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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Change: tackling it positively

At the moment there is big change in our lives. Our house is about to get torn to shreds by builders, including creating an annexe so that we can have my brother in law, who needs a little extra support, live with us; we have yet more schooling issues with our children that we are…

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How to hush the noise in your brain

My brain is normally full of all kind of things; rubbish, inane knowledge and critical information; happiness, sadness, hope and despair. Constant ups and downs. But very, very full. This past week without reading or social media or television, has been the same; my brain has remained full. But I have also had moments of…

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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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Empowered Parenting – A Manifesto

So here I am at last to tell you all about my new plans, to lift the suspense! What led to this path? My emotional journey through life became especially significant when I became a parent. Before I hadn’t always been the happiest person but I muddled along; sometimes coping, sometimes not. All of a…

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Rain check

The mind is not willing to conform To dream the dream To paint the picture of something more Let me build this life I want to lead When the head is full of floating ideas The fragments need to be drawn Together from their scattered synapses Elusive flotsam do not leave me now When belief…

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The good enough mother

  My first venture into creative writing for many years, a little flash fiction… Rebecca woke with a jolt, from her uneasy slumber. She had a sensation of heaviness on her chest, which she recognised from the days when Clem had been a toddler, as if that had been just a moment ago. She had fallen…

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Storyspheres – revealing potential

Today, I want to tell you about someone and something that has been making a big difference in my life recently. Although I am not expressly religious, I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, that there is a higher order behind what happens in our lives and it produces extraordinary results. So I…

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Deleting the negative thoughts

I have come to realise that pretty much most of my thoughts are accompanied by that little voice in my head putting a destructive slant on how I approach life. Yes, I am crazy, but only a little bit! Can’t, don’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t. They all need to be turned into can, do, should, would, am,…

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The world is my oyster

I do rather find clichés…, well, clichéd, but I have to admit the world is my oyster. This week is proving a little tough, for various reasons. Interestingly when this little saying popped up in my head, I wondered if I fully understood the idiom, and if it could really be applied to me. But…

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