The yin and yang of self-compassion.

Self-compassion isn’t all just about being kinder and gentler to yourself.  Sometimes, it’s about facing your fears and rising up and standing up and being true to yourself.  You see, there are two equal and opposing elements of self-compassion and each part is...

The story I’ve been too scared to tell…

…but after reading that six Australian women have been murdered this week, and after seeing so many brave women tell their story around the world, I figure it’s time.   Abusive relationships don’t start out being abusive – otherwise there wouldn’t be any! ...

Everybody needs a coach

Why do the most successful business people have coaches?  Why do elite sports stars have coaches?  Why do musicians, actors and writers have coaches?  Probably for the same reasons that you need one… …because sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees, or in the...

Why self-compassion trumps self-esteem

What’s the difference between self-esteem and self-compassion anyway?  Many self-help books of the 80s and 90s stressed the importance of self-esteem…which is a good thing, right?  Absolutely! We know that having high self-esteem is so much better for your...

Get an attitude of gratitude

Feeling grateful is such a quick and easy path to feeling good.  Gratitude slams stress, axes anxiety and destroys depression every single time.  Science shows that grateful people are happy people and actually live longer.  In fact, according to UC Berkeley, grateful...

Anxious?  Overwhelmed?  Try Mindfulness.

I know what you’re thinking.  “Mindfulness, schmindfulness.” I know it’s become a bit of a trendy term like ‘green smoothie’ and ‘smashed avocado’, but did you know that the concepts of mindfulness have actually been around for thousands of years? Most religions...

Eat your way to happy

A crap diet is no good for your mental health. There, I said it.  It’s something that seems like common sense and has certainly had a lot of airplay in alternative health fields but it is only just recently being proven by science.  Scroll straight down for the geeky...

Capsized – Part 2

Ok…so to recap, early hours of the morning of 31 December                                                                        and the fishing trawler capsizes and sinks and leaves the three of us crew members floating.  All of which I was pretty okay with...