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We are going to build a shed – together…as a family project.

It feels like we are just out of the gates with November, and are kids are off to races and heading straight to Christmas. Watch out for the wish list.

So, what are your plans for the festive season? Are you away on holiday? Or visiting family? There is a difference. One is an actual holiday.

This year, we have decided that instead of heading away we will build a shed together as a family. In case you were wondering, my husband and I were stone-cold sober when this idea came up. Let’s backtrack, I suggested the shed and enlisting Nic our friend the builder. MR M, (my husband – I can’t keep typing my husband as I keep getting flashes of Margaret Thatcher outside Downing Street, with Denis). Mr M suggested that we build it together as a family. I believe he was in full possession of his faculties at the time.

My daughter’s teacher, Mrs D, upon hearing we going to build a shed together as a family, said they barely made it out alive when they decided to involve the whole family in a building project.

Last weekend, the kids and Mr M started building the mini shed. The mini shed is there to store the stuff that is in our current shed. Our current shed will be dismantled and sold. Willow, the new shed/home office, will stand in her place. Seriously, the shed that we have purchased comes with a name. Maybe I will start naming appliances around the house … Dave the dishwasher. Next will come report cards: Dave tries hard but needs improvement.

I am quite keen on action. I am a quick start. Which means I get in there and start messing about and playing, experimenting and trying out my current hypothesis. As a true quick starter, I decided that it was time to sell our current shed. With photos uploaded to Gumtree I pressed post. These things can take a while. Within an hour I had three offers. I realised that while they were genuine offers, we genuinely needed the shed for about another month. The mini shed is still under construction. I apologised to all the unsuccessful purchasers and deleted my advert.

With few days left of the term, I have suggested (pleading will be next) that we rethink the “let’s build the shed together” option. In favour of sanity and saving the holiday. Apparently, Nic has offered to save, I mean help, us. So, it’s all going to be fine.

I suppose if you spend you time talking about how to create calm from chaos, then this is universe offering me opportunity to put all those tools into practice.

The kids and I are currently running a competition on how long it will take for Willow to be finished. If you would like to join in, please put the number of hours you think it will take in the comments.

If you would like to find out how to take action, go to There you can take a test and learn about the instincts and innate attributes that define your natural method of operation. It’s interesting if you like finding out more about yourself. There is a charge for the test (I am not on commission).

The picture is our current shed. This is the before photo.


I am a coach, mother and wife, living in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. I grew up in South London, in an immigrant family in the suburbs. But I had good fortune with my parents: Dad was born in Calcutta, India, and my Mum came from communist Poland. In the 1970s I got to leave Croydon, and travel with my family through India, and behind the Iron Curtain. I saw parts of the world that my classmates could not comprehend. It sparked my wanderlust and gave me a great respect for how big and diverse our world is. And I gained an ability to move between different cultures, assimilating into them.

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