Tagged with Brene Brown

The quiet defiance of love

The quiet defiance of love

In the fearful days after the attacks of 9/11 I read this article by Ian McKewan. In the simplest terms it spoke about love as an act of defiance. How, as the attacks in New York happened, expressions of love were everywhere, even in the midst of life altering tragedy. How those who knew they … Continue reading

5 reasons parents need life coaches

5 reasons parents need life coaches

I used to have all sorts of vague notions about what a life coach might do, none of which, as it turns out, were terribly close to the mark. Now I’m becoming a life coach myself, I’ve also become a coachee. And what I’ve discovered is that parents (like me) need life coaches. Here’s why. … Continue reading

Practice, practice, practice

Practice, practice, practice

I’ve been wanting to write about practice for the longest time. Mainly because it’s been such a massive game changer for me. Mainly because it’s given me permission and courage where previously there was none. Because seeing the world through the lens of “just practicing” is exciting and hopeful. Once again, it was Brene Brown’s … Continue reading

And breathe….

And breathe….

This week I am breathing up a storm. Deeply. Loudly. I am flooding my brain and my very being with oxygen as I go about my day. I’ve written about breathing before – acknowledged that it’s the best piece of parenting advice I was never given. Which it is. But this week, I feel like … Continue reading

Authenticity and me

Authenticity and me

I used to be unashamedly who I was (see the girl in the picture). Fitting in was neither here nor there. Then, at some undetermined point in my history, I got to thinking that I was uniquely unusual. I used to think that my upbringing, combined with my hometown, combined with my personality, combined with … Continue reading

Magic. Mess. Really?

Magic. Mess. Really?

Mess. I have a lot of it in my life. A lot of my energy day to day goes into tackling the physical kind. Three kids, a dog, and two adults – combined we make a lot of the stuff. I also expel a lot of hot air complaining about the mess. Pointing it out … Continue reading

Screw perfection. I pick peace.

Screw perfection. I pick peace.

Yesterday was The Day We Go Away. Historically, this isn’t a good day for me. Historically, it’s a day when I push myself too far. When my perfectionist tendencies go into overdrive. When I am paralysed by the need for everything to be Just So before we head out of the door. A reality that … Continue reading

Branching out

Branching out

This week a piece I wrote was published on the tinybuddha blog. Truth be told, it gave me a pretty bad ‘vulnerability hangover’ (so very grateful to Brene Brown for that term!) from which I am just about emerging. Turns out that sharing your story somewhere new, or to a different or bigger audience – … Continue reading

Rejecting perfection

Rejecting perfection

Today was three on one. Suddenly. After nearly a week of very diluted parenting, suddenly it was all of them. Full on. On my own. Famine followed by frenzy. I was stunned. Stunned by their energy, By their crashing violence towards one another. Stunned by the noise. By the talking. The talking that knows no … Continue reading