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Finding a Perfect Home

About two years ago, I was working with an amazing client. She is a high-achiever and holds herself to the highest possible standards. She was house-hunting at the time, and the process was quite painful. It brought up a lot of insecurities; there were some setbacks...

What Does Perfection Give You?

14 July 2010, Birmingham, England. It’s getting dark outside, and I’m sitting in front of a screen in a computer cluster for PhD students. Tomorrow I have to hand in my thesis, and this is my last chance to spot any typos or mistakes. And suddenly I find one. It sends...

Reflections on Dogs and Feelings

One of my favourite activities in life is walking in nature. When my kids are off school, we spend a lot of time outdoors in local parks. Inevitably, we meet dogwalkers. Most dogs here are friendly, and I had a period when my son wanted to pet every single dog in the...

Tell Your Story!

This blog is a transcript of a speech I gave. You can watch the video here (it's 3.5 minutes long) or you can read the story below the video When I was born, my dad stood over my crib and cursed me for… being a girl I never had a chance to talk to him about it,...

Good Enough

When was the first time you felt you were not good enough? Let me tell you about my experience. I’m six and I enter our kitchen. My mum is there with slit wrists, black rivers running down her fingers and two puddles of blood on the floor. I scream, and my...

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