Simply: Be

There is so much focus on being something. It’s almost as if we are all working to be someone else, somewhere else, with something else in our lives. Societal messaging bombards us with how to ‘be’. Be better, be smarter, be more productive, be helpful, be efficient, be kind, be richer, be healthier, be interesting, […]

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Going sober: Alcohol-free living, six months in!

Today marks my 180th day of choosing an alcohol-free life. That’s six months. Six! Sometimes I can’t believe I’ve reached this milestone. I feel proud and happy. Yes, it’s been tricky at times but I can honestly say it’s been a great decision. The day I decided to quit was following a Sunday session on […]

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A very British walk

Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.” Bob Marley   It’s December, It’s Britain. It’s raining. What else is there to do when it’s drizzling continuously, blowing a hooley and the sky is a shade of grey Farrow and Ball calls ‘elephant breath’? Well, there’s only one thing for it: stick on a […]

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My (alternative) stress-busting tips

National stress awareness day meant social media was awash with gorgeous infographics and insightful advice about managing our wellbeing and dealing with the pressures we face. In the main, information was excellent and I love that we can talk about stress so openly. In some parts though, I felt frustrated that the advice focused on […]

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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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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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