16 Days of Action to Stop Violence Against Women

Go Orange as part of the 16 Days of Action! From 25 November – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – to 10 December, Human Rights Day – the 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to make a stand to end violence against women and girlsContinue reading “16 Days of Action to Stop Violence Against Women”

Women are rising, people are listening – so what happens next?

Women are rising, our voices are being heard – so what happens next?

Kindfully – Mindfulness for Busy People

Mindfulness for Busy People

Authenticity: Giving Yourself Permission to Be Quiet in a Noisy World

At a recent TEDx conference, Abbie Hutty, an inspiring, self-confessed Space Geek (and engineer involved in the development of the Mars Rover), said the key to being an effective role model is having the confidence to be authentic. That confidence doesn’t mean putting on a show for the sake of it. And that when yourContinue reading “Authenticity: Giving Yourself Permission to Be Quiet in a Noisy World”

It’s Time to Change: why we need a new approach to Mental Health 

I have worked, in one form or another, as a mental health professional for 15 years, focusing on supporting people who want to understand and make a positive difference on the subject.  I’ve worked with local and national charities, sat on area management committees, and attended service user councils which tried to decide the futureContinue reading “It’s Time to Change: why we need a new approach to Mental Health “

Life is not a journey, it’s a dance

Alan Watts, a famous philosopher and speaker in the 70’s, recognised that from the moment we are born it seems like we are in a race these days.  We are pushed through different levels of education (nursery, primary, secondary, University), then into work … and then we “work our way up” a career ladder, ifContinue reading “Life is not a journey, it’s a dance”

Monday Mojo: Feel-Good Motivation for the Week Ahead

Starting Monday 6th March 2017 my Helping You Sparkle™ website and social media pages  offer weekly motivation for the week ahead. Given the name “Monday Mojo” there will be a post to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with a suggested goal, focus or positive intention for the next seven days. Designed to help you sparkle – orContinue reading “Monday Mojo: Feel-Good Motivation for the Week Ahead”

When IS the right time to go for what you want?

Ever since I was a teenager, I wanted to learn the drums. I would listen to my favourite tracks (in the original days when vinyl records were first “in”) and tap out the drum beat – a bit like “air guitar” but imagining I had a set of drum sticks in my hands instead.  AnimalContinue reading “When IS the right time to go for what you want?”