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SYLVIA PLATH.

It’s SISU

It’s SISU

Last month I went to this fascinating talk by Pieter van Kets who has completed a heap of crazy adventures including rowing across the Atlantic single-handed and finishing the Centenary Race to the South Pole. I can’t stop thinking about how impossible these feats...

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Taking the plunge

Taking the plunge

Every morning in summer I swim in the tidal pool below our home. It’s a piece of paradise, full of magical sea anemones and tiny rock fish, and surrounded by big boulders and the crashing waves of the open sea. On sunny days, the cobalt sky hugs the glorious blue line...

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What do you want to achieve in 2019?

What do you want to achieve in 2019?

Every year we make a bunch of new year resolutions but rarely stop to reflect on and celebrate the year that we have just completed. Why not leave 2018 with a proper farewell by taking a look back and answering these questions? Writing the answers down in a journal is...

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12 Ways to put the Happy back into Christmas

12 Ways to put the Happy back into Christmas

Has HAPPY has gone out of Christmas? It has become endless jingle bells crooned over shopping mall intercoms, a mad rush to buy and wrap presents, pressure to buy chocolates and cookies and cakes that we don’t need and shouldn’t eat, Christmas markets selling tat and...

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10 Tips To Build Your Confidence

10 Tips To Build Your Confidence

In my coaching I often find confidence, or rather the lack of it, is a major factor in preventing my clients from achieving their goals. By confidence I mean the belief in one’s ability to succeed. Confidence isn’t the same as self-esteem which refers to the general...

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Future proofing young children

Future proofing young children

I’ve just spent a wonderfully special month with my young grandsons and their creative parents. It has had me thinking about how hard it is to bring up children today. I’m particularly thinking about how many difficult decisions parents must make, the time constraints...

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Win with Woop!

Win with Woop!

All of us struggle to achieve our goals. We take them out, dream them a little, and pack them away again until ….one day. How many times have you thought “one day I’ll study/get a better job/lose weight/exercize /take a holiday/travel? One way to move that “one day”...

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Eight blue and white shirts

Eight blue and white shirts

Former US President Barack Obama delivered the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in July. It was a very special occasion as it was the centenary of Mandela's birth. It was a great speech, but the words that really resonated with me were: “It is too much. All of us...

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What should our children be learning?

What should our children be learning?

Every Thursday morning I coach English to struggling learners at a local primary school. As I walk to my room, I hear the pupils in their classrooms, chanting their timetables- 3 x 4 is 12, 4 x 4 is 16, 4 x 5 is 20. Part of me rejoices that nothing has changed since I...

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Rooting out our own racism.

Rooting out our own racism.

I doubt that any white person brought up in South Africa can be free of racism; our history dictates that. However, I want to believe that every thinking South African rejects the type of explicit and overt racism that has been in the news and social media these past...

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