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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When stress joins the party

I didn’t write a post last week. The desire to write hadn’t left me, but the old familiars of stress and overwhelm were knocking on the door. My focus has been gradually ebbing (over quite some time to be honest) and I felt confuddled . And then I read Renee’s post yesterday, about acknowledging our feelings….

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Gratitude Journal #8

With all the busyness and mayhem going on at this time of the year, I found myself feeling a bit ‘meh’ this week. This is not an unfamiliar feeling to me and, I imagine, to most. Sometimes we are just so busy that it is hard to find the time to look after ourselves and…

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Why we need to talk…

This post is making me feel nervous. I have thought about it for a while and in essence it is massively exposing my vulnerability and I am worrying about the reactions of my readers to the content. I take so much time to consider exactly what I write so that I can have clarity and I…

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Why routines are important to me and my one thing for helping to establish them

So this week is ‘Back to School’ *huge sigh – part relief and part sadness*. To me this is really the New Year, time for a fresh start, the time to re-evaluate and adjust our lives, make new things happen. I still have some energy from the summer and I am not exhausted by Christmas….

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Releasing the pressure

I am rather desperate to write this, as I have had thoughts going round in my head for a couple of days, although I don’t really want to be writing this at all. That all sounds rather euphemistic and roundabout so I will try to be more specific. I am finding these holidays really hard….

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I shouted at my children

I shouted at my children. To explain, I shouted at them for no particular good reason. They were being like normal 5 year olds – a tendency towards not listening properly and being able to irritate easily, for example repeatedly singing the same phrase over and over and over again amongst other crimes! Definitely not…

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