Lockdown Ramblings Part Eight – Juggling in a pandemic

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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One of the main feelings I’m getting myself and from others at the moment is the demands of so many different things on us. Work – worrying about the people we serve or colleagues, or whether we even have a job to go back to. Home and keeping things in order in some way – […]

Lockdown ramblings Part Seven – Relationships count

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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There’s so much written about relationships as they are so important. We are born through relationship, every day of our lives is touched by relationships and our death is made harder through the thought of separation from those we love. The reason for this blog is that relationships have become such a focus of healing […]

Lockdown ramblings Part Six – It’s all about me!

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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A thought that has struck me today and has been simmering actually all through this lockdown period is this – it’s all up to me! What do I mean by that? In normal circumstances I rely a lot on other people for company, stimulation, comfort, entertainment and support. At the moment that’s not so possible. […]

The Danger of Assumptions

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’m forever shocked at how easy it is for us all to make assumptions about other people. We all do it, even when we try really hard not to. You can’t help but bring all your own past, your own opinions and your own baggage to conversations and assume others feel the same. I’m on […]

What motivates us?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Yesterday I talked about my origin story for starting BraveHeart and something that came up for me was just how fascinating it is that we are all so different. When I was a middle manager in a large Corporate motivating staff to work well was a daily focus. Now as a parent of teenagers motivation […]

What does your face really say?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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We all have that friend who whatever they might be saying they just have a miserable looking face. Or maybe it’s that friend who has a dry sense of humour – really funny sayings out of the mouth but a blank facial expression. Then of course, there’s the other friend who grins incessantly even when […]

Live a simple life

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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It’s the last week of the summer holidays here and we’re all looking towards next week. I have to say it’s been a summer of tidying up for us in the Marshall household and it’s made me think today about new terms and how complicated and cluttered our lives can become. For my children (and […]

What is within your power?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’ve been thinking and wrestling recently with what I have control over in my life. There are many things we can’t control. We can’t control how others behave and how the feel. We can influence and I believe we can play a part in changing people’s experience of something. However, at the end of the […]

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I love this Christmas song – I love the words and the sentiment that regardless of what might be going on in our lives we might be able to put that aside for a few days and focus on the good things such as family and friends. This last year has been a very difficult […]

When does control move to influence?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’ve just come back from a two day parenting teens course with lots of great, inspiring and challenging thoughts in my mind. One is around control and influence. When my children were younger we (the adults) felt in control of their behaviour and to some extent their feelings too. Maybe we never were actually in […]

The Power of Connection

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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We all want to be seen and to know that we matter. I’ve shown this video many times in our training as it is such a good explanation of empathy and what it actually means. It’s not about passing judgement on others or even being able to identify because we’ve gone through the same thing. […]

Have we become de-sensitised?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Whilst eating my porridge and drinking my coffee in McDonalds in Birmingham City Centre this morning I was shocked to see the amount of homeless men around, waiting for some compassion from those around them. I know there are lots of conflicting emotions and opinions for us on this subject, and I’m not raising this […]

Watch your language

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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It’s so easy to just open our mouths and say the first thing that comes to our minds. Sometimes, we may have even considered what to say and how to say it before we let it out. Either way we may not be totally aware of how the other person receives what we say. We […]

Are you REALLY listening to me?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I used to think I was quite a good listener. That was until I started a coaching course many years ago now and had to admit that actually I don’t really listen all that well sometimes. I’m not the kind of person who looks over peoples’ shoulders while they speak looking for a better option, […]

What’s so scary about being sad?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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This may be a subject I’ve spoken on before as it makes a regular appearance in my life – BC and AC (before children and after children). Why do we find it sooo hard to be with powerful, dark and scary emotions in others, and sometimes in ourselves too? As I’ve been talking more in […]

Can we ever truly belong?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’ve just started reading Brene Brown’s new book on belonging called Braving the Wilderness. It’s already raised some questions for me that I’m pondering in the light of my own journey of belonging, but also my children’s. Knowing you belong in a family or group and feeling that you belong are two different things. Our […]

The Power of Acceptance

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Leprosy is not something we hear about very often these days. It’s a disease that many of us believe to be extinct but apparently 210,000 new cases are diagnosed each year! This Sunday coming – 28th January is Leprosy awareness day. When I was researching this all I could think about was the fact that […]

When are we all 100% present?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I read an article this week that raised an issue I’ve been frustrated over for some time now. Why do we insist on punishing children for things out of their control? This article spoke of children being penalised for being off sick from school – not being allowed on trips, being shamed for having attendance […]