Conversations with my daughters: courage

I love the conversations I have with my daughters; I never know where they are going to lead. Recently all they have wanted to talk about is Harry Potter. I’ve been reading the books too, catching them up, so I have some idea about what they are referencing whenever we chat.   This week we…

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Filling up November 2017

A review of time passed is a useful way of knowing yourself better. There are snapshots, like the gratitude posts I have written before. And there are the big picture examinations of goals or intentions that are so often done at a time of change, like at New Year. In between times, perhaps, there is…

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Journey through space and time and mind

My plan was in place, timetabled to the last minute, but as I waited on the platform, I was anxious that it should all go well. This slipping of an adventure in between the pages of my everyday life, like a bookmark, highlighting its unusualness. And then the train pulled into the platform, and I…

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Starting again when you’re feeling stuck

Sometimes you have to go back to the beginning and start again. The prospect of writing, putting myself here in this place, has loomed larger and larger in my mind over the last few months and I’ve stayed away. It has even haunted me in ‘real’ life, a few people have now mentioned to me…

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A is for … Alice

When asked for my name, I often seem to find myself annotating my name with a reference, usually to Wonderland. Why? Somehow, to me, my name alone doesn’t seem to have enough substance. Or rather it is my identity that hasn’t the presence and needs bolstering. I have never known anyone else who does this….

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Gratitude Journal June 2017 – Self-Development

June was a reflective month for me as I worked on a couple of self-development projects. As an introspective, introverted person, I have a tendency to spend a lot of time looking inwards and whilst that can be a good thing, it can also be unhelpful in certain ways. Instead of problem solving I end…

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Depression recurrence: can you defend yourself against another episode?

I had depression, but I’m better and now I live happily ever after, right? Or maybe not… There is no doubting that I have found the last year a bit difficult. Not the hardest I have ever had by a long shot thank goodness. But possibly hardest that I have had without being under a cloud of…

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Gratitude Journal May 2017 – Choice

One, two, three, four, five (!!!) months done this year already. The first half of this year has had a bit of a drought on the writing front. It was a somewhat conscious choice, although not one that I thought would either last for so long or leave me with a bereft feeling of its absence….

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Finding the Joy of Reading

I remember their beaming smiles, the excitement of becoming ‘big girls’. An initiation into a world until then mysterious and unknown. Books. Learning to read. A key milestone in education. Where one of my daughters had excelled in her first academic year, it all came crashing down in the following one. She developed an aversion…

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Gratitude Journal April 2017 – Break

Anyone out there who reads my posts might have noticed that I took a break and missed the gratitude journal for March. And that quite frankly there hasn’t been much blogging on The Filling Glass for a couple of months.   What has kept me away? I made a decision to try to focus on ‘getting the…

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