I am fascinated by bravery and confidence – how do we find the courage to do something out of the ordinary, something risky, something that, whisper it quietly, might fail? I’m not the only one, and over the past year (and more) conversations around bravery, risk and feeling vulnerable have been brought to a bigger stage by amazing women like Brené Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert who between them have inspired me book, by book, for years with their no holds barred advice. And that’s great, anything that inspires more of us to go out there and chase those dreams can…

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So I ‘failed’ this week (although I’m trying to ban that word from my vocab) in getting this regular post up on its namesake day. I spent Sunday evening on many trains back from Liverpool and by the time I got in, #STOAS wasn’t going to write itself and my bed was calling. Today is different, I’ve had a really productive Monday, a sneaky unexpected business win and I just decided I’ve read too many good things to deprive you of #STOAS totally so let’s be quick – here are seven things to read and watch that may just make…

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If you read my blog, chances are you know about Brené Brown. She often pops up in my Seven Things On A Sunday series mainly because she is one of the leading voices in personal growth and development right now. If you haven’t heard of her, go find some of her talks – The Power of Vulnerability and Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count are good places to start. Let her straight talking, empathetic take on vulnerability and bravery take you by force. Her latest book Rising Strong is another brilliantly helpful piece that gets to the root of…

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You have survived the first working week of 2017 – high flipping five! If you’re anything like me that was no mean feat! While Tuesday morning mostly felt lovely to see my team after the break, by Tuesday afternoon I have to admit I was flagging a bit. But, that said, a week in and I’m much more in the swing of things and not too upset to be back into a more normal routine which involves more green food and not as many things wrapped in bacon. I read loads of stuff this week that felt good for STOAS,…

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It’s no secret I love Liverpool, it’s my home city and nowhere brings out such joy and affection in me than spending a happy day strolling the streets of the place where I grew up. Since winning Capital of Culture eight years ago, Liverpool’s city centre has changed dramatically. It has still kept the pride, optimism and sense of humour it’s always had, but the shopping and restaurant scene in the city is growing week by week, there are so many new places to try I genuinely can’t keep up when I go back for a weekend. I recommend Liverpool…

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