So this is the place where I share a selection of books, video clips + mental time-outs that showcase some of my personal favs, which I hope you'll enjoy.

My bookshelf's like velcro to the genre of personal development + as I particularly like the accessibility + personable-style of our 21st century thought-leaders who 'keep it real' as advocates of change, you'll see suggestions from the likes of Brené Brown + Simon Sinek, as well as local inspiration from James Sweetman.

I also share some thought-starters for you to work with.  I hope these help you get a little closer to what it might feel like to tap into that version of you that you know exists, you've just not gotten there, yet.


You’ll want to give yourself a quiet space as well as social media ‘off-time’.

Start by taking time to –honestly- answer these questions:

  • What’s frustrating me most about my/this situation, right now? (get specific)
  • What ‘specifically’ am I looking to change at this moment in time?
  • What’s held me back -up until this point- from seeking change? (get specific) 
  • What type of change will make me jump through-hoops-happy? (get specific)

See an image in your minds' eye, or tell yourself a story about what will be different for you, as well as what you might expect others to notice or experience about you, when you live from this place of change?

Prefer to read something instead?


Brené Brown | Rising Strong

You know that feeling you get when you're curled up with a book you just love... soaking up each page like maple syrup on pancakes. 

The work of Brené Brown creates this feeling for me + her most recent book is full of humanity, honesty, bravery + of course real life, practical examples of how to recognise + better manage life's challenges in ways that I can say genuinely help me more times than I care to keep count of. 

It's her ability to walk her talk + share truthfully (+ usefully), that rings true. She's a lady who finds meaning in mistakes, embracing fear + failure to create a more courageous + truer-to-yourself, life. 

Have I mentioned I'm a #1 fan...?  Enjoy!

James Sweetman | Finding Katherine

James' latest book really hit the mark for me. Set in Lanzarote, a place likely to be familiar to many, he's managed to create a happy marriage between light-hearted escapism at 'The Bliss Retreat' + the bigger life questions we can find ourselves asking when we take a step back from the routine.  Filled with life coaching, soul-searching + super-helpful life enhancing techniques; this book's an effortless page-turner. 

His generous accompanying workbook packs an added punch in terms of self-discovery because it's full of practical exercises; almost as if you've stepped into the novel itself. 

You'll find both are valuable additions to your bookshelf. Enjoy!


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Simon Sinek | Leaders Eat Last 

If you're in a leadership role or, indeed, a human who cares about humanity in the workplace, you'll likely give this latest Sinek publication a firm thumbs-up.  I'm drawn to Simon Sinek's words because they're uncomplicated + practical, in what can sometimes feel an increasingly complicated + often disjointed working world.  He reminds us of the 'connected' way of 21st century living, yet so often we're disconnected from each-other + our teammates.  You know the sort of thing: I'll send you an email instead of walking, maybe, a few steps to you + actually meet you eye-eye.

He brings a heartbeat to leadership at work, reminding us that projects + processes will look after themselves + now, more than ever, it's your people who need looking after. Your people who need to be seen + valued for who they are in all their individuality. 

What type of leader do you want to be?  Enjoy!



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Brené Brown | TED TALK on Vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection – our ability to empathise, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself, as well as to understand humanity.

A talk to share, so that’s why it’s here.

This video is for educational purposes, I do not own the rights.

Iyanla Vanzant | YOU. MATTER.

Iyanla Vanzant has two words for us: You. Matter. In her no-nonsense (well, maybe a little) SuperSoul Session, she tells how we can make sure every moment in our lives matter. This comes with a health-warning on the American-ness of her unique delivery, but you’ll likely get laugh-out-loud moments as you learn how to say NO to the things that don’t matter in your life + YES to those that do.

A talk to share, so that’s why it’s here.

This video is for educational purposes, I do not own the rights.

Tracy McMillan | The Person you need to marry

Tracy McMillan is a television writer (Mad Men, United States of Tara) + relationship author who wrote the book “Why You're Not Married...Yet”, based on her viral 2011 Huffington Post blog.

In her TEDxOlympicBlvdWomen talk, McMillan answers the question: "Who is the one person you need to marry in order to have a successful relationship? (Yourself)".

A talk to share, so that’s why it’s here.

This video is for educational purposes, I do not own the rights.

Prefer to listen to something instead?

Worry. Not. 

What if you could calm your mind, instead?

Is that a "yes, please", I hear?

Being In Control.

When's the last time you checked-in, on you?


As it's all in the follow-through. 

How's that working out for you?