It’s Blue Monday again! Perhaps it’s a sign of advanced age, but it doesn’t seem like a year since last Blue Monday…. I’m at my desk writing a new book, so I have little time for writing a new blog post, but I read one I’d done on Blue Monday two years ago and the advice is still the same. Here’s the body of that … Continue reading Blue Monday again?! So Soon?
It was a crazy week at work last week. My husband qualified as a Notary Public in the summer, although he had to wait for insurance, society membership and other things before he could start practising. Last week was the first chance we had to set up websites, so my spare time in the office was grabbed by him. It is done, and should be … Continue reading Hibernating For Humans: Absolutely needed this weekend.
I am not the world’s best at waiting. I don’t hold secrets well, and when I was younger used to drive my brothers wild by taunting them. A lot like the Ghost of Christmas Present in Scrooged. I’m so glad I wore my pretty dress. But these last few days before Christmas, especially for me and anyone else who started and finished organising early, are … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Waiting
It’s Friday 21st December. Because of how the year falls, this is my last day at my work desk until 2019. I love my work, I really do. Which other job would knowingly let me write blog posts and whole books between the paid work I have? Not many, so working for the Husband suits me just fine. But at around 4pm today I will … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Home
To be enthusiastic is to show “intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.” In the original Greek, it mean to be inspired or possessed by a God and was used as an insult to describe excessive religious zeal. I’m glad it got taken over and adapted. Enthusiasm, and the quality of being enthusiastic, is something I very much enjoy. To be tepid or half-hearted about … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Enthusiasm
Wonder. I think Wonder is the emotion that runs through Christmas the most for children. Everything about the season is designed to create wonder, both in a secular and religious sense. Imagine being a five-year-old and finding out the the magic of Santa… that he gives presents to all the boys and girls around the world, that he has flying reindeer, that he lives in … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Wonder
Have you ever been in a situation where everything is going to pot, there’s not a blind thing you can do about it, and you might as well just accept the case? The grace that you accept that with, and the smoothness with which you face your fate is serenity. It is “the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.” Now, in my youth, serenity … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Serenity
I think I can bear many things in life, like feeling hungry, having nothing to read, boredom or even losing connectivity on my 4g phone (hello O2!) but I cannot abide feeling cold. Not bitterly cold. Not that bone-chilling, been outside too long with the wrong clothing, my toes are no longer responding, my hands are chilled and I am shivering kind of cold. I … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Warmth