quitting social media: six months on

Little more than six months ago, I wrote about taking a break from social media. I did it for lots of reasons. The first thing I’d do in the morning with my cup of coffee was check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. It became a circle of scrolling/updating that saw me lose half an hour and […]

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Run: ashburton

If you like running and exploring new places then this 10k around Ashburton may just be what you need.

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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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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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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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Explore: sea swimming in Devon

In the last few years swimming has become an exercise staple.  From spring through to autumn, I take to the seas and rivers and so when the warmer weather arrived it was time to get back into the brine. My usual swim spot is Torbay, South Devon.  Torbay has lots of advantages because its waters are […]

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