How to Live life With Passion

July 19, 2011

I’m so excited! The summer holidays are nearly upon us. There’s a sense of expectation in the air as the children enjoy their last days of school before the long holidays and my thoughts have turned to my own childhood – despite what my children say I can still remember that far back!!

…I would feel positively euphoric knowing all routine and homework would cease for a 6week period
…The expectation of sun, sea and surf…. building castles out of sand or reading a book uninterrupted from cover to cover.
…New places to explore, people to meet, foods to taste, adventures to be had…
And I’m left wondering what happened to that feeling of carefree abandon that as a child I so naively took for granted and flaunted? As I watch my children I realise that I’m finally the adult who gets to choose how things are done, where we go, and what we do. How I coveted that position, when doing something ‘because I said so’ would mean that I’d chosen it!
I’m now all grown up and I want the magic back!
 So this summer I’m going to be a child again. I’m not going to be the one making all the decisions, but neither will I be doing all the cooking, shopping or cleaning. I intend to get in touch with the child in me and have some good old-fashioned fun…. look out Portugal, you have been warned!
 I will be bottling my new found energy, enthusiasm and zest for life … the one that no matter what the weather, says hooray, today is the first day of the rest of my life.

 The 5 minute challenge

 The 5 minute challenge this month is to recapture the child in you…. the one that lives with passion, who doesn’t dampen every dream with ‘yes but’ …. the one that knows how to have fun. After all, what value is there to life if it’s not fun?
 So, armed with pen and paper, take a trip with me down memory lane, let your mind wander back to your happiest childhood memories and describe them in detail: where you were, what you did, how you felt, your hopes and expectations at that time…
 Make the memory bigger and brighter, allowing yourself to really feel the laughter, the happiness, the expectations…
What can you do this summer to put you back in touch with those feelings?
If you enjoyed painting, then paint again. It doesn’t have to be a work of art….just fun! If you enjoyed dancing, join a class or just throw a party. If its sandcastles you’re after go to the beach…. or do some clay modelling at home and enjoy the feel of the different texture and the creativity…
 Drop me a line here or on and let’s see what the summer unleashes….
Rediscover the child in you and live life with passion!
Have a great summer


Is your life over-planned?

March 22, 2010
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”John Lennon

Nowadays we seem to love setting goals and making plans but in so doing are we not missing a trick?

I’m not saying plans are bad, it’s just sometimes I get the feeling that we’re so goal focussed we forget to stop and smell the roses.

In fact I had one client who came to me for just that reason. She wanted to ‘stop and smell the roses’. After 6months working together she bought me a huge bouquet of red ones, as a thank-you because now, she really had re-designed her life around the things that meant the most to her….today. She still had her vision of the future, but she wasn’t so locked into it that she couldn’t enjoy the present.

If we can enjoy the journey and trust that the present moment is where we’re supposed to be right now how much more energising and enjoyable life would be. We may not understand why we’re in a given situation but, one day, we’ll look back and it’ll all make perfect sense…. the relationship that ended giving way to something so much more fulfilling, the redundancy that lead to retraining and a more interesting career.

So, it got me thinking…. as these things do…

5-minute challenge:

Where in life have you forgotten to stop and enjoy the journey?

What are you rushing to achieve that means you don’t see the fun along the way?

My challenge for today is to write down 3 things that….no… forget the writing and planning…. just do 3 things today that you’d not planned to do and feel the difference.

Let me know what you come up with!

Life is to be enjoyed…. enjoy the possibilities