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”
We’ve all had the pop-up that informs us “This upgrade is incomplete”. We’ve all felt the accompanying sinking feeling when we realise that despite all that effort we need to reboot and start all over again…and what on earth is my password!?!
The AWE acronym is a powerful coaching question to encourage creativity and deepen awareness.
Last week I had a full body check up on my moles. I think this must be in my personal Guiness Book of World Records for “Longest period of procrastination”. About five years ago my colleague was diagnosed with skin cancer. At that time I said, “I should get that checked out.” My colleague toldContinue reading “Procrastination “
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”
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…”
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”
“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.
A few weeks ago I had an “only in Japan” moment. I met with my tax accountant (Mori san – she’s great!) to discuss the best timing to submit the documents for my business entity. Me: I’d like to submit the paperwork on a taian… Accountant: Of course! And are there any memorable dates comingContinue reading “Meat Day?”
What does money buy?