Take a break to prevent yourself breaking

Pppffft. Do you ever feel like that? Pppffft. Like a balloon deflating. There’s a billion things to do but instead I do nothing. Feel useless, hopeless. No cause for celebration. There’s a puncture and I’m taking myself down. Bah. Pppffft. I am useless and hopeless. See how these feelings run away, spiral out of control? […]

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Alcohol-free living: one year in!

Somehow or other, it has been a year since I cut alcohol out of my life. Can I just say: wah-hoo! In those 12 months, lots of people have asked me what life is like without it. Well, life is much the same as before but better. It’s like the filters have been sharpened and […]

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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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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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