When it Pays to Look Back!

My husband lives and breathes my Walk & Talk ethos, and (annoyingly to me) smashes through 30,000 steps when he is on coaching and conference calls working from home! However, an incident last week highlighted how you should always be aware of your surroundings and the impact you have on others. It's all too possible to be 100% focused on the task in hand, but forget to be “present”.

My husband started his calls at 7.30am one morning last week and, as he always does, used the woods and village surrounding where we live as his walking route. As he was finishing a call at 10.30am, he reached our front door only to be tapped on the shoulder by a gentleman and a posse of other people in anoraks accompanied by their dogs.

“Hey mate - What are you doing around here? We’ve been following you for hours as you looked really suspicious and we’ve called the police!”. The Neighbourhood Watch at their finest.

We've lived in our village for 12 years now, and my husband passes these same people while out running four times a week. However, roaming around the village and woods in a hoody and parka coat obviously conveyed a very different image on this occasion!

Don't get me wrong; we're absolutely delighted to have an active Neighbourhood Watch, and that we sleep soundly in our beds at night because of it. You'll also be pleased to know (as was I!) that my husband was not arrested. However, what is important to remember is to always “notice” what is around you; have the self-awareness to realise that even when you think you have no impact on others, you can still do so.

Realise your surroundings; 
Aspire to be a good member of the community; and
Do look back, every now and again at least!

Blog Posts

  • thumb_alarm-814507_1920.jpg
    Do you ever ask yourself this question? Or perhaps you ask yourself the same question on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and the rest of the week too? If so, read on...
  • thumb_the-wizard-of-oz-516687_1920.jpg
    “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become” - Angela Ahrendts.
  • thumb_Canva - Man Wearing White Top in Front of Woman Wearing Blue Long-sleeved Top.jpg
    If, as an organisation, you can create an open culture where your employees feel able to talk about mental health, menopause, and perhaps other subjects which have previously been a "taboo", you can support people in both staying and thriving in their work.
  • thumb_pretty-girl-2039176_1920_0.jpg
    I'm writing this Christmas article to show my appreciation and gratitude for all the support from friends, colleagues, partners and clients who I've had the pleasure of meeting and working with this year.
  • thumb_Canva - People on Christmas Tree at Home during Winter.jpg
    There are only 7 days left until Christmas, which I always feel seems to put people in a better mood. So, what about those people in our lives who always make us smile? The family and friends who bring out the best in us; who know us, and who we can be ourselves with? Being the "authentic you" is important!