Di Riddell - Your Voice Matters

Di Riddell

Your Voice Matters - Confidence Beyond 50

Di’s Words of Wisdom

Who Remembers black and white photos and TV?

power of black and white, sharp and clear

I do… both of them. Having a little trip down memory lane – do come with me. Remember when black and white photographs and early TV were considered the best? Remember when colour photos and colour TV were introduced? How excited we all were? Remember how black and white photos and black and white TV…

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An Experiment of Separating Triplets Through Adoption

Nature versus nurture In the 1980’s a psychologist took on a macabre experiment of separating triplets placed for adoption.  Only he and the adoption agency were in the know. None of the three adoptive parents was told their son had 2 brothers, that in fact, they were triplets. The psychologist has now passed away. I…

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Accidental Author

I am an accidental author. It never crossed my mind to write a book.   My background was nursing, writing especially writing creatively was not part of the job description. 40 years ago I joined Toastmasters and began writing speeches. Most of those for 5-7mins. Not exactly committed writing is it? Yet reading has always…

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Dianna, Dianne and Di

What’s in a name? ‘Sticks and stones will break your bones but words will never hurt you’.  have you heard those words before? My guess is a resounding yes. True words don’t break bones, but they can have a massive negative impact on a person for days, years or decades. When I was 4, it…

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3 Secrets to Forgiveness

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘forgive them’ then thought NEVER, NEVER EVER! Holding onto that unforgiveness can cause us physical and emotional issues years even decades later. Do you think that person who did you wrong is sitting thinking about it? Not likely, they have moved to some other mischief, and you are left…

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The Joyous Imperfection of Motherhood.

  Oohh how I knew it all! how I thought I knew it all. What an amazing Mum I was going to be.     Suddenly you realise that motherhood does not come with an instruction manual. When I ponder on this, I would probably have bypassed it anyway – like who… reads a manual?…

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Transforming ANTS into PETS

  Now this is not first thought when I find ants, pets indeed! What next?  And as a child ant study was not one of my pastimes. This morning I was having a delightful discussion with Michael a retired pastor and we were talking about our reactions to people and situations as a result of…

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Could it be called Future Wisdom?

  I Remember Being Told That…. Don’t touch a hot stove – well before I could reach the stove top How to keep a job… years before I applied for one Advice on marriage… years before I started dating The value of loving yourself …years before I understood what it meant That confidence was a…

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No one NEEDS Toastmasters

  I am so often asked about Toastmasters, why I joined, why I stayed…especially now it is 40 years own the track. This is a great time for me to reflect on my personal journey, a time to remember how scary it was to walk in that room, how scary it was to stand and…

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Have You Asked Someone Today… R U OK?

    Ladies there times in life when life gets overwhelming, times when life seems to throw everything at you, times when you wonder will you through it. It might seem you have the weight of the world on your shoulders.     This is the time that you look after you with love and…

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