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Belfast and me: friends again

Discovering the new and rediscovering the old: reconnecting with my city

Coming back

I'm writing from Portstewart, a small town on the north coast of Northern Ireland: a place where I've eaten many ice creams, where the familiar beaches stretch for miles, where the sound of the waves makes it easier to rest. It's a place where you are forced to stop. And, as much as I've tried to resist it, I'm coming to the conclusion that that's exactly what I need to do...

Speed Bumps and Roundabouts: The Book Launch Edition

24 hours before, it was looking like a disaster. For the entire week before, I had loved my life with an increasingly elevated level of stress. I got to the stage where all I could think was, "I can't wait for it to be over." But till it was, I had a multitude of things to do, a myriad of decisions to make. And I don't like decisions! ...

Behind the mask

People are starting to read my book. My personal, vulnerable, honest book. I love that people are starting to read my book. It was, of course, the plan all along. But also, well...also, it scares me...

The first print copies of Speed Bumps and Roundabouts!

I can't even really explain how exciting it is to see this. It's been a long process, but here it is - the first print copies of Speed Bumps and Roundabouts...

How big is your but?

I don't necessarily mean what you want to do for the rest of your life, but if I asked you about that one thing, one dream, one goal, what would you tell me? That thing you would do if there were no obstacles. Would you sail around the world? Run a marathon? Sing in front of hundreds of people? Start a charity? Quit your job and go back to university? Learn another language? Be a mum or dad? ...

If it's right, it should be simple...right?

Faith or foolishness

I'm in the process of making some big decisions. When I say big decisions, I mean "complete turnaround, no turning back, are you in or out, letting go of all life as you know it, stepping into the unknown" decisions. Let me tell you a little about my thoughts over the last few months. Well, I guess that actually, it's been years in the making...

What the World Needs

I spent Saturday afternoon with my good friend, Kay, starting to make a video to publicise my book when it finally comes out...

What can I do: Give

You probably knew this one was coming, right? So, if you got past the title, well done, please stick with me a little longer...

What can I do: Explore

I don't think there is any point in looking at what you can do to fight injustice if you have no desire to fight injustice. I doubt there is much that you can do if you have no knowledge of the issues and no will to see them eradicated. And it's so, incredibly easy to live our lives, our comfortable, secure lives, as if the issues don't exist...

What can I do: Go

I don't believe that there is anything that will stir your heart and build your passion for justice and freedom than looking into the eyes of the oppressed and enslaved...

What's going on out there?

A Reluctant Advocate

Social justice: this is going to sound bad but, for a lot of my life, those words have made my mind switch off. Hearing about the problems of the world has not sparked any interest in me...

When the hard words are the best words

The way we work and why it matters

Let me ask you a question...which is more important: the job you do or the way you do it? ...

The world is your lobster (the final part)

I would love to be able to give you the answers to all the questions about the right thing for you. Unfortunately, I can't because really, what works for one person will not work for another. But I'd love a shot at suggesting some tools to use to help with your decisions...

The world is your lobster (Part 5)

Puzzle World.jpgThis is going to be one of those posts that, as I write, I feel like a little bit of a hypocrite. One of those posts in which I believe what I'm telling you and know the theory, but when it comes to the practise, I'm not quite there yet. I'm better than I used to be, but I have a long way to go...

The World is your Lobster (part 4)

Risk and the 10,000 hour rule...

The World is your lobster (part 3)

What we hear and when to listen...

The World is your Lobster (Part 2)

If you look online for advice on finding a career, you will find a lot of articles and even the odd quiz that tell you how to find the RIGHT career, the job that you were meant to do...

The World is your Lobster (Part 1)

Doctor. Nuclear physicist. Teacher. Circus performer. Dog groomer. Plumber. Bee keeper. Privateinvestigator. Tattoo artist. Ice cream van driver. Crime scene cleaner....

The world is your lobster

When I was growing up, I knew my life would be broken up into three stages: school, university and the rest of my life. The rest of my life: that 40 odd years when I would be working in a career that I had to decide on when I was 17...

What is your foundation made of?

A man gets stuck in a pit. He's not sure how he got there, but is sure that he is stuck. When he looks up, he can see the daylight, but he can't see an easy way to get to it. When he looks down, he sees loose ground...

Fire (burn, baby, burn)

I had been staying on a sugar cane farm in South Africa for several months before I actually saw a cane fire. Mostly because they tended to be lit early in the morning, when I tended to be in bed. When I did manage to drag myself out of bed for my first cane fire, I was overwhelmed...
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