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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.
 

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When a good friend dies

I have been away a while. Life happens and the two inevitables of taxes and death catch up. Last spring it was my mother. This year it was my old friend Don – a friend and neighbour who has made life good for over fifteen years.

Blue Monday

 

Blue Monday and dark days. Ten top tips for getting more cheerful.

Well hopefully you have survived Blue Monday – the most miserable day of the year. Apparently it was identified by Cliff Arnol at Cardiff University in 2005 and even had a formula to explain why we find the day so very bad.

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New Year Resolutions and top tips for getting your year off to a good start

Well the holiday is over, the turkey demolished, the tinsel back in the attic and only the odd forlorn, forgotten Christmas ornament left on a shelf to remind us that we have gone through the most indulgent two weeks of the year.

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Well it’s been quite a sassy year!

As we get ready for a new year, it is good to look back on the passing twelve months and think where we have been, what we have endured, what we have learned, what we have laughed over, loved and loathed. By doing this we can look forward and think about making next year even better.

Cool as a Christmas Cucumber!

Well it is nearly here – that season of joy, endless parties, booze (take a look at our article on managing the office party!), present-dilemmas, last-minute panic buying, card posting and, yes, frantically buying copious amounts of food because – shock horror – the supermarkets will be closed for a whole day!

I am writing this blog from the States – Chicago in fact - and, I have to say, they seem to be far more relaxed about Christmas – or holiday season – here. Houses are transformed into grottoes of light, groups of people meet for dinner and drinks wearing their reindeer and Christmas headbands; every little girl has a Christmas outfit and a wand; Christmas jumpers are de-rigour even for the sassiest of career women.


Guest Blog by Helen Matthews

‘After Leaving the Village’ - Researching Modern Slavery: Real Life - More Terrifying than Fiction

What made you write a novel about human trafficking and modern slavery? It’s a fair question and one I’m frequently asked since my debut suspense thriller ‘After Leaving the Village’ was published recently.

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