I have a weekend away booked for next week, to Leamington Spa. It’s a beautiful town in the Midlands that made it as a spa town in the early 19th Century when spa towns were *the* place to be. It’s a romantic little break, just Mr Hygge Jem and me, and we will spend our time wandering through the streets of Leamington, Stratford and Warwick, … Continue reading Five Words for August.
I spend all day most week days at my desk, typing, filing, phoning and basically staring at a concrete jungle outside. Cars pass, the crossing beeps occasionally and sometimes a fight starts at the pub on the corner. It’s very urban and, apart from the plants on my desk, has no natural elements in it. Yesterday I had a rare (very rare) day off office … Continue reading There’s Hygge in Them Thar Birds!!!
It would seem strange if, after showing you my extensive planner collection (not complete: never complete. Like all enthusiasts, if you offer me a new planner, I will say yes) I didn’t follow up with a book on planning. Planning can be a real pain in the posterior, especially if you read a dour, dry business planning manual. Even the most popular time management technique … Continue reading Book Friday: Plan a Happy Life by Stephanie Fleming
The last few weeks have been lovely. I’ve consciously been on social media less, read less and done less than ever before. I’ve kept no to do list handy, planned no activities or thought ahead by no more than 24 hours a day. Even what we eat each evening is chosen from a variety of meats and ingredients bought in the weekly shop. And it … Continue reading Press Pause.
I’ve been enjoying myself this week reading up on ancient philosophies, specifically the Stoics. I know. Don’t ask. Philosophy (root words: philo meaning love and sophia meaning wisdom) is described by Wikipedia as the “study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about reason, existence, knowledge, values, mind, and language. Such questions are often posed as problems to be studied or resolved.” Or, as … Continue reading Lessons from the Porches of Antiquity
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
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
Lockdown II started at midnight and, so far, has had absolutely no impact on my life except that I didn’t open all the shutters in the office. I still have my view, I’m still sat answering the phone, taking the messages and typing wildly to get through a pile of dictation left by my husband overnight in some wicked reversal of The Elves and The … Continue reading This Time Next Month…. We’ll be Crafting Hard. Crafternoon for Mind.uk 5th December 2020