Elaine’s Blog

I hope you enjoy these ramblings

Do You Want to Live Forever?

Do You Want to Live Forever?

There’s a village in Sardinia called Seulo that has the highest number of centenarians in the world. And? Seulo is one of the world’s ‘blue zones’. Blue zones aren’t the coldest part of the house, they’re places in the world where people live and live and live and...

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Why Coaching Isn’t the Same as Negotiating

Why Coaching Isn’t the Same as Negotiating

This week, I watched a documentary about the cult NXIVM. During this documentary, psychologists talked about the power of NLP to manipulate cult members, and this got me thinking about how different coaching modalities are used to manipulate and how far this...

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Are You Driving in the Middle Lane?

Are You Driving in the Middle Lane?

Middle lane hogging is, according to a RAC survey, the most frustrating thing for motorway drivers. You may know that most of our motorways only have three lanes here in the UK, and the middle lane is for overtaking, not for cruising. I have, hands up, been known to...

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Why You Should Spend Time Instead of Saving It

Why You Should Spend Time Instead of Saving It

In 1972 two seconds were added to time. The seconds were added because it was a leap year and time was out of sync with the earth’s rotation. Did those two seconds change the course of anyone’s life? Who knows? Someone might have stepped out into the road in front of...

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Should You Accept the Unacceptable?

Should You Accept the Unacceptable?

When you think of acceptance, what comes to mind? Do you think that accepting what is means that nothing changes? Or do you think that accepting what is right now means everything can change? Acceptance might feel like a gift for some people, and for others, it might...

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Vampires Don’t Only Come Out at Night

Vampires Don’t Only Come Out at Night

You’ve probably watched one or two vampire films; they’re just fiction, right? No, various types of vampires exist in human form, and whilst they don’t suck your blood, they can suck the life out of you. I became good friends with a slightly older woman in my first...

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Me? I’m a Self-Correcting Machine

Me? I’m a Self-Correcting Machine

No, I’m not pretending to be a transformer. But my body, like yours, self-corrects. The human body is an amazing machine. It self-regulates, self-repairs, and self-corrects. I’ve had first-hand experience of this recently. I’ve had bits cut off, repaired, and sewn up,...

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What Chess Teaches Me About Life

What Chess Teaches Me About Life

A few years ago, I thought it would be a good idea to learn how to play chess. My partner and I enjoy playing backgammon, cards and board games with friends, and I thought this would be a great addition. But when I lost the 99th game in a row, I threw in the towel. I...

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