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Dry January and how it benefits me

January 25, 2019
Dry January and how it benefits me

Dry January seems to be under scrutiny much more this year, with people either sneering at the idea or preaching about the importance of abstinence. For anyone who doesn’t know what dry January is, it’s when you commit to abstaining from any alcohol for the month. I’ve been doing it for years now along with occasional break during the year. I like a glass of wine but I…

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Why technology is making us less productive

January 22, 2019
technology making us less productive

Is always being on affecting productivity? I got my first job in communications back in 2001. I worked hard, no doubt moaned about my long hours, but once I left work, that was it. I couldn’t physically do any more work. I couldn’t answer emails because I didn’t have WiFi at home and regardless, there wasn’t the technology to log in remotely. Our mobile phones only made phone…

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Set boundaries with 7 simple steps

January 16, 2019

Boundaries are fundamental when it comes to taking care of ourselves. They enable us to recognise what we need and develop the right techniques and language to achieve them. Boundaries help us create less stressful lives, better physical wellbeing and healthy respectful relationships. For some people, setting boundaries is a skill they learn growing up. They have seen adults articulate and set boundaries and understand they are a…

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Science behind habits and how to form new ones

January 13, 2019

The biggest myth of habit-forming is that its down to willpower. Actually, habits are created by repetition. This is the science behind habits and how they’re created by our neural pathways. The language of habits As someone who has always been more of a fan of instant gratification rather than working towards something, I’ve always assumed I lack enough willpower to get into good habits. I’ve told myself…

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Kindsight and why you need it

January 9, 2019
benefits of kindsight

Ever spent hours ruminating over something you said and wished you’d used different words? Or do you look back at the past with regret at something you did with the hope you could turn back time? It sounds like you could do with some kindsight. What is kindsight? Kindsight is the practice of looking at the past in a much gentler way. It suggests you reflect upon events…

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Why job adverts matter if you want a diverse workforce

January 4, 2019
why job adverts matter if you want a diverse workforce

Metro Bank placed a great job advertisement on Linkedin recently. It wasn’t the contents of the job that caught my eye (although that looked interesting too). It was the footnote at the bottom. The footnote read: Diverse teams really are the best teams. We know that candidates (especially women, research tells us) may be put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box. We also…

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Tidying up with Marie Kondo: 5 lessons learnt

January 3, 2019
Tidying up with Marie Kondo

A few years ago, it felt like Marie Kondo was everywhere talking about her KonMari method of tidying. I read a couple of articles and watched some YouTube videos showing how to fold clothes and left it at that. By nature, I’m reasonably tidy and like everything to have a home. However, my life has changed from being a single person to having a husband and child. My…

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Setting intentions with kindness

December 22, 2018

It’s time for self-talk with kindness At the beginning of the year, I wrote a post about setting intentions. They were areas I wanted to achieve, not actual resolutions per se, but a kinder, intentional approach that I would use as a focus and not beat myself up about. Reader, I lied. I did everything I said I wouldn’t . I’ve been writing my resolutions/intentions for years now.…

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How to survive the festive season

December 16, 2018
survive the festive season

Warm open fires, children singing happily and families spending time together blissfully are the images of Christmas we see on TV. It’s a time where couples feel closer together, people repent over the mistakes they’ve made and everyone is in harmony. Right? Wrong. The truth is Christmas can highlight areas of life that aren’t so great. We are expected to have magical moments, which often don’t exist especially…

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Easy homemade Christmas gift ideas – natural soaps

December 13, 2018

Making natural soaps I’m becoming more mindful of the plastic I’m buying, particularly when it comes to household and bathing products. I want to cut down on what I’m buying both for myself and other people and think about alternatives to packaged shower gels and bubble baths. With that in mind, I decided to make these natural soaps using dried flowers and essential oils for Christmas gifts. There…

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Easy handmade Christmas gifts – mulling baubles

December 9, 2018

It always feels like Christmas has started with my first glass of mulled wine. This is one of the reasons why I decided to make mulling baubles for some of the men in my life. All you need is: Clear fillable baubles. I bought this set of 12 from Amazon. They are plastic – however, I’m hoping they will be reused year on year. Ribbons, pom poms or anything…

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Easy handmade Christmas gift ideas – candles in recycled jam jars

November 27, 2018
candles from recycled jam jars

In recent years I’ve become much more conscious about stuff: how much stuff I have and how much stuff I’m buying. I particularly feel this trigger at Christmas time when I’m also aware that I’m filling someone else’s life with things that they probably don’t want or need. However, I really love gift giving and treating people so I always make everyone in my family at least one…

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Change when you don’t like change

November 18, 2018
Change when you don't like change

In my professional life, I work in change communications. I help organisations move their employees through a change process often involving a new way of working. Yet, ironically when it comes to my personal life, a change agent I am not. I don’t like change and my tendency to overthink means I can struggle with indecision even when it comes to the smallest things. I worry about the outcomes…

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How to leave the cult of busyness

September 30, 2018

being busy and the cult of busyness I look at friends who left homes and jobs in London to set up lives elsewhere and think how well they seem. Their skin looks brighter, their stress lines faded away and I think to myself, it’s because they’re not so busy anymore. I often fantasise about spending a week at a health camp (somewhere abroad obviously) and having five nights…

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September: the start of a new year?

September 13, 2018
change when you don't like change

There is something about September which feels like the start of a new year. I start re-evaluating what I want from life and feel more energetic and purposeful. I’ve always attributed this to the fact that the new school year starts in September in the UK. The last days of summer were spent buying new school shoes and pencil cases preparing for the year ahead. We had new…

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The trap of right/wrong thinking

July 22, 2018

An energy healer recently said to me that I was doing a lot of right/wrong thinking. I had explained I was struggling with indecision to the point I felt stuck. I was struggling to make almost any major decisions – feeling paralysed by the idea of it turning out badly. I had fallen into the trap of right/wrong thinking Right/wrong thinking is a thought process where you think…

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Why every organisation needs to define their purpose

July 19, 2018
why every organisation needs to define their purpose

Organisations are good at describing what they do. They’re not always quite so good at defining why they do it. However, when most of our basic needs are and what we buy is a choice –  the ‘why’ is what makes us purchase one brand over another. The ‘why’ is also what makes us want to put in the extra effort at work. Human beings are emotional creatures.…