First of all, thank you for visiting my blog!
I’d like to tell you my ‘story’ so you know a bit more about who you’re connecting with, here on Positive Spin.
My name is Linda. I love everything that money can’t buy: my family, bluebells, the sight and sound of the sea, candlelight, Maltesers and my cat, Mittens, (so long as she leaves the blackbirds alone…)
I’m a People Person and this is a big part of everything I do and everything I enjoy. I was a teacher in primary school all my working life and I absolutely loved it. I am qualified to teach dyslexic students and taught them in my home, for 12 years. People ask me if I miss my teaching and I have to say that I do, especially the company of the children.
After I left full-time work I took a one year Life Coaching Course and chose Confidence as my niche, working one-to-one with clients in my home.
My life has had its ‘glitches’, all of which have enabled me to ‘stand in the shoes’ of my students and my coaching clients. I had agoraphobia in my thirties. At one point I was unable to face going out into my garden to hang out the washing and I couldn’t go to the supermarket, drive, or go in a lift. But I sought help, and over a period of about 6 months I conquered my fears. Mind you, I’m still wary of stone spiral staircases when I can’t turn around!
I had breast cancer ten years ago and was devastated when my twenty-nine year old daughter was diagnosed with it too. I am free of it now and so is she, but I decided that if I could face a life-threatening illness there would be few experiences left for me to fear.
I’d always been phobic about snakes! So….after my cancer treatment ended, I decided to be sponsored to handle a live snake, and again, with professional help, I chased my phobia away. I am no longer afraid of snakes and have handled them since. I actually enjoyed it!
My life experiences have enabled me to empathise with problems associated with low self-esteem or lack of confidence . I have run Confidence Building Workshops in person and on-line.
My passion for writing led me to start this blog in February 2010. I love the communication with people that blogging brings and I’m thrilled that people like you take the time to read what I write.
My aim for this blog is to encourage you to see that confidence and optimism come in many disguises. All you need to do is… look…for the Positive Spin. I think about my life, other people’s lives that I observe and listen to, and then I write about how to find the up-side in whatever happens to us.
Lastly and most importantly, I want to write what you would like to read. Please let me know if there are any particular issues you’d like to read about. I’ll do my best but I’m no expert; I’m just someone who’s interested in finding that Positive Spin in daily life, that can make all the difference.
I try to remember this:
‘Life is rather like a tin of sardines. We’re all of us looking for the key.’
- Share Your Story About Living With a Phobia (psychology.about.com)
- Agoraphobia – All Information (umm.edu)
- Snake Phobia – Face Your Fear and Do It Anyway! (socyberty.com)