I May Come Out of the Cave, but I’m NOT Leaving it For Good.

March 29th 2021 and England has taken another step towards freedom. A little less locked down. In England, from today, the rules are now that six people can meet outside, two households can get together inside, outdoor sports are allowed again and weddings can begin again, although they’re limited to only six attending. Time to crawl out of the cave and start blinking at sunlight … Continue reading I May Come Out of the Cave, but I’m NOT Leaving it For Good.

Freely, Freely You Have Received…..

Today’s title is freely nicked from a hymn I remember singing in my school days. The chorus (which is the bit that has stuck with me forever, or at least 45 years whichever is longest) goes like this: Freely, freely You have received, Freely, freely give…. The hymn is actually about receiving God’s grace and forgiveness of sin. Whether you believe in God or not, … Continue reading Freely, Freely You Have Received…..

Book Friday: Dwelling by Melissa Michaels

You know how sometimes when you need something the exact thing you need drops into your lap, even though it’s been hanging around for a while and you were just overlooking it? Today’s book, Dwelling by Melissa Michaels, was one of my Advent gifts to myself. The inscription inside reads ‘Christmas of Hope Advent 1: 29.11.20’. I must have unwrapped this, flipped through and put … Continue reading Book Friday: Dwelling by Melissa Michaels

Hormonal Hygge…. Finding my Way Through The Change.

***Be Warned: I am going to be very honest in this post about menopause, periods and other Women’s Issues. And Hygge. I’m going to be very honest about Hygge.*** For as long as I can remember, my Mum’s best advice to me was that there are no constants about being a woman. Just when you think you’re used to your life or your body (especially … Continue reading Hormonal Hygge…. Finding my Way Through The Change.

Book Friday: Steady (Keeping Calm in a World Gone Viral) by Dr Sarb Johal

After yesterday’s slightly losing it, I did what I always did. At times like this, I channel my inner Hermione and search my shelves. My shelves nowadays are mostly virtual and Kindle based, so I looked in my virtual stacks and found a book I bought last week in a book-buying spree, but had not yet read: Steady (Keeping Calm in a World Gone Viral) … Continue reading Book Friday: Steady (Keeping Calm in a World Gone Viral) by Dr Sarb Johal

Christmas of Hope 2020: The Greatest of These is Charity

Charity is the act of extending love and kindness to others unconditionally. It’s a good thing: it makes us altruistic, encourages us to think of others and helps us also to see how lucky we are (to appreciate our privilege). In modern translations of the Bible, St Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians that And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: The Greatest of These is Charity

Christmas of Hope 2020: Start a New Craft

The benefits of crafting to mental health are well known… indeed, as Mind’s Crafternoon on 5th December set out to show, it boosts self esteem, it creates positive neural pathways and it generally takes absolute concentration to learn and perform a craft. Today is about considering what craft you’d like to learn in 2021 and setting the wheels in motion. It takes 10,000 hours to … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start a New Craft

Christmas of Hope 2020: Give the Gift of Self Care to a Friend

I know if you’re reading this blog that the words ‘selfcare’ will not be a mystery to you. You know that five or ten minutes out of a busy life to appreciate a well made cup of coffee, look at a tree, rub beautifully scented handcream gently into dishwasher hands can add grace and gratitude to a busy life. Today, I’d ask you to think … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Give the Gift of Self Care to a Friend