In this episode we follow Shelagh’s journey from her 25 year career in the Yorkshire police force in the UK and CID (Criminal Investigation Department) through to her moving with her family to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia, deciding to retire and become ‘a lady wot does lunch’ to starting a new career…then everything changing literally overnight as Shelagh experienced a life-changing event.
As usual, these notes are much better read after you have listened to the podcast as Shelagh lets her life story unfold in a way that you will want to follow.
Here are some of the golden nuggets I gleaned from our conversation;-
- the power of humour in dealing with trauma – even when it seems so politically incorrect
- our brain consists of many cabinets – some close permanently, some for a while and others miraculously open
- embrace unexpected gifts
- when the unexpected happens – learn to focus on what you CAN do, not what you can’t
- the role of a strong support network to maintain and build resilience
- the practice of gratitude to maintain perspective
- building your self-awareness to understand your cognitive capacity and work with it – not against it
- the oxygen mask analogy – self-care MUST come first
Stories of Hope of which Shelagh is a part is here
The foundation for which Shelagh has been an ambassador can be found here