• 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…

  • 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

    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…

  • Living

    The power of five – A simple mind trick to get you started.

    Some days even the simplest tasks seem impossible. Our to-do lists are spiraling out of control and we just don’t know where to start. The feeling of overwhelm begins to engulf us and we feel a rising sense of panic. There is just too much to do and not enough time to get it done. Baby steps, or the art of breaking activities down into smaller, more manageable chunks is a brilliant way to simplify even the most daunting of jobs. But even this baby stepping lark can feel too complicated sometimes. And what about those times when the demon deed that torments you is so straightforward, but you’re lacking…