Do you need to listen to your inner child?

It is hard to put into words how I have felt over the last week. Anxious? Yes. Tired? That too. But more than that. Fragmented. One minute I was alright, the next minute I’d burst into tears. As quickly as they came, they would go. Usually I would tell myself it’s ‘OK not to be […]

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Things I do now, that my younger self would laugh at

Dress practically. Layers. Well-fitting bras. Neutral colour and covered up as opposed to shouty slogans and cut-outs. Shoes that are comfortable rather than crucifying. Buying vests to wear underneath jumpers and not as outerwear a la 2003. Get excited about household appliances. Most recently this was triggered by a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner. A seminal […]

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six important life lessons

Your mental wellbeing is everything Hands down it whips the ass of everything else. Money, career, relationships; it won’t mean a thing unless we take the time each day to look after ourselves. If this means saying no more, letting go of something or walking away from someone then so be it. Never forget the […]

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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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