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A forty-year-old woman muses on ways to live life consciously

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Rose-tinted glasses

I honestly think I could get nostalgic about ANYTHING. If I was jailed for a crime I didn't commit then once released, I'd probably miss...

Breakfast pots

For a while now I've wanted to post my cooking and food ideas as I really enjoy being in the kitchen and I have a real focus on trying to...

The princess problem

I’ve just finished series one of Bridgerton. I’m far from alone; 82 million other households have also been transfixed by the love story...

Loving Kindness Meditation

It's fair to say that it's been a bit of a heavy news week. Votes are being counted and the world waits to see whether global power will...

The babyccino years

It’s the end of an era, a period of time that, thanks to my youngest (and with apologies to Sue Townsend), I now think of as the...

On Dancing

Last weekend, I danced for the first time in many, many years. This is something that definitely wasn’t on my ‘list’ of experiences to do...

A week at the Beach

I’m just back from a holiday, which turned out to be incredibly fortunately timed to coincide with the UK’s recent heatwave. After losing...

Wild Swimming

I’ve always loved the sea. Even as a child I would be the first one to run into the waves and whenever I’m near a beach I feel inexorably...

Learning about Aromatherapy

If you aren’t sure what that is in the picture, it’s a diffuser. I wouldn’t blame you for not knowing: until about a year ago I hadn’t...

In praise of teachers

This week marks one hundred days of lockdown in the UK and, despite the appearances of normality beginning to creep back into daily life...

The Highs and Lows of Lockdown

What week are we on now? Lucky thirteen, I think, since the unthinkable happened and the UK shut down to slow the spread of Coronavirus....

Lessons from Black Lives Matter

Rest in peace George Floyd. I’ve thought of little else since his brutal death at the hands of a white police officer and the ensuing...

'...And what do you do?'

Ah, the dinner-party question I love to hate. It encapsulates so much information about the person who asks it (either they really want...

May Day, Mayday

Well, the bank holiday of 2020 will be a memorable one, both for what we did and what we didn’t do. This year’s bank holiday fell on...

Caring, Capitalism and Corona

A few themes have emerged throughout the Coronavirus crisis and one trope I see repeated everywhere is that the pandemic has taught us...

Love in the time of Corona

One of my intentions for this blog and in general this year was more creative writing. These aren't the circumstances under which I hoped...

Thoughts on Coronavirus

What strange times we’re living through right now. That seems to be the sentence I’ve heard most lately as we all try to process what...

On messing up and lifelong learning

This week, I had a job interview – well, more of a meeting about an ongoing freelance gig. But there was a question I didn’t know the...

Losing weight without losing my mind

In January this year, alongside probably eleventy billion other people, I went on a bit of a health kick, which is still ongoing halfway...

On trying to smile more

I wrote most of this blog a couple of weeks ago, before the suicide of Caroline Flack just after Valentine’s day shocked the UK. But...

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