Monday, 29 November 2010

Its so easy to destroy trust

As you know, I have spent months working out what I want to do with my future. I have spent months saving money for that future.

I found a fabulous course and left it on a complete high. All my hopes, dreams and aspirations seemed real.

How in so few words could one person destroy so much trust in one day? Now my dreams and hopes are scattered on the floor around me. I am struggling to even see how I can gather them all up let alone piece them back together.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


For those of you who have been with me from the start, you will know the agony I have experienced in working out what I was going to do, what course was going to be best and then finding the time and effort to settle into a course.

Its been a brilliant journey, and one that finished in live coaching assessments on Monday. It was a very interesting experience and the feedback exercise was enlightening too.

I'm over the moon because I've passed. I now have a Barefoot Certificate in Personal and Business Coaching.

And I'm sad too. Its the end of an era and I've met some incredible people including one very special lady who I may do some associate work with.

Now I need to plan, pull together my website get some business in through the door and write my essays so that I can turn my Barefoot Certificate into a Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching.

Here goes......

Friday, 19 November 2010

Quote for the Day - Dancing in the Rain

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

- Vivian Greene

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

A Very Special Day

Its a very special day to day. Its his Royal Doggyness' birthday. He's an old man at 14. Unlike Hubby he's never grumpy.

All he asks for these days is two square meals, regular outdoor exercise and a warm radiator to nap next too.


As an aside there are some really scaring photos on the internet when you search under dog birthday - do people really dress up their dogs like that or are they staged!

Monday, 15 November 2010

An apology - busy times

I'll start by apologising for being lazy with my blog lately.

Its no excuse but I've been busy. Next weekend is my third and final workshop for the coaching course. Its my final assessment too. So I've been spending every spare minute going over my notes and making sure I am familiar with various questioning techniques and listening skills etc

I'm not particularly worried about it.......yet! Ask me on Sunday!

As a result my house is a mess - and I mean a mess. 3 inches of dust everywhere and an inch of dog hair on the carpet. Washing up piling up in the kitchen too.

I am sure it will all settle down after my assessment. I will have 3 essays to write, Christmas shopping to do, friends coming for the weekend. It can only get better can't it?

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Inspirational Quote - Reflection, Imitation and Experience

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter.”


Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Fear of Success

Signs of Fear of Success - this comes from one of my favourite weblinks.

The biggest problem for many people is that their fear of success is largely unconscious. They just don't realize that they've been holding themselves back from doing something great.

If you experience the following thoughts or fears, you might have a fear of success on some level:

* You feel guilty about any success you have, no matter how small, because your friends, family, or co-workers haven't had the same success.

* You don't tell others about your accomplishments.

* You avoid or procrastinate on big projects, especially projects that could lead to recognition.

* You frequently compromise your own goals or agenda to avoid conflict in a group, or even conflict within your family.

* You self-sabotage (member only article) your work or dreams by convincing yourself that you're not good enough to achieve them.

* You feel, subconsciously, that you don't deserve to enjoy success in your life.

* You believe that if you do achieve success, you won't be able to sustain it. Eventually you'll fail, and end up backing a worse place from where you started. So you think, "why bother?"

This is an extract taken from a Mind Tools newsletter. If you want to see the full article click Mind Tools

Friday, 5 November 2010

Website Design

Am still trying to keep on top of study and housework and work and practise coaching. But I now have my logo thanks to Best Man Friend.

Now I need a website and business cards. Hubby is working hard to pull the website together, but its really hard making sure the words and design all reflect what i want it to be.

Its all makes sense in my head but looks very different on paper and computer screen.

By the way, did you know you can get business cards in chocolate, on razor blades and in the form of lego men - its all on the net.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Quote for the Day - Hamlet

“There’s nothing good or bad its just thinking that makes it so” 

- Hamlet

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

My head is full !!!!

So here I am, almost half way between workshop 2 and workshop 3. I need to reread my notes. Catch up on some emails from my fellow classmates. Read my books. Catch up on forums. Get my logo sorted. Get coached. Practice coaching.

The list is endless.

Blogging is suffering - but I'm still here - just!

Monday, 1 November 2010



 . . Something To Think About . .


In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.

During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception - forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes:

The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $200 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . .

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?