Letter to a 70 year old me…

After a few long, hard months of steep learning curves I told someone that I was tired of only learning stuff in hindsight. It’s exhausting. So they asked me to look 6 months ahead and consider the things I might want to have learnt when I look back. Being me, I thought I’d take it…

Beautiful and good things.

“Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are” – Anais Nin I absolutely love this quote because I feel like it gives me permission to really enjoy the things I have around me. It sounds silly, but I actually felt a huge sigh of relief when I first read it…

Am I insane?

Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get different results. Well, call me insane. Most years I make myself a list of things I want to do or achieve in the following twelve months. They often include countries I want to visit,…

A break from distractions.

I live a high proportion of my life distracted by stuff. I’m distracted by the glorification of busyness and the thrill of achievements, by the adrenaline of the current challenges I face or the latest drama I’ve entered into, by the allure of what could be, often passing by the reality of what already is….

The car is my prayer room.

Driving around Burundi it occurs to me just how beautiful the world is; rolling hills with vivid shades of green fresh from the rainfall, peaks and valleys sculpting the breathtaking landscape of this precious country, laughing children playing along the roadside laughing and pointing as they see the “Muzungu” drive past, bright bursts of colour…

Embracing the things that scare you.

I don’t know if it was ever a deliberate decision, but at some point a while back I started acting like the best way to pursue life was to head straight in the direction of things that scare me. I’m not sure if it’s because my competitive nature kicks in and I somehow know that…

The (simplified) Bolivia Story.

I’ve grown extremely fond of Bolivia over the last 12 days. I feel sad that its been such a short trip as friendships have been made and yet again I will be leaving a piece of my heart in another country. It’s been a real privilege to see some of the work that Mosoj Yan…

Tell me your story.

There’s something special about hearing someone’s story. Our mind engages with stories much like it engages with music; it’s more than just random noise, it has meaning and resonates with our heart. Some days I feel like I was created just to make friends with people, and today was one of those days. It was…

Following well…part two

I got a little bit lost driving home from a holiday a month or so ago (which will be no surprise to most of you). I took several wrong turns before realising that I was absentmindedly following the lorry in front of me – even though I knew the route home. Zoe was sensibly following…

Following well.

“If you want to lead well, you must follow well”. This phrase has bounded round my mind over the last few months as I’ve spent some time looking at aspects of leadership. I’ve smiled and nodded at the phrase whenever I’ve come across it, but recently I think it smacked me round the head. The…

#LoveDoes

“Love Does” I saw this phrase written somewhere a few months back and it got stuck in my head*. It was one of those things that stood out on the page like it was written in neon lights – probably because it pretty much sums up everything I understand and believe life to be about….

Money Matters?

I live in a world where I can buy pretty much anything I want, and sometimes it feels like thats exactly what I do. I want it, I buy it. I think that’s quite worrying. Partly because the more I consume the more I realise that it doesn’t actually satisfy me, and partly because I…