say hello to hope

I am experiencing emotional turbulence right now. Are you, like me, looking around and wondering what is going on? The other day I went into a restaurant and a masked-up waiter aimed what looked like a gun at my head. It turns out he needed to take my temperature before I was allowed in for […]

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Explore: The Coleridge way

A while ago, a friend was telling me she had just been for her first run in a long time. “I couldn’t help but think it would be much more fun if I were walking,” she complained. These days, I see what she means. And so it came to be that on my 42nd birthday […]

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It’s your choice

It is easy to get wrapped up in the constant stream of information about how we ‘should’ lead our lives – adhering to scripts written by other people that we quietly hope to successfully emulate and even outdo. But it’s true what they say: what works for you may not work for me. Yet still […]

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Some things that being alcohol free isn’t

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates, Greek philosopher Life-limiting: Giving up alcohol will give you more time, more money, more freedom and improved health. There is evidence that shows young people are shunning booze more than ever and […]

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My thoughts: taking care of our places

Do you remember when we all had high hopes this would all be over in a few weeks? I remember seeing a Facebook post from a friend. “what’s the first thing you will do when this is all over?” she asked. Replies varied from “giving everyone I know a big hug” to “go on holiday”. […]

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In praise of the Great British pub

In the spirit of finding things to be happy about – especially when the world feels topsy-turvy – I want to talk today about the joy of British pubs. It was this life pleasure which I was reminded of a few nights ago when I went into a pub for the first time since March. […]

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Going after what you love – and saying goodbye to the old you

Around this time two years ago I was in a professional funk. I was in a job that was increasingly making me feel unhappy. I became so anxious about going into work that, each morning, I experienced nausea about the day ahead and panic attacks were back on the scene after an absence of many […]

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Alcohol free living: two years in

It’s been two years since I quit booze. I’d wanted to cut alcohol out for ages. For a while there were lots of broken promises and fresh starts. But I had this developing discomfort about drinking; like it was a waste of time, sapping energy which could be channeled elsewhere. Alcohol always made me feel rubbish […]

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Thoughts: Why I’ve quit (most) social media

At times social media has made me feel anxious and quite cross. It wasn’t always like this. When I first joined platforms like Facebook and Twitter it was a lot of fun; free from ads, pushy influencers and showy-offy projection. What started as good time in the amusement arcades turned into an unpleasant rollercoaster ride. […]

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