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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.…

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Working with the lunar cycle

July 11, 2018

The moon is responsible for lighting at the night’s sky, as well as the earth’s water. The moon’s gravitational force pulls on water in the oceans and creates tides. Spiritually, the moon looks after our emotions: controlling our desires, worries and dreams.  It’s said that as our bodies are made up of 85% water, the gravitational pull of the moon and the lunar cycle affects us too. The moon goes…

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#vanlife – road tripping with a baby

June 26, 2018

I told people about my plans to go on a road trip whilst I was pregnant. “Oh, you’ll never do it,” they said. “It’s impossible to travel once you have a baby”. However, travel has always been a big part of my life and I was determined it wouldn’t change once I had a child. We had the van already and my husband carried out a basic conversion…

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How to form good habits

June 23, 2018
form good habits

I’m the patron saint of good intentions. I have lots of ideas and plans, which tend to fall by the wayside. The reason: I haven’t got into good habits. It’s easy to stick to bad habits and harder to take on new behaviours. Our brain has learnt patterns and likes to stick with what it knows. The good news is, there is a process to all this. We…

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Six ways to boost your confidence (that actually work)

June 21, 2018
confidence boosting ideas

The biggest thing I wish I’d known in my 20s is that confidence is something you develop; rather than being a permanent effect of your life situation. I spent far too much time feeling restricted and paralysed by my lack of confidence often to the point of just giving up. I constantly compared myself to others – especially those who seemed so much more confident and thought opportunities…

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Wellbeing at work

June 12, 2018
wellbeing at work

Why wellbeing at work matters Have you ever felt issues in your personal life were stopping you from concentrating properly at work? Or you are thinking about work at home and finding it hard to switch off? Yep. Me too on both counts. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. Changes in the way we work mean there is a less of a demarcation between work and…

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Getting the most from your menstrual cycle

June 9, 2018
how to harness your menstrual cycle

People of a certain age may remember an advert for a brand of compact tampons where a schoolgirl has her hand up asking to be excused from the classroom. The premise being that her tampon is so small, no one can see what’s in her hand avoiding embarrassment. Twenty-five years later and not that much has really changed. I still feel the need to carry my bag to…

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The energy alignment method

May 14, 2018
energy alignment method

I stumbled across the Energy Alignment Method whilst scrolling through Facebook. It offered a free five-day course designed to realign your energy and create space for it to flow. The course was coinciding with a planned quiet period in my life. It seemed like there was some synchronicity at play and so I decided to give it a whirl. The Energy Alignment Method was developed by Yvette Taylor and…

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Learning to be brave

May 8, 2018
Learning to be brave

Being brave At the beginning of the year, I thought about changes I wanted to make in my life and to stop letting fear stand in my way. I realised I was going to need to start becoming brave if I was going to live a more authentic life. Part of transitioning from my 20s into my 30s and beyond has been to recognise that actions have consequences and…

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Why does sunshine make us happier?

May 6, 2018
why does sunshine make us happier

The first days of sunshine in London and it’s like the city becomes a different place. Strangers talk to each other and people walk around with smiles on their faces. My energy levels lift completely with a few sunny days and the start of light evenings. Suddenly I feel I have more time to get things done rather than thinking about bedtime from around 8.30pm. My experience is…

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Why laughter really is the best medicine

May 5, 2018
why laughter is the best medicine

.I went away with friends recently and laughed and laughed and laughed. I laughed until my stomach hurt and tears rolled down my cheeks. And even though I’d been burning the candle at both ends – I came home feeling happier and lighter than I had done in a long time. It turns out laughter really is the best medicine and studies show it benefits almost every area…