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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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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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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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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Sabotage by comparison

I can’t tell you the number of times since I started blogging that I have written a fantastic post and then literally days or even hours after I hit publish, I find myself reading something else on exactly the same subject, eloquent and engaging. And suddenly my post pales into insignificance. I don’t have to…

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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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Too much information?

I don’t know about you, but I constantly have the feeling of being overwhelmed, of having too much to do, to read, to listen to, of having too much buzzing round inside my brain. I often feel like there is so much information flying about that I cannot possible pick the right thing to focus…

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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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