Breaking free from being busy

We all say we’re busy but are we really? And are we doing the right things, those that make us truly happy and unleash our awesomeness? Here’s how I changed my focus from busy to productive – and how you can too.

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Simply: Be

There is so much focus on being something. It’s almost as if we are all working to be someone else, somewhere else, with something else in our lives. Societal messaging bombards us with how to ‘be’. Be better, be smarter, be more productive, be helpful, be efficient, be kind, be richer, be healthier, be interesting, […]

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Find your tribe

Let’s talk today about finding your tribe. Finding your tribe is a powerful primitive force. In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (a motivational theory tool used in psychology to model human needs), love and belonging are one of the five tiers. Healthy human beings, Maslow theorised, have a certain number of needs. These are in a […]

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About Me

Hello! I’m Emma, the author of Devon Maid. I’m a self-confessed story junkie, journalist, marketing/communications officer, (slow) runner and advocate of positive wellbeing. Devon Maid is my blog and place to share with you an exploration of places: the mind and the great outdoors. It’s also my sanctuary: a platform where I can write candidly […]

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In the footsteps of Shakespeare

Words are not coming naturally to me today. What am I trying to say? What is there to say? I look at other bloggers and am fascinated with their ability to cram so many words together, relentlessly cross-referencing to Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and whatever other platforms exists. They talk earnestly about ‘content’ and invite […]

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The power of anger – a force for good

Let’s talk anger. Like many, I tend to keep my rage quiet. Why? Because from a young age you’re told anger isn’t cool, it’s NOT a good look. For a little girl growing into a woman society tells you anger is unseemly; it’s not something a female should show, so the practice of masking it […]

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My tips on being more resilient

I haven’t been well recently. I was floored by a virus for the best part of a week and it’s left me with a cough you’d expect from a 20-a-day B&H smoker. I had a few sobs here and there; rasping little pity parties for one, but really looked after myself. I slept, took tablets, […]

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Love, vulnerability and being you

As I write this, my Twitter feed is filled with romance, love and hearts. It’s St Valentine’s Day and the world is soppy. My story today is about love, it’s about vulnerability and it’s about making today the day for you to pack in the relationships that leave you feeling shit. I’ve talked elsewhere about […]

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Living with tinnitus: relearning the art of listening

Partially losing my hearing has taught me the importance of listening. About a year ago I was diagnosed with tinnitus. I’d spent years blasting top-volume music into my auditory canal through earphones. The real problems began following an ear infection but I’m pretty sure my private discos didn’t help. Today I have a continuous buzzing […]

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Remembering why I run

After eight hours at work, I came home, changed into my running kit and headed out the door into the brisk cold. Freedom! Now, I’m drinking hot chocolate feeling fuzzy inside and writing this blog post to you. In an earlier post, I talked about my intention to complete RED January. Well, I’m entering the […]

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