Life is like a kitchen appliance …

Life is like a kitchen appliance …

We have one of those blender things in the corner of the kitchen – the kind where you chuck in pretty much any fruit or vegetable and some liquid and then, with the press of a button, it transforms it into a delicious and nutritious smoothie. Amazingly, and...

Listening – that seems a pretty straightforward thing to be talking about, doesn’t it? I mean, most of us have been doing it all our lives and it seems we’ve got quite good at it – haven’t we? But have we really? Do we actually listen...

“… all of our brains – no matter who we are – react more strongly to negative events. The asymmetric response to positive and negative events is rooted in the brain’s processing of emotion. Negative events cause greater self-referential...

Actors, as performers are often assumed to be extrovert. But it ain’t necessarily so! In the fourth of the Mindset for Actors series, we discuss how you may be labouring under the illusion that you’re an extrovert when really you’re an introvert...

Number 3 in the Mindset for Actors series with Michael. ‘People’ seems like rather a large subject for a 20 minute podcast. There are just so many of them – and they’re all different. How can I cope – especially when my well-being, the...

In the second of a series of nine discussions on Mindset for Actors, Michael and I reflect on the area of Responsibility and how being aware of, and taking care to manage what we’re thinking and how we’re feeling impacts our direction in life. Taking...

The first in a series of nine conversations with actor and podcaster Michael Bott (who also happens to be my husband), taking on the area of mindset as it concerns actors. This time, we’re talking about LIMITING BELIEFS – how they’re formed, how we...
Taking a Leap

Taking a Leap

Once every four years, we get an extra day. And, as I’m writing this on February 29th 2016, that’s today. Apparently it’s got something to do with the solar system not being in sync with the Gregorian calendar. (How very careless of the solar system.) And it’s in...
Watering the Grass

Watering the Grass

We’ve just bought a new car (the last one having died, abruptly and unexpectedly, on the M40 late one cold and frosty night. Hooray for the AA, I say.) We’ve gone for the sensible mature option – a reliable hybrid with one previous careful owner – rather...
Cleaning Windows

Cleaning Windows

My mum bought some new spectacles a few weeks ago. Very pleased with them she was too, once a few minor adjustments had been made to make sure they fit properly. But then, as time passed, she reported that they’d stopped ‘working’. It was getting increasingly...