Stressed? Yes, me too. We all suffer from the S word at sometime in our life and the modern world that goes on 24/7 just resukts in added pressure that none of us really need.  I’d never say generations before us didn’t have stress but it was a different stress.  We have the internet that brings so much information and images in to out lives and all too often very ‘perfect’ images that when the surface is scratched are anything but perfect.  Nobodies life is perfect yet the press and social media make us feel like we muct have perfect… View Post

As I was scrolling through social media today I saw this: I have a number of chronic illnesses and have had for over 30 years and fatigue really is the worst thing to deal with. It’s not feeling like you have only had 6 hours sleep instead of your usual 7, it’s just too hard to describe unless you have actually ever been there. I look back and I really can’t remember the last time I woke refreshed and I’m talking looking back 30 years. However, I learnt to pace myself and pick and choose the activities I do, I… View Post

Over the past 25 years (probably more if I’m totally honest) I have gone from one form of planner/diary to another and never been completely happy with the format; there is always something that doesn’t quite work for me.   I am currently using a planner system called The Happy Planner.  I love that the planner is large enough for me to add a bit of decoration and write down what I need to do, where I need to be etc. both for business and socially.  Each month has a divider with an inspitational quote and starts with a monthly overview. … View Post

To do lists are a big part of my life as I have realsied that I get so much more done is I take the time to plan what I’m doing.  Being self employed it is even more important for me to plan my time and from this plans make an actionable to do list on a weekly, then daily basis. I find writing specific and actionable lists is far more productive and I break things down in to smaller action points.  I am more of a paper and handwritten person that electronic apps, although I do keep an electric… View Post

Too often in life we put the needs of others far higher up our priorities than we do our own needs.  However, in the long run this isn’t good for us.  Constantly putting others needs before our own physical, mental and emotional needs will leave us feeling tired and often emotional.  All that happens will be that we are unable to care for those we love in the way we want to and everyone will end up feeling strained. Self care is so important not just for ourselves but also for those around us.  As the saying goes ‘you can’r… View Post

Last week ago I told about the benefits of keeping a journal and last we I spoke about the different forms this journal can take; remember there are no right or wrong answers to how to keep a journal.  It’;s your book, it isn therefore your choice.  All you need to do is make use of your journal in a way that helps you get the best out of life and promote self care.  Now you know about journals and the forms they can take, let’s talk about a popular form of journalling; a gratitude journal.  Do you want to… View Post

Sometimes it is good to get down on paper (or in electronic form) everythinmg that is buzzing around our heads.  Keeping a journal can serve two purposes; a permanenet record of our live adventures and an emotional release from what we are experiencing.  Keeping a journal has great benefits you can enjoy by sitting down on a regular or ad hoc basis and jjotting down your thoughts.  It maybe something you would like to do to leave something behind for your family that tells your story and what you have accomplished.  You could be a creative person who uses their… View Post

Have you heard of hump day?  Well it’s Wednesday as that is the middle of the working week and it’s all downhill to the weekend when all the fun and adventures happen.  I’m right?  I’ll be honest not all the fun and adventures happen on a weekend here, in fact some weekends are the complete opposite.  The reality is a weekend full of tasks, little jobs, errands etc that we weren’t able to fit in during the week. But the dream, you know, the weekend when you dream of no alarm clock screeching loudly to waken you for work.  The… View Post

I don’t actually like my photograph being taken but when I look back through my phone it is me that is missing from my life and this year I have decided that I will take a photograph every month. Last year when I was really ill and I ended up spending 10 days in the cancer isolation unit as my immune system crashed as vain as this may sound it was devastating when my hair fell out. I’ve had short hair before but that has always been by choice.  To have your hair fall out and have to have it… View Post

This year I will EMBRACE….. The ones who fuel my happiness. The simple things. My journey. That I was broken because of the actions of others. That I came out the other side. The small things. Uncertainty. The chaos. Each and everyone of my flaws. My individuality. Success and failure. Awkwardness. The life I have. So let the fun begin!