Starting the week – how is that Monday morning feeling?

My 16-hour stop-over at home was necessary, primarily to avoid the madness of what would have been 11 consecutive days living out of a suitcase.

Interesting (at least I think so) that simply by getting back home, turning around a bag full of laundry and enjoying a cheeky glass of pre-dinner red in the kitchen, the brain and body can reset themselves ready for another 5 days of travel and delivery.

After what has been an incredibly busy and fruitful three months, I’m counting the days now to our much anticipated November cottage rental, this time on the West Wales coastline – main objective will be to get off the grid, walk the dogs until they drop and reconnect with Annie!

Before then, I’m off to Glasgow this morning for my monthly meeting with the incredible folks at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry (SCED) then flying to Bristol tonight for tomorrow’s Practice Plan Workshop #5 with Sheila Scott.

Two days of client meetings in Ireland and England follow before my working week ends with a bang – presenting at the Gloucester Independent annual conference alongside a pretty star-studded cast.

So, my Monday morning has so far panned out like this:

05:00 – alarm followed by ironing my laundered clothes for this week

06:00 – personal finances catch up and reconciliation from last week

08:30 – my taxi arrives 15 minutes late and my driver has to ask me for directions to Manchester Airport (station)?

08:45 – my train to Glasgow is diverted to Manchester Piccadilly so we all have to jump on a local connection into the city and then wait as the main service is delayed by 20 minutes due to widespread network disruption this morning

09:30 – train eventually departs and Annie messages me to say that the battery in the ageing dog-mobile has died – that’ll be £184 thank you.

So far so good.

10:10 – just finishing this rather rambling blog post with no particular metaphor, moral or message – just a hello to the world and a moment to count my blessings after a superb weekend in Edinburgh and the realisation that our problems are nothing.

I noticed somebody on Instagram posted “Mondays are s#*t” this morning – it’s a shame to feel that way (and an unusual post if your employer is watching).

Onward and upward – emails, tasks, preparation, opportunity, conversation, appreciation, confidence, fun.

I hope that you are looking forward to your week as much as I am mine.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.