This is Me


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… lookfor 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.’

Alan Bennett


7 responses to “This is Me

  1. Verite

    I read your post about publishing your blog. Well done you for going public. I have loved your thoughts and look forward to reading more.

  2. Welcome Verite! Hope you find it fun and will feel able to leave more comments.

  3. Linda,

    I appreciate the name of your blog. I am 44 years old and have been on dialysis for about 10 years. After the initial “pity party” and the “why me’s” I decided that my kidney failure was beyond my control so I had basically two options. I could feel sorry for myself and, at 34 just give in and assume that life as I had known it was over. Or I could be positive and focus on all of the things that I could still do such as be a husband, raise my 2 young daughters, work at my chosen profession, etc. I chose the latter.

    I have been through a lot but have realized that the majority of the events were completely beyond my control so why worry about them? People do too much of that. It’s like worrying that it might rain, as if worrying about rain will have any impact on the rain…just throw an umbrella in the trunk so you’re prepared! I am determined to be positive no matter what life throws at me, and often refer to myself as a “stubborn optimist”. I consider myself lucky to have a supportive family and, if I had to have major organ failure, it is a good thing that it was my kidneys and not my heart! (how’s that for Positive Spin?). I invite you to visit my blog “B+Positive – Random thoughts from a guy with nine lives”.

    I have dedicated it to sharing all things positive from brief daily quotes to some of my own personal story to the life story of an artist I recently got to know who is 23 yrs old and grew up in a neglected part of Baltimore City, was into drugs and violence throughout his teenage years and 2 yrs ago he turned his life around, stopped taking drugs, and is focused on his “Urban Art”. He is truly an inspiration.

    You can take a look at my blog at .

    I will add a link to your blog and, if you like what you see, I would appreciate you adding a link to mine.

    Keep up the great work!


    Ken Jones

  4. Sarah Then

    Dear Mrs House (Or Mrs Hewett now!)

    I am so glad that you are a confidence coach and writer now! You have certainly helped me with my confidence and abilities at school, college and university!

    I have just completed my final year at university and I really don’t think I would have gotten here if it wasn’t for you! You helped me so much with my dyslexia and built my confidence up and taught me strategies that I have never forgotten. I loved the way you made dyslexia something that was ok to have. I remember your front door opened the wrong way and you said that you had a dyslexic door. I like that you made it something that was funny and charming rather than something that was frustrating and distracting. You put a sunny view on it and that has stayed with me ever since.

    I understand my parents popped in to see you a few weeks ago and they said that you remembered me! You gave my parents your website for me to view and I’m so glad I logged on as I have always wanted to tell you how much you have helped me.

    Alongside my university course I have been working at a local college as a Learning Support Assistant. This job has given me the passion to want to go onto a post graduate course in teaching. As I have had to work with dyslexic students at my job, it has shown me that the strategies that I learnt with you can be taught to anyone that needs it and those that benefit from it the most are the dyslexic students, which is why after my PGCE I want to become a specialist dyslexia teacher.

    I really hope that I can help other students in the same way that you helped me. After all, I was told I wouldn’t be able to complete my GCSE’s because of the severity of my dyslexia- We proved them wrong hey! Not only have I got 9 GCSE’s, I went to college and uni but I am now considering a post grad course!

    So, thank you so very much Mrs Hewett for all your help! I am so glad we met!

    Many thanks and kind regards
    Sarah Then 😀

    • Sarah!
      What can I say except congratulations on all you have achieved and all I know you’ll go on to achieve. I’m very proud of you, as your parents are.

      Your quiet, patient ways are just what your dyslexic students need and you’ll be so suited to the role.
      Glad you found my blog!
      Let me know how you get on!

  5. Great blog. I really enjoyed the snowman post!

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