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Will Our Girls Grow Up Wanting to Be Women?

March 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As we lead up to International Women’s Day next week, we’ve nominated March to be our month to focus on inspirational women - some that we know and some whom we only know by reputation. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to contemplate what we can do now to improve the conditions of women in the future. As a mother, this is particularly close to my heart as I consider how life will unfold for our daughters and their daughters. The [...]

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Good Relationships are Key to a Happy, Healthy Year!

January 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you wished family, friends and colleagues, “Happy New Year!” recently? I have. A new year causes us to reconsider what we’ve been doing and plan for how to do more of  what we like, usually more of what makes us happy. It can be a delicate balance...more of this, less of that. I was interested in a recent TEDx talk which revealed findings from the longest known study ever conducted into adult happiness. Conducted at Harvard University and spanning [...]

5 things I learned at Boot Camp

September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Just over 2 months ago Miss 22 asked me, “Mum, do you want to enroll in a boot camp with me?” My response? “Are you serious? I’m too old for that!” I couldn’t see myself pushing tyres around a park with someone cracking a whip behind me; the mental image I got as soon as I thought about what a boot camp would be like! Fast forward 8 weeks…I decided I’d take her up on the challenge, this is our [...]

New feature horror movie takes world by storm

August 26th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Have you heard about the latest horror movie, which some critics are saying is the scariest movie ever made? Featuring iPhy, the deadly phone, with bings and rings that can crack even the sanest person in seconds. iPhy knows when someone is stretched to capacity and overwhelmed,  striking its victims senseless when least expected. This ruthless beast is waiting to pounce on the vulnerable whose sense of obligation leaves them prey to its unquenchable need for attention. iPhy brings swarms [...]

Swap your ‘got’ for ‘get’ and feel better immediately

August 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

It happened in the car on the way home this evening. My daughter and I were talking about the day tomorrow, commenting that it would be particularly full. I have week four of a six week bootcamp which starts at 5.30 am, she has an orthodontist appointment at 7.15 followed by orchestra rehearsal before school at 7.30, I have a team meeting to attend at 9.00 followed by clinic appointments and then she has three hours at work after school [...]

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4 Steps To Continuous Improvement

July 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Communication & conflict|Tags: , , |

The Bare Hands team is having a two day ‘Kaizen’ this week. We called it a ‘Think Tank’ but when I came across the concept of Kaizen, a Japanese word that describes the practice of continuous improvement, I realised that this describes much more accurately what we’ve been up to! The Kaizen process involves 4 steps that are just as relevant to each of us as individuals and to our families, as they are to business. Step 1 - Plan [...]

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Mummy, why are we living for the future?

July 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Exhaustion, Overwhelm|Tags: , |

Out of the mouth of babes… After yet another busy day, mum rushed from work to pick up the two children, 3 and 6, from childcare. Once home they flew into the house with hungry bellies waiting to be fed. For 10 minutes kids were frantically doing their chores, food was flying around the kitchen so fast even Jamie Oliver would be impressed and with an exhausted yell, “Dinner’s ready”  everyone sits down to eat. Mum heaves a sigh of [...]

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Slow Down. You Move Too Fast!

May 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Exhaustion|Tags: , , |

Rush. Rush. Rush. Do more. Get more. It’s like a mantra all around us. Are you in a hurry? Doing too many things at once? Perhaps even secretly proud that you’re a multi-tasker?  Are you always thinking about what needs to be done instead of being mindful about what you’re actually doing? You’re not alone. Recently I was putting a load of clothes in the washing machine, calling out to answer someone’s, “Mum, where is....”, thinking about the day ahead [...]