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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Writing a bucket list – why it’s good

I have in my possession, somewhere tucked away in a box, a list I made as a teenager. Kind of a life goals or objectives list. I have perused it several times in the years since it was written. Sometimes I felt I had outgrown it. Sometimes I felt I had managed to achieve a…

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Getting back to writing

I’ve been dilly dallying for too long, my usual reticence to commit is really holding me back. I have been trying hard to write a post, too hard. About the theme of my ‘story’ that I am writing procrastinating about writing.  Riding a roller coaster of sometimes doing it and sometimes not. Apologies if this turns into a…

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Making sense of sensitivity

How do you feel when more than one person talks to you at once, or there is lots of background noise? How do you feel when you have to make decisions with multiple choices, or need to respond to messages and emails? How do you feel when you are in a busy space? Paying the…

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Parenting Tools: Routine

I really hope I am not opening a can of worms here. The concept of routine is one of those parenting debates that polarises. You have on one hand the military precision of forcing a baby or child to do exactly what you want when you want, and on the other the airy-fairy, vagueness of…

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Pondering feedback: Part 2

I wrote last week about the impact of receiving feedback from my point of view, both as a parent and a writer. For me this is a big issue because of how I relate to feedback. And the response I had I felt was quite interesting. And writing it in turn made me look at…

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Exploring The Artist’s Way

I have recently joined a little discussion group for looking at The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This follows hotly on the heels of reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Both books look at creativity and how it works, how it can be stimulated. I was introduced to the Artists Way by Kamsin, who blogs…

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Pondering feedback as a parent and as a writer

Recently I have been thinking about both the giving and receiving of feedback quite a bit, and thinking about why it is important and how it can help or hinder success. Here I look at receiving it, and another time I shall look at the giving of it (because otherwise this post will be mammoth!)….

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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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Hidden Treasure

Ok, this is going to sound a bit dull to start with but there is something interesting in it. I was tidying up files on my computer last week, (random job, and to be honest more of a timewaster than strictly necessary but it had been driving me crazy having things in random places) when…

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