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

Nature-ally Happy

As we pass through spring with summer on our doorstep, I thought it was the perfect time to talk about nature and being outdoors. The other week, my friend recommended a Netflix film to me entitled Expedition Happiness. Filmmakers Selima ‘Mogli’ Taibi and Felix Starck, feeling as though they didn’t quite [...]

By | 2018-05-31T21:35:32+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Eat Yourself Happy

Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of attending an Action For Happiness event in London called Eat Yourself Happy where Rachel Kelly, Alice Mackintosh and Dr Rupy Aujla were speaking. And so, for this week’s blog, I am returning to my all time favourite topic: food. I feel that food and [...]

By | 2018-05-25T07:19:57+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , |0 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

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

Having a Healthy Smartphone Relationship

So it’s 1715 and I have to be in central London for 1900. Out comes the smart phone, open up TFL and I work out that it’ll take 55 minutes to get there on the tube. Open the Waze sat nav, 57 minutes to drive there. I’ll go for the tube [...]

By | 2018-04-05T16:53:55+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

For the Love of Food

I love food, and I love people… there is nothing better for me than sharing a meal with some friends, family and loved ones (often helped by a log fire and an exceptionally good cheese board!). So I was interested to read this week in one of my favourite publications, Positive [...]

By | 2018-03-15T22:09:25+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

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