Today, I'm 'Guilty as Charged' .. tomorrow, will be a different story

roar! tame the bully Sep 12, 2019
 
I was sitting at the table writing the last few pages of my book, my parents were visiting from South Africa and we had gone away as a family for a week in the summer holidays. The house was quiet, it was warm and light and it occurred to me as I finished the last sentence that I had just walked one of the most difficult paths of my life. I had written about topics really close to my heart, many of which were difficult to comprehend let alone share. It was in that moment that I felt overwhelmed as I realised how grateful I am for all the tears, the sleepless nights, the heated discussions, the coaching, all the time it's taken to produce it. 
 
So as I submitted the draft with pride, relief and the realisation that I literally am bricking it and yes hands up I am  GUILTY AS CHARGED   petrified of being JUDGED and REJECTED. Gulp ..
 
As a result of this, I haven't until today wanted to share but this morning I was reminded...
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One lesson that allowed me to roar!

roar! tame the bully Jul 17, 2019

There is one lesson I have learned over the last couple of years that has helped me move forward much faster than I could have imagined, it is this : 

Show up as the BEST version of yourself every day, your most authentic self.

The biggest question for me a couple of years ago was HOW?

How to take care of me so I deliver on a professional level and in my private life. 

I remember going on holiday with my gorgeous husband and our boys, we stayed in this amazing villa and I remember sitting in the sun by the pool feeling happy for the first time in a long time. We had been relaxing, eating fantastic food and enjoying each others company. I really started to unwind and take in the fresh air and beautiful surrounds. Seeing the boys having fun made me smile, one of those huge smiles that emanated from inside my soul.

The morning sun streaming into our room, the cool breeze from the ocean, the calm water and the pull of the sea ... all things that reminded me...

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Meltdown central ... did I rip it up? ... what a roller coaster ...

roar! tame the bully Jul 05, 2019

What a roller coaster ...

This week has felt like Christmas all over again, the mad rush shopping for presents, searching for the right gift for each person, packing suitcases and planning our trip to see family in SA, organising things for our dog Stella while we are away ...

The thing I'm talking about is the mad rush and huge build up to Christmas day with travel, presents, kids running around like crazy, lunch, emotionally charged time with family, all stuff that gets done and we love doing every year ... and then its all over ... you know that anticlimax after the dishes are washed and put away, the prezzies opened and everything tidied away ... 

My day on Tuesday was a bit like that ...  

I finished my book !! hooray !! I was elated and then it hit me ...

The first draft ... 

It's only the first draft ...

From here editing and more editing ...

I felt like I had a mountain to climb ... the thought of running another marathon straight after...

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The hardest thing I've ever tried to do ...

roar! tame the bully Jun 20, 2019

When I decided to write a book in November last year, I had all these grand plans about what I would call it and what story I'd tell. I knew there was more to it than meets the eye, but I completely underestimated how much soul-searching, learning, time and energy would go into creating this book, designed to help and inspire those being bullied or bullying themselves ... 

When I had my book planning session just before I went away in November, the purpose of the book and the message I wanted to share became very clear. I spent a day with an amazing coach who started unpacking the message, the chapters their content and we developed a good structure for the book in the session.

I then went on holiday and committed myself to map it all out and my plan was to start to write and do so every day. I came up with an ambitious plan to have it all written by July and handed over to my publisher for editing by then. The pressure was on!

For each chapter to be...

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