Inspiration

Self-compassion Tuesdays, find your strength in relaxation and renewal

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 05/04/2020   |   Categories: Coaching, Compassion, Leadership, Making change, Mindfulness

It may feel like one hurdle after another right now – each one harder than the next. Bushfires, funding applications, now Covid19. The world is going through climate, health and economic shake up that was not on anyone’s radar 12 or even six months ago. It is OK to feel shaken by all of this – but as leaders you may feel the pressure to show a calm face when underneath you are paddling like mad. Self Compassion is NOT self-pity – but a powerful and practical tool to support you as leaders in difficult circumstances and in rebuilding your team and organisation in the future. Read more...


Lean in to your weak spots and make them your new best friends

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 17/03/2020   |   Categories: Career Development, Inspiration, Making change, Mindfulness

I was talking to my husband about a job which would push me way outside my comfort zone. As I went back and forth on the pros and cons, and whether I actually had the skills and qualifications to do it he looked up from his ipad and said – “Oh just lean in to your imposter syndrome.” Read more...


Collective Actions and Decisions: Making Change

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 25/02/2020   |   Categories: Compassion, Decision Making, Inspiration, Leading in crisis, Making change, Mindfulness

We have been powerfully reminded this summer in Australia that our world is continually impacted by our collective actions and decisions, and yet it can feel on a day-to-day level that much is actually out of our control. However we can make a difference if we really want to, in our lives and those of others. Read more...


The hidden costs of focusing on the urgent and not the important

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 16/12/2019   |   Categories: Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Intuition, Leadership, Leading in crisis, Mindfulness

I recently stayed with my sister and my 18 year old niece (M), and offered to help them throw out some clothes that no longer "brought joy". We started out making good progress, teaching the process of appreciating what you have and letting go of what no longer "serves" you. The session was a bit derailed by a little family politics: me encouraging M. to keep some things that annoyed her mum; her mum overruling a few decisions; and a side campaign by M, to hide a few pieces in her older sister's wardrobe. Whilst a healthy family dynamic has room for fun and games, there can be a shadow side of power and control: undermining my sister's influence; re-asserting parental values; sneaking t-shirts into someone else's drawer. And I did feel a bit of guilt afterwards that what should have been a learning experience for M. got a bit overwritten by her mum's and my agendas. The same can happen in our workplaces when we interrupt someone's learning or development opportunity for our own purposes or gain. Read more...


Why being “the best” could be your biggest hurdle to a successful working life

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 09/12/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Inspiration, Intuition, Making change, Mindfulness, Strategic Planning

Are you a high achiever, a leader in your sector, an award winner? Did you get constant high scores at class and now have glowing performance reviews? Are you the one people think of when they need an expert? And…. Do you also feel isolated, exhausted and alone? Kirsten Neff talks about the importance of self-compassion over self-esteem in her wonderful (and for me game-changing) TedX talk. Self esteem is based on achieving, winning, being outstanding. However, there can be only one winner at one time. Read more...


How to Develop a Career Strategy with Clarity & Confidence

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 01/11/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Inspiration, Leadership, Making change, New Business, Strategic Planning

Start 2020 on the right foot, join Judith Bowtell of Albany Lane for How to Develop a Career Strategy with Clarity and Confidence, a 6 week online course that will deliver confidence and clarity to your action plan and a place where you can flex your muscles and get ready to fly. It's difficult to navigate your career options when you are a solo business owner multi-tasking, but getting out of your comfort zone, and trying new ways of thinking about things, will give you new insights to take back to your business, to build better relationships with your clients and community, and ultimately the business that surrounds you. Read more...


Is it that time of the year already?

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 01/11/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Compassion, Inspiration, Intuition, Making change, Mindfulness

Like mince pies at Woollies, the signs of Christmas and the end of the year come earlier and earlier. Or does it? Now I'm not a scientist, but I am pretty sure that time works the same ALL THE TIME, so the end of year "speed up" is as much a creation of our minds as the Santa stories we tell our children. Read more...


Burnout– A Personal Experience

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 25/10/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Inspiration, Making change, Mindfulness

Why we need time to hang out, chill out and waste time in our busy lives. A new book Burnout: The Secret to Solving the Stress Cycle suggests that at least 42% of our lives need to be spent in rest and recovery for us to function and more importantly avoid burnout. That's 10 hours a day for sleep, exercise, food and reconnection to ourselves. For me that still seems like jamming a lot into my non-sleep self-time. Where is showering and staring at the mirror? Where's the hours spent in wondering the house picking things up just to put them down, chilling on couch with your kids and/or screen devices, aimless (but not pointless) conversations with family and friends? Where's the playing tug of war with the dog and worrying if her teeth are starting to fallout and then playing it again? Read more...


How to make your day last longer

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 24/10/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Coaching, Inspiration, Making change, Mindfulness

Can you remember a period in your life when, if you look back on it now, time seemed to stretch on forever? When a week seemed like four, or an hour seemed like it went on for days? What were you doing during that period? Chances are, you were probably doing something (or a whole bunch of something) that was brand new to you and demanded your attention. The funny thing is, when you focus on what you are doing you actually slowed down time or at least how your brain perceived that time. Neuroscientist David Eagleman explains that this is how your brain perceives time. Read more...


Join us for Strategic Planning for Solo Entrepreneurs

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 04/07/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Inspiration, Making change, New Business, Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning for Solo Entrepreneurs is a new face book group that will take you strategically through 6 weeks of process for more clarity and increased confidence in your working life. Ideal for Sole Trader, entrepreneurs and those who want to make their side hustle a little less side and a little more hustle. The tools we unpack are especially effective for creative workers, as they use visualisation, imagery and break down business development concepts for non-business brains. Read more...


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