about [...]

  • Zoom

Experiencing Zoom Fatigue & Moving Forward

In my last article I wrote about how the global COVID pandemic has seen change become the order of the day, along with the realisation that we now have the opportunity to do things differently. Nowhere is this more evident than in how we conduct our working lives, for example, using video conferencing technology like Zoom on a daily basis. Many of us are working from home, or a mixture of home and office, or indeed not working at all due [...]

  • Connecting

Connecting Differently in 2021

2020 will go down in our individual histories as one in which we re-evaluated our lives - a year of considerable reflection and re-alignment on so many levels. The year started with catastrophic bushfires, environmental and natural destruction in Australia, and rolled into political upheaval in many countries and the global COVID pandemic. Change was the order of the day and the pandemic led to a major reassessment of what is central and meaningful in our lives. Our way [...]

Some of my go-to Books!

I know I bang on a lot about books, but really I can't imagine a life without having a stack of them tucked away somewhere... They can fill a room with energy, wisdom and presence. The anticipation and promise, so many stories so little time...  Below are a handful of my favourite books. Not even a stack really. I encourage you to pick out one and commit its words to your reading stack. A happy day is a book [...]

Letting go

In January I started a six month course in Narrative Coaching with Dr David Drake, a leading specialist in this field. Narrative Coaching is based on the concept "that stories are at the core of what makes us human", and is aimed at supporting people in a safe and structured coaching environment to share their stories, to experiment and imagine new ones, and to embody and bring these new stories into being. It is a powerful way to assist [...]

Preparing for the summer break

The festive break and summer holidays are looming large as we move into mid-December and January.  It is a very social time with lots of parties, end of year celebrations, family gatherings at Christmas or Hanukah or New Year.  It’s great to celebrate the end of the year with your friends and family and it can be as busy as you allow.  And whilst it can be exhilarating it can also impact on your regular creative routine, processes and [...]

Try a little tenderness

Creating of any kind takes you on many wonderful adventures and fills you with such excitement that you want to immediately jump into a new or existing project and just keep going, powering on.  Days when ideas flow easily and you know that this is the right path for you. Equally there can be times when you are filled with self-doubt, paralysed with feelings of inadequacy, unable to come up with the right words or ideas for your project.  [...]

The importance of your support team

Recently my long time friend Jai Waters and I released a book on how to affect positive change in your life.  It’s called MORE LEMON: How to transition to a life with more Zest and details can be found on our site. In the book we talk about the importance of having a support team around when you undergo major change – a change of job, a major or minor life change, a relationship change, a change of direction.  [...]

Pace yourself

Watching the Olympic games in Brazil I was again reminded of what elite athletes can teach us as artists and creatives, about life in general. As we go about our life, practice and business there are many important things that we, like athletes, need to consider in order to live and create – building and maintaining our fitness, developing our practical skills and mental toughness, preparing for the big "race", celebrating our successes, reflecting on and learning from our [...]

7 habits of mind to boost your arts career

Earlier this year I contributed to an article on ArtsHub called the Seven habits of mind that will boost your arts career. Metalsmith and lecturer, Simon Cottrell, feminist organiser Karen Pickering, community cultural development practitioner, Susie Waller, and myself were interviewed and asked what behaviours and attitudes help artists to excel and survive in the demanding world of today’s arts practitioner.  The responses provide plenty of food for thought and focus on some of the important intangible aspects associated [...]

Inspirational writing

I just wanted to let you know about this wonderful book - Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird: some instructions on writing and life.  First published in 1994, it has been described as the bible of writing guides and it's easy to see why. It is full of creative strategies to take you through the various stages of the writing process - from getting started and beyond the panic of the empty page right up to publication - in a [...]