Listening, learning and laughing in lockdown....

So, 2020 eh? What a flipping rollercoaster? As I celebrated the New Year in with my daughter and my family I did not think this is what I was toasting to, if i knew I may have had something stronger than champagne! (Ok, it was Prosecco, shhhh)

Let me fast forward to the next important date in 2020, Valentine's day... and there I was in a solicitor's office signing (I know that is not in keeping with tradition for Valentine's but no one would listen!) redundancy contract!! Now don't crack out the tissues just yet, I saw this as a massive opportunity, I had spent 25 incredibly successful and fulfilling years at Vodafone in a variety of amazing roles. I was gambolling towards redundancy with all the hope, energy and optimism of a spring lamb! (Yes, I am aware what happens to spring lambs!!) Now felt the perfect time to set up my own business, explore possibilities, and with one swift squiggle of the pen my new life was arranged to start on 31st March. It was around this time that China was struggling with some virus and hand sanitiser started appearing on desks in the office. But hey, what was a little cold going to do to blight my new adventure?

March 23rd 2020 sh*t got REAL. I don't need to tell you, but 'covid', 'unprecedented', 'zoom', 'furlough', 'house party', and loads of other words including "you are on mute!" became every day language. The world locked down, and my adventure began to lose a little of it's colour and sparkle, again, no sympathy needed, others were losing their lives and livelihoods, this is no pity party, I am a lucky girl. I still felt optimistic but a new feeling was sneaking around the edges, catching me off guard, particularly at night and it was dulling my shine ... and that new feeling was fear. It was splashed with a little dash of panic too and that swirly feeling in my tummy, with a tightness in my chest that maybe, I had made an awfully, big, mistake.

My plan had been to take a month or two off (first real rest in 25 years), finish my 2nd year Psychotherapy studies, and then throw myself into some corporate consultancy work, my experience in Retail, Customer Experience, Communications, Learning & Development and my passion for Leadership Development would surely throw up some amazing work with some fantastic companies. This would pay well and afford me the extra time to pursue my heart and to coach people, one on one, help them achieve results, career progression, have clear plans and release them from all the stuff holding them back.

But the world locked down, the corporates were thrown into turmoil, budgets were slashed, and my connections fell silent....

In other news, the sun shone, my daughter came home from uni and w