On Big Ideas and Creating a Community of Kindness

It might surprise you to know that our household does not possess a dishwasher. About a year ago, our dishwasher broke, and we decided to find out whether we could get along without it for a while. Granted, there was also an element of laziness involved – ‘finding out whether we could get along without…

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The Lion King at the Edinburgh Playhouse and the Year of Experience

Years ago (MANY years ago…. 😉 ), in the days when I was a student living in Glasgow, my friend told me about the Lion King musical. She had just been to see it and couldn’t stop talking about how absolutely amazing it was. I was of course, envious, and also broke – not the…

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Caithness and Coorie – Embracing the Seasons in The UK’s Most Northerly County

Over the years, I’ve embraced just about every geographical lifestyle trend imaginable. Hygge – the Danish art of cosiness and contentment: on it. Lagom – the Swedish philosophy of ‘not too little, not too much, just right’: yep, count me in. Ikigai – the Japanese secret to a long and happy life: been there, done…

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Setting up the Bullet Journal for 2020

I’m the kind of person who likes to keep a lot of journals. I have one for my morning pages, one for book ideas and another to keep a note of the funny things my kids say. I have one to keep notes on the books I’ve read, one for gratitude, one that I keep…

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2019: My Year in Numbers

At this point in December I like to emerge from my turkey-induced fog and write a few words to usher out the year that’s leaving us. Of course, this year, we’re ushering out a whole decade, and I’m excited about what’s to come in the ‘twenties’ (not least because we’ll finally have a decade we…

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This Christmas I’ll Be….

As I won’t be doing a Little Loves post in December, I thought I’d share a quick round up of some of the things I’m planning over the festive season. We’ve just returned from our annual December pilgrimage to Inverness for an evening at the pantomime, which has got me feeling all the Christmas feels.…

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My Favourite Christmas Movies

One of the best things about the Christmas holidays is the chance to curl up in front of the TV and watch a good old Christmassy movie, and one of my favourite pre-Christmas rituals involves getting out the festive edition of the Radio Times and highlighting all the movies and TV programmes we plan to…

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The Case for a Simpler Christmas

When I look back on my memories of Christmas as a child, they are vague, and happy. The opening of the living room door in the half-light and small cries of ‘Santa’s been!’ Trying to stay awake in the hopes of glimpsing red fabric or a boot topped with snowy white dusting. Paper party hats,…

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Loving Life With Exclamation Marks

Truth: I don’t always feel happy, or even positive. In fact, now and again I get days where I can really feel quite down. On days like those, you won’t find me posting jaunty captions on Instagram, or commenting on other people’s photographs. In my own experience, social media can be a tricky instrument to…

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves – International Women’s Day

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 a mathematician. (A…

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