Which ‘happy’ are you today?

From an early age we are taught happiness is the utopia we should aim to reach and, once there, should stay put. It’s funny really; always pursuing the vision of permanent vim and vigour leaves us ripe for disappointment. The uncomfortable truth is that the blissed-out perpetual end state doesn’t exist. Curse those childhood fairy […]

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Things I care less about

Chances are that, as you’ve got older, you’ve become wiser. Age brings experience and experience brings wisdom. We all know that. It also brings about a seachange in the things you care less about… Being thin. You counted calories, slurped slimming shakes and ate nothing but sausages and cheese for a while. You tried every […]

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Colourful autumn walks in Devon

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The changing season can fill us with lots of feelings – nostalgia for those hot summer days, grumpiness because it’s dark at 4pm and weariness from smashing the snooze button for the eighth time because, well, it’s pitch black outside and I am nice and warm here thanks. When we do drag ourselves outside, when […]

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Staying alcohol free – each day at a time

You may have reached the end of Go Sober for October without touching a drop of booze. Or you’ve moderated your way through the month and feel full of resolve to erase alcohol completely. Either way, kudos to you for making such a positive change. Leading a life without alcohol in it, even just for […]

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My story: dealing with grief after miscarriage

I spent ages debating whether to add to the conversation for Baby Loss Awareness Week. I thought perhaps it’s too personal but I keep coming back to how important it is to speak openly about issues many of us face, often in silence. You see, for me and millions of other women and their partners, […]

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Teamwork is everywhere in running

Today we saw something incredible, awesome and off-the-chain inspiring when Eliud Kipchoge shattered the two-hour marathon. To get a sub-two time Kipchoge had to run an average of 2:50 per kilometre: he never dipped below 2:52min per km. He also needed to cover 100metres in 17secs and maintain a speed of 21.1kph (13.1mph). In the […]

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Trail running camaraderie (and why it matters)

It’s 7pm on a boiling hot Wednesday. I’m stood on the uphill start line of a fell race with 100 other people. Dartmoor’s expanse falls away either side, rearing up again to the rocky tors of Little Miss, Great Mis, Great Staple and Roos. We are counted down 3-2-1 and off we go. Immediately I […]

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Step outside your comfort zone and admire the view

“It is not that I am so smart. But that I stay with the questions much longer.” – Albert Einstein. Hey folks! It’s been a little while since I last published a post here; not for lack of interest but because I’ve been so darn busy. It’s been a fun time; I’ve explored new places […]

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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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How many times have you bullied yourself?

In a recent interview, singer Melanie C describes therapy as ‘bloody great’. She’s dead right. During therapy, one of my biggest epiphanies was uncovering the link between my early life experiences and inner critic, then taking action to break the pattern. Let’s face it: we all trash talk ourselves. Everyone has an inner dialogue, both […]

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A rest from running: my thoughts on taking time out

I vividly remember my first time running. It was a grey March evening and, despite never having run before, I had entered the Bristol half marathon that coming September. During those summer months training I fell in love with running. Since then, it has been my go-to medication when life went pear-shaped, my shoulder to […]

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Go Sober for October: Be booze free and improve your life

Today marks the start of Go Sober for October and I’ve been thinking about how different my life is compared to the one where alcohol was part of it. At the weekend, I went to the Isle of Wight for a writing course. I woke early each day to go for a run and spent […]

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Learn the art of doing nothing

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon I’d forgotten how much I like doing nothing. By that I mean properly zoning out. This morning I spent time staring into space, watching clouds scudding across the sky. My mind wandering aimlessly. This came about after reading Editor Jo […]

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