Gratitude Journal January – Keeping a diary

Are all the good intentions that were light and fluffy at the start of the month are still that way? Or have become that noose around your neck? I don’t make too many changes (especially big) at the start of the year. As a rule I’m not in favour of the ‘resolution’, preferring goals, which…

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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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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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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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The emotional tyranny of ‘stuff’ – who am I?

Early on in the life of this blog I wrote about the emotions tangled up in trying to clear out things from my life that are superfluous, about trying to live more minimally, about how emotions can also be clutter. I wanted to free myself from being held back by my possessions. I wrote that…

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