HOW DO I STAY SANE?

Siobhan Harper-NunesBalance, The Simple Things

What a funny question yet that’s precisely what I was asked recently by a colleague: “you’re always so upbeat, even in the eye of a storm, how do you stay sane?”  And yes, I work for 4 voluntary organisations that provide vital services to women as well as running Shakti Women so things can get a little bit “salty” from … Read More

ARE YOU A POWERFUL WOMAN OR A PUPPET ON A STRING?

Siobhan Harper-NunesDevelopment

Over the course of a lifetime we learn or inherit a lot of baggage or ways for responding to situations that do not serve us. It’s simply negative conditioning. Even our sub-conscious self can sometimes undermine our best intentions because “she” is programmed to protect us. For example, if we plan something a little bit scary or uncomfortable she says … Read More

EQUALITY – IT’S NOT A PICK AND MIX!

Siobhan Harper-NunesDevelopment, Equality

It makes me sad when I see everyday sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, or ageism. It makes me sad when people use acts of atrocity conducted by a crazy tyranny to slate and undermine the rights of others. More recently the events in London and now Manchester, and the subsequent Muslim bashing on social media has made me sad to be … Read More

TAKE TIME OUT TO DAYDREAM

Siobhan Harper-NunesBalance, Development, The Simple Things

Giving our creative mind expression, is as important as pounding away at our goals and targets. Why? Because every human being needs time to think, to reflect, to simply be. After all, we are HUMAN BEINGS not HUMAN DOINGS and if we let the balance slip, trust me, our productivity starts to drop. BALANCE is often under-rated and yet it … Read More

YOU USED TO TAKE ME DANCING a poem by Siobhan Harper-Nunes

Siobhan Harper-NunesUncategorized

You used to take me dancing:  Strutting through the bustling night club streets with a bounce in our stride and a swagger on our hips Awash with the joy and anticipation of the beat Together we owned that space and moved like an Amazonian queen – head high, tall, wide, proud, fierce. Now we’re not so tall I saw our … Read More

WHAT WILL I TELL MY DAUGHTER?

Siobhan Harper-NunesDevelopment, Relationships

I will tell her to find her passion and to pursue it with gusto. This doesn’t always appear the day we set foot on this planet but there are clues from the day we start growing into our authentic selves or it will reveal itself to her slowly and surely, and when it does, to nurture it, cherish it and … Read More

INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Siobhan Harper-NunesDevelopment

In November 2016 I won the West Midlands Woman of the Year, Outstanding Contribution to Leadership and whist I train others to understand their leadership potential, design programmes on leadership, manage a two teams and lead in so many ways, I’d rarely reflected on the style of leadership I adopt and more importantly, the style I want to develop and … Read More

FEELING LIKE A FOX!

Siobhan Harper-NunesDevelopment, The Simple Things

For the past few days I have felt decidedly low. The New Year which I was so excited to herald in brought none of the thrills I was expecting. Instead I felt a profound sense of loneliness – an omen of despair. I locked myself away thinking surely this would pass but when on the third day I still felt … Read More

WALKING TOWARD MY DREAM

Siobhan Harper-NunesUncategorized

I wrote this piece in 2005 and recently found it in a moment of clarity when thinking about the power of dreams combined with action. Yes I made some really big changes the following year. Yes I have been on that beach, yes I have been in that house, no it’s not yet mine BUT IT WILL BE!!! I hope … Read More

I WILL LOVE YOU

Siobhan Harper-NunesRelationships

If I want a beautiful home, I spend time flicking through magazines, looking at colours, seeing how they work together, planning and budgeting for the stuff I want around me. If I want a beautiful garden, I take time to pluck out the weeds, I sweep the paths, and I stroll around garden centres and gaze at pictures I love. … Read More