The Archie Moment

We’ve coined a new phrase at Happynesshub HQ – it’s called The Archie Moment. And it stems from my meeting the new love of my life, little Archie Archibald, as many of you will have read in last week’s blog. Archie (my new Black Lab, 7 weeks old, arriving at my house [...]

By | 2018-06-14T20:21:09+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Paws and Be Present

I’m driving through London and my tummy hurts. Still. It’s been 5 months of illness now and although I am out of the house and stronger, the pain remains firmly present. I struggle to think about anything else as the traffic comes and goes, the horns, the noise, the London hubble [...]

By | 2018-06-08T10:42:41+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

Letting Go of the Dark

I sat in the hairdresser. My hair was the longest it had been since I could remember – surgery and recovery had meant I had not been well enough to have a cut for 4 months (normally it’s every 6 weeks!). ‘What colour would you like today?’ asked John. We’d not [...]

By | 2018-05-11T07:06:39+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fear vs Hope

It’s coming up to 7 weeks on from my op and I am still feeling rough. I’ve noticed the concern I’ve been feeling ramping up over the past fortnight, and I became aware the worry was a growing creature inside, that started off like a little worm tunneling away, but was [...]

By | 2018-05-03T16:52:27+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Being Kind for a Happier World

Last Friday I attended the Happier World Conference at the Museum of Happiness in Camden. Aside from a talk or two, this was my first proper happiness event and whilst there were lots of different aspects to the day, there was one message that stood out for me…BE KIND. Kindness is [...]

By | 2018-04-26T19:00:31+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Colour me Happy

It’s Wednesday night and I’m sat at home looking around the room thinking maybe, after 4 years, it’s time for a fresh lick of paint. You see, when I renovated my house I decided to do the simple thing and paint everything the same colour – Natural Hessian. Ever since I’ve [...]

By | 2018-04-12T20:27:13+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Help is at Hand

As I lay in the recovery room, oxygen, cannulas, medical staff a blur – after the initial surge of pain, lovely dose of morphine and then a rather snazzy inflatable hot blanket to stop the shivering, my initial reaction to all of this was – please can I see my mum, [...]

By | 2018-04-05T21:28:53+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

To distract, or not to distract, that is the question

So I’m sitting in the hospital waiting room with time to kill before I see my consultant. I’ve just been given news that things may be more serious than I thought, and my mind is spinning. This time, there’s no catastrophising  (a spiral downward of predictive negative thoughts, ending without doubt [...]

By | 2018-03-18T12:40:28+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Friendships at 40

A few weeks ago I reached the big 4-0. I know, I know, I don’t look a day over 25 (or so I like to tell myself). So, in preparation for the big day I went through the usual dilemma of what I should do. Having a birthday in February does [...]

By | 2018-03-01T21:24:12+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

This time next week I will be in Delhi. That feels very big. I am off travelling through the North of India with a couple of friends (on my gap month!). Backpacks, hostels, sleeper trains and an entirely different culture, with in some places poverty in the extreme - that could [...]

By | 2018-02-22T21:50:22+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments