Passion is overrated

When it comes to our careers, most people buy into a simple equation. If I do a job I’m passionate about and I work hard at it, then I’ll be happy and satisfied with my lot in life. It’s an equation that’s fed to us on repeat. The media is full of stories of people... Continue Reading →

Brain on overdrive? … Try this

Do you ever feel worn out by the tide of thoughts swilling around in your brain? Thoughts that never seem to reach a conclusion no matter how much thinking time they take up? The dreams: One day I’ll set up my own business The questions: Should we move out of London? Should I change career?... Continue Reading →

A Big Decision

“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted”. At the end of November, after an unrelenting month of vertigo attacks and dizziness, I was curled up in a ball on my bed recovering from the latest attack when I let out an involuntary, guttural howl. I... Continue Reading →

Everyone needs a coach

A few weeks ago, on a whim, I signed up to two-day life coaching course. It was free, so I was more than a little wary. But I was also intrigued. As the first trainer kicked off proceedings, we were taught that the first rule of coaching is that you don't give advice. A coach... Continue Reading →

The Fear of Crying

Last night, eight of us were at a friend’s house for our Christmas do. I’d been looking forward to it all week. Everyone was in high spirits. I was trying to chop up some red chilis when I sensed the warning signs of an impending vertigo attack. A friend was asking me questions and I... Continue Reading →

Who are you?

Fear not, I'm not about to go all deep on you. But this has been the weirdest 24 hours. It started with some wooziness at lunchtime yesterday, which is par for the course, but developed into a full blown spin that left me lying prostrate on the floor, thirsty, but unable to get up because... Continue Reading →

The M word

Menieres has ruled my week this week. I’ve just realised that’s a first. I’ve named my condition in this blog. It's not a word I like. I think I naively hoped that if I wrote about my determination to overcome M, I’d somehow be able to will it out of existence … but unfortunately not. So... Continue Reading →

Dear Friends

I bloody love you. Last night, I had 2 horrid vertigo attacks. The first as I read my daughter a story. The second as I was lying in bed; it was so powerful and nausea-inducing that I emitted an involuntary wail and managed to wake Rhys from his sleep. An attack of vertigo always has... Continue Reading →

What does success mean to me?

I’ve been reflecting a lot on this question. Before I attempt to pick a path from the myriad of options that my inbox is now overflowing with (thank you friends and family for the precious bible you’ve given me), I need to take a big step back and think about my goal. I know I... Continue Reading →

Reaching out is a powerful drug

Reaching out to my friends and family through this blog has put me on a massive high. It’s one of the most life-affirming things I’ve ever done. Your replies have made me feel brave and empowered; two parts of my personality that have become rather lost in the last three years. I have grinned from... Continue Reading →

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