Kids and Comedic Canines

Yesterday children’s mental health was again in the news. We hear of primary school teachers speaking out about the lack of support for young children when it comes to their mental health - and child mental health support referrals being up almost 50% in the past 3 years for children under [...]

By |2019-07-18T21:30:10+00:00July 18th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

A Laughing Matter

‘Laughter is contagious’ is the theory behind my new laughing dog song for our children’s mental health project. So as I drove to my composer’s studio, I pondered on how little I’d been laughing recently, and wondered if I was really the right person to be doing this final mix with [...]

By |2019-07-11T21:03:31+00:00July 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Awe-some Alfie

It had been a difficult day. Suffice to say I had burst into tears twice amongst many other goings on, and I had been left with a feeling of hopelessness and exhaustion. Not a good mix. As I packed the picnic for our trip to Hampton Court Palace, I consciously made [...]

By |2019-06-28T09:56:06+00:00June 27th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

The Wonders of Walking

Ever since I was young I haven’t really liked walking. I always wanted to be running, racing, swimming, cycling, competing. Walking felt too passive, like I was doing nothing. And I am a doer. As I got older, I tried to embrace the joy of a gentle amble with a friend, [...]

By |2019-06-20T15:39:00+00:00June 20th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Instant Happy Boost

I walked out of the hospital and I really had had enough. I should have been happy - the news was not bad - I ‘probably’ didn’t have cancer. ‘Unlikely’. Some tests. But, for me, the news was also far from good…  ‘You have a complex condition’. ‘Not sure we can [...]

By |2019-06-06T20:16:44+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Happy Places

I woke up Monday morning feeling unwell. And then some concerning news arrived. I was worried, and an abundance of other negative memories, past events, comparative scenarios flooded my brain. I’d planned to do a few emails and some work from home, yet I felt a need to inject something positive [...]

By |2019-05-16T14:07:03+00:00May 16th, 2019|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

We make 35,000 decisions a day – so say some sources. And these can vary from what to eat for dinner to the more serious and heavy-weighted, what feels like in the moment ‘life-changing’ decisions. So as my TV series drew to a close a few weeks ago I felt that [...]

By |2019-05-09T19:16:14+00:00May 9th, 2019|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Roadtrip (Part I)

When I was young I remember climbing trees without fear, swinging the swing in my garden so high I thought it would circle all the way round and doing wheelies with such zest and zeal, there was no chance of a fall or crash. I was a bit of a tomboy, [...]

By |2019-04-25T21:17:56+00:00April 25th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

The Roadtrip (Part II)

‘The bumper is smashed,’ said my Dad. I hadn’t even left home, how could a new rental car have been damaged on my drive? And where on earth was the petrol cap lever? I would need gas en route. As I googled rapidly, Archie barking in the back of the car [...]

By |2019-05-03T10:27:12+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments