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I love learning, writing and believe in investing in my own professional development, so attending Jackee Holder’s Write Yourself well – Creative Therapeutic Writing in Coaching and Coaching Supervision CPD day put on by Barefoot Coaching was a no brainer. At the end of the day I wrote “What a day. A sanctuary indeed. A powerful...
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think inside the box - sorrel roberts
‘Think outside the box’; ‘blue-sky thinking’; or most recently overheard and current least favourite ‘let’s popcorn some ideas’. I’m decidedly allergic to these phrases – seeing them as clichéd nonsense. However, when I jump on my judgemental high horse (as I just did) I have learnt to ask myself what that says about me.  Having...
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llamas - unsplash
Such is the eclectic mix of people on a Barefoot Coaching Ltd PG Cert Coaching Course – that a lunchtime conversation between a civil servant, an alpaca small-holding owner/international woman of business and a coach went: Question: So how exactly do you calm a lama? Answer: You have to be calm yourself? If they are...
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a tangled web
Sometimes I have so many simultaneous and interconnected thoughts that I have no idea where to begin. The picture that comes into my mind is Spiderman shooting out so many webs that he tangles himself into a self-made straightjacket rendering him immobile and incapable of action. The more he struggles against it the more webs...
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what is coaching
On consecutive days last week I found myself producing an explanation of what coaching is for Ella’s Kitchen where I provide maternity & paternity coaching and being asked what my definition of coaching is by people training to be coaches on the Barefoot PG Cert Coaching course I facilitate on. I have to admit that...
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tree stump
I wrote this 4 years ago…and happened upon it again today, and it’s still a pretty accurate description of how I see coaching…. I was stood in front of this tree stump with my 3-year-old daughter the other day. She stood to one side of it and tried and tried to scale. Her intention and...
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First published on Barefoot Coaching:  Training as a coach can be a life-changing learning and personal development experience but what is life actually like once the training is over? We spent a ‘day in the life’ of three Barefoot Coaching alumni to help shed some light on the daily realities, challenges and rewards of working as...
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happiness in 2018
Ok, so that’s not entirely true and I do of course hope that you experience happiness in 2018 – however, the quest for ‘happiness’ increasingly seems to me not quite the holy grail it has been purported to be. To me happiness represents something ephemeral and fleeting that can’t be clung to. I’m far more...
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supporting parents in work
Families can be so many things, and even the word ‘family’ means different things to different people, they are places of love, laughter, joy, fun, noise, chaos, grief, fear, anger, falling out, forgiveness and so much more. The roles we play within them can engage, delight, frustrate, and challenge us…. The role of parent is...
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false constructs
Over breakfast my daughter gave me a perfect example of a thought that I’d been mulling over since the Women of the World (WOW) festival last week. 4 year old daughter asked 6 year old sister “Do you want to be a mummy or a daddy?” she replied “I don’t want to be a mummy...
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