Gift of Giving

Gift of Giving

Boxing Day is one of those obscure holidays that we take and appreciate, but maybe do not think about so often. So, what is it all about and where did it originate from? One idea is thought to be that servants used to get the day after Christmas off to see their families and they were also given a gift box from their masters. Therefore, Boxing Day holds a nice message that maybe we are not so focused upon. It presents to us an opportunity — Read more →

Create a sense of Hygge this Christmas

Create a sense of Hygge this Christmas

For many, Christmas can create stress in a variety of ways: from the financial pressure of buying presents to the challenge of cooking a Christmas dinner for 15! The challenges that surround the Christmas period are endless. Then just when you think that one has disappeared, another crops up in its place. Familiar? It will be to a lot of people. So, our team have discovered a solution. In Denmark, a concept called “hygge” exists. It is based around the idea that we should all — Read more →

Handling conflict in the workplace

Handling conflict in the workplace

Aggression. We have all either received it or dished it out at some stage in our lives. I know myself that I am constantly having to bite my tongue because all I want to do is start an argument with someone! As horrible as that makes me sound, I actually do like people, it is just that sometimes when things get the better of me, I automatically turn to aggression as a coping mechanism. However, according to an article in the Guardian I read recently, — Read more →

Making those 80,000 working hours count

Making those 80,000 working hours count

It’s probably not a stat you want to think over along with your morning coffee, but you might spend over 80,000 hours of your life working.  80,000.  That’s 50 years, of 48 weeks each, 5 days a week, 9 to 5 each day.  No matter where you are in your own life and career journey, it’s almost guaranteed that you have already come a long way – but also have a long way to go. For employers, it’s vitally important to recognise that you are — Read more →

Something mean to say? Please keep it to yourself

Something mean to say? Please keep it to yourself

I was browsing Twitter the other day and found a really interesting image with the quote: “Your opinion of me is nothing to do with me, that is your business, not mine” Personally, I thought this was a really good summary of exactly how we should respond when people say negative or hurtful things about us . The reason it resonated with me is because it is so true. Opinions are exactly that, opinions. No one thought or comment will have any solid fact behind — Read more →

What the Olympics can teach us about mental health

What the Olympics can teach us about mental health

The Olympics are back! Even if you can’t muster up any excitement for it not to worry; I am hyper about it enough for us both! The excitement will be great as we watch Team GB vie for medals but it’s one thing feeling anxious on the side-lines and another having the stress and anxiety that fall upon the Olympians’ shoulders when they are actually competing. British Diver Tom Daley is undoubtedly one of the best divers in the world. Even still, he was so — Read more →

Messages from the Sporting world

Messages from the Sporting world

Euro 2016 and Wimbledon are just some of the sporting events that finished in dramatic style last weekend with injuries, tough decisions, hard games and interesting competitors. The exciting part of all this was that in every event you were left gripping on to your seat with eager anticipation as to how each would be concluded. What all of these events also have in common is the notion of never giving up. It could be said that this is an essential life lesson for us — Read more →

Lead the way

Lead the way

Leadership can be difficult. Sometimes you have to be willing to stand up against others for what you believe in and sometimes you have to make difficult decisions. The reality is though that leadership is something we will all have to take upon ourselves at some stage in our lives and so it is something you cannot escape. At the end of the day, whatever leadership opportunity you face today, all that matters is that you listen to your team and do what you feel — Read more →

EU Referendum: The Third Wheel in Marriages?

EU Referendum: The Third Wheel in Marriages?

I can imagine when most couples marry, they think life is going to revolve around who will cook tonight’s dinner and whose turn it is to put the bins out. Then kids come along and it becomes a set lifestyle of nappy changing, bath-time and reading bed time stories! As interesting and crazy as life becomes, I bet you never thought that one day debates over the EU Referendum would creep in to your marriage. In an article I recently read, (just days before this — Read more →

Social Media: aka The friendship Killer?

Social Media: aka The friendship Killer?

You know when you are on Facebook or Twitter and you cannot help but notice that Lydia has changed her hair colour (oh, doesn’t she look great?) or maybe Jack has buffed up since joining the gym (I would love to look like that!) These are the kinds of thoughts that I guess we are prone to, right? I mean I don’t blame you, but, does that make social media the culprit? The issue here is that we have a tendency to blame social media — Read more →