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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Stepping off the treadmill

Every once in a while, things feel a bit shit. I’d been feeling like that lately: a bit ‘meh’. I’ve been tired, agitated and in need of space to think beyond putting one foot in front the other on the proverbial treadmill. But this particular treadmill is dodgy, it has its own mind. One minute […]

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Find your tribe

Let’s talk today about finding your tribe. Finding your tribe is a powerful primitive force. In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (a motivational theory tool used in psychology to model human needs), love and belonging are one of the five tiers. Healthy human beings, Maslow theorised, have a certain number of needs. These are in 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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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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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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