May 18, 2020

Last year, I started watching a TV series on Prime Video called New Amsterdam, a story that revolves around a public hospital in New York City. I am more of a crime drama/thriller type person and this series honestly didn’t feel like a fit, yet somehow I got hooked onto it. The main character of New Amsterdam, is the medical director of the hospital Dr Max Goodwin who is the kindest person I’ve ever seen, well at least on TV! His punch line is “how can I help?” Of course, keeping in mind that this is TV drama, I’m still hooked episode after episode and I think the reason is I’m in awe of the message the series depicts – Kindness Counts. Whilst crime thrillers still keep me on the edge of my couch and pumps my adrenaline, New Amsterdam shows me that we need to make the world a kinder place through good deeds, favours and helping others. And, that perhaps is the best message in this pandemic era.  

This week (18th – 24th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week in the U.K. and the theme...

September 17, 2018

Earlier this year, I read Derek Rydall’s latest book – The Abundance Project. Built on universal, proven principles, The Abundance Project breaks out of the unsustainable buying/consuming loop created by the mindset that fulfillment comes from outside ourselves. Instead, Derek Rydall talks about the infinite-sum reserve that’s already in us that will provide all that we need.

Rydall teaches the laws of giving and circulation that will release the channels of abundance-creating energy in our lives through his Seven Gifts that Give You Everything; he helps us identify Abundance Blind Spots and Shadows that get in the way and so much more. This book taught me so much and ever since I read it, I’ve been practicing one on the gifts consciously and frequently– The Gift of Giving.

So now instead of waiting for my yearly spring-cleaning I’ve started organising and de-cluttering wardrobes, kitchen cupboards and rooms and giving away things I don’t need or use to charity on a...

July 1, 2018

As I write this post, I’m reminded of season finales. Another school year is coming to a close and we are properly getting into summer. Most schools, at least the private ones are closing at the end of this week in the U.K. The last few weeks at my daughter’s school has all been about summer concerts, sports day, plays, end of year trips and goodbyes.

In a funny way it’s been quite similar for me at work. My coaching sessions peak at term time and as I coach many mums and mumpreneurs my coaching too seems to fall into this school term mode. Its crazy and hectic during school term and slow during school breaks. I’m not complaining at all as I like this pattern. I get to focus on coaching and sessions during school term and spend more quality time with my family and business development during the holidays.

But there is a specific reason as to why I’m writing this post today. The last couple of weeks as I spent coaching some of my clients I had this interesting observation. As schools clos...

June 18, 2018

This January as I sat down to make my 2018 goals from a place of values, fulfilment and alignment, I made a strong pact that I would stretch myself and take massive action daily towards accomplishing my goals. And even if that meant sitting in some serious discomfort and failing miserably in the process. The other thing I told myself is that I would review where I’m at midway, say around 6 months rather than wait till December and then look back. Yes, I know very coach like! So last week, I put on my growth mindset hat and did my own appraisal.

My friends, I discovered that I made 3 powerful changes this year, changes that have impacted my life in a positive way. I’m going to share them with you as they have been so empowering for me. Perhaps you can read this post and see if you want to pick one, two or all three and try them out too in your life as we step into the second half of 2018.

Change 1 - I started owning my wins in a really powerful way: Earlier on this year, in one of my post...

June 9, 2018

The word 'mumpreneur' was added to the sixth edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011 - a tribute to the growing numbers of women in the UK who regularly don two hats, one as a business-owner and the other as a mum, usually with young families. According to research released in 2014, the UK is home to more than 300,000 mumpreneurs who contribute as much as £7.4 billion a year to the economy. I'm very much part of this group and so proud to be called a mumpreneur.

There really is no reason why you can’t be a kick- ass, woman boss mumpreneur and an incredibly awesome mother to your kids all at the same time. Listen to this podcast as I offer six effective tips on how you can succeed as a mumpreneur.  Even though I’m focussing on mumpreneurs in this episode, I really don’t see any reason why you can’t use these tips even otherwise as a working-woman or somebody just pursuing their passion and growing their business. 

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June 4, 2018

If you are wondering what the S-Word is let me tell you. It’s the word we use constantly – sorry. It’s just a harmless British pretence though, right? Well, in fact, it’s not – and evidence suggests that the ‘modern plague’ of over-apologising is having a more damaging impact on women.

Having lived in the U.K for almost 15 years, I’m generally very good at apologising. It’s a stereotype yes, but it’s also true, and that’s why I’ll often find myself apologising constantly out of context. It’s a good thing to work on saying sorry when you’ve genuinely done something wrong but when it’s excessive it can become a bad thing.

Let me tell you what provoked me to write this post or perhaps rant today! The past few months have been crazy for me. As I build my coaching practice I’ve had to put in more work here, in addition to my role at the Cherie Blair Foundation and managing stuff at home. Growing my coaching practice is a big goal and dream for me, one that aligns completely with my life purpo...

May 20, 2018

I have a big confession to make. For so many years of my life, I had been a people pleaser. I grew up in a society that conditioned and raised me to please every single person - family, friends, neighbours, acquaintances and even random people. From my childhood, I got into this pattern of pleasing people and I have to say that it severely crippled the way I was living. It took me such a long time to understand this and start training myself to start saying NO to others so I can say YES to myself.

This is pretty powerful stuff and one of the reasons I want to bring this out here in the open and talk about it more is because I find many people in a similar situation. Think about this – How many times have you lied and said yes to doing something when you didn’t want to, but you did it anyway to please the other person? Take a moment, close your eyes and recall the last time you did this? What’s coming up? So, if you are a people pleaser and a really good one at that, then read on.

My frie...

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