This time next week I’ll be cycling across Europe for Lessons for Life’s Big Ride for Africa. I’ll be joining colleagues and friends from across the EU all riding together with one goal: to raise funds to send poor children in Africa to school.
And I’ll be finishing the ride in Belgium on the eve of the date when the UK decides its future as part of the European Union.
Much has been written about the referendum and the opposing views. You’ll be relieved to hear that I don’t want to add too much to the debate.
But as I see the opinion polls pushing towards an exit, I felt moved to write.
Who came up with that ridiculous saying about how easy it was to ride a bike???
Much has been written about the recent death of David Bowie and I like many, many people around the world have been deeply affected by his passing.
A rainy Sunday took me by my sodden hand to wallow in two of my favourite pastimes – a trip to the cinema followed by a trip to a pub for lunch. I know. I am an imaginative soul! The movie we watched was Inside Out the new offering from the Pixar dream machine. And it was brilliant.
It was my girl's First Holy Communion at the weekend. Now. I am no fool. I am not going to blog about religion. It’s so easy to offend unintentionally, so its territory I’ll steer clear of. But allow me a moment of indulgence on the actual gig.
I've always been a bit of a wuss when it comes to doing running and sports and stuff.I was the girl at school who never got chosen for the netball team and I would fake illness to avoid any exposure to sport. Sports Day was my idea of HELL. As I’ve got older I’ve dabbled a bit in running and have done a few events – my crowning glory was the BUPA 10k. But frankly I am pretty rubbish. So why the hell do I find myself hurtling towards a terrible 72 hours where I’ll be doing the 6 Peak challenge
If you are an ambitious soul, there will come a time in your life when you will be approached by a charming CEO to be a Trustee of a charity. So before you drop your eyes, shuffle your feet and mutter 'aw shucks...you mean little ol' me?' Have a think about whether it's the best fit for you.
I spend a lot of time meeting new people and deepening relationships with those I’ve known for a while. Securing and building relationships is a major part of my job as CEO of Lessons for Life and is something I (mostly) really enjoy.
As a mum of 2 kids (a girl of 8 and a boy of 6) it often feels that I am battling gender stereotypes at every turn. From what clothes we dress our precious honeys in, to the toys they play with, we are constantly making a choice to either rebel or collude in the world of pink and blue.
I tend to avoid the annual hairshirt approach to January for obvious reasons (because its BLOODY JANUARY!) but if you are one for setting goals during this season, confronting your clutter may be a nice way to kick off 2015.