The Dreaded “F” Word

FAILURE. Such a tricky and touchy subject for me to talk about. How to accurately highlight some failing and then make sure that I correctly interpret it as a learning experience and grow from it, knowing that the object of the exercise is to see how I...

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Horsepower for Women who Lead

Call to Adventure We are calling on women who lead in completely different spheres of life (managers, mothers, coaches, teachers, entrepreneurs, ...) to join us on a 2-day adventure: Explore what energises and inspires you. Recognise what you are really...

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The Eyes of a Hungry Lion

In my work as a coach who enjoys the richness that working alongside my horses as equine facilitators brings to my clients’ experiences, I am also openly hungry for knowledge and wisdom that will continue to fire my passion for this work, and drive the sometimes...

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Mirror, Mirror on the wall…

A stranger called me today and offered to buy my horse. She had seen my mare cavorting in her paddock the previous weekend, and Jazz is apparently the spitting image of a much beloved mare she had left behind overseas. She tracked down my number and we had a...

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How to be more Aware of Behaviour

So, there I was, practicing positive reinforcements with Jazz and building a great relationship and getting very excited about her growth and learning, not to mention my own. Then she kicked me in the face. Oops. Or rather, ouch. Flippin’ OUCH. Talk about back to the...

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Forging Ahead – one step at a time

I’m sitting on the deck overlooking the dam at Mopani Camp in Kruger Park. I woke up this morning rather desperate for a leg stretch, so the run and walk and reflection time around the dam perimeter was real soul food for me. My overriding feeling today is one of...

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Horses and Husbands: positive reinforcement

I’ve been having a lot of fun teaching Jazz to do things and then rewarding her behaviour with a “ssscchhhh” noise (to imitate a click) and a small piece of carrot. Its called “positive reinforcement” and it means that every time she does something I want her to do...

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Leadership lessons for the family – from Jazz

I have always believed that our actions speak much louder than our words. This isn’t just wild supposition on my part – the research reveals that only 7% of our communication lies in the actual words we use. The other 93% is tone, body language etc. Pondering how to...

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Tennis balls and relationships

I like to think in pictures, and to my mind, a relationship is like a tennis ball. Imagine holding a tennis ball in your hand for the very first time – what do you most want to do with it? Yes of course, you want to throw it up in the air and catch it...

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Focus on the Family

2015.  A new year.  A new way. Some of the same. And some really new and fresh stuff. Its Easter already. Time for new birth, and for reflecting and a little bit of grieving for things we have let go of. Forging Ahead is changing shape this year, along...

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Where Did I Put That Compass???

Where Did I Put That Compass??? I know it was here somewhere… Last time I hauled it out to check the Feng Shui directions of our new house, it seemed in pretty good condition. How is it that I now can’t find the flippin’ instrument at all, let alone figure...

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Ironman Becomes Iron, Woman

Many who know me, know me as an Ironman triathlete. The middle-aged woman who trained really hard, pushing myself beyond my previously imagined boundaries, to be competitive in my age group, to be invited to compete as part of the SA team at the Olympic...

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Leadership Quotes

In doing some research recently, I came across hundreds of witty, pithy, sentimental and profound leadership quotes by a variety of famous and not so famous people. It made me wonder….if I were to sift through a handful or so of the more well known quotes,...

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What Achievement Are You Most Proud Of?

Several accomplishments spring to mind when I contemplate this question; its rather difficult to single out only one, as different areas of my life have led to very different experiences of achievements. As a single mother, I am incredibly proud of the...

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My Journey

My Journey. Two pairs of eyes stared at me in the rear-view mirror; one brown, one blue. “Mommy, the teacher says that smoking can kill you. What will happen to us if you die?” My heart contracted and I knew it was time. Time to sort out my health. Time to...

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