The Stories We Tell Ourselves – International Women’s Day 2019

Lately I’ve found myself thinking a lot about the stories we tell ourselves.   Like many women, I’ve spent a lot of time telling myself about all the things I cannot do.   I’m not good at this, I’m not good at that, I can’t run, I could never write a novel.   I could never be…

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Creating Space for Creativity

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity, being task-focused, and how much information I’m consuming. News reports, social media, podcasts and even my beloved books (if I’m trying to read too many), can all contribute to a sense of mental overload, I think. Where there’s mental overload, one consequence for me is a sharp downturn in…

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Staying Connected Without Becoming Detached

Before I started blogging I had a fairly limited relationship with social media. I had a Facebook account, and later an Instagram one, but no idea about Pinterest or any understanding or interest in Twitter (truth be told: still don’t 😉 ). When I started blogging two years ago though, I became a lot more involved with social media,…

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Bullet Journals, Stilettos and Morning Pages. Another Year, Another Not-So-Different Me

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions in January, instead preferring to make small, incremental changes whenever things need changing. Last week I wrote about making time for self care, and the number of comments and messages I received in response indicated that a lot of you reading have been through similar experiences of your own. This week,…

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Filling Your Cup (And Drinking From It)

A few years ago, I did absolutely nothing for myself. Nada. In scenes that will be familiar to parents of young children everywhere, I felt I just didn’t have the time. Socialising was an add-on to a list that was already fit to bursting and reading more than a few pages of a book that wasn’t The Gruffalo…

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Blogging, Life and Social Media: Showing Up or Showing Off?

Recently, I listened to a podcast conversation on the subject of sharing photos on social media, and whether the habit of uploading life to the internet actually constitutes ‘showing off’ under a thinly veiled disguise. Conversations like these always make me think about what I’m doing with my blog, my social media and life generally.…

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Twelve of the Best Autumn Activities for Families

Anne of Green Gables once said: I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. I’m with you, Anne, I am. Autumn has to be one of my favourite of all the seasons (I know, I always say that – I’m fickle). But crunchy leaves, abundant colour, the seasonal harvest – what’s not to…

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The Fear Unspoken

Last week, I happened to read something online about the death of broadcaster Rachael Bland, who died at the age of 40 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. But I’ll be truthful – I hadn’t actually heard of the Radio Five Live presenter until I read about her death. Why her particular story stuck out to me…

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Lighting Candles and Other Notes on Happiness

Lately I seem to have so much to say that I don’t even know where to start writing it. Over the last year I have absorbed such a lot of information from reading, podcasts and just living that I really want to share. Some of this is on health, some on happiness, some on self-improvement…

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A Trip Down Memory Creek – The Power of Nostalgia

My entertainment choices lately have been fuelled by one emotion: nostalgia. Be it books, films or box sets, recently I’ve found myself retreating to old favourites I know I’ll love. If you read my Little Loves posts regularly, you’ll know that in recent months I’ve been reminiscing over 80’s classics like Top Gun, Pretty in…

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