Cultivating Authenticity: Wholehearted Living series Guidepost 1

Living Authentically: What does it mean? I promised (or threatened: it depends how you feel about my writing, I suspect) to write about the ten Guideposts for Living by BrenĂ© Brown that are an important part of the book that has given me my word of the Year 2020: Wholehearted. I’ve read The Gifts of Imperfection, in whole or in part, a few times already … Continue reading Cultivating Authenticity: Wholehearted Living series Guidepost 1

Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors Feb 2020

Some interiors magazines just have interiors… it’s about the paint colours, and the stockists, the latest trends and where you *must* get that latest chair…. I’m a long-term subscriber to Country Homes and Interiors. A few years ago, I pared my subscriptions down to the bone (to simplify my life and in an attempt to read more online) but this one I kept. It’s a … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors Feb 2020

Magazine Monday: The Simple Things January 2020

I have been really fortunate this year in that many of my presents for Christmas, birthdays etc were actually subscriptions or tickets. As I get older, I find I need less and less stuff, so gifts that are experiences or, like magazines, are treats that I would usually get myself with spare cash make great gifts. The Simple Things is one of my favourite magazines. … Continue reading Magazine Monday: The Simple Things January 2020

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

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.

Research comes first…. Always x

Hyggering that won’t cost the Earth: that’s a great ambition. I’m busy today, but I grabbed a few minutes at lunchtime to trawl the internet looking for resources (books, videos, websites) that will give me a great start on my year of bringing less in to get more out of life. Some of the books I have already: greening my life has always been an … Continue reading Research comes first…. Always x