The Happiness Project – Book Review

The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun   As I’ve always been a “glass half full” kind of person and an infuriating optimist, the premise of this book intrigued me. Having had myContinue reading “The Happiness Project – Book Review”

My Lean In journey – the power of peer support

Feeling Lost When I returned to work after the birth of my second child after a 15 month childcare leave (thanks Japan for your lack of daycare spaces), I was lost. Whilst I returned at the same grade and pay scale, in effect, I’d had a demotion. I’d had the bright idea to hire aContinue reading “My Lean In journey – the power of peer support”

I should be grateful…

  The terrible “shoulds” – an obstacle to gratitude “I should be grateful I even have a job in this economy.” Ah, the terrible “shoulds”. Those insidious feelings  – what you are supposed to do, think and feel.  Many coaching clients feel guilty about what they have when there are so many people in worseContinue reading “I should be grateful…”

Presentation Zen in practice

  In mid June, my husband received a phone call from the 6th grade teacher at our daughter’s school. “Shinkai san, do you think your wife would be able to make a presentation about england to the 5th and 6th graders on the day before the summer holidays? With the Rio Olympics coming up, theContinue reading “Presentation Zen in practice”

Metamorphosis – How and Why We Change – Book Review

“Each day we wake slightly altered and the person we were yesterday is dead”

– John Updike, On Being a Self Forever
In Metamorphosis: How and Why We Change, Polly Morland uses nineteen stories of personal change to discuss how the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly happens.