Gratitude Journal October

I simply can’t believe October is over. It rushed through and suddenly we are here in November! Somehow the autumnal season is the most observable seasonal change to me and I can definitely see that it is well and truly here now, although as the weather goes it really hasn’t been too bad. It has…

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How I am killing my To Do list

Last week I wrote about being stressed and some of the things that were helping me. After publishing (well actually before) I really felt the need to write a bit more about the way I manage my To Do list at the moment. I have no idea or illusion that this is particularly interesting to…

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When stress joins the party

I didn’t write a post last week. The desire to write hadn’t left me, but the old familiars of stress and overwhelm were knocking on the door. My focus has been gradually ebbing (over quite some time to be honest) and I felt confuddled . And then I read Renee’s post yesterday, about acknowledging our feelings….

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Gratitude Journal September

The months run together into a seamless blur but the change from summer into autumn is recognisably here. As we transition through seasons, I find myself drawn to appreciate the outside world more so than ever. And for another year I recognise how I will miss the light and the warmth of the summer days….

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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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