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This week in the UK the BBC is running a week-long 'Faith in the World Week' programme looking into the reality of “Being Single”. Launched last Sunday, this is a week of celebrating what it means to be single with programmes and features across a number of BBC platforms, mostly on their Radio 2 station. I am single and have been for a long time – so this feature caught my attention. It is not often that the media at large looks at this aspect of society. If you, like me, are single then you are part of an increasing demographic. More people are living as singles in the UK – it’s about 40% of the population and is increasing in every age group (according to the Office of National Statistics and YouGov).

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Seeking the perfect relationship with others is often about learning to have the right relationship with ourselves. In this blog I share some insights into how the way we have learned to view the world affects the way we view ourselves, and consequently the way we perceive others! Towards the end is a quick quiz – a self-audit to help you understand your perceptions. This is the first step to maximising your potential for happier, healthier personal and professional relationships! Your relationship with you…

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Finding lasting love with the “right” person is high on most people’s wish list. Finding your ideal partner is just the first challenge knowing whether they are a “keeper” or one to leave before they do any damage is the second and if that wasn’t difficult enough the third and longest challenge is how to maintain a loving inter-dependent relationship over time and through the many significant challenges of daily living.

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Life has changed remarkably since World War 2. Until then marriage was seen as a contract far more binding than it is now. The reality was that once they were married, most women had few opportunities to be independent and to fulfill their needs and dreams outside the home. Society had a very clear view of what was acceptable, and this was generally based on what worked well for the children and the husband.

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There appears to be a huge mismatch between the romantic fairy story of “Happy Ever After” and the reality for many married couples who find the reality of being married to their spouse very different than their ideal.  This puts a huge strain on a couple’s relationship from the outset.  For many couples the problems start to manifest themselves quite quickly after all the razzmatazz of the ceremony is over.  So why do couples say nothing?

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Gina introduces herself and her work with her coaching clients and her beliefs around helping people, and how learning to walk twice as an adult whilst also running an award-winning school has informed her approach to living a life that is thriving and not just surviving.

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We all operate in three-time dimensions; the past, the present and the future. Where we choose to focus our attention has a profound effect on the quality of our lives.

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Families come in all shapes and sizes. At the heart of family life is love and when things go wrong it is the unconditional love which makes it bearable. Unconditional doesn’t mean soft!

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Are You Living The Dream? Every choice we make has consequences. When work takes over, it has significant consequences across the whole of your life. Some consequences will be positive and others negative. It is the balance between the activity and what it costs you which determines whether you should continue with it. The trouble is we so rarely take the time to take stock of what we are doing and the impact it has on ourselves and those around us.

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Discover the power of language – a hand grenade or dove of peace, a destroyer of self-belief or a creator of confidence and how you can harness its positive power in your own life  Whatever you’re saying to yourself right now; stop it! Discover a simple technique to maximise the potential of the language you use and feel greater confidence and fulfilment.

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