My thoughts on Valentines Day

I’m a hopeless romantic so for me, Valentines Day has always generated some excitement. At school, it was the torturous wait to see if I’d receive a card from someone other than my mum – or Grandad, bless him. In Year 3, I was thrilled when a boy called Charlie got me one of those fantastically tacky plastic gem rings. My first real experience of being someone’s Valentine though was…

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Romance and riffs: an alternative Valentine’s Day playlist

If you’re looking for the right playlist to set the mood this Valentine’s Day, look no further. I’ve mixed up a lovey-dovey, indie/rock, cloud 9 cocktail. Whether you’re still waiting for Mr/Mrs right, or you’re gearing up for a romantic candlelit dinner, this one will hit you right in the feels. All you need is appreciation for a good love song and a nice bit of guitar. You won’t find…

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Setting my intentions for February – focusing on ‘fullness’

Congratulations – you survived January! Give yourself a pat on the back for successfully getting through: The post-Christmas blues and mince pie/mulled wine/Christmas songs withdrawal Dark, dreary mornings WITHOUT a Christmas tree glowing in the corner making everything a little bit magic The seemingly never-ending and horrendous countdown ’til payday We’ve made it through the fog of a cold, broke January and it feels damn good to be out the…

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My month in photos – January

I very much had the January blues. Long, dark days in the absence of fairy lights, festivities and the promise of Christmas hit me haaard. I hate the dreariness post-Christmas – going back to work, rediscovering normality and waiting for the slightest hint of Spring. Alas, I spent the whole of January searching for moments of beauty hoping to extend the magic a little while longer……

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Self care: do you REALLY ‘treat yourself’?

I’ve just finished reading a wonderful book called ‘The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World’ by Haemin Sunim – a monk and Buddhist teacher. It’s a beautiful book made up of anecdotes, pretty illustrations & practical tips to help you slow down in life and overall, become a more balanced and compassionate person. I’ll write more about this soon…

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