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I am many things – a doctor of psychology, occupational psychologist, trained coach, consultant, mediator, NLP practitioner, development consultant, a writer, a partner, step-mother by deed rather than marriage documents, small-time property developer, sailor and boat lover. I try to be sassy, clever and funny but often end up grumpy and snarly when I see women held back – either by themselves or by ‘experts’. I am 54. I would like to be a size 12 and I dye my hair. I also try to be a friend, a thinker, an advisor. My best days are when someone says I have made a difference to their confidence or their career and helped them make a positive shift in their mind, body or soul. But truth to tell, I am just like you – a woman who fights to keep her Sassy side live.

This blog will not tell you my daily coming and going (far too dull) or the clothes that I wear (far too conservative until I retire). It will be a weekly observation on what has made my Sassy side scream, cheer, laugh, think or shout.
 

Retirement – is it the death of life?

Thoughts on making retirement positive

Well, operation catwalk is now in real competition with work so not much progress. The spin cycle has been worryingly demoted to the bottom of the to-do list. We are now well into September and I am back to work with a bang.

DNA, Dieting and Getting Sweaty

 

I have been dieting for about ten years now and I am heavier than when I started. I have tried just about every ‘solution’ known to woman from calorie control to clean eating to not eating to macrobiotic mindfulness. They have collectively, along with a dollop of stress and a bout of mid-life hormones, added a good 14 pounds to my backside and belly.

Bank Holiday mindfulness and getting happy

Why is ‘busy’ brandished by so many people? Radio Four’s series Oliver Burkeman Is Busy has been analyzing the modern fetish of busyness. In this week’s programme they covered the warped phenomena of telling people how busy we are as a sign of relevance, importance, value, status, competence, and financial worth. In business, not being busy, has become a threat for ‘only the busy’ are getting anything done.

Bad relationships and why we tolerate them

This week Princes William and Harry have been talking about their mother, Diana and the loving, caring woman she was to two little boys being raised in abnormal circumstances. Their interview on ITV will bring you to tears.

Womens News

Twitter Shaming, Trump, Kim Jong-un, Rotherham - and why we look away

In 1964 a 28 year old woman was stabbed, sexually assaulted and then murdered in Queens, New York. But what really alarmed the community and the authorities was that many people had either witnessed or heard the attack and did nothing. There ensued a stream of laboratory social research and out of that emerged the theory of Bystander Syndrome – the phenomenon that human beings are less likely to come to the assistance of another person if there are other people in the proximity.

Women’s football, fortitude and a lesson in positive thinking

Last blog I was struck by the impact of a group of little four year olds on transforming the lives of old people. This last week has brought another lesson – fortitude and positive thinking.

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