Thoughts on being mediocre

Thoughts on being mediocre

I wanted an early night with my book last night so I watched the Brit Awards on catch-up this morning – I am so rock & roll – and every time someone picked up an…

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Joy

Joy

There are many things in life that bring me joy – long walks, sunny days, mugs of hot tea, a vase of flowers on the kitchen table, writing, clean sheets, Sunday roasts, clear skin, friends,…

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Ugly

Ugly

When I was a teenager, or perhaps even in my early twenties, I was invited to a friend’s house party on a Saturday night, as was quite the norm back then. This was before ‘house’…

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Don’t Make Assumptions

Don’t Make Assumptions

As previous years have come to a close I have usually had an idea of what I want my theme to be for the year to come. Not a resolution as such, but a theme that will guide…

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Read the Signs

Read the Signs

When I was in my early twenties I read a book called The Celestine Prophecy, which made me look at life in a very different way. The book shows us how to make connections between…

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Say No and Let it Go

Say No and Let it Go

I have never been brilliant at saying no. ‘Can you work late tonight?’ No problem, I say, while secretly rearranging my plans for dinner. ‘Do you mind helping me with something?’ Of course, I respond, before…

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In Your Face

In Your Face

I looked at myself in the mirror yesterday, not just to guide a face wipe over day-old mascara or while absent-mindedly brushing my hair, but I really looked at myself. I examined my face from grey-roots to neck.…

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The Guilt Trap

The Guilt Trap

Guilt. It’s a funny thing. It gets under your skin and makes you do all kinds of crazy shit. As a parent, guilt keeps many of us awake at night with its persistent nagging over how…

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Let the Pieces Fall

Let the Pieces Fall

Towards the end of every year, I like to set myself a theme for the year to come.  It’s a good opportunity to look back, feel proud of the things I achieved and accept the things…

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Dance Like No-one is Laughing

Dance Like No-one is Laughing

There are two things I really should not be seen doing in public: Dancing Wearing leggings in any way other than as an undergarment. I have the legs for neither. However, last summer, I did both.…

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As Good As It Gets

As Good As It Gets

When you are a young child, you talk about what you would like to be when you grow up. You dream big – astronaut, writer, doctor, fireman, landscape gardener, gymnast, politician, deep-sea diver, rock star, teacher,…

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