#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?

#40iscoming and I need a toolkit

Hate reading - or just miss me? Audio version here: I'm going to be 40 in just over two months. That doesn't surprise me. I always thought I'd end up turning 40, if I was lucky enough. But there's something about this number that I'm apparently supposed to dread. I'm supposed to pretend that I'm … Continue reading #40iscoming and I need a toolkit

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

No Wonder We’re Tired – We’ve Been Battling Superheroes All Day

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an article announcing that researchers have developed an “emotional atlas” of the human body. With the help of participants in three different countries, the scientists have mapped what basic emotions feel like in the body. The photo accompanying the article (below) shows the areas of increased / decreased sensation … Continue reading No Wonder We’re Tired – We’ve Been Battling Superheroes All Day