Time to Move On?

By Michelle Mclean When disappointments happen it’s common to be told to let go, move on or move forward. Often this is well-meaning advice, dwelling on negatives for too long is not good for us. Sometimes though it can be plain dismissive. I’ve come to believe that this dismissiveness is about the other person’s comfort.…… Continue reading Time to Move On?

Lessons I Have Learned About Change

By Michelle Mclean In my last post, I blogged about the inevitability of change. Since then, I’ve had various conversations about why change feels so difficult. I don’t accept that all change is hard. I think we often make it harder than it needs to be because of how we frame it and because of…… Continue reading Lessons I Have Learned About Change

Change is Inevitable

Early in my professional life, I was a Team Leader in an office environment. I was tasked with implementing some changes that would require people to work in new ways. One of these changes was to establish new teams and have people sat together in their team groups. This was in the days before hot-desking…… Continue reading Change is Inevitable

The Room Where it Happens

By Adrian Mclean Do you have a go-to tune that you play to psyche yourself up? I have a few, usually with heavy baselines and punchy lyrics that I can’t play when my children are in earshot! When I need to be strategic though, I play this one from the musical, Hamilton. Here’s the closing…… Continue reading The Room Where it Happens

Representation & Exposure

By Adrian Mclean You will have heard the phrase ‘You can’t be what you can’t see’. Those of us who are from any of the protected characteristic groups and those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, will be particularly familiar with it. Quite simply, it means that it’s difficult to aspire to something, for which you have…… Continue reading Representation & Exposure

I’m Proud of You

By Michelle Mclean As this year closes, tell someone that you are proud of them. Send a text, record a voice-note or make a call, telling that person about something that they do/have done that you are particularly proud of. Everyone is doing their best, trying to get by and get better. None of us…… Continue reading I’m Proud of You

An Alternative to Resolutions

By Michelle Mclean There is something about this time of year that has always prompted introspection and reflection. Last Christmas this was particularly prevalent, as the impact of Covid-19 had changed the way we lived and for many, changed what we prioritised. There was increased talk of #bekind, looking after each other and spending time…… Continue reading An Alternative to Resolutions

Permission to Pause

How often do you daydream? I mean really, truly getting lost in your thoughts and drifting off for a while? In a recent article in Psychologies Magazine they covered the idea of soft fascination. This is where we balance periods of intense focus with periods of less intensity. It is giving ourselves permission to pause.…… Continue reading Permission to Pause

Forty

It’s my fortieth birthday this month. People have been politely calling it my ‘big ‘birthday so perhaps I’m only supposed to whisper it or just not mention the number at all. Forty. FORTY. FORTY! Sorry, not sorry. Each birthday is a blessing. I’m grateful every time I get to see another one but especially this…… Continue reading Forty

Root to Rise

Despite having a regular yoga practise, I had a frustrating half an hour on my yoga mat early this morning. I was unsteady and I wobbled the entire time. Even in Tadasana (mountain pose), which is standing still with both feet on the ground, I found it difficult to maintain good balance. There is a…… Continue reading Root to Rise