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Thank you!

To all the friends I have ‘met’ online in 2015, I say thank you. For every kind word of encouragement that has been sent, I say it is much appreciated. For every tweet, retweet, mention, like (favourite) and all the banter and laughter, I say keep them coming! 2015 was the beginning of our beautiful […]

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Season’s Reflections – 2015 ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ„

  Photo credits: Above quote: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/e/elizabethb121464.html Featured image: http://www.theabp.org.uk/news/looking-back-and-looking-forward-directions-for-2015.aspx. Well we’ve almost come to the end of another year again. Where did 2015 go? I remember welcoming in 2015 with quiet optimism that it would be a better year than 2014. As I sit here and reflect on the past year, I feel so blessed […]

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Headspace – the value of thinking time in a fast-paced world.

Photo credit: https://headspaceefford.wordpress.com/ I’m often repeating my view that in this world of technological immediacy of the internet, emails, texts, direct messaging and other social media in our personal and professional lives where everything is urgent, the reality is that  nothing becomes urgent. Where do you start? Which is more important? Do you wait to […]

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Embrace your ‘differences’.

It is often said that ‘variety is the spice of life’. We are also reminded that there are ‘different strokes for different folks’, which implies that it is almost inevitable that, as individuals, we will display differences in views, values, attitudes and beliefs. Parents instill in their children, the importance of having a tolerant and […]

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Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness: update on my recent experiences!

“Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness”. This quote made me reflect on a number of recent experiences. I thought I should jot a few of these in a blog post, so here goes… My reflections centred around how we ‘see’ ourselves and how this can […]

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Songs of Freedom! Celebrating Black History Month!

“๐ŸŽผEmancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds…๐ŸŽถ ” These are the hauntingly prophetic lyrics of the legendary Bob Marley as he sang Redemption Song. This song was among many more that were staples on constant rotation on the radiowaves in Jamaica when I was growing up. It wasn’t until adulthood […]

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Celebrating musically for Black History Month

We’ve come a long way and so it’s important that we celebrate Black History Month and share experiences with each other. This song by the legendary Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician, Jimmy Cliff is titled ‘Wonderful World Beautiful People’ and captures my emotions and hope for the future. One love! ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽบ   Click here to […]

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Motivation to continue

 This is the time of the year when you re-register at university for the coming year. It is also a time when you have to answer curious questions to almost justify why you wish to continue on this journey of being a research student. Some of these probing questions are from people you work with, […]

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Self-Compassion

Like many people at this time of the year, I’m on a ‘summer break’ from work and studies so just a few lines to share with you really briefly. The ‘break’ has really reminded me that, if your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. There are many ways to show compassion and we […]

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Why Not? A Paradigm Shift.ย 

The inspiration for this month’s post came during a conversation with my dad this week about how we approach life. He quoted Robert F Kennedy who said “there are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why…I dream of things that never were and ask why not?” This resulted in a […]

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