Remembering the light in the dark

These are, as everyone is saying, strange times. 24 hours can seem like an eternity. Once you get used to the new norm, the cards are tossed up and land in new and unfamiliar positions. Things are… weird. I guess you may be feeling it too. You’re not quite sure what you feel; sometimes a […]

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Alcohol free living: 600 days then and now

Do you ever look back at yourself and wonder what the hell was going on? I do. Sometimes it’s not pretty either. In my drinking days, particularly in my 20s, you’d probably have looked at me and thought I was a laugh. Up for a good time. I see photos of a smiley girl with […]

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Progress, not perfection

Today I did not get a personal best at a local parkrun but I’m delighted all the same. Why? Because I proved to myself I’m on the path to progression. A few years ago, and as I lay prone on a treatment bench, a physiotherapist – in a sublime display of How to Lose Friends […]

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New year. Same you.

Congratulations! You’ve nearly completed 2019. How are you feeling? A bit worn out? Oh-so-bloated from the cheese, chutney and Celebrations? Fed-up already with the howls of ‘new year, new you’? I used to arrive at this point feeling burnt out. For a long time, toasting January involved Prosecco and passing out. I’d resolve to be […]

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Which ‘happy’ are you today?

From an early age we are taught happiness is the utopia we should aim to reach and, once there, should stay put. It’s funny really; always pursuing the vision of permanent vim and vigour leaves us ripe for disappointment. The uncomfortable truth is that the blissed-out perpetual end state doesn’t exist. Curse those childhood fairy […]

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Things I care less about

Chances are that, as you’ve got older, you’ve become wiser. Age brings experience and experience brings wisdom. We all know that. It also brings about a seachange in the things you care less about… Being thin. You counted calories, slurped slimming shakes and ate nothing but sausages and cheese for a while. You tried every […]

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How many times have you bullied yourself?

In a recent interview, singer Melanie C describes therapy as ‘bloody great’. She’s dead right. During therapy, one of my biggest epiphanies was uncovering the link between my early life experiences and inner critic, then taking action to break the pattern. Let’s face it: we all trash talk ourselves. Everyone has an inner dialogue, both […]

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Colourful autumn walks in Devon

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The changing season can fill us with lots of feelings – nostalgia for those hot summer days, grumpiness because it’s dark at 4pm and weariness from smashing the snooze button for the eighth time because, well, it’s pitch black outside and I am nice and warm here thanks. When we do drag ourselves outside, when […]

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A rest from running: my thoughts on taking time out

I vividly remember my first time running. It was a grey March evening and, despite never having run before, I had entered the Bristol half marathon that coming September. During those summer months training I fell in love with running. Since then, it has been my go-to medication when life went pear-shaped, my shoulder to […]

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