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A Year Of Saying YES!

A story of Life, Love and Business

No.20 - The Wheel Of Life

2017 Nov 07, 2018

April 2017


Welcome to another monthly round-up of my exploits whilst saying 'Yes'!

It's being another great month for me. What about you?

It feels like spring is really on its way - in more ways than one. Alongside the first stirrings of nature unfurling her wonders I too feel that my business endeavours here in Scotland are beginning to bear fruit.

March was another full on month of networking and 'hustling' myself into action consistently day after day to promote my up-coming 'Ideas Into Action Business Bootcamp'.

Progress on my self-imposed 'Networking Challenge' (known locally as my 'Networking Grand Tour') has been very good and as I write I am only 185 people away from reaching my target of speaking to / in front of 1000 local business people before my Bootcamp on 21 April.

Networking has continued to be a fantastic experience, and I have now begun to strike up some real relationships with people along the way which will only grow deeper over time. It's rare in life...

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No.19 - Stop Dithering - Start Doing

2017 Nov 07, 2018

March 2017


"Keep Marching On... and

Step by Step the Path will Reveal Itself"

Sometimes we over think. Locked in our own minds; sitting in our offices or homes we consider time and time again all the possible permutations of what is to come. Inside our heads we debate and we consider; we image success and we imagine failure. To what end? Well, generally paralysis. No forward movement at all.

We all do it. Even the most confident of us. It's all part of being human. My logical mind knows this, but it doesn't stop it happening. So what's the antidote?

Well, at times like these I turn to my colleagues and mentors for advice. Brad Burton would tell me to 'Get Off Your Arse'; Shaa Wasmund MBE would tell me to 'Stop Talking - Start Doing'... And if I were advising one of my own Coachees I would be telling them to set a target, plot a course and turn their 'Ideas into Action'. So, that's exactly what I've done during the last month!

The Art of Charging Head Long into Every...

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No.18 - Building Your Community

2017 Nov 07, 2018

February 2017


Like many of you I spent the last few days of December and the first few days of January planning the year ahead, making promises to myself and those around me about what I am going to achieve during 2017. 

As you will remember I don’t do ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ preferring to set myself a theme for the year in front of me. This years theme is 'New Beginnings' - because everything I do this year will be the first time as a full time resident of Scotland. 

As ever January has been a month of discovery for me.  It was also my first month of concentrating fully on my new business. 

Splitting my time between Scotland and London/the South East I have concentrated all of my thinking on how best to reach the people that I want to serve in my new venture. It's been great to finally feel as if this is it - I'm here and this is what I do!! 

Getting Momentum 

Firstly we need to celebrate with you Kate's reopening...

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No.17 - Stocktake and Lessons Learned

2017 Nov 07, 2018

January 2017 


So that's it then... I have finally come to the end of my 'Year of Saying YES!'

It has been an interesting ride and even for a life long learner like myself it has been quite an eye opener at times!!

As you know the Year of Saying YES concept was bourne out of our need to 'step up a gear' to tackle the mountain ahead of us. We wanted to move ourselves, our businesses and my parents to our chosen new home in Scotland. 300 miles from our home for the last 50 years.

We knew when we started that this would be a year that would ask a lot of us both in order to deliver what at times felt like an impossibly hard end goal. But along side the things that we had anticipated also came the unexpected challenges and traumas - such as the illness and subsequent loss of my wonderful step-Dad (France) only days before our house move. Something that we are still coming to terms with everyday.

But we did it... and Kate and I have now been here for four months. For the time...

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No.16 - Knowing When To Day 'No'

2016 Nov 07, 2018

December 2016


How has November been for you?

For me it has been a full on month. With 12 days working away from home and a further 5 days travelling, at times I've felt as if I don't really 'live' anywhere at the moment!

Generally, I'm the sort of person who doesn't like being away from home, so I must admit that there are times when I find this very hard. There have been more than a few days when I have had to remind myself of the greater purpose behind all this travel just to keep going! Luckily I have Kate by my side and when we are forced to be apart I always have the thought of coming home to my soul-mate to get me through!

Keep on Keeping On

When we started our 'Year of Saying YES' we recognised that we would never have everything in place perfectly to make such a complicated move seamless. We have strived to maintain realistic expectations and we have adapted in response to plan-changing moments as they have arisen. So when our move finally all fell in to place in...

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No.15 - A Month In Numbers

2016 Nov 07, 2018

November 2016


Welcome to yet another review of the month in our Year of Saying Yes!

In a month where we have had some of the most consistently sunny, and warm autumn weather in years, Kate and I have had a lovely introduction to our new life here in Scotland. September saw us reflecting on the journey that we had taken to get here, and laying the foundations to build upon. October has in effect been our first full month of working full time from our new chosen home in North Berwick... and what a month it has been!!

As I began to frame my post this month it became clear that it had been a month full of activity which seems to be best captured in numbers. So that's exactly what I’ve done!


2130 & 1572- The first two, and by far the largest numbers, 2130 and 1572 will not surprise those of you who regularly follow me on Facebook... it's miles travelled!! Infact looking back over my Facebook feed during September and October you must have thought that I had...

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No.14 - A Life Of Saying YES

2016 Nov 07, 2018

October 2016

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

–  Barack Obama 


Many years ago I realised that I am one of those people that not only likes ‘change’ but actually needs change to survive! I need the excitement of learning new things in my life, preferably every day, but certainly every week. So the month of September, the first full month in our new home, in our new country and with my new business has been for me a month of great excitement! New places, new people, new routines… what could be better?!!

On the down-side the scale of the change happening all around us, coupled with our inbuilt need for quick results, has meant that we have found ourselves spinning many diverse plates at once, which can sometimes feel a little chaotic – which doesn’t make either of us ‘control...

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No.13 - The Art Of Making Dreams Come True

2016 Nov 07, 2018

September 2016


The force of human will, in opposition to fate or destiny, to affect the world.
A supernatural, divine force within every human being.

Always omnipresent. It empowers people to change the world in a positive, loving way. It is the energy that effects change in One’s own life.

e.g. “That inspirational speaker lifted me up so much with her ‘orenda’. She made me

feel that energy within myself to change the world for the better, through changing myself.”


Right, my head has finally stopped spinning long enough for me to sit down and write this guest post for Karen’s Year of Saying Yes blog. I asked Karen if I could write something some time ago (I was very vague about the content) because I thought it would be a great way of telling her how brilliant I think she is and of sharing how proud I am of her.

Apologies in advance for those of you who are...

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No.12 - Keeping Perspective And Knowing What Really Matters

2016 Nov 07, 2018

August 2016 

It’s hard to know where to start with this month’s blog as it has been a month of extremes… Extremely good, over-shadowed greatly by the extremely sad! So, you will need to forgive me if this is a slightly different “Year of Saying Yes” post.

Let’s start with the ‘good’… This month has seen me do four fabulous coaching days with ‘Team Shaa’ (down at Canary Wharf and at The Barn in Kent); take on four new Coachee’s to help them deliver their plans over the next 6 months; deliver one Over-coming Resistance to Change Workshop for NHS colleagues in Birmingham and has also seen me start work on an extremely exciting piece of work with another large NHS project! If you add this to the fact that our house sale in the Midlands ‘seems’ to be progressing well (with a exchange ' completion date looking imminent - although I know it’s not over until the fat lady sings!) I should be on...

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No.11 - Happy Birthday Dad!

2016 Nov 07, 2018

25 May 2016

Today is my birthday - 53 years of age!! Quite a scary number, when in my head I am still someone in my thirties!! (And I'm sure Kate would tell you that most of the time I have barely reached my teens!) But today would also be my Dad Trevor's birthday, if he were still here with us... He would be been 87 today!!

Because we shared a birthday it has never been a straight forward day for me and over recent years it has become a bit of a day of reflection. Not in a sad way, just taking stock - wondering what my Dad would be thinking about how I am doing.

Dad was not a straight forward man, and he had his flaws! He was a 'mad inventor'; a perfectionist, with high expectations of himself and others! But he was driven by a personal desire to do well, and to create his ultimate business. He was the entrepreneur of the family. Both he and my Mom started numerous successful businesses over the years, but the world was a very different place then!

So, as I have been busy working...

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