Author Archive for Sonia Lakshman

Is your past deciding your future?

So, here’s an interesting way to look at our minds…. Most often when we are DEPRESSED we are thinking about the PAST. (the things we wish we’d done, the chances we wish we’d taken, the things we wished we had or hadn’t said, the way things turned out, how it should have been etc etc etc. Yes it can be…

How to ACTUALLY change things

Idling  in the bath contemplating life, the universe and other things my eye caught the strapline on my body lotion jar   But this isn’t a review for a health and  beauty column! It’s about how we successfully change things. I don’t know about you, but I’ve realised that we change things not by the one-off big overture, but by…

Desperate to escape your office desk?

For those of you who ache for something more than the ping of another email and the relentless digital slew of information, gardener Dan Pearson’s interview on Desert Island Discs is like a deep breath of fresh air. It begins “There’s nothing quite like the feeling of freedom that comes when you combine the cerebral and the physical.’ And ends…

Career change tester pot style

If fear of making the wrong career decision (or just having too many choices) has paralysed you into inaction maybe you need to experiment tester pot style.   Anyone who has been confronted by the abject confusion of a paint swatch chart will relate to this. It doesn’t matter how long you stare at the chart and think about what…

Finding Your Tribe

Finding Your Tribe Someone I know, an escaped lawyer who is now doing an MBA said to me the other day that when she looked around her on the course she realized this – that though she was enjoying the intellectual challenge, what frustrates her about her MBA colleagues was that they were not her tribe. Then she looked at…

What are the ingredients of a great idea…?

Something that’s needed, a problem to be solved or Something that makes people happy or BOTH! Enter the Nana Cafe. A genius idea from Katie Harris. Here was the problem – Older people, with lots of talents, often isolated. Here was the solution – A cool cafe for the community, run by older people, who cook up a treat with…