280 days sober: reflections on an alcohol-free life

280 days. That’s how long it has been since I drank alcohol. The last time I blogged about my decision, I had reached six months, or 180 days. Unlike other milestones this one crept up on me. I’ve had lots of great days, good days and not so good days. Such is life. I know […]

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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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A very British walk

Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.” Bob Marley   It’s December, It’s Britain. It’s raining. What else is there to do when it’s drizzling continuously, blowing a hooley and the sky is a shade of grey Farrow and Ball calls ‘elephant breath’? Well, there’s only one thing for it: stick on a […]

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Stepping off the treadmill

Every once in a while, things feel a bit shit. I’d been feeling like that lately: a bit ‘meh’. I’ve been tired, agitated and in need of space to think beyond putting one foot in front the other on the proverbial treadmill. But this particular treadmill is dodgy, it has its own mind. One minute […]

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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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My (alternative) stress-busting tips

National stress awareness day meant social media was awash with gorgeous infographics and insightful advice about managing our wellbeing and dealing with the pressures we face. In the main, information was excellent and I love that we can talk about stress so openly. In some parts though, I felt frustrated that the advice focused on […]

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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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Play to your strengths in 2019

As we meander towards 2019, thoughts may be turning towards new resolutions. You may, like me, be ruminating on 2018 (where did THAT go?! Seriously!) I used to dread the new year. I would compare myself to others who had accomplished so much and castigate myself for failing to achieve what I’d vowed I would […]

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Little ways to be kind each day

It’s December, it’s raining and the sun refuses to get out of bed before 8am and disappears beneath its black duvet shortly after 4pm. There is traffic everywhere and your diary is jam-packed with places to go and people to see. It’s definitely the season to be jolly – and jolly well stressed. I find […]

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