Unconventional Wisdom

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of attending TEDxManchester. It was a fascinating, inspiring day and my brain is still mulling over all the interesting ideas that were presented. Eventually - when I've had time to fully digest the day - I will write a post sharing some of my favourite ideas and take-aways. As [...]

Still Thriving

Five years ago today, I launched Thrive In Chaos and sent this post out into the world. I established this blog as a means of dealing with a difficult time in my life. I wanted to create a place where I could foster positivity and find a way to thrive, even when I felt that [...]

The Power Of Storytelling

I wrote this post for ECBC Manchester in celebration of National Storytelling Week. This is shortened version of the original: if you'd like to read the whole thing, you can do so here. The history of humankind is inextricably tied up with that of storytelling. From the earliest cave paintings, through the development of signed [...]

Who Are You?

Maybe it’s judgemental to think we know what someone else’s ‘best self’ should look like, but when someone seems to go out of their way to be rude or disrespectful, I can’t help but wonder why they choose that instead of choosing to be better... Who are you To look at me like that? Why [...]

Empathy & Leadership

A couple of years ago I completed a qualification in leadership and management as part of my continuing professional development. I loved the course, met some brilliant people and learnt a lot. At the time, I was not in a position of leadership but was hoping that I might get the chance to move in [...]

A Moment In Time

I have done a few of these 'Moment in Time' posts now and I always really enjoy them. It's a lovely way to pause, take a step back from the chaos of everyday life, reflect on what's going on, exercise some gratitude and think forward. I invite (and encourage) you to create your own moment [...]

A Life’s Made Of Hope…

“Yes, the night has dark bits, but it has stars too, And you’ll feel when they shine, That they shine just for you, You will step outside and see from the park, That the light is brighter when it’s next to the dark. You will have so many great times ahead, And soft happy dreams [...]

NaNoWriMo Check In – Days 3 & 4

Day 3 of #NaNoWriMo and #wrimohero's prompt was #calltoadventure - how do you generate ideas? I get a lot of my ideas from the environment around me. Places, found objects, the weather - my imagination spots the most random and insignificant things as I’m going about my day and runs riot with them! I collect [...]

Taking The Plunge

I wasn't going to do this. I really wasn't going to do this. Why would I? November is ALWAYS one of the busiest months in my year. Extra intervention programmes to run at work means increased workload and longer working hours. My birthday (Yay!) means fun outings with friends and family. Drawing closer to the [...]

Autumn Mornings

Last September we got a puppy. She turned our lives upside down (mostly for the better - who can resist a happy puppy face in the morning and when you get home from work?) but probably the biggest change she made is that I now actually HAVE to get up when my alarm goes off [...]