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. […]

Is Mental Health as important as Physical Health?

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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 been such a lot in the media over the last few months about mental health, whether in adults or children. It’s something that we’re very conscious of at BraveHeart as our children and young people struggle with their own mental health issues. Not only that, but the impact of living and working with children […]

Take a break…have a kit kat

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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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Only those of a certain age will remember the adverts about kit kats….the concept of taking a break, with a cup of tea or coffee, feet up and a nice kit kat. As we approach the summer holidays I have to say I’m really looking forward to a break myself. We’ve had a busy year […]

The thing no-one wants to talk about

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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 been 8 years since we adopted and 18 years since we got married. To say that we have always been a volatile couple is an understatement. I thought after those 10 years together there couldn’t be anything else that could put a strain on our marriage and then our children arrived! Don’t get me […]

Survive or thrive?

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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 week’s theme is surviving strategies – what a great theme? One that we ALL need to hear and have probably struggled to find over many years. We’ve been in this world of adoption for about 11 years now – 3 on the process and 8 with our three children. Along this incredible journey there […]

A BraveHeart in a brave new world

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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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Recently I’ve been overwhelmed by some of the expectations there are around my life. Admittedly mostly from myself, but they are there. As an adoptive parent there are expectations – from my children, from other adopters, from all the other people involved in our lives. I’m sure it’s the same for birth parents – we […]

Can we be both happy and certain?

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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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Years ago things seemed to be so much more certain. You went to school, studied, got good exam results, went to Uny, got a job, married, kids – set for life. I’m not sure if it ever was really like that, but that’s how it appeared. Particularly in terms of jobs – a ‘job for […]

Which wolf are you feeding?

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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 saw a really interesting film recently – Tomorrow Land starring George Clooney. One of the thoughts they used throughout the film was based on an old Cherokee story: One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two […]

How strong a hold does the past have on 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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‘The past is a place of reference not a place of residence’, Willie Jolley. I’ve been mulling this over in relation to my own story but also my children’s. The memories we have of our past can be so strong, they seem to have such a hold on us and often they’re not even real. […]

A Space for Recovery

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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 went to a conference this last week called ‘Trauma, Resilience and Recovery’ run by Jane Evans and Lisa Cherry. It was a brilliant day with lots to think about as a result. One of the phrases that Lisa Cherry used when she spoke has stuck with me and I’m mulling over what this means […]

Life goes on….

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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 in a particularly honest mood which is probably not the best place to write a blog from so apologies straight away! My blog buddy and I are writing to the theme ‘Life goes on’ this week and I love the fact that we never read each others before we write ours – that way […]

Why are we here?

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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’re doing a series at our church at the moment called Ask It – it’s asking the big questions in life and talking through what the answers might be. So the first week we looked at the question “what’s the wise thing to do?”. I’ve been thinking about my own big questions and when I […]

Secondary trauma in schools

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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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As a parent of three adopted children secondary trauma is something I think about often – the impact of living with children who’ve experienced early trauma. However I’m also beginning to see more of this in education. I’m sure it’s always been the case but maybe we never identified it as such. If you are […]

One word goal for 2014

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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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Many years ago now I heard someone speak about goals. I’ve always set myself goals and believe it’s important to know what you want so you can work towards that. However this one thought within the talk stuck with me and has given me a great tool that I use every year to help me […]

Who has the reigns?

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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 would like to believe we have full control of our lives. I’ve heard over the years, and whole heartedly believed, that we can change the course of our lives, that we can always make a change if we really want to and given the right set of circumstances. However as I get older […]