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August 11, 2020
Resigned. Make a fresh start

What I wish I’d known when I resigned from my job

Twenty years ago this month, I resigned from my secure, salaried role as a Customer Services Manager in a large multinational and stepped into the unknown. On my podcast, Your Time With James Sweetman throughout the month of August, I’ve been revisiting this scary, yet exhilarating time in my life. […]
July 27, 2020
easier on yourself

How to be easier on yourself

Most of us are so tough on ourselves, we are our own harshest critics, our own worst enemies. We all know we should be more self-compassionate, but what does that look like in reality and how can you be easier on yourself? For me, it starts by giving ourselves the […]
July 24, 2020
Olympics

What I’ll miss about the Olympics

Like so many people I’ve missed watching sport this summer. If 2020 had been a ‘normal’ year, like millions of others I’d now be glued to the Tokyo Olympics. I’ve always been a big fan of Olympics and Paralympics, inspirational athletes at the top of their game and the excitement […]
July 21, 2020
Messy change

Coping with messy change

Change is a reality in our lives like never before. Managing uncertainty and the feelings of nervousness and anxiousness that go with these seismic changes is a skill we are all being forced to learn. In addition, our old ways of coping with messy change may no longer be sufficient. […]
June 18, 2020
What I know at 50

What I know at 50

This June I celebrate a milestone birthday. Any birthday that ends with a zero prompts reflection. Whilst I contemplate the next chapter, I’m also looking back through a lens of gratitude to ponder what have I learned and what I know at 50. I believe life is always teaching me, […]
May 28, 2020
The benefits of meditating

The benefits of meditating every day

Last summer, I made a personal promise, a commitment to myself to meditate every day for a year. I’m currently on Day 290. To coincide with World Meditation Day (31st May) let me take you through my experience so far and the benefits of meditating. I’ve meditated on and off […]
May 22, 2020
7 Tips for online Interviews

7 Tips for Online Interviews

Your CV has done its job. Now only the interview lies between you and the role you’re after. Because of Covid 19 online Interviews is now becoming the norm. So in addition to the usual interview nerves, there is now the added complication of having to navigate unfamiliar technology. Let […]
May 18, 2020
Rebooting Business (& Life!)

Rebooting Business (& Life!)

Like many people in business, the Covid 19 crisis has forced me to reassess what I do, how I do it and why I do it. Whilst this is scary, rebooting business & life is also an opportunity to get back to basics and do some fresh thinking. Of course, […]
May 11, 2020
2020 Vision

2020 Vision

The term ‘2020 Vision’ usually references hindsight, the ability to look back, with the luxury of time, knowledge and experience, to see what could have been. As a result of the Covid 19 crisis, we have a new interpretation of the phrase; the opportunity to pause, reflect and to envision […]
May 7, 2020
Journaling

Journaling – right it out!

Journaling – right it out! I have to confess that I’ve something of a fetish when it comes to journals and notebooks. I can’t resist the smooth cover, the crack of the spine and the crisp pages just waiting to be filled. Even the smell of quality stationery intoxicates me, […]
April 30, 2020
How to lead like Jacinda Ardern

How to lead like Jacinda Ardern

How to lead like Jacinda Ardern As we endure the Covid 19 crisis, the spotlight is on leadership across all levels of society. During times of crisis, when we feel scared, we look to our leaders to deliver certainty, hope and a sense of community. Once again, Jacinda Ardern, the […]
April 20, 2020
navigate the Covid 19 Crisis

8 Questions to help navigate the Covid 19 Crisis

As a coach questions are the tools of my trade. A good question offers the potential of opening a door to deeper levels of wisdom. In recent weeks, I’ve found myself gravitating to certain questions that have become handrails to balance me during these unprecedented times as I navigate the Covid 19 […]