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.
Jan 4, 2017 8:00 am
I’m writing this from the Eurostar heading from a brief sojourn in Paris at the end of my holidays. As the frosty French countryside hurtles by my window I’m thinking about time and how quickly it too often passes. We’re already four days into...
Dec 21, 2016 8:00 am
I need to listen to my own advice!
Three weeks ago I offered a list of pointers for slicing through the stress that the holidays often muster. If you are feeling the weight of overwhelm, search the archive for ‘Christmas Chopping’. I just...
Nov 30, 2016 8:00 am
Off with their heads!” This is how we can end up feeling towards everyone and everything when we’re stressed up to our necks in all the end-of-year preparations. Not very festive, I dare say.
And while December is yet to begin, the frenzy...
Nov 16, 2016 8:00 am
Is it my imagination, or has traffic been particularly terrible as of late?
I don’t just mean the number of cars on the road, no doubt swelled by the recent string of cold, wet mornings, I’m referring to the awful driving I’ve witnessed:...
Nov 2, 2016 8:00 am
It had survived the hurricane but no one suspected a power flicker the following week would have been a problem. Nobody checked and it wasn’t until she got back from vacation, opened the door and the smell hit her did anyone realise my mum’s...
Oct 5, 2016 8:00 am
Last week I was part of an improv show that almost didn’t happen because we got caught up in overthinking and fear of getting it wrong. (Sometimes it pays to listen to our own advice: like last Wednesday’s article on the value in fearlessness of...
Sep 28, 2016 8:00 am
“How was art?” My eight-year-old’s favourite subject. “OK,” came the response, sounding less than OK. “We were learning to draw faces. We had to do them correctly.”
Sounds great to me. Why wouldn’t he be happy about getting it right?...
Sep 14, 2016 8:00 am
I’m a talker. I like to talk things through. Sometimes I can only get clarity on what I’m thinking by first verbalising it to see if it sounds right to me and makes sense. As a talker, I therefore truly appreciate a good listener.
Sep 7, 2016 8:00 am
The first day of school … and all the preparation in the world hasn’t managed to ready our household for the accompanying chaos of trying to get out the door, fed, with all the necessary named items, in the correct uniform, washed and brushed to...
Aug 31, 2016 8:00 am
Life is full of lessons. There is something to learn from all of life’s ups and downs.
We often have to take a step back or put a little distance between us and events to recognise the lesson; to notice where we have grown or to see the...
Aug 24, 2016 8:00 am
It’s always interesting getting to know what I didn’t know that I didn’t know. The conference I was raving about last week was organised by the Applied Improvisation Network.
What is applied improvisation? I wasn’t sure myself when I...
Aug 17, 2016 8:00 am
“You are what we eat, from your head down to your feet.”
So sang the public service announcement during the ABC after-school specials I used to love watching as a kid.
This week, I’ve been reconfirming my theory...
Aug 10, 2016 8:00 am
Organisations often have mission statements declaring their reason for existing, what they stand for and the overall goals that guide their strategies and actions.
Sounds like something we could all do with, right?
What is your...
Aug 3, 2016 8:00 am
A client was asked recently.: “Why are you going to see a life coach?” They told me their response was: “Because there’s no more room under the carpet!”
We all know that carpet. It’s where we sweep those thoughts and feelings we don’t want...
Jul 27, 2016 8:00 am
I find there’s nothing like travel to test your mettle and flexibility. Trips and holidays can be wonderfully relaxing but the getting there and back can undo all their benefits with a single word: delayed, cancelled, full, lost, sorry … We can...
Jul 20, 2016 8:00 am
I rarely watch the news. I skim the periphery of current events because I find the details and images too disturbing.
They leave me grappling with how to stay positive in a world seemingly filled with grief and aggression. So why CNN was...
Jul 13, 2016 8:00 am
Holiday!” The words of Madonna’s 1983 classic keep running through my head.
I write this from the Azores on a deck chair looking back across the Atlantic, a belly full of lapas and fresh cheese, surrounded by post-Euro victory buzz. A week...
Jul 6, 2016 8:00 am
School’s out for summer! Do you remember that feeling of having, what seemed like, endless weeks of vacation stretching out ahead?
Even with a summer job it felt so good just not to be in school. Can anything match that sense of...
Jun 29, 2016 8:00 am
Depending on how you view your glass, you may consider that it’s half over or that half is yet to come. Either way, tomorrow marks the midway point of 2016. Six months since last New Year’s Eve, six months until the next one. Somehow I find both...
Jun 22, 2016 8:00 am
“Shame you’re not the best columnist in Bermuda …” someone informed me recently.
That stung. I didn’t know what they were talking about. It hadn’t occurred to me I was in competition for the Best of Bermuda awards. I love Catherine Burns’s...
Jun 15, 2016 8:00 am
This Father’s Day will be 21 years since my dad’s death. I’ve now lived longer without him than I did with. Every day, I wake up grateful for what he worked so hard to provide for me: a good education, financial security and back-up. I know I’m...
Jun 8, 2016 8:00 am
Subtly and signals rarely work. Once, flashing a boyfriend my sexiest, come hither smile, he responded with, “What’s wrong, you look alarmed?”
Neither are hints the way to go. I’ve often tried to hint my way out of some uncomfortable...
May 25, 2016 8:00 am
Catching a radio interview last week, I heard one of Bermuda’s star, young athletes discussing the fraction of a second needed and how she expects, in her very next meet, to qualify for the Olympics!
There was so much hope and determination...
May 11, 2016 8:00 am
Last week I received some feedback. Timely for this past weekend, it was about the way I speak to my son.
I find there are few things more emotive than commenting on people’s parenting. It’s a subject loaded with feelings, fears;...
May 4, 2016 8:00 am
Flying kites on Good Friday, I received a lovely compliment: “I always enjoy your column,” I was told. “Particularly the most recent. What was the title again?”
I was drawing a blank. My mother chimed in: “This week’s was spontaneity, last...
Apr 27, 2016 8:00 am
Elbows off the table. Mouth closed when you’re chewing, please. Your fork is not a shovel. What’s the magic word? Elbows OFF the table!’
The soundtrack to many mealtimes with my eight-year-old: an endless, nagging stream of dos and don’ts.
Apr 20, 2016 8:00 am
Recently, someone helped a friend of mine. I was away and she was in a fix — not an emergency, just one of those situations where you could use an extra set of eyes and an alternate perspective.
The helper wasn’t a relation or even a close...
Apr 13, 2016 8:00 am
I’m always surprised how, after a week in a manual rental car, stalling, grinding and only realising ten minutes down the motorway I’m still in third, that I come home to find my foot reaching for the clutch at every intersection and putting the...
Apr 6, 2016 8:00 am
Alone is how I spent this past week, holed up in an English countryside cottage. My son is off with his dad having a great time and I am by myself — having a great time.
Such an extreme change of pace, demand and noise level; a chance to...
Mar 16, 2016 8:00 am
It has never been quite the same since we lost Joan Rivers but what I still enjoy most about the Oscars is scrolling through the red carpet dresses in the days that follow.
This week’s offering has little to do with fashion, though. I want...
Mar 9, 2016 8:00 am
March is proving to be a full month for me. I’ve decided to undertake two big projects, each with the potential to monumentally impact my life as I know it.
They are projects I’ve been putting off for about a year or two ... but there are...
Mar 2, 2016 8:00 am
I write this amid the dulcet tones of juddering jackhammers and breaking tile. One of those unexpected gifts of homeowning, suddenly discovering you need to re-plumb a bathroom because the old metal pipes have rusted closed. No wonder the sink...
Feb 24, 2016 8:00 am
This week my eight-year-old had an assignment for school. As part of his All About Me project he had to create a display of things relevant to him — what’s important and how he’d like to represent himself to the class.
This project was not...
Feb 10, 2016 8:00 am
While facilitating a workshop last year on managing change, I ventured that change, despite how drastic it might feel at the time, always delivers positives if we choose to see them.
It was an idea met with resistance. Not all change, they...
Feb 3, 2016 8:00 am
I appreciate the apparent irony in me, a divorced singleton, facilitating a workshop helping couples stay connected for lasting love.
But it is only really since the bitter end of my disastrous marriage, and perhaps because of it, that I...
Jan 27, 2016 8:00 am
For the past month I’ve been recounting the trials and tribulations in my project to massively reorganise my life. An exercise in humility, but my hope in airing my failings is to identify pitfalls so others might avoid them. Here are my biggest...
Jan 20, 2016 8:00 am
There is nothing like a bit of accountability. A couple of concerned readers approached me this week to ask how my “duck project” is going and if I’m managing to stick to my strict schedule and get it all done.
Such is the hazard of...
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