Describe yourself…

How do you describe yourself? Is it about your roles or jobs, your appearance, what you like or dislike, or something else? Some descriptors are easier to use…mother, wife…They are based on fact, rather than anything else. But even then some descriptions still have values attached to them – ‘stay at home mum’, ‘housewife’ anyone?…

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Emotion and empathy

Emotional literacy is so important. A lesson I learned the hard way. Before counselling, feeling the physicality of emotion and describing it was very hard for me. I hadn’t realised how much that was a problem and holding everything in had made me ill. It ended in a breakdown. The silence. The mute lay in…

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What I learned from NOT writing

My to-do list doesn’t yet seem to be shrinking, despite the back to school breathing space of the past week. As fast as I cross things off, more gets added. So I have decided to write instead. The prerogative of a mother with children out of the house. I spent my summer putting off writing,…

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Gratitude Journal August

Big deep breath and I am back! I feel that I have so much to say and write, ideas buzzing in my head after my break. But I am sticking with gratitude for today. And I am just going to get this on the screen and out there. The summer holidays were full of lots…

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Gratitude Journal July

I would have posted this last week but our holiday and poor Wi-Fi got in the way! July was a month of ‘events’ and occurrences, rather than ‘normal’ life. The end of the school year, an art exhibition, my twin daughters’ birthday, going on holiday. All fun and exciting things, that I loved enjoying and…

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Pressing pause…

‘Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone’ W.H. Auden Time is a funny thing. I’ve taken that quote slightly out of context of the original poem, but the line still expresses something I am feeling right now. I often want to pause; to not move on but to stay exactly where I am, in…

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Simple mindsets to beat procrastination

How often do you find yourself thinking what shall I do now? And not because there isn’t anything to do… I find myself torn into a million pieces right now, constantly. We all do. We have complicated lives for one reason or another; things we need or want to do. All too often I find…

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Fact or fiction?

I am a bookworm (probably not a massive surprise!). Reading fiction I love to read fiction. Or maybe a more accurate description would be inhaling words??? Once I choose and start a book, more than likely I’ll be chomping at the bit to finish it. Page-turners. Adventures, thrillers, science fiction, contemporary literature of the dilemma…

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Gratitude Journal June

Sometimes you have a month that is torn between such highs and low that it is difficult to know what to be grateful for. It can leave you with a funny feeling inside. My gratitude journal came about because I wasn’t great at being grateful. All too often I had a negative view of things….

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Learning lessons; my first year

A year ago I took my first steps into a new world that I hadn’t got a clue about. Blogging. Since then I have spent a lot of time learning about and absorbed in writing and posting, interacting and commenting. The Filling Glass is not successful in traditional blogging terms (page views, income, indexes, awards or…

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