I am a story archaeologist. I help people unearth the treasure buried in their life stories. I firmly believe that, no matter what anyone says about how boring they are, there is no such thing as an ordinary life. That’s why my favourite TV programmes are the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? and the documentary Long Lost Family, which reunites mothers parted from sons, brothers … [Read more...] about Stories of a life less ordinary
A friend of mine once told me that coming events cast their shadow. At the time I didn’t really know what she meant; I was too busy living in a champagne bubble to care. The year was 1988, I was the editor of a pop magazine and had no boundaries in place between work and play. I did both far too hard and the notion of a holiday was alien to me. Then the aforementioned friend invited … [Read more...] about A Warm Glass of Flat Cola
When I first started to share some of my personal stories, a part of me wondered if it was a little self-indulgent, that I might be perceived as a bit of a show-off or self-centred. Even though I always made sure that I made a wider point that would hopefully inspire my audience, the nagging voice remained. However, the more I allowed myself to be real and vulnerable, the better the response I … [Read more...] about There’s no such thing as an ordinary life
One of the joys of social media is that serendipitous moment when you find people you’d lost along the way. So it was that I reconnected with an old acquaintance, someone I’d met on an NLP training course more than a decade ago. He has gone on to become a managing director while my path has taken a few twists and turns before ending up where I am today - as a sort of portfolio worker, doing a … [Read more...] about Do you remember when…? No, I don’t…
If you organise your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story and then turn your story into something bigger - something that matters. Blake Mycoskie … [Read more...] about
Our brains are hardwired to tell stories. We make sense of our inner and outer worlds by coming up with a narrative. I’ve written here before about our storytelling brains, and how the bulk of our memories are fiction. We all have our stories - from the gossipy small stories to the big, narrative arc of our life story. There’s nothing wrong with telling tales, as long as we remain aware that … [Read more...] about When is it time to rewrite the script?