The Act Of Doing Things Sideways

Why do you do what you do? Money. Fame. Glory. These are stereotypical answers and true to varying degrees for many people, but if you are not one of those people, why do you do what you do? I watched one of my favourite films ‘Sideways’ last night. Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen it! At the very end of the film and after having … Continue reading The Act Of Doing Things Sideways

Daft Punk Red

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

I’ve just seen the first Christmas decorations of the year in a couple of local shops and so, it looks like the festive season has begun in late October…  Either way, this time gets me thinking about lots of people buying presents for family and friends for what can be one of the loveliest times of the year. And yet, there can also be pressure to … Continue reading Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Pale Orange

Different People, Same Values

I’ve just had a business meeting and it was a lovely experience. How often can you say that? After many years in meetings where everybody was motivated by the bottom line or more often than not, perpetuating the vicious and unproductive circle of keeping their line managers happy for an ‘easy life’, it was so refreshing to have a conversation with somebody who runs a … Continue reading Different People, Same Values

Away From The Noise

A Gentle Revolution

If you had the chance, no limits, no holds barred, what would you do? Perhaps like most people you have responsibilities and people who depend on you, however sometimes you need time just for you – for what you want to do and for your hopes and dreams. You don’t have to do anything ‘big’ to change the world, nor shout it to the world, … Continue reading A Gentle Revolution

Goldfrapp

Autumn

There is no doubt now that summer is over here in Granada. It’s been raining and it’s even a tad chilly. It is mid-October after all. However, although I love the heat of the summer, the comforting chill of autumn is probably my favourite time of year. As I was having my coffee this morning listening to music in a local bar, the song ‘Annabel’ by Goldfrapp … Continue reading Autumn

Orange Red

Sometimes Good Things Happen To Good People

I’ve recently been concerned about a friend of mine who has been worrying for months about a combination of family, work and financial issues. Although she felt she was doing as much as she possibly could, nothing seemed to change and she was getting increasingly stressed. So in an effort to address the issues, she spoke to some family members and tried to be as … Continue reading Sometimes Good Things Happen To Good People

Red Green

The Power Of No

A friend recently recommended ‘Yes Man’ to me. It is a fantastic book and film in which the main character essentially says ‘yes’ to everything he is asked and lots of good things happen as a result. However, he also later learns that ’yes’ is not always the right answer. And this got me thinking about the power of saying ‘no’. Although saying yes can … Continue reading The Power Of No

Adam Ant

Ridicule Is Nothing To Be Scared Of

I recently fulfilled a childhood ambition to see Adam Ant in concert. I remember buying my first ever single ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ by Adam and the Ants and it was a huge (admittedly nostalgic) rush to see him after all this time. However it also made me think about why he was still playing music after all this time. Like everybody, he has … Continue reading Ridicule Is Nothing To Be Scared Of

Away From The Noise

How To Get More Done By Doing Less

On a train journey recently, I noticed a man was simultaneously: – looking out of the window at the scenery – listening to music on headphones – reading a magazine – sending/receiving texts on his phone How many of these things do you think he really focused on and got the most from? I bet he now can’t remember the magazine article nor has an idea … Continue reading How To Get More Done By Doing Less