Does your squirrel need a cage?

Does your squirrel need a cage

When we lived in San Francisco, the huge tree in our backyard was a favourite with the squirrels. They would fly from branch to branch, dive from the fence to the tree trunk, to the picnic table, to the ‘trash can’, and back again.  Their frenetic antics offered endless entertainment to my then baby boy […]

Finding purpose in the small things

Finding purpose in small things

He began by giving thanks. He thanked Lego, he thanked Marvel, he thanked the cast and crew of Frozen, the inventor of trampolines and Paw Patrol and Teen Titans. He thanked the Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin and children’s authors Julia Donaldson, David Walliams and Dav Pilkey. He spoke of the joy and connection and […]

How to say No with grace

It seems I’m not alone in my struggle to say ‘No’. In response to last week’s blog, dozens of you reached out to share your experiences of overcommitting, your inability to decline without rattling off a bunch of excuses, and flogging yourselves to meet unrealistic client demands and expectations. I confess that after declaring my intention to start […]

Trying to write your site? Stop looking around

Why using competitor inspiration is bad

There’s a pattern I see when entrepreneurs try to write their own sites. You start out by looking at others in your field. You find someone who has a great website, and you decide to use it as inspiration. You want to create a website that is similar to your competitor’s, but you still want […]

When authenticity doesn’t come easily

Authenticity. Does the very word make your hackles stand up? Like any buzzword, authenticity evokes strong reactions. When we hear it too often, or if we see it used as an excuse for poor behaviour, or for behaviour that is not in fact authentic, it can start to lose its meaning and grate on your nerves. […]

Why aren’t you saying what you REALLY want to say?

Are you saying what you really want to say?

Lately I’ve been meeting and working with a lot of women who are struggling with the same issue. And it’s driving me crazy. So today I am calling you out. (Given the subject of this blog, I don’t really have a choice). Are you saying what you really want to say? Before I begin, I […]

Will you raise your voice for our girls?

Raise your voice for girls

This is not my usual kind of blog. In truth, I’ve hesitated to write it. But much of my work is about women raising their voices and in the last two weeks I’ve been confronted with an issue on which I can no longer be silent. Two Saturdays ago, a troupe of girls aged 13 to […]

What happens when you don’t feel it?

Not in the mood for social media

Not in the mood for social media? Here’s what to do What happens when you’re not in the mood for social media? I’ve noticed there’s an ebb and flow to my relationship with social. When I’m really connected to my message, I feel inspired and on fire, ready to show up and share every day. […]

Are you afraid to step into your light?

Are you afraid to step into your light?

If you know what you want to be known for, why aren’t you out there doing it yet? Are you afraid of what others may think? Or what might happen when you release your ideas to the world? Perhaps there’s a fear of being criticised, or ridiculed. Fear of falling flat on your face. Fear […]

The networking intro that will make you a star

Bored of your elevator pitch? Try this at your next networking event

When the networking spotlight is on you for just 60 seconds – what do you say? You know the kind of event I mean. Those regular business breakfasts when everyone gets one minute to share who they are and what they do. There’s only so many times you can hear Beryl from Browns Bay tell […]