In 2015, whilst on maternity leave with my second child, I felt a sense of restlessness and a loss of identity. I had a sense that something needed to change but I couldn’t quite identify what. Unable to get clarity, I asked myself some of my favourite questions I’ve asked my coaching clients and then…… Continue reading There’s No Such Thing As The Perfect Time
I was intrigued by the subtitle of Wim Hof’s book ‘Activate Your Potential, Transcend Your Limits’ and also by a man who is comfortable sitting in ice cold temperatures in his pants! I don’t do well in the cold so I was open to ‘transcending’ my own limits in this area, as a personal challenge. The…… Continue reading The Wim Hof Method: I Tried It And Survived!
Connecting to nature is part of my self-care, so having a bright, colourful outdoor space at home is important to me. I’m not much of a gardener but I do try to have a go. I take tips from the seasoned gardeners in my family but mostly, it’s trial and error. I’ve had a reasonable…… Continue reading Life Lessons From The Garden
I was recently given a crash course in how to use iMovie. I wasn’t a particularly willing student but my teacher was patient, encouraging and affirming. She sensed my discomfort and gently guided me. That teacher was my eight-year-old daughter. Creating a friendly environment for me to learn in, came naturally to her. I felt…… Continue reading Bringing Your Expertise
Recently I had a mid-morning Zoom call with a regular client, who I’ll call Ellie. As the call connected, she immediately apologised for her camera being off and confessed “The thing is, I’m still in my dressing gown”. I joked that I was fully dressed ‘for a change’ and gave her a twirl to prove…… Continue reading Vulnerability: It can help improve our relationships.
8th March 2021 “And since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman and our game from a woman… I wonder why we take from our women…” Tupac Shakur, Keep Ya Head Up (1993) These lyrics from 28 years ago are deep rooted in my existence. Tupac struck a chord with…… Continue reading IWD: Give Them Their Flowers Whilst They Can Smell Them
17th January 2021 Diversity and equity is something that anyone reading this, I am sure wholeheartedly believes in, visualises and works towards creating in our education system and society. I am an advocate of all of the protected characteristics, and work to challenge the systemic prejudices we all face. My views are through the lens…… Continue reading A Rare Breed: The Lesser-Spotted Black Male Teacher
16th June 2020 Adrian McLean is a former Head Teacher who has worked in a range of Secondary Schools. As a member of the Central Team for the Severn Academies Education Trust, Adrian works with staff, students and parents to understand the importance of personal values and character and how these influence success, both in…… Continue reading #Unlocking Education
#DiverseEd: Big Virtual Conversation – Saturday 13th June As a MIxed White/Black Caribbean Senior Leader, former Headteacher and teacher of 20 years, this is a topic that is close to my heart and one that I am passionate about changing by, yes, you guessed it… BEING VISIBLE! I spoke at the #DiverseEd conference at the…… Continue reading Visible Role Models
An affirmation is a positive statement in the present. It is to the point and immediate, bringing into focus the thoughts, actions or behaviours you wish to emulate. They have been part of my morning ritual for a few years but when I first started, I wasn’t convinced. I felt silly saying them into my…… Continue reading Getting Started With Affirmations