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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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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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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Life on the doorstep

It is June already – how did that happen? One minute I’m getting up at 5.30am in the pitch black to go and photograph a wintry sunrise, the next I’m wide awake at 4am because the dawn chorus convinces my half-asleep brain I’m in an aviary.  And now we are on the cusp of British […]

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Mental kindness – and unleashing the inner child

I wanted to write a long and thoughtful article on looking after your mind all the time, not just when Mental Health Awareness Week rolls around. But, quite honestly, I’ve not been able to find the words. I started procrastinating and that led me into beating myself up about it. The teeny tiny internal critic […]

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