The best thing about setting out to hibernate (as in simplify life, take a step back, reassess life and set my priorities for the year) is how often that results in seeing things clearly for once. Recognising that some of the things I spend my life energy on aren’t worth it, and that occasionally I should change my priorities. The last couple of weeks have … Continue reading Hibernation Week 2: Or week 3. I think it’s actually week 3. No matter, here are the magazines keeping me happy this month.
Winter is made for cakes and cosiness by the fire… of course, but by itself that would be a recipe for unhealthy living. Hygge, and its close cousin Lagom, has taught me that the pleasure of a hot cuppa and a slice of warm cake can be even sharper and greater if they follow a brisk walk in the rain or a snowball fight on … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Caring For Yourself
pamper ˈpampə/ verb indulge with every attention, comfort, and kindness; spoil. Today a pamper party is taken as a meeting of (usually) women in the home or at a spa and with the avowed intent of having a range of beauty treatments or therapies to leave them feeling perfectly spoiled. I’ve written before of the hyggely benefits of a pamper evening, and I’m all in … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 22: Plan a Pamper Session with your Best Friend
I am a useless meditator, if meditation demands I sit still doing nothing with my eyes closed. I would far rather lose my time in crochet, or knitting, reading or walking. But I recognise that time spent out of time is really valuable to a being. Meditation can:- Reduce stress Improve concentration Increase self-awareness Increase happiness Slow aging Benefit cardiovascular and immune health Seriously, what’s … Continue reading Self Care Christmas Day 13: Take Time to Meditate
One of the chapters in my new book is all about the celebrations of Winter, like Diwali, Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice. I love any celebrations, and the fact that we can pack so many in within a small space of 3 or 4 months is remarkable. I think it reflects the fact that the weather can be so dreary, that we don’t spend hours … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Lancashire Parkin
Last week I was away on my holidays. It was lovely: I had a fantastic time, it was relaxing, total break from life, a time spent doing very little apart from walking along seafronts, eating ice creams, reading and crafting. After such a lovely time, coming back to work should be a let down, shouldn’t it? The British and American cultures are very fond of … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Arbejdsglaede
Linnea Dunne is a Swede living in Dublin. I am predisposed to like her already. Anybody who tries to preach balance and abstinence to the Irish is a brave, brave woman. And that is what she does in her book, Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living. Lagom, as any scandi fan or nordic nerd will know, is the Swedish word for a life lived … Continue reading Hygge Book: Lagom by Linnea Dunne
Victoria Coren Mitchell is, I think, an eminently sensible broadcaster. I am predisposed to like her, since she hosts one of my favourite Quiz Shows, the fiendishly wonderful Only Connect on BBC2. She just seems like a grounded, very realistic person. The sort you could meet over coffee at 11 o’ clock and still be sat with at 5 realising that the choice is either … Continue reading June 20th: I was going to write this yesterday; but events, dear boy, events.