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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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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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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Fact or fiction?

I am a bookworm (probably not a massive surprise!). Reading fiction I love to read fiction. Or maybe a more accurate description would be inhaling words??? Once I choose and start a book, more than likely I’ll be chomping at the bit to finish it. Page-turners. Adventures, thrillers, science fiction, contemporary literature of the dilemma…

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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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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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The mental health price of academic focus

I am worried about the education we provide to the children in this country. I am worried because two of my daughters are going through it already and I don’t like what I see. I am worried because of my own negative experiences of secondary education. And I am worried because of the apathy some…

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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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