There's something particularly challenging about Christmas time. It's a marker in the calendar that is unavoidable. I can dodge (well kind of dodge) other times of year that are particularly difficult.
Those words are a start and deeds must follow, in small moments of kindness and larger acts of standing for justice. At this moment we are being put to a test. We have to show heart and conviction. We have to ensure that our children learn the values some world leaders have forgotten.
I started travelling properly when I was about 18 and was never able to stop, people would always tell me to settle down, stay still, stay in a job, stay HERE, but I didn't want to. I still had my call to adventure, I still needed to go out there and find what it was I wanted to do, what my purpose was
It is sometimes hard to judge what counts as positive, educated influence, and what strays into the territory of appropriation, but it is an extremely important distinction to make.
All the creativity in the world means nothing without a pragmatic plan of action. In terms of turning an idea into a reality, always start with the most ambitious version of what you want to achieve and work out which parts of your idea are most important to the success of the project.
Recent political developments have exacerbated this air of futility as we find ourselves at a tipping point in regards to the environment and climate action. However these set-backs mean that unity is more important than ever, and doing our individual part to contribute to the whole is vital.
My sixteen-year-old daughter G wasn't particularly fussed about the Supermoon. She was more concerned about the piles of homework yet to be done for the next day. But her father insisted that she walked up a little hill with us to look at the Supermoon.
I've spoken to a lot of wonderfully inspiring people for the 'behind the scenes of creativity' podcast that I've been making every week since the summ...
Hillary Rodham Clinton's concession speech was everything that diplomacy should be - I should stop typing, turn off my computer and sulk somewhere else because if she can pull herself together, slap on mascara and tell America, and the world, to keep an open mind then I have no place to be playing a violin.
How many times have we all decided not to confront inappropriate behaviour, to explain how we are feeling, to tell someone when they have hurt us...all the time pretending to ourselves we are too nice to do so?
Looking back, I can now connect the dots. I now know the problem wasn't in the situation itself, but in the way I had chosen to perceive it. Seeing it as the end of the world, a cage was created out of which I couldn't get.
One of the barriers for women entrepreneurs is the lack of women role models. As a woman entrepreneur myself I understand how important it is to surround yourself with inspiring role models and feel that when you find and surround yourself with these positive and inspiring influences that whole new world's and approaches open up to you.
My face softened as I smiled and rather liked the smile looking back at me then a light switch popped in my head. A light was turned on and has stayed there ever since. The light gave me my new friends hope, quickly followed by peace (of mind)...the 'beautiful gift in the ugly box' as I call this episode of my life gave me my purpose.
Going public with regard to mental health issues, past mistakes and life errors that most people would probably choose to closet, rather than use as examples in a book to help others was a huge gamble to take, but for me it was a venture worth the risk.
It's hard to watch and not wish God gave you superhuman athletic ability to be the best on a world stage winning gold and have the whole world cheering your name and your whole country treasuring you as their national hero.
Don't ever give up on love. One thing I believe to be true is that, life is ALWAYS conspiring on our behalf, and I have absolutely no regrets in any of it, no matter how hard it got (and boy did it get hard!!). Keep the faith, keep looking ahead and allow your heart to soften, and your dreams to blossom. Don't let life toughen you too much, often when there is a heartbreak it can be a blessing in disguise to allow an even better match in to your life.