As Theresa May repeatedly droned on about 'strong and stable leadership' during the UK's recent general election campaign, she was doing what all politicians and many business leaders are taught - pick a message and find every opportunity to repeat it. Even if people don't agree at first, at some unconscious level they will start to believe it.
Over a coffee, my parents mentioned that they'd seen an old family acquaintance. It appeared to them that she was continuing to battle with the mental health issues that we knew had plagued her for some time.
There is just one big problem with putting yourself out there and declaring "I am going to be a writer" and that is that
As much as I have flown over the years, especially lately, I will never get used to turbulence. Sometimes pilots can do something about it, finding some smooth air; and other times, it is well beyond their control ... there is nothing but rough air to fly through. Nothing.
There was something I wanted, let's call it The Opportunity. The Opportunity was presented to me as a possibility that I could explore. It would require me to think about things a bit differently, move out of my comfort zone, step up, take some chances. I decided to go for it.
For Brown, there are many ways of knowing and she rejects the hierarchy, arguing that creating a dichotomy between qualitative and quantitative research serves only the traditional quantitative researchers.
To me, it seems like the fame-hungry Big Brother housemates are engaged in some kind of prime time, heavily edited morality play. And because Big Brother is always watching them, they constantly run the risk of having things they have said and done played back to them.
I have come to accept that feeling guilty is just a part of parenting that will never go away. It's one of those, "you're damned if you do, you're damned if you don't" type of things that you just have to accept and live in harmony with and trust yourself that you are always doing your best for your children. YOU are enough.
In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a "divine connection" - often called prayer - are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life's immeasurables.
In the summer of 2010 I was sent a Ted talk given by Brené Brown entitled: the power of vulnerability, which became a viral hit (to date it's been watched over six million times). Having been a ted talk fan for 5 years, I heard many inspirational talks but this one really hit the spot for me.