• Living

    Step up your fitness level with the best walking workouts on YouTube.

    Walking workouts are a wonderful way to show ourselves some gentle loving kindness. Walking is a simple, free and easy way to keep fit and healthy. It’s a great way to spend time with family and friends and immerse ourselves in the wonder and beauty of the world around us. Walking is beneficial for the mind and body. It can help us relax and calm down.  Rediscover our sense of perspective and banish feelings of overwhelm and stress.  As our thoughts wander, new ideas, opportunities and possibilities reveal themselves. Or as meditation. Sinking deep within our bodies, revelling in the repetition, the motion and momentum as each step moves us…

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    My reading goals for 2019 (and why you might be interested)

    In which I share my reading goals for 2019 and the progress I’ve made so far (Feb update). And consider why sharing our goals can boost our chances of achieving them.   So I’ve decided to share my 2019 reading goals. I know, it’s already February. And that’s why I’m also sharing a February update, a little progress report to let you know how I’ve been getting on with the goals so far. I’ve been putting this post off. Worried it might be a little indulgent. And maybe it is. But I’m hoping you’ll find it interesting and useful too 🙂 And the reasons I’ve decided to share these goals? Most importantly… Reading is one of our…

  • Living

    4 Decluttering challenges to conquer that clutter once and for all.

    Desperate to declutter? Then take a look at these 4 practical decluttering challenges to set you and your home up for a happier and healthier 2019. Our homes should be a place of comfort and rest. A haven from the stress and struggles of the outside world and a cosy retreat to relax and entertain. But too often they become dumping grounds for piles of possessions. And how that stuff manages to breed at such an alarming rate the minute our back’s are turned, who knows? But it does. And if you’re feeling the strain – stuff stacked, packed and crammed in every available space. Your home overflowing, dragging you…

  • Learning

    New to home education : Your first week.

    A plan for your first week of home education. It’s back to school time around here. But for some families it’s the beginning of a whole new adventure. Their children won’t be going back to school, instead they’ve chosen to start home education. This week I met one of those families at a local home ed meet. They told me they were new to the group and new to home education. In fact it was their very first day. Full of enthusiasm and excitement, along with a healthy dose of apprehension and trepidation, they had many questions… What subjects should we concentrate on first? How do you teach maths? Where…

  • Living

    Instead of resolutions : 5 ways to build better habits in 2019

    The promise of a shiny new year brings so many possibilities. A time to reflect on our lives, consider our priorities and make plans for the future. There’s something special about opening up a new calendar, all that blank space calling out to be filled. Encouraging us to consider how we want our lives to look, to ponder our mission and contemplate our legacy. There are so many competing demands on our time and a myriad of distractions pulling us this way and that. We want to live an intentional life, to pursue our dreams and to spend our time wisely. But sometimes life sweeps us along and before we…

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    Dealing with conflict at Christmas : taking a kinder path

    Sometimes, some people can really rub us up the wrong way. And there are moments when, consumed with our own thoughts, we’re more prone to taking other people’s offhand comments way too personally. Some days calm and kind feels natural and easy. Other days our emotions are raw, our thinking chaotic and our temper easily triggered. Facing what feels like criticism or judgement, we’re easily drawn into arguments and negativity. Christmas is a time for giving, for sharing and for family. Images of idyllic days enveloped in the loving embrace of said family fill our hearts, our minds and our screens. Expectations soar, while our resources may plummet spectacularly low.…

  • Parenting

    Enjoying Christmas without being good for Santa.

    There’s so much to love about Christmas. The efforts we make to spend time with those we love and check in with those we’ve not seen for a while. Shining lights brighten short winter days, while familiar festive favourites round an open fire warm our bodies and our hearts. But Christmas is an emotional time too. The joy of family gatherings and catching up with our nearest and dearest tinged with sadness as we remember those no longer celebrating alongside us. The weight of expectations, to produce the perfect meal, host the perfect party and source the perfect present. And for children, an added burden and pressure, as the chimes…

  • Living

    Why kindness is the ultimate superpower.

    Kindness can be loud and proud, an exuberant gesture of extreme generosity that wows a crowd. Or quiet and gentle, an unseen act melting the hearts of a solitary someone touched by tenderness. Sometimes mistaken for a weakness or condemned as an empty gesture, kindness is no easy option. In the face of provocation it’s hard to resist the fleeting sense of satisfaction that can come from lashing out in retaliation and spite. Yet the stakes are high as we risk damaging our connection to others and scarring our very souls. Kindness can demand extraordinary courage and a strong resolve. But there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting that big…

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    You are enough (And why that’s so hard to believe)

    This is my entry for the writing contest: You Are Enough, hosted by Positive Writer.  http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-you-are-enough/ Do you ever feel like you’re not good enough? Worried any moment you’ll be exposed as a hopeless wannabe that can’t cut the mustard? Alone at our computer screens it’s easy to imagine everyone else has it all figured out. Yet we are far from alone. Wrestling with self-doubt is an occupational hazard. Agonising over every word, our insecurities looming, we’re easily ambushed by our negative thinking. Layers of anxiety and frustration, heaped upon doubt and despair threaten to keep us from writing at all. Yet this isn’t just a personal failing. It can affect any…

  • Learning

    Decided to home educate? 5 steps to get you on your way.

    Deciding to home educate your children is exciting and wildly terrifying at the same time. There’s been soul-searching and sleepless nights. Worry and fear about what could go wrong if you leave school and if you don’t. You’ve spent a long time thinking about home education and now you’ve made the decision, you just want to get on with it. Here are my top five steps to get you started. Deregistration letter. If your child is registered at a school then you need to get their name removed from the school register. It’s important you do this in writing. For a useful template with the appropriate legal wording, visit this page and…