Category: Work Life Balance

Lessons from Open Heart Surgery – A Year On 

Wednesday, 13th December 2023 marked a significant milestone for me. Not a “big birthday” or business sale but the one-year anniversary of having open heart surgery. There was only a short gap between the diagnosis of severe aortic stenosis and nearly eight hours of an invasive, yet ultimately life saving procedure. The year since has […]

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25 hours a day, 8 days a week

I’ve just jumped off a call with a client where we were discussing his goals for 2024, fears of failure (and success) and work ethic. You see, his answer to many of his challenges is to work harder and put more time into the business. He’s constantly looking for more efficiencies to get more done, […]

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What’s important?

I went to the funeral of a friend this week. I shan’t go into details other than to say it was probably the best I’ve ever been to. Mostly, I suspect, because of the clear impact he had of the lives he touched and that was reflected in the messaging through the whole ceremony and […]

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There’s always more to do….

I suspect I’m not alone in waking up some mornings, checking my to-do list and groaning with exasperation. Sure, there are people out there who’ll exhort you to wake up earlier (5am) sleep less (3 hours a fortnight is plenty!) or skip meals to get more done and lose weight at the same time! I’m […]

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I don’t have the time

I love the August Bank Holiday weekend. Not because it’s guaranteed to rain or because it’s an extra day off (I can take those whenever I want). Because it’s the time of year Kay and I plan the next year. It might seem crazy thinking about 2024 whilst we’re still in August but I’ve always […]

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Queues, Rain, Strawberries, And Champagne

Wimbledon is up there with my highlights of the year.    For a couple of weeks each year, the country becomes obsessed with tennis and every local park is filled with people giving it a go for the first time.    I was a tennis coach for a long time, and I’ve spent SO much […]

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An Unwanted Anniversary 

Last week, I celebrated an unwanted anniversary.  It was a year since I had a cardiac “event” in Portugal while on a golf/marketing trip.    I flew home and later in the year, heart surgery was on the cards.    Fast forward to today and I’m stronger, fitter and healthier – and my golf swing […]

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There’s Nothing Like A BBQ

Some things just work together.    Fish and chips, Ant and Dec, strawberries and cream.    Those are the ones that come to my mind, at least.     But my favourite combination by far is sunshine and a BBQ.    As soon as the mercury rises and it becomes t-shirt weather, I’m thinking about when […]

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Gordon Ramsay Eat Your Heart Out

I love cooking.    And when I say cooking, I don’t mean the busy sort of family cooking where you’ve got bath time in 45 minutes, so you need to get something vaguely nutritious on the table pronto.    I’ve been there and done that…    Nope, I mean the sort of cooking where I […]

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A Brief Moment Of Reflection

There are few things I enjoy more than having my breakfast and morning coffee outside on a bright morning.      It helps that I live on an orchard and I’m lucky to be out in the peace and quiet of nature…    But that moment of quiet reflection is always welcome when so much of […]

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