About Melanie

I’m a fortysomething working mother of two, based in Peterborough, UK. Having worked in the corporate world for over 20 years, I’ve cultivated a passion for developing others, enabling them to reach their potential. I’m mid way through my own working life and I’m excited about the new professional journey I’m on. I’m also the founder of the Age Life Balance – Age Life Balance empowers mid-lifers to take control of their lives from a successful ageing perspective.

Enhance your communication skills

Communication can be so important to get right. Ultimately, we work with and through others and need to be able to communicate to get things done. It sounds like it should be simple, we’ve been communicating in various ways ever since we were born. Yet, it can be surprisingly complex to master good communication and [...]

By |2020-02-05T21:11:15+00:00February 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

8 signs you might be experiencing Imposter Syndrome

I’m always a little surprised when I’m asked what Imposter Syndrome is, but then I’ve been immersed in it for a while now. I share 8 signs you might be experiencing Imposter Syndrome, whether you knew it or not. I first came across an article on it several years ago and I recall feeling immense [...]

By |2020-01-23T12:59:11+00:00January 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Start climbing the Fulfilment Ladder today!

Introducing The Blue Diamond Fulfilment Ladder Do you ever wonder “Is this it?”? From the outside, it often looks like we’ve got it everything sorted, like we've got it all – the job, the car, the house, the holidays, the lifestyle etc. Yet, inside, we sometimes just feel a bit hollow. Disenchanted. Unfulfilled. Maybe we’re [...]

By |2020-01-22T07:27:48+00:00January 21st, 2020|Development, Your future|0 Comments

Do you have 2020 vision?

You’ve probably seen the “2020 vision” marketing tactic countless times across social media recently. I know I have. The fact that we’re now in the year 2020 and that 20/20 vision signifies good eyesight, is indeed clever and tempting to use across a variety of different applications. However, my interpretation of 2020 vision may differ [...]

By |2020-01-08T19:12:33+00:00January 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stepping off the merry-go-round for reflection

If you’re anything like me, it can be hard to step off the merry-go-round when you’re in the thick of the day to day. Or even to imagine that it might be possible. Stepping off the merry-go-round for reflection Christmas seems to be one of the only times where many of us feel that we can do [...]

By |2019-12-25T21:01:48+00:00December 25th, 2019|Articles, Work|0 Comments

Love what you do – do less of what you hate

Hate is a strong word and not one I’m a big fan of, if I’m perfectly honest. However, I’m using it in this article for impact, as well as contrast to things that we love. This is following on the back of a recent article on “Doing more of the things you love”. In simple [...]

By |2019-11-27T20:17:38+00:00November 27th, 2019|Articles, Work|1 Comment

What are you putting up with at work?

To a great extent, I believe that that many of us are simply putting up with stuff at work. I talk partly from personal experience, but also from listening to many of those I come into contact with. Various sources point to approximately half of employees in the UK being unhappy in the workplace. Surely, [...]

By |2019-11-14T06:23:25+00:00November 13th, 2019|Articles, Work|0 Comments

Love what you do – by doing more of what you love!

What do you enjoy most within your work? Many of us probably have a mix of tasks, some that we love and other bits that we, well, don’t love quite as much. These will differ by person and by role, and may also evolve for the same person at different stages of their careers.  You [...]

By |2019-11-28T06:47:23+00:00October 30th, 2019|Articles, Work|1 Comment

Powerful conversations with connections

Is conversation dead? With social media is as significant as ever, I had the impression that connections had overtaken relationships in terms of importance. I have built up almost 3,000 connections on LinkedIn alone. I’ve met some of my connections. Some I’ve even worked with, directly or indirectly. But the majority I don’t really know, [...]

By |2019-10-16T18:58:17+00:00October 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments