Having tackled my Mother’s side of the family, via my Grandparents Ronald & Amelia Lish’s ancestors, it was time to turn to my father’s side. The person I think of as my Dad, Alexander “Sandy” Cairncross, has a well-documented family tree – they even have their own website. The earliest Cairncross’s go back to 1200 […]
Welcome To Swagger And Soul
This blog started when business author, podcaster & digital marketing consultant Nicola Cairncross left England to go and stay for a while in Stoupa, The Mani, Greece. It was a twenty-year-old dream of hers, but it was not a happy move initially, she was grieving.
Follow Nicola while she comes to terms with her loss, turns sixty and works to find herself again, transform her life and work and live out the rest of her days with much more Swagger and Soul.
Hopefully, if you are at a crossroads in your life, it will help you too...follow the story as it unfolds by scrolling down for Nicola's latest posts.
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