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Who do you need to be?

Halloween is around the corner - the one time of year where adults can dress up and pretend to be someone else. Personally I will never top the year I dressed as Lara Croft and got to run around the streets like a real life action figure. The cool thing about Lara is that she a triple threat - brave, gorgeous and smart, things I didn't consider myself to be in 2002. BUT with two fake guns strapped to my thighs, a small backpack and an impossibly long (fake) plait, suddenly

Maintaining motivation

I miss my twenty year old metabolism. I had no idea how easy I had it until I wanted to loose 50lb in my forties after my second pregnancy. I knew what to do - consume less calories than I used and keep that going. Only it wasn't that simple in real life because I eat when I am nervous, stressed, bored, celebrating, commiserating - you name it, I can probably find a snack to go with it. But the real challenge wasn't starting, it was maintaining motivation. I'm talking abo

Your Authentic Self

When I was 18 I missed out on my place at university by a single grade. I didn't really have a back up plan but I knew that I wasn't going to waste another year resitting an exam for the sake of one grade. At the time, all of the courses offered by UK Universities were contained within a rather huge telephone directory style book. So I sat down with a pen and asked myself "What would I like to do?" crossing through any course that was a firm no for me. This left a number

How to live in a world of subjective success

Before I moved to the States, I was expecting it be to pretty much just a glossier version of the UK except with Walmarts and perfect teeth in abundance. I hadn't anticipated the cultural differences, in particular American work culture. I grew up with decent paid vacation (which you are REQUIRED to take), maternity leave that last longer than your hospital car parking ticket, protected employees rights and state pension provisions for granted. So the US work environment (

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