#40iscoming and I’m confused about Instagram

I joined Instagram in March 2016, almost three years ago. I was getting ambivalent about Facebook (smiling condescendingly because you detest social media, think it's all a load of cr@p, and would never even get near it? You are a superior human being. Statue on its way. Also, I know you ask your friends to … Continue reading #40iscoming and I’m confused about Instagram

#40iscoming Toolkit 1. The Essential Question – So What Do I Read?

Right. Let me bring you up to speed here, if you haven't read this last post: I'm going to turn 40 in a couple of months' time and I'm trying to figure out how one does that in a Spring Minded way. How do I change digits in a way that's nine parts hopeful and excited … Continue reading #40iscoming Toolkit 1. The Essential Question – So What Do I Read?

Is Rock Bottom Inevitable? Part 1

[Don't feel like reading? Scroll down for the audio version] Ok, I don't want to get too excited about this just yet, but I think all this chasing after Spring Mind is starting to pay off (and not just because of my mindful Instagramming). I can feel myself getting closer to a Matrix moment: all … Continue reading Is Rock Bottom Inevitable? Part 1

Social Zen: Mindfulness via Instagram in 7 (Accidental) Steps

You know the expression "monkey mind"? For as long as I can remember, I've suffered from an advanced form of that, which I call "drunken fly" mind: my mind doesn't just jump about like a monkey, it zooms around, bangs against a window, then starts again, in an endless "zoom-bang!" loop. Not good if you're trying to be mindful … Continue reading Social Zen: Mindfulness via Instagram in 7 (Accidental) Steps

Coaches Anonymous no more

Hi, everyone. My name is Alex -- and I’m a coach. There, I said it. I’m a coach. (Don’t freak out if you’re working with me on other things, I’m still doing everything else too!) I’ve been keeping a (relatively) low profile about this coaching thing for a while, because I was still processing the … Continue reading Coaches Anonymous no more

How to Fail at Parenting – a Hashtagged Crash Course

Facebook very helpfully reminded me today that exactly one year ago I wrote a post on my (now defunct) MBA blog about failing at parenting. I went back and read it..and yep, I still feel pretty much exactly the same. I thought you might want to be reminded how to fail as a parent too - … Continue reading How to Fail at Parenting – a Hashtagged Crash Course

Angry Young (and Old, and Everywhere in Between) Men

I’ve recently received two comments about my blog, both from male friends (by the way, I love feedback so keep it coming please - likes and shares are also really really nice, but I don’t want to come across as too needy, so I’ll ask you for those next time).  One of these comments said … Continue reading Angry Young (and Old, and Everywhere in Between) Men