#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…


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…


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…


Spring clean your life

April 21, 2018
spring clean your life

The term ‘spring clean’ comes from the days when our homes were heated by fires. People would spring clean and air their homes in the warmer months to clean it of all the soot and grime that had accumulated when the weather was colder. These days, we rely on much more modern methods to heat our homes – but there is still something about the first sunny day…


Helping someone through grief

April 19, 2018
helping someone through grief

Losing a loved one is something nearly all of us will have to go through in life. However, it’s really hard to know how to help someone through grief, particularly when you haven’t experienced it yourself. It’s easy to feel awkward, not knowing what to say and then end up not doing anything at all even when that isn’t your intention. In my experience, there isn’t really a…


Seven quick and easy wellbeing ideas

April 9, 2018

As soon as I get busy, the first thing to fall by the wayside is taking proper care of myself. My daily diet becomes packet food and any activities I do to focus on my emotional health fall right down the priority list. I end up becoming sluggish, a bit fed up and start feeling bad about myself. I’ve made this mistake so many times, I’m determined to…


Why you need house plants in your life

February 28, 2018
Why you need house plants in your life

I confess: I’m not a naturally green-fingered person. I like the idea of beautiful plants and gardens but it’s a skill I’m working on. Luckily, I married a keen gardener who has covered our house in greenery which I love. However, I’m not just all about the aesthetic. Indoor plants are also proven to increase our mental wellbeing and physical health. 1. They improve your mood and reduce…


5 ways to drink more water

February 10, 2018
5 ways to drink more water

As someone who is approaching middle-age, I can tell when I’ve not been drinking enough water. My skin looks tired and wrinkly, I feel dehydrated and lacking in energy. I made a resolution to myself that I would make sure I drink 2 litres of water a day. As someone who reaches for a coffee first thing,  it’s not always that easy. So these are my 5 ways…


Switch off Sunday

February 3, 2018
switch off sunday

Why I’m turning off social media once a week I love social media. I love how it connects people. I love how I know what my friends in other countries are up to. I love the interesting people I’ve met via instagram and I love how much I’ve learnt from life coaches and wellbeing experts just through some tiny squares. It’s hard to be in the moment, when…


Sorry [doesn’t] seem to be the hardest word

January 24, 2018
sorry seems to be the hardest word

I have a confession to make: I used to be a serial apologiser. I’m British so it does come with the territory but I apologised so much, a former colleague described me as having ‘sorry tourettes’. I used to say sorry for everything. If someone banged into me, I’d say sorry. I’d apologise for delegating work to my team even though I was their manager. I once apologised…


How nature affects our wellbeing

January 13, 2018
how nature affects our wellbeing

My son was born in late September and the weather in London was still warm and sunny. I had absolutely no idea how to look after a newborn baby. However, the one thing we did every day without fail was going for a walk in nature. I once read babies needed fresh air to help them sleep. I have no idea whether or not that’s true and can’t…


5 podcasts for wellbeing (and beyond)

January 7, 2018
wellbeing podcasts to inspire

wellbeing podcasts to inspire you For anyone who is time poor, podcasts are a great and passive way of picking up new information. Here are five of my favourite wellbeing podcasts which inspire and lift me up with each episode. Super Soul Conversations Oprah interviews leading speakers on all things wellbeing in her Super Soul Conversations. I always pick up at least one great piece of advice, which…


Setting intentions (and not making resolutions)

January 1, 2018
setting intentions

Why I’m setting intentions For years I made resolutions based on becoming the type of person I thought would make me happy: lose weight, save money, drink less etc. They never worked, mainly because they were centred around giving something up. It just became another way to make me feel like I was failing as a person. I’m pretty sure most people hate resolutions for same reasons as…