Say 'no' to bubble poppers; say 'yes' to you!

Once a year I give a week of my professional time to mentoring young women in Phnom Penh who are supported by Harpswell Foundation whose mission is to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia. Focusing on a small number of bright young girls, Harspwell provides the opportunity to receive a university education and leadership training. The girls’ dreams are big, and I just love that...
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Crossing the Line

A few days ago, I met up with a long-time friend from the UK who was passing through Hong Kong. After catching up on family news, we talked about events in Europe, Paris in particular, the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine, and the role of the media. We talked about freedom of speech, each seeing it as a human right. I then found myself asking about the personal respon...
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Endings and New Beginnings

Spending time at home in Scotland this Christmas I saw the starkness of winter countryside and felt the coldness of winter. Wrapped up in many layers, I enjoyed the crispness in the air. Such a contrast to Hong Kong. Symbolically, winter is seen as a time of death and rebirth, a time of completing a circle. I found myself thinking about the cycles of life, about Mother Nature and how consistent s...
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Such a little thing

A few months ago, I flipped over my flip-flops – don’t ask what I was doing at the time! This could have been funny had it not been that I managed to incur a deep gash to my big toe. I remember wondering whether I needed to see a doctor, the gash was deep; a flap of skin like a coffee-top lid had somehow appeared. I puzzled over how it could be stitched so close to my nail; and I decided to le...
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Acceptance

One of the most challenging aspects of my personal growth work has been acceptance. And, it is what has given me my greatest gifts. Acceptance brings grace. Acceptance of self makes it easier to accept others. Acceptance of all that is brings peace into our heart. On a personal level, how much do you accept yourself…and others? How much do you accept your past? In Polishing The Diamond, I ...
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Value

Acknowledge As Christmas and the end of the year approach, it’s great to take time to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate what we love about our life and what we’ve created. So…. what you can you acknowledge yourself for over the past year? To what extent did you live in line with your intent, your values, your commitments? Did you achieve your goals, the success you are looking for? How...
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Welcome

Hello, and welcome to my blog. This is the first time I’ve written a blog. I feel excited with that fluttery sense of butterflies in my tummy. D’you know what I mean? I’ve never had any (conscious) ambition to be a writer. Two years ago however my intuition started to suggest that this was something I might do. I knew… I knew I was going to write; and I had no inking what the writing migh...
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