Feel the fear… and do it

Four hours ago I felt jittery, a bit anxious, like I wanted to hunker down, do nothing except eat an enormous bag of peanut M&Ms. Now I am sitting here with some cool running bling, feeling like I could take on the world and envelope its global population in a sweaty post-run hug. I can’t […]

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The benefits of being alcohol free

I talked about why I became teetotal in another blog, but now I want to share a few of the benefits (there are many!) I totally get that most people enjoy a drink, feel in control and have no intention of quitting. That’s fine – I know you may not take anything from this. But […]

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Walk the stage

Sometimes the greatest barrier between the person you are and the person you want to be is… yourself. Have you ever felt that telling yourself (and others) that you’re good at something feels a bit, well, clunky? Like the words feel a bit alien as they slide out your mouth. I often find it a challenge […]

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Confronting the darkness of depression

I want to die. I don’t want to be here. I had these thoughts for as long as I can remember. I can’t pinpoint the exact time when I recognised it as depressive thinking but it was linked to old feelings, ones that dated back to early childhood. Parental divorce was my childhood watershed event. […]

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Anything is possible

As a child I didn’t go much on running unless it was to catch the ice-cream van or bagsy the park swings. At secondary school I loathed it. Cross country was my worst nightmare made only slightly more bearable by the illicit cigarette break halfway round. I was always ashamed of my stout body. Why wasn’t […]

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Walk your way to wellness

Life has been busy. When is it not? Today was the day to stop, lift my head up from the to-do lists, inspect a map and hop in the car to a new place. Today the place is a wide open one, where the wind whistles a tune and the sun plays hide and seek […]

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Why I quit alcohol

I’d really love to tell you about the rock bottom I reached that made me stop drinking. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your view) there wasn’t one. What there was was a growing sense of unease; like I was oh-so-slowly losing myself. In her wonderful book, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, author Catherine Gray […]

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Aaand… relax

The weekend has landed! It’s time for a pit stop. Kick off your shoes. Put the kettle on. Take a minute to breeathe deeply and feel your rib cage expand. Stand up, sit down, move, stop. Whatever: just do the opposite of what you’ve spent your entire week doing. Turn your phone off. Completely. Relax […]

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Free or cheap ways to enjoy Devon

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Sometimes the best pick-me-up is the most simple of things, and not the expensive spa treatment or bottle of wine on a Friday night. The most reinvigorating ways of shaking off the day/week/mood are right in front our noses and can often cost very little if anything at all. It just requires us to embrace […]

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