Young woman balance-walking barefoot across a narrow wooden bridge over a river because finding balance saves us from falling

How to find balance this Christmas

I love Christmas I love Christmas, though not to the point of starting my Christmas shopping in August and putting the decorations up on the first day of December. Twelve days on either side is a nice balance for me. Christmas isn’t always fun At the same time, I know through personal experience Christmas can sometimes feel like a desolate place. When a relationship has ended, a loved one gone forever, a diagnosis confirmed or Read more…

Dog wearing comedy disguise glasses, nose and moustache because tansformational coaching helps us see things differently

Changing perspective

When change is gradual My nickname growing up was Bookworm.  I was generally found with my nose stuck in a book (and still am to be fair!).  For this purpose my eyes were perfectly adequate for the job.  At school, as you got older you moved towards the rear of the Assembly Hall (younger kids at the front, older ones at the back).  By the time I was at the back, I just assumed that not being Read more…

Numerous lit tea lights in a dark room bringing small pieces of light and hope into grief and loss

Why we need to learn to grieve

“Grief?” I hear you cry, “But you’re a Life Coach.  Aren’t you supposed to be helping me achieve my goals in life, how’s grief going to help?  How depressing”. Grief is not just about losing a loved one. To me, grief, fear, and change are all part of the same challenge.  Grief is not just about losing a loved one, it’s something that arises whenever we have to learn to let go of what was, Read more…

Different size statues of Buddha representing that life cand dreams comes in all shapes and sizes

They say “size isn’t everything”….

And being a rather unlofty 1.56m tall I totally agree…..unless we’re talking about life.  I believe the size of the life you’re living does matter, and not understanding the origin of your fear can keep it small. One size does not fit all When I am talking about the size of your life, I’m not for one moment talking about the size of your bank balance, your house, your career, your social media following etc.  They are Read more…

Back of a woman's ankles running up steps in trainers because she feels energised and practices self-care because she had transformational coaching

What running taught me about life and business.

Starting something new in life can be a challenge. There’s the discomfort of knowing there will be things you just don’t know. It may involve travelling somewhere new, meeting new people, learning a new skill, or be physically, emotionally or mentally challenging. You won’t have all the answers, you might feel vulnerable or helpless for a while, you may even bump into limits you didn’t know you had. It doesn’t matter what it is, starting Read more…

Sunlight reflecting off the water of an unused canal in Somerset near Alison's new home

Free-falling out of my comfort zone…

A year ago today I moved away from the home I had lived in for 18 years, where my son grew up, where my first marriage ended and in time a new one began, where I lost my sense of self and eventually found a new direction.  I moved away from the area and county I had lived in since the age of three, away from my parents, my friends and my career.  I was Read more…

An open book and mug of tea on an unmade bed where a woman has decided to take a break because she knows deep inside she is enough

How can we be sure when enough is enough?

One of the words I hear most frequently when talking with my clients is “enough”.  It appears in questions like “Am I good enough?”, “Will that be enough for me?”, “How can I earn enough?”.  Or statements such as “I don’t have enough time”, “That seems easy enough” or “Enough is enough!”. It’s used so often we must have a pretty clear idea about what “enough” is…..or do we? This one word comes up again Read more…

A lobster with a hard shell, which it needs to shed in order to grow, representing that change can feel uncomfortable

What can a lobster teach you about growth?

We can often feel anxious about change. Our natural instinct is to remain safe in order to survive.  Change is an unknown landscape where we can’t predict what will happen.  We believe it is better to remain within our “comfort zone”.  However if we do this, we will without question limit our potential for growth. In order to dive into this a little deeper, I am going to refer to a video of the psychiatrist Read more…

Woman laughing and enjoying life because she feels confident in herself and knows what she needs

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