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Julia Pitt

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Julia Pitt, MA is a trained Personal Development Coach, certified NLP Practitioner, writer and public speaker. Qualifying through the Coaching Academy in London, England, Julia uses coaching methodology and tools to help her clients achieve their true potential, break through barriers to success and fulfillment and attain the goals they set for themselves. Dedicated to Bermuda's success and putting her passion into action, Julia writes her column in the Royal Gazette offering the fundamentals of coaching in weekly installments. Her hope is to provide an opportunity for readers to increase self-awareness and insight into human behaviour and by achieving individual goals, so collectively improve ourselves, our relationships, how we relate to our surroundings and ultimately, have a positive effect on the community. Julia also volunteers with the 'Coaching for Success' sidearm of the Mirrors Program, which brings coaching to Bermuda's youth.

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  • Sugar-plum dreams really are possible with a careful plan
    Dec 17, 2014 8:00 am

    Sugar-plum dreams really are possible with a careful plan

    Visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads? Sadly not.

    We may forget that while we are busy being concerned about our plans for the holidays, many of our students and young folk are in the throes of making important plans and decisions about their lives.

    ’Tis the season for career fairs, school applications and considering which subjects to study, what job paths to follow and where.

    While I’d like to cling to my youth, I...

  • Dec 10, 2014 8:00 am

    A walk in the park

    I’ve studied about conflict and resolving it, and still I dread and avoid it.

    The other morning, Mr Bones (the Shi Tzu) and I were taking our usual stroll through the Botanical Gardens.

    An SUV came whizzing up behind and brushed past, barely missing me. I jumped. It then stopped in the middle of the road, chatting to a vehicle headed in the opposite direction. I walked around them and carried on, mindful now to keep in to the...

  • Get a wriggle on
    Dec 3, 2014 8:00 am

    Get a wriggle on

    By Julia Pitt

    Last weekend was a bit different. I spent most of it attending a seminar on race walking of all things. Yes, that track & field event with the swishy hips and rather awkward gait that never gets much coverage on television.

    It was, however, fascinating. Led by Olympic race walker Tim Seaman and coach Jeff Savage, I learned a great deal about this under-sung sport: its incredible health benefits, low injury rate,...

  • Never in a month of birthdays
    Nov 26, 2014 8:00 am

    Never in a month of birthdays

    Perhaps the result of the influence of Valentine’s Day, it seems that everyone and their brother is celebrating a birthday this month. By the time this goes to print, I too will have made my annual trek to TCD, and have the privilege of calling myself another year older.

    My son is already planning his next birthday party, having only just had one. Meanwhile, I find myself peddling in reverse.

    It’s not like it’s a ‘big’ birthday...

  • Nov 19, 2014 8:00 am

    The sum of our parts

    “Like rama lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong … we go together”, as the song says from Grease. Who does exactly? It seems like anyone can with a joint interest and vision, sharing the same end-goal. This week I have been reminded of the potential power and the positive impact that ‘a group’ can create.

    I run a motivational workshop as an adjunct to the ‘Beat The Couch’ fitness and well-being programme, offered by Natural Limited,...

  • Nov 12, 2014 8:00 am

    A novel idea

    November is National Novel Writing Month (in case you didn’t know). They say everyone’s got a book in them ... just how do you find it?

    Fifteen years ago, a small group of wannabe writers set themselves the challenge of writing the first draft of a novel in 30 days. The idea being: don’t worry about making it ‘good’, just get an idea down now and make it good later.

    The concept took off and they launched the web-based, non-profit...

  • The happiest place on earth
    Nov 5, 2014 8:00 am

    The happiest place on earth

    This past week I turned my back on the ravaged garden and the invading colony of ants, tipped my hat to the continuingly tireless efforts of the various clean-up crews around the Island, and just left. At the time it seemed ludicrous, there was so much to do. But the trip had been booked for months, and you can’t ‘un-tell’ a seven-year-old, “We’re going to Disney!”

    So we went. My first time there since I was that age, back when Epcot...

  • Foul weather friends
    Oct 21, 2014 8:00 am

    Foul weather friends

    My mother once had this dream about me. I was playing in a concert at City Hall. Looking at the programme she saw that all the other performers had lots of credentials and accolades after their names, PhD, CPA, LLD, MBE and so on. She was worried for me, then looking down at mine she saw, of anyone, I had the longest list of letters after my name by far. After the show she asked me what all the accomplishments were, and I replied that I had...

  • Lazy is something I seem to do well ... and often
    Oct 14, 2014 8:00 am

    Lazy is something I seem to do well ... and often

    Snow day! Well, the closest thing children here ever get to one. Sunday was spent sheltering from the wind, not thinking about the two smashed shutters ripped off in the night, and ignoring the disaster of a garden. There was no internet to check e-mails, all commitments were cancelled, and no electricity to even write this column. What a lovely excuse to be lazy.

    Not that I really need an excuse. Lazy is something I seem to do well …...

  • Cynicism is the grown-up cool, beware the fun police
    Oct 7, 2014 8:00 am

    Cynicism is the grown-up cool, beware the fun police

    Sometimes I can be a real killjoy. I notice it especially with the kids. Children can get so enthusiastic about things, literally buzzing in their little socks with excitement, often over the pretty mundane. Ebullient over the ordinary, what a wonderful way to be.

    Yet too often I find myself meeting their high energy with a sigh, a skeptical look, a dismissive, knowing nod like ‘I’ve done it, been there, seen it all before’. Usually...

  • Sep 30, 2014 8:00 am

    The fine line between life and bellybutton fluff

    “I read your articles,” a friend tells me, “well, skim them really. There’s a lot of analysis going on.” Pause. “You come across as someone who’s got … a lot of time on their hands for…”

    “Navel gazing?” I suggest.

    “Considering the minutia, was how I would have put it,” he clarified.

    Every Tuesday I set about the task of exploring something that has come up for me that week: a life lesson, a story that has moved me, an idea...

  • On being Mrs Battleaxe, and what I learned
    Sep 23, 2014 8:00 am

    On being Mrs Battleaxe, and what I learned

    This week’s life lesson came like a slap in the face.

    I lost my cool. So dramatically in fact, it was Oscar-worthy. The wheels fell off, springs boinged out, my head spun round as steam issued from my ears. I ran the full gamut of cool-losing — from offensive ogre to petulant child mid-tantrum.

    All, ironically, in the name of showing my six-year-old child ‘how to do things properly’.

    Homework: I never particularly liked it...

  • When hard work is taking the easy way out
    Sep 2, 2014 8:00 am

    When hard work is taking the easy way out

    I’m a little late sitting down to write this week. I’ve been goofing-off. Very conscious of the dwindling days of the holidays, counting down to this very morning, I realised that opportunities for ‘quality time’ free from school-associated stresses, were limited.

    Too often I opt for, “No, mummy’s busy. I’ve got to do my work.” This morning however, feeling guilty, I didn’t disappear off to the quiet and safety of my office, but...

  • What can happen when you wish upon a star
    Aug 26, 2014 8:00 am

    What can happen when you wish upon a star

    I believe in magic. Sounds a little woo-woo but I’ve noticed that sometimes, if we wish for something hard enough, it can become our reality. ‘Wish’ perhaps isn’t the right word. It’s more setting an intention, having a deep-seated desire and a belief that it is possible for us. I’m convinced we can manifest things into our lives.

    ‘We get more of what we focus on,’ I’m so often reminded of this. Not just in the day to day, this seems...

  • Aug 19, 2014 8:00 am

    Road to joy

    Oh the irony. I spend the last few weeks writing about happiness and publicly sharing my discovering of what it means to me. Yet any ‘understanding’ I seemed to have gained about it, hasn’t stopped me being in a wretchedly foul mood these past few days, feeling anything but. I won’t go into details, only because the reasons seem so petty now, making it all the more frustrating and embarrassing. Like a petulant toddler, I have been feeling...

  • Getting ever closer to understanding what makes us happy
    Aug 12, 2014 8:00 am

    Getting ever closer to understanding what makes us happy

    Walking through a remote, Devon country pub last week, I glance up and notice that nailed above the door, almost missable, there is a painted wooden board that reads: “Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of life”.

    I do love it when the universe converges to reflect exactly what’s on my mind, or I’m presented with just what I need to know at that given moment.

    I have been basking in a happiness bubble as of late. On my...

  • Aug 5, 2014 8:00 am

    What we’re looking for

    I am turning into my mother.

    As a child, my toes would curl and I’d want to shrink into the upholstery whenever she’d strike up conversations and start swapping life histories with total strangers: fellow airline passengers, shop assistants, waiters …

    Now I find myself doing the same. It seems the world is full of interesting people, all with stories to tell. And they’re only a stranger until you’ve met them.

    Most recently...

  • Jul 29, 2014 8:00 am

    Not selling ourselves short

    I love that Rodeo Drive shopping scene in the movie Pretty Woman.

    Laden with bags, Julia Roberts turns to the snooty sales assistant who previously wouldn’t help her, “Big mistake. Big. Huge … I have to go shopping now.”

    I’ve had my own experiences like that lately. Not the spending of obscene amounts of money, but having been really shocked by some examples of appalling customer service.

    I am in the throes of updating a...

  • Jul 15, 2014 8:00 am

    To Bomb, Or Be ‘The Bomb’ — The Art of Winning and Losing

    So that’s the World Cup over for another four years. I didn’t watch the final. I can’t bear to watch sports, mainly because I don’t like the fact that one team has to lose.

    I am adamant that I am not a competitive person, but … this is not entirely the truth.

    A couple of Christmases ago, there was, well, let’s just call it, ‘The Scrabble Incident’. It wasn’t pretty. Two grown adults reduced to squabbling schoolchildren. Just...

  • Jun 3, 2014 8:00 am

    Life is in the details

    With just three weeks to go until the deadline, a good pal and I are in the throes of writing a short play together to submit to the BMDS, ‘Famous for Fifteen’ playwriting competition. Always up for a fun creative challenge, and as with everything, this too has proven to be a learning opportunity.

    Years ago, a creative writing teacher gave me a piece of advice: ‘be specific — good writing is in the details’. An author can write: ‘he...

  • May 6, 2014 8:00 am

    Don’t hit me with those negative waves so early in the morning

    Driving the other day I pulled into a line of slow moving traffic. Wondering what the hold up was, it wasn’t until we turned a corner that I saw, six cars ahead, two people wobbling away on their red-plated scooter. As they wavered and swayed, their blinker on continual tick, I got the sense that everyone was doing their best to support them. Nobody tried to squeeze by and overtake, were riding on their bumper, or honking. I got the distinct...

  • Apr 22, 2014 8:00 am

    Put spring in your step

    I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. Personally I could not have asked for a nicer time. Making memories with family, hanging out with friends, kite up on the first pitch … chocolate — all made for a very happy bunny.

    And the weather was gorgeous. That late March cold snap quickly receded into forgotten history … spring is definitely here.

    Springtime: leaves budding, flowers bursting into bloom, little lambs frolicking...

  • Feb 12, 2014 8:00 am

    The gift of the heart

    It is the week of red cellophane-covered chocolate boxes, anonymous cards and anything else that can be emblazoned with hearts.

    But why hearts? Yes, in ancient times, the heart was considered the epicentre of life. Aristotle, (4th century B.C) considered the human heart to be the seat of intelligence, motion and sensation. But science has long since proved that these are the functions of the brain.

    We live and operate in a world...

  • Feb 4, 2014 8:00 am

    Being nice gets us nowhere

    I’m not naturally a person who sends back my soup.

    There are some conversations I’d just rather avoid. I used to literally wither at the prospect of having to make a tough managerial call, or offer any feedback less than stellar, and I would rather die than deliver a ‘Dear John’ message: basically any exchange in which I thought someone’s feelings might be hurt.

    I’d rather complain about the situation bitterly to everyone else...

  • Jan 21, 2014 8:00 am

    Never too late to teach an old dog new tricks

    Back one early December morning, I turn up at Horseshoe Bay for a run. It’s one of those beautiful days I can’t believe I’m the only person who gets to take advantage of. But I’m not quite alone today. There’s a silver-haired lady, I guess in her fifties, already doing laps near the waterline. As I’m setting myself up, taking inexorably long to arrange water bottle and keys in some last ditch procrastination, I notice just how fast this...

  • Jan 14, 2014 8:00 am

    Giving yourself an attitude adjustment

    How do you feel? Not just right now, but generally: okay, fine, grumpy, bored, frustrated, stressed, anxious, depressed? Or is the majority of your time spent feeling great, content, happy, joyful?

    How we feel colours what and how we see everything around us. Our emotions determine our outlook and how we respond to our world. We could have all the success, love, money and fame we could imagine, but if we feel sad and lonely, we wouldn’t...

  • Figuring out how to smoothly change gears
    Jan 7, 2014 8:00 am

    Figuring out how to smoothly change gears

    I’ve just returned from two weeks in the UK, pootling around the countryside. There was the usual awkward scene at the car rental place. A last minute booking for the busiest part of the holiday, I was given one of those adorable, ‘bijoux’ European three-door models that I had to fold myself up to get into, with a manual transmission, of course.

    I know how to drive stick shift … technically. It says so on my license. I have done it on...

  • Dec 31, 2013 8:00 am

    The greatest ‘Steps to Success’ hits of the year

    I’ve a friend who tells me, whenever I express doubts about getting my column in on time, that I should just recycle the old articles I’ve written. “Pull out the Greatest Hits” he says, “like the Eagles did”. It turns out that The Eagles ‘Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ was the best-selling album in the 20th Century.

    Although I personally see it as a challenge to find something new to share each week, revisiting former topics is...

  • Dec 24, 2013 8:00 am

    Unwrapping the truth this Christmas

    Steps to Success

    Who hasn’t found themselves faced with a tricky question: just unwrapped an awful gift from Great-Aunt So-and-So: “Don’t you love it my dear?”

    A hungover colleague, “how was my karaoke at the Christmas party last night?” Or the BFF in her new outfit, “does my bum look big in this?”

    Little white lies, what’s the harm really? They only bend the truth a bit, usually about things we don’t consider that...

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