What I read in 2016

At the start of 2016 I decided to keep a list of all the books I read this year. I have never done this before (well except at school, but the point is I’ve never done this for myself). It is said that writers should be readers, and I have always been one of them,…

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Gratitude Journal November

November was what you would call a tumultuous month, but it wasn’t all bad. And it was certainly one for some insight. Reality When you get difficult times, it feels important to be able to go back to basics to ground yourself – gratitude for the roof over my head, clothes on my body, food…

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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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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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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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Gratitude Journal April

Despite the weather, April was much better than March. And what things in particular were responsible for this? Split between the children and my creative outputs, I have been finding joy in taking a step back and evaluating what really matters. I spent the first half of the month really enjoying the Easter break with…

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Gratitude Journal March

The irony; this month feels like not a lot has gone right for me, and yet… I reached some of the goals that I set at the beginning of the year (without a time frame)! So where is the sense in that? I felt challenged this month. I had things that I felt anxious about,…

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Love on Mother’s Day

Three years ago on Mother’s Day, my third daughter was born. And now it will always be a special day to me. Because that was a day when I got to be close to my new arrival, when I was awash with love for my family. What an amazing present. Unfortunately I think Mother’s Day…

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What it feels like to be friend ‘dumped’

Around this time of year, along with extortions of ‘do this, do that’ to make yourself a better person, there is one thing that I often hear – ‘Lose people from your life who…’. I actually think it is sound in principle, however it can have negative impact in practice. I write this from personal experience….

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