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Overcoming obstacles

Overcoming obstacles

Last summer I visited Snibston Discovery Park in Leicestershire for a ‘play’ date with a dear friend. It has beautiful grounds for walking, a lake for sailing and adventure playgrounds. This being a ‘play’ date we decided that we would try the barefoot walking which...

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Stepping out from behind the mask

Stepping out from behind the mask

I started my project management career in the NHS.  Way back then, IT was a very male-dominated environment. So to fit in I wore suits, effectively suppressing my femininity. I also kept my personal life very separate from my professional life. One day, a colleague...

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Holding onto the dream

Holding onto the dream

Have you ever had a dream – one in which you wanted to go somewhere, do something or follow your heart in some way – but talked yourself out of it? ‘I’ll do it another time’, ‘It’s not that important anyway’, ‘I’ll do it when time, money, resources ______(fill in the...

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True beauty

True beauty

The other week, a very strange thing happened. I was in London when a stranger approached me, looked at me, and announced ‘you look nice, for a mature woman, very nice!’   A compliment? Well, I’ll take anything I can! But just to clarify, I’m only in my 40s – though I...

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Perfection is over-rated

Perfection is over-rated

Throughout my life I was always striving to be perfect – an unachievable aim but a self-imposed one. I was: the perfect child, seen but never heard the adolescent who was afraid to raise her hand in class for fear that she would get the answer wrong the undergraduate...

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