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Choosing to thrive

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This month’s post from careerresilience all about thriving despite how you feel. 

As I write this, I must admit that for a variety of reasons October and November are difficult months for me. It’s the same each year as I find that everything drops like a stone, my energy levels, confidence and motivation. These are the months when I’m most likely to feel like sh*t and can barely be arsed. Though to be fair this usually disappears once Christmas has passed and normally I am content to wait it out. But this year I am going to try something different, just to see what happens. Instead of hunkering down in survival mode, I am making the decision to thrive, despite how I feel.

So, this month’s post is all about what it means to thrive and I’m going to use this simple statement:

I am choosing to thrive, despite how I feel.

Thank you Pixabay!

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A short story:- Elizabeth and Anne

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I have long had an interest in Tudor history, particularly, around Elizabeth I. However, thanks to Hilary Mantel I have more recently, become as intrigued by her mother, Anne Boleyn. To me it is deeply ironic that it is Elizabeth, Henry the VIII’s second daughter that reigns on her own for over forty years, when he was so preoccupied with begetting a son.

But sad, too, that Elizabeth never really knew her mother, so this is my imagining of the two women having the opportunity to talk frankly about their lives and it’s my small tribute to them, both.

So, without further ado I give you:

Elizabeth and Anne:

A conversation between daughter and mother 

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Driven, rather than motivated….

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking back over my life and career so far, I have come to realise that I am quite driven and that changes in my ‘drivers’ have coincided with key points in my life.

My ‘drivers’ haven’t felt quite like motivation in the normal sense to me. I’ve experienced them as more visceral, in the gut, ‘fire in my belly’ sensations to quote the ubiquitous Lord Sugar 😉. Internal forces that have propelled me in different directions at different points in my life.

In my twenties at the start of my career it was all about the money and attaining some financial security. I left my Polytechnic as it was then with a job to go to in East London as a graduate engineer.  Then spent about six years bouncing around London, living in shared accommodation until I was able to buy my own place for the incredible sum of £25,000. You would just about get one beach hut in Brighton for this now. Glad I bothered to fact check this as my original guess was two ;).

In my thirties, it was all about time and flexibility. Finding ways to save it and then moving across to self-employment. A period of juggling between further study, starting my own business and towards the end of my thirties becoming a mother for the first time.

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The power of journaling……

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This month’s post from careerresilience and it’s all about journaling and the difference it is making to me and my business.

For me there is something both powerful and wonderful about regularly and consistently putting your thoughts down on paper, rather than having them interminably rattling around inside your head.

I’m fairly, new to journaling, but I have been keeping a daily journal since December 2017 as I a result of starting with a weekly writing group. And, because I have been so very pleasantly surprised by the benefits I’m perceiving, from the process of writing daily I decided to share my thoughts here.

To find out what journaling means to me and what it might do for you, please click here and I hope you enjoy.

Having some self-belief

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This month it’s all about self-belief and taking those bold steps towards change. There is only one of you and you may need to take some risks and chances to achieve your full potential. Two bold steps I’ve taken this month is to enter two stories into two different writing competitions. I have absolutely no idea what will happen, but if I am going to develop as a writer, I need to start taking some bold steps and sharing my ideas and stories.

So for this month I say to you:

 

 

What problems are you solving?…………

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

An extract from this month’s post on careerresilience, my thoughts on how we might stumble across the problems we are best suited to solve or the situations where we are most likely to shine.

So here is the extract:

Today’s post has been inspired by a game called the Cortex Challenge, a Brain party game, given to us as a Christmas gift last year. A game that requires each player to compete in several different problem-solving tasks so that ultimately the winner is the first person to accumulate the four pieces needed to complete a brain.

But what intrigued me most about this card based game was the range and variety of problems and tasks that were a part of it. With each of the eight categories, listed below requiring the player to process and manipulate information in a different way. Either through touch, logical reasoning, pattern recognition or through the use of your short-term memory.

  • Finding the correct pathway between two items via a maze.
  • Being the first to identify a word written in its own colour.
  • Completing a physical coordination task
  • Identifying and then being the first to name the one item that is duplicated
  • Recognising which item is repeated most frequently from a jumble of items
  • Using logical reasoning to select the one shape that fits the ‘gap’
  • Using touch to identify an object
  • Memorising and then recalling all the objects shown on a card

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Until next time

Janice Taylor

Setting your own pace……

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s all about travelling and working at your own pace in this post. I have noticed that people are often overwhelmed when forced to work at someone else’s pace. So, my advice this month is, be you and work at your pace.

You are the only one who knows the speed at which you really need to travel.

Engaged and loving your job?….

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you find yourself leaping out of bed on a Monday morning or is it a real struggle to drag yourself out? This month’s post from careerresilience is based on what I learnt from our family trips to the zoo.

Employee engagement and why it might be lacking in some workplaces has been of interest to me for some time and I have been asking myself; why is work so poor for some? Why are some people seemingly so disengaged, unhappy and unfulfilled in their roles?

Strangely enough, this topic puts me in mind of family trips to the Isle of Wight Zoo which happens to be one of my favourite places to visit on the Island as I always want to see the big cats.

We haven’t been for a few years now, but what I still remember from our past visits and was always strongly impressed by; were the deep levels of love, trust and conviction shown by all members of staff for the welfare of the animals. There was a sense of purpose, conviction and pride that emanated from all the staff, including those in the canteen, those in the shop as well as the keepers.

Working at the Isle of Wight Zoo for these people seemed to be far more than a job – they were clearly on a mission and it showed in their interactions with us as visitors as well as with their interactions with the animals in their charge.

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Until next time

Janice Taylor

Self-Esteem this month….

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Another design via Canva, about the importance of finding the people that celebrate you rather than those who merely tolerate you. Hope you enjoy.

Be with the people who celebrate you

Stretch, Grow, Thrive….Part One

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s all about personal energy this month at the start of 2018. I am relaunching my Stretch, Grow and Thrive series, with a new look and design, courtesy of my recently acquired Designnrr software. I am determined to find new and different ways of sharing my blog posts and creating a bigger audience.

So part one from the Stretch, Grow and Thrive series is now available as a PDF, via the link: Stretch,Grow, Thrive Part One Jan 2018

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