Baths and Bubbles

I pour in the milk, the creamy consistency swirls in the water – instinctively I relax. I slowly take a long match from a glass blue bottle (a gift that I bought for myself for this very process) and I light the variety of candles that each remind me of a [...]

By |2019-10-17T21:44:32+00:00September 26th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Millefeuille Musings

‘It’s the layers,’ my friend said to me as we pondered on my rising stress levels ten weeks ago. ‘Yes, your health issues are at the root of things, but it’s the layers of problems and stressors that are building upon this. Let’s address them.’ The next day I found myself [...]

By |2019-11-12T22:40:34+00:00September 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

It’s 6:30 am…

It’s 6:30 am. And I’ve woken early on my day off. It’s my birthday! And Archie is fast asleep downstairs. As I peer out of the window and breathe in the beautiful colours in the sky, it feels like time for change and a new year ahead. I ponder on the [...]

By |2019-09-01T09:05:15+00:00August 29th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Offline Paradise

It was late, dark and I was standing on the street saying goodbye to my friend, Gez, feeling as if another ‘problem’ came my way I may well super-implode. With only days until my holiday I had that feeling so many of us have, that I simply couldn’t fit everything in [...]

By |2019-08-09T07:28:39+00:00August 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Happiness 2050

I was recently filming at a careers event aimed at school students, showing them the range of job options that were available to them - with speakers talking about various college courses, apprenticeships and jobs. One of the interesting talks was aimed at getting young people to think about how employment [...]

By |2019-08-01T09:20:40+00:00August 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Kindness Cures

It’s been 7 days of more hospital appointments, growing weakness and at times, I can’t deny, feeling a tad sorry for myself.  For any of you out there who have been chronically unwell – mentally, physically or both, you will know it can be isolating, frightening and make you question, question [...]

By |2019-05-30T18:13:03+00:00May 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |2 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

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

From Deep Within

It has been a week of lunches, meetings, coffees and conversation. And as each day has passed I have wondered at the diversity of people I have been sharing time with – from an old uni friend who I haven’t seen in years, to a new that I simply started talking [...]

By |2019-04-18T23:13:53+00:00April 18th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments