Musings on imperfection and professionalism

I shared on social media recently that I was feeling really tired, exhausted from a busy few months. That maybe I hadn’t got the mix of work quite right, that I needed some time to rest and replenish. Then I spoke with a colleague about it. She said she admired how I share openly about…

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Going after our dreams: Forget perfect

When we have a long held dream it can be tempting to aim super high. We can visualise the BEST concert, the MOST AWESOME workshop, the BEST SELLING BOOK. This vision can be enticing, exhilarating, and frankly terrifying. It can paralyse us with fear because we can imagine all the things that might go wrong…

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Courage, self criticism and stretching ourselves

I want to reflect on my recent experience of having a podcast interview, and share these with you in case they help you to ‘step up’ and get out of your comfort zone. Recently I was guest on the Recovering Perfectionist podcast and spoke with Claire Barton about being a scanner and not being tied…

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Reader question: Getting started is hard – what do I do?

I am interested in lots of things but can’t seem to work on any of them long enough to make much progress. I think the reason I do so much thinking instead of doing is because I am a perfectionist and a planner, I hate starting ANYTHING until I have fully researched and planned down to…

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A servant to your to do list?

Are you a slave to your To Do list? Do you feel like you’re only allowed to relax once everything is done and your list is empty? Do you feel guilty if you do something just for yourself? Do you worry that self care is selfish or horribly indulgent? Where did these feelings come from?…

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Forgiving ourselves

I think forgiving ourselves is at the core of moving on, moving forward and getting unstuck! The quote below speaks to me so beautifully of that. “How do I actually learn best? How do I change? How do I grow? Is it through that kind of belittling myself and berating myself and humiliating myself? Or…

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What is your relationship with your creativity?

Is creativity a long lost friend you forget to ring until the day is over and you’re laying in bed and you think ‘tomorrow!’ with a pang of guilt? Is creativity an acquaintance that you suspect doesn’t really like you much? Is creativity an old lover you were once close to but now feel embarrassed to…

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Messy and OK

I want to talk about embracing our imperfections. I have gone a long way from my early days in consulting where I thought I needed to ‘know’ everything and was terrified with not knowing the right things. It felt like there was a vast and ever changing set of technical areas I was meant to…

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