Diary Room


More Strings to my Bow

I love being self-employed but standing still isn’t an option.  I need to add more strings to my bow.  So I signed up for a proofreading course.

Posted 20th January 2016

Volunteering with Age UK

Because no-one should have no-one.

Posted 16th November 2015

No-Fear Press Releases

Many years ago, when I first started temping, my boss asked me to draft a press release to publicise a forthcoming event.  Cue panic and confusion!

Posted 13th October 2015

The Little Book of Talent – by Daniel Coyle

A "Six Months On" review of my review of The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle.   What happened next ...

Posted 15th July 2014

The Meaning of (Office) Life

Have you ever looked at your work colleagues and wondered “what are we doing here?” or even “how did we get here?”


If so, you are not alone ... 

Posted 29th March 2014

All Clients Great and Small

All VAs know the importance of attracting and retaining good clients.  But if you’re not the extrovert type, if your background isn’t in sales, marketing or PR, where do you start?  How do you push yourself forward to get noticed and get your business growing?

Luckily, there are as many ways as there are potential clients …

Posted 26th July 2013

"Dog Leaps as Children Play" : A Summer's Day in 1948

This photograph has always been a real talking point.  Taken on a family day out at Tynemouth Beach, it shows my Mam, Chrissie (in the white dress) and her older sister, my Aunty Peggy, with Sandy the dog.

Posted 1st June 2013

Branches of the Family Tree

A couple of months ago I started researching my family tree – and it’s thrown up a few surprises.

Posted 10th June 2012

(Half) Moonwalk 2012

Posted 14th May 2012