Starting any new venture might feel daunting. However, sometimes you just know you must take the first step. You might not even appreciate what is driving you.

Even so, your conviction tells you with some clarity and certainty that your new project is what you must do. So, take the first step; it might only be a small move, but it will start you on your journey. Good luck!

How to be a brainy business

By McDonnell-Hockley / 09/07/2020 /

A brainy business is one that understands the brain. And because it understands the brain, it also understands people, customers, clients, employees. This year [2020] has exposed the brain death of so many businesses because they are overly reliant on websites to address issues that require human interaction. Many businesses genuinely do not know how…

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Do gratitude journals make a difference?

By McDonnell-Hockley / 02/07/2020 /

Taking time to appreciate what you have can make a world of difference. What are the lyrics to “Big Yellow Taxi”? Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone The great thing with a gratitude journal is that you appreciate what you have when you have it.…

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Address the frustration

By McDonnell-Hockley / 25/06/2020 /

(A story of inner disharmony) Olivia has decided she wants to have a Zoom session and has managed to find a time when the others in the household are preoccupied unpacking a grocery delivery. Her hair is longer than she would usually wear it, though she looks rested.  I ask, ‘Where would you like to…

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What really matters?

By McDonnell-Hockley / 18/06/2020 /

Amid lockdown I embraced the Konmari Method, considering each item I own in terms of levels of joy or usefulness. If there was no joy or no purpose it was time to let the item go, otherwise, it could stay. The result was a realisation that for years when I believed I was cleaning a…

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Electric Anxiety

By McDonnell-Hockley / 11/06/2020 /

There is no doubt about it: levels of anxiety have soared in recent weeks. For some, the anxiety contained within the body has resulted in what feels like little electric shocks through the system. These are not constant but just an occasional twinge. Sometimes this sensation is strong; other times it is gentle but each…

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Buying into Fear

By McDonnell-Hockley / 04/06/2020 /

Between 1848–1855 the California Gold Rush was well underway. People worked hard at the land and bought shovels to dig for gold. And the only ones who always made money were landowners and shovel makers/ sellers, with a few lucky souls hitting gold along the way. The modern equivalent is the internet. Some lucky souls…

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Imagine You at 100

By McDonnell-Hockley / 28/05/2020 /

Imagine you live to be 100! What will you need to be able to do to fend for yourself? You have no family to help you; it is just you, and you are alone. What is your state of health? Where do you live? Are you up on the latest technology? What is your quality…

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Education in meltdown

By McDonnell-Hockley / 21/05/2020 /

Students and staff are equally stretched. Vast numbers of academic staff are wondering how long their jobs will exist. All the while they upload their lectures and seminars, wondering if once online their intellectual property is lost forever due to some small clause in their contract.  (Academic contracts are designed to keep legal minds employed…

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Anxiety: the future we are creating

By McDonnell-Hockley / 14/05/2020 /

In 2020 the earth entered a black hole that shifted it forward in time. Only those able to access the internet could order food online, pay their bills, arrange doctor’s appointments.  Age-old issues Those who were 70+ were required by governments to self-isolate or risk contracting a deadly flu-like virus. This meant they stayed home. …

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The Melting of Time

By McDonnell-Hockley / 07/05/2020 /

In the past month, time has melted, days have blended together. I now rely on the internet for food supplies, contact with family and friends as well as entertainment.  Self-isolation has proved to be a challenge. I watch with interest as people express themselves on the internet, some aiming to distract us with comedy, others…

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