Where to start?

Today I kinda ran a half marathon. Tonight, I don’t even want a Gin. There’s the context for this blog. Firstly, the good stuff. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Your words of support and encouragement over the last few months, since I started this crazy-ass idea, this morning before my first official half marathon […]

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I need you now more than ever

In 9.5 hours time, I will cross the start line and begin the first of my 3 halfs and 1 full marathon of 2017. To be honest, I’m feeling very nervous. No, that doesn’t quite cut it. I am shitting myself. I don’t know why because I know I can now run the required distance, […]

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When ticking a box just isn’t good enough.

A week to go before the first instalment of this years Marathon Challenge begins. What have I learned about this running malarkey and myself this week? First up, let me acknowledge the good thing. I “ran” another 13.1 miles today and I even conquered the, officially titled, Radford Rd incline for the first time. It’s a […]

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A Lasting Impression – Post #ConnectingHRAfrica Reflections

Back in April, I shared with you why I applied for #ConnectingHRAfrica. Here are my reflections. On 9th September 2016, Ten HR professionals embarked on a trip, the first of it’s kind, to Kampala in Uganda with the sole aim to use our skills and knowledge to support Retrak, their staff and the street children […]

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Footprints – The Final Chapter #ConnectingHRAfrica

#ConnectingHRAfrica – Day 6. Our last with Retrak. It has been 4 days since we last visited Clubhouse, a centre for boys. What a welcome. This little one almost had me off my feet when I arrived; then we danced. It was absolutely bloody wonderful. Our last day with the boys was going to go […]

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Amazing & Resourceful #ConnectingHRAfrica

#ConnectingHRAfrica – Day 5 What a contrast to how I felt yesterday. This morning, we used our skills to deliver leadership development and coaching to the senior management team of Retrak Uganda. An afternoon of 121’s followed. What an experience! The day started with an introduction to everyone in Retrak’s Head Office followed by a […]

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I’m Sorry #ConnectingHRAfrica

#ConnectingHRAfrica – Day 4. I feel really guilty about what I am about to write. Today we visited the girls centre in Kampala. The rest of the team had already spent time here but, because the flight of the “London Three” was delayed for 24hrs, this was my first experience. The rest of our team […]

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Better Late, Than Never #ConnectingHRAfrica

#ConnectingHRAfrica – Day 3 Today, I cried. Like, proper sobbed. I hadn’t expected it nor had I prepared for it. I sat in the bath, shower running, and had a proper cry. If I know that I am likely to be in such an emotional situation, I can prepare, close down, become clinical and limit […]

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Blood, Sweat and Tears

Day 2 in Uganda with #ConnectingHRAfrica. Where do I start? I woke this morning to the most glorious sunrise. A new day, warmth and a sense of hope was upon us. Hope that today, our first withe the whole team, would see our skills, personalities and hearts enable us to contribute to the very fabulous […]

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Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Friendships.

Friday 9th September 12:30pm. Two cases are crammed packed full of things for the children; games, footballs, cones, sewing machine, microscope, fossils, crayons, paints, chalks, football kits; you name it, it was in there. My clothes for the 8 days I am spending with the Charity, Retrak, are in a small bag. I may have snuck […]

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