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Playing Your Own (Favorite) Game

Playing Your Own (Favorite) Game

05/11/2012  |  No Comments

How are the hours, pay and conditions you’re providing yourself this week? And if they feel somewhat lousy, what can you do about it? Read more...

Finding Your Vision - an Extraordinary Tale

Finding Your Vision – an Extraordinary Tale

06/13/2011  |  3 Comments

Today is the first day of Jennifer Lee's Right Brain Business Plan e-Course (woo-hoo!) and Week 1 has you focusing... Read more...

What’s your Wonderland?

What’s your Wonderland?

01/20/2010  |  No Comments

My post yesterday, where I talked about Shadow Artists was, of course, only one version of 'my story' - a story of struggle and what was missing. The way we tell our personal stories - to others and to ourselves - has a great impact on how we go forward in our lives; whether that story is empowering or whether it keeps us stuck in an endless loop, doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over. Read more...

The Joy of Receiving

The Joy of Receiving

06/19/2009  |  No Comments

As is normal here, the whole event was wonderfully chaotic - as parents, we filed dutifully into a beautiful new classroom, where the chairs were laid out in neat, straight rows, inviting us to sit down in some sort of orderly fashion. There was a brief attempt at this by some of us, but when the children filed in to take their places on benches at the front, the overpowering need to digitally capture some special moments of the event took hold and we all took our places at the side of the room, jostling for our turns at the front of the pack clutching our various grades of cameras, videos and pdas. Read more...

Stop Making Sense… Suicide and Six Year Olds

Stop Making Sense… Suicide and Six Year Olds

06/03/2009  |  No Comments

Three weeks ago, I took a birthday cake into school to celebrate Hal’s birthday. Juan was a star – he’d made a birthday crown for Hal and his classmate, Yedra, who was also celebrating her birthday. We sang happy birthday in Spanish and English for both of them and they got to blow out candles –double cake all round! It was lovely. Juan ran the party in such a way that all the kids got cake, juice, party balloons and had fun in the class, then got to run it all off outside in the patio straight afterwards. As we were clearing up, he mentioned that in September Hal will be going up to the ‘primera’ – the first class in the big school, rather than infantil. I asked him what he would do then and he shrugged, smiled and said – be here, of course, teaching the little ones – it’s what I do! He seemed fine and to be genuinely enjoying himself. And when I picked Hal up from school later that day, Juan had collated all the birthday pictures the other kids had drawn for him into a little book. It was a wonderfully thoughtful memento to give a child of their key milestones in their childhood… Read more...

How Many Snakes Can You Handle?

How Many Snakes Can You Handle?

03/21/2009  |  3 Comments

As the gap became wider, their attitudes towards playing changed dramatically - TheO realised he was way behind and started complaining that it wasn’t fair – he got cross and not surprisingly, started trying to cheat to catch up; while Hal, spurred on by his apparent success suddenly changed gear and really started playing to win. Read more...

The Magic of Thinking Big (or 3)

03/13/2009  |  2 Comments

Of course, he gets himself into trouble quite a bit, but in general his spirit and energy make him a joy to be around. And, as his mother, who also happens to be a coach who spends most of her day helping adults get over their own limiting beliefs, if there's one thing I want to encourage and nurture and see truly flourish in him, it's this wonderful fearless attitude. David J. Schwartz, in the 1959 book of the same name, describes it as 'The Magic of Thinking Big' Read more...