What Learning Mandarin Taught Me About Persistence

“John, what is the word for mouse?” Teesside John, pauses, he’s sat behind me in the lecture hall so I don’t actual get to see his body language, but I sense his discomfort as he stumbles to try and answer a question he doesn’t actually know the answer to. The sound of his voice stutters, … Continue reading What Learning Mandarin Taught Me About Persistence

Dealing with the Christmas blues

Dealing with the Christmas blues It’s Christmas! But for some this can be a challenging time of year – they may be suffering a bereavement or loss, lonely or suffering from mental health problems. Even simply saying a simple greeting: “Happy Christmas” Can feel like a slight. If you have your reasons for not enjoying … Continue reading Dealing with the Christmas blues

Just what the doctor ordered

I walked in to see my GP a gibbering wreck.  Despite knowing I needed to do this, there was a reluctance to what I was about to do. Despite being at my peak of fitness I doddered over to my seat like an 80 year old. I sat down and swallowed, my nerves made me … Continue reading Just what the doctor ordered