Truth. Can you handle it?

I’ve always been fascinated with the truth. First there’s the concept of telling lies. As a general rule I don’t tell lies. White lies at times perhaps. Omissions maybe. But not big fat porky pies.

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Guess what…I probably admire you

Admire. Out of the dozens of words I could have randomly chosen from the jar today, I chose ‘admire’. A little spooky when the last post I did was on the word ’emulate’ and I spoke about a few famous people I admire. I’m very fortunate to have loads of role models in my life in the shape of family members, friends …

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Emulate. Why you should and shouldn’t emulate other people.

There are loads of people I admire. There’s Jane Austen for writing, David Bowie for creative genius, Jamie Oliver for businesses that achieve good, Seth Godin for marketing nous….the list goes on and on. At times I thought I may try and emulate them. Imitate their success in some way. The problem though with emulating someone else, is you’re not being …

Pause. A short stop can change your journey for the better.

Pause. Take a temporary break or rest. At this time of year things seem to really speed up. Work. Family. Social events. They hit a crescendo at Christmas time. If you’re anything like me you have set an ambitious list of tasks that need to be finished before Christmas, so when it gets to Christmas you can take a break. …

Shout Out to the Christmas Spirit

Spirit. I could go all deep and meaningful on this word, but today I want to keep things light. It’s 1 December and as far as I’m concerned it’s the official start of the Christmas season – and celebration of the Christmas spirit. Yes there’s the Peace On Earth, Good Will Unto all Men kind of Christmas spirit. Love it, high …

Be an ideas and action kind of person

My personality type lends itself to taking action. I’m highly strung, generally optimistic, love a challenge and just want to get in and get things done. As a result, I find it difficult to understand people who always talk about doing something, but never get around to it. You know the types: gonna, shoulda, woulda, coulda. If you choose not to …

Acceptance is not giving up.

I didn’t want to write about today’s word – acceptance. For a split second I considered screwing up the piece of paper and throwing it in the bin. I wanted to pretend it wasn’t the word I had picked from the jar. But that would have defeated the purpose of my Out of the Jar project. You see I have mixed …

Why you need to nurture yourself

“Nurture: care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing.” When mums think about nurture, they default to the idea of nurturing children and family. This of course is something we all do. We must do. Nurturing others is a primeval instinct imprinted in our DNA and honed over millions of years of evolution – a mother cub must protect her …

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Time to Reconnect

Connection to people and the world around us is something you need to work at. Something you need to make a continual effort to do. You can’t sit back and wait for connections to happen. You have to play your part. Make an effort to speak to people. Take a chance and speak to a stranger. You never know what …

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Calm and no ‘carrying on’

I’m not very good at being calm. By nature I’m what you call ‘highly strung’. While I’d like to think I’ve got a little calmer since becoming a mother, I’m still more prone to the the high octane reaction variety of ‘carry on!’, than ‘as you were, carry on old chap’ type of calm. When you’re passionate about a lot of things. When …