Magazine Monday: The Simple Things April 2020 Kind

Bluebell Woods and Treasure Hunts How is your world in Lockdown? Life gets very essential, doesn’t it? As in, it’s essential that I spend a lot of time on Twitter or Facebook communicating to family and friends as life whizzes by. I never realised how much we take simple things for granted, but actually when a good belly laugh can leave you wheezing and the … Continue reading Magazine Monday: The Simple Things April 2020 Kind

Slow Living is Easy when there’s no Pace But Slow

I’m writing this from my bed. I’ve got a temperature and a persistent cough. Wish me luck: I’m hoping for a gentle case of this so that, as usually happens with my family, when the next person falls ill in 24 to 48 hours’ time, I’ll be feeling up to handling their care. At the moment, it would take a lot to get me to … Continue reading Slow Living is Easy when there’s no Pace But Slow

Hygge in the Time of Coronavirus

When a massive event happens in your life, it’s hard sometimes to think about a life beyond that event. Falling in love, having a baby, serious illness and bereavement can all leave you in a fog and looking at life through coloured spectacles… and sometimes that colour is black. For most people, they find a coping mechanism, deal with the feelings as they arise and … Continue reading Hygge in the Time of Coronavirus

Book Friday: Ichigo Ichie by Hector Garcia and Francesca Miralles

There’s a beautiful word called ‘synchronicity’, which means the fortuitous (or not)  simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. I had this happen this week when I grabbed the next book in my Book Friday series and read it, only to realise that the lessons it had for me to learn were exactly the lessons I needed to … Continue reading Book Friday: Ichigo Ichie by Hector Garcia and Francesca Miralles

Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 4

Gratitude is a much used word at the moment. Be grateful for what you have, give thanks in all circumstances, bless the Universe for its gifts…. I love how Brené gets to the heart of the matter here: we can have a Gratitude Attitude as much as we like, but until we put it into regular (daily, hourly, minutely) practice, we’re just paying lipservice to … Continue reading Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 4

Cultivating Resilience: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 3

Resilience is such a popular word today. When I was working as a Learning Mentor, it was one of the attributes we wanted to encourage in the children. If you’re living in a council house with one parent and many siblings where food, security and even having a home this time next month could be at risk, then being resilient and able to ride the … Continue reading Cultivating Resilience: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 3

Cultivating Self-Compassion: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 2

I am a really nice person. I don’t (often) hold a grudge, I’m good at forgiving friends, likely to let things slide and don’t automatically jump to attack mode when I feel they’ve treated me wrong. It’s good, it means I get along with a lot of people and don’t live a life full of turmoil and ire because “they done me bad”. But like … Continue reading Cultivating Self-Compassion: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 2

Magazine Monday: Your Serenity (bookazine)

There’s a fondness now for magazine pulishers putting out thicker, heavier versions of magazines, sometimes focused on one area of life, and calling it a ‘bookazine’. I suppose because it’s as cost-effective to produce as a magazine, but gives you more information on the subject, as a book would. I have, in the past, bought them on subjects as diverse as computer programming, crochet  and … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Your Serenity (bookazine)