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How not to be like Normal People…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve most likely heard of ‘Normal People’, the Irish drama based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel.

The BBC series of the book has become a smash hit around the world, breaking all sorts of records. For example, the new series received 16.2 million views in it’s first week on the BBC streaming service. The opening week record was previously held by the first season of Killing Eve, which received 10.8 million total requests in its first week.

I wasn’t going to watch it until a friend of mine I wouldn’t have expected to like it, said he really did. So I was curious.

Advice From Walt Disney On Getting Better

If you’re on this mailing list a while you’re probably aware that in my mid-20s (now scarily over 20 years ago!) I went through a very challenging personal period – a time that was extremely difficult mentally.

And part of my journey out of that terrain, was to get some help through counselling. I was lucky that I was connected to someone who was perfect for me. And he helped me to gradually turn things around and in the process learn many priceless lessons – that still stand to me today and are as relevant in my business life as much as my personal one.

The Legacy Of Kobe Bryant And Gaining A New Perspective

I had thought today’s post would be about Brexit – because after all of the delays, it finally happens this Friday 31st January. But news yesterday of the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant took my attention and enough has been written about Brexit. Even if you’re not into the sport, you have probably heard of Kobe – because he has been one of the main super-players of the last 20 years in the sport.

Part Of Creating A Great Life

Be assured that within your setbacks most likely are hidden gems. Gems that can make your foundations stronger and that ultimately can create a greater probability of growth – in any aspect of life.

Wisdom From An Accidental Entrepreneur, Darina Allen

If you’re Irish, Darina needs no introduction. But if you’re not let’s just say she is Ireland’s original celebrity chef. And over the last few decades she has written 19 books, created one of the best cookery schools in the world, been a pioneer and ambassador for the slow food movement and a renowned TV chef.

Farewell To The Sinatra Of Irish Broadcasting (Gay Byrne)

If you’re Irish and over 40, you’ll know that last week saw the passing of the legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne. If you’re not living in Ireland, think of the most famous person you know in your country, multiply it by 10 and make it personal.

The Inspired Life Of Brian

It’s very easy get caught up with what’s wrong in your world. And that ‘trap’ can contaminate your attitude. But starting each day with deliberate intention like Brian, is worth everything.

Learning From A Food Entrepreneur

I was meeting Darina to discuss her appearance at my annual networking dinner for women leaders, The Dinner For Ladies Who Don’t Lunch, which takes place in early November.

Over a couple of hours she shared with me some of her story.

What I found fascinating was that most of the breakthrough moments came from adversity.

Practical Wisdom From Kids

Last Friday was a big day in our household, as my daughter Jane had a graduation ceremony last from her primary (junior) school.
Even though I’m pretty much bed-bound with my Achilles’ injury I was fortunate to be able to make it for the service as I really didn’t want to miss this milestone.

Having To Adjust Your Sail

I had a super week off last week – where I was on a retreat of sorts which meant absolutely no technology. It was very refreshing and something that re-enforced the benefits of really ‘Time Out’.