Category Archives: Personal Ponderings

Seven Truths

To many of the young people I see – but also to my younger self (I realised):  1.     When you are thinking outside the box, it makes sense that you will not fit neatly into the boxes that exist. 2.     Although this may not always feel easy when you are younger, and fitting in may feel so...

A life-changing book

Do you have a book that has changed your life? As an avid reader, there have been so many books that have meant such a lot to me over the course of my life thus far.  From the ‘Malory Towers’ and ‘St Clare’s’ boarding school series, and anything pony-related growing up, to ‘The Bridges of...

Final steps to qualifying

I am often asked for advice on training a dog to work alongside you, and how to work towards the PAT therapy dog standards.  And I have learnt so much along the way! Here are my top ten tips: 1. Remember this is always about training you, the human first. And this is a relationship...

At 50

Lately, conversations with friends have taken a different and unexpected turn. It seemed like not so long ago that we were talking about boyfriends, PhDs, babies, and the next big work plans. But now there is often talk of the next move being scaling back and even retirement (who knew?!). But I’m just not in that space....

Where it began

Returning to Clare, as we do most summers, always feels deeply special. And although yesterday much of the College was under renovation, and the weather wasn’t as glorious as normal, it was still good to be back. Cambridge is always where I feel most myself and at home. And it is no exaggeration to say...

National Sibling Day

Whilst these words were uttered in ‘Downton Abbey’, rather than in real life, there is such poignancy to them. For the truth is that our siblings may be our longest companions in life. As our first friends and often first rivals, sibling bonds can be full of love yet complicated too. This is something I...

Bubala anyone?

It has been such a busy week but finally my children got the bubalas they have been waiting for. The word ‘bubala’ has various meanings. My favourite is ‘a term of endearment for someone you care for and keep close to your heart’. And it is often used by grandparents when referring to their grandchildren...

Second Birthday

Launching a company as the country went into the first lockdown, was the most unusual of starts. Although I had been working in private practice for several years by then, founding a limited company still felt like a huge step, and especially in the backdrop of the pandemic. It was daunting even thinking about where...

Sunrise, Sunset

It isn’t every day that you get woken by your nearly 80-year-old father tearfully singing ‘Sunrise Sunset’ from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. And whilst it was a bit unexpected, and his singing was rather wobbly, it also felt so poignant. After all, it isn’t every day you reach the milestone of your half century birthday,...

Choices

I haven’t been posting much lately. I have been doing a lot of thinking. Thinking about choices. Maybe this is what happens when you reach 50, as I did with gratitude, last weekend. In the whirlwind of the day-to-day, and as a parent, daughter, sister, friend, employee and founder, there isn’t often much space to...