Book Friday: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Way, way back before my lost year that was 2019, I ran a weekly (attempted to be) book post. Now, I do usually end up reading almost a book a week, especially if we count my Audible listening while I’m asleep, but anybody with a full time job and family will tell you trying to find the time to sit down every week and review … Continue reading Book Friday: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Actions Speak Louder: A Green Hygge update

Way back in September I announced the intention of shifting the focus of this blog a little, more towards conscious living and less towards consumption. I have never believed that hygge needed excessive consumption to be really enjoyable. I have posts dating back to the start of this blog saying that Hygge is the enjoyment of simple pleasures, that it’s perfectly possible to save money … Continue reading Actions Speak Louder: A Green Hygge update

2020: New Year, New Intention and a New Feature: Magazine Monday. Breathe Issue 26

2019 was crap. Can I just say that straight out: from beginning to end I’m not sure I could string together more than 3 weeks when I wasn’t stressed, sad, low or simply burdened. I’ve taken over a month off: Christmas has that effect on me, between the business of life and the extra work load, I find December escapes from me if I’m not … Continue reading 2020: New Year, New Intention and a New Feature: Magazine Monday. Breathe Issue 26

The downside of pet hygge is sometimes there has to come a farewell…

This is Sherlock. She’s my son’s guinea pig, bought as a present for him when he achieved the unprecedented event of scoring 100% on the teacher-assessed creative writing section of his A levels, almost 4 years ago. She was a little ball of fluff sitting alone in the pet shop, a quizzical look on her face and sniffing at the window, most un-guinea pig-like, because … Continue reading The downside of pet hygge is sometimes there has to come a farewell…

Elastic Band or Diamond? Both have their breaking point.

My daughter is in Year 13. In the UK that means she is working hard (I hope) for her A levels, which she will take next May. She has homework, mock mock tests in the next couple of weeks, mocks after Christmas, a dislike of working at revision, a desire to get decent grades so she can go to the University of her choice and … Continue reading Elastic Band or Diamond? Both have their breaking point.

Feel the burn? Then you’ve gone too far. Get fit for hygge in a sensible way.

I was born in 1968, which means when Jane Fonda hit the news with her revolutionary aerobics exercise I was about 14. At that age I was into sci fi (still am, but not in quite as big a way) and the idea of moving to music was anathema. I hadn’t even had a proper dance with a boy, so I hadn’t got fond memories … Continue reading Feel the burn? Then you’ve gone too far. Get fit for hygge in a sensible way.

Virginia Wolf had it right…. food is a fundamental for a good life.

Virginia Wolf wrote in the early years of the 20th Century that “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” She was talking about the people who couldn’t afford any food, but the principles apply even to those with plenty of food. Sometimes the issue isn’t the quantity of food, but the quality. A diet rich in added sugar … Continue reading Virginia Wolf had it right…. food is a fundamental for a good life.

November: Mist, grey cloud and dark nights moving in. Sleep beckons.

I have been quiet, haven’t I? I think my work has been quite demanding recently: I’ve had a sort of promotion, plus we have more work coming in to the office which leads to more typing which leads to more work…. I’m complaining again. It’s a nasty habit that I seem to have got into recently. I know life isn’t all sweetness and light, I … Continue reading November: Mist, grey cloud and dark nights moving in. Sleep beckons.