When I was running a half marathon last month, I took to people watching to block out the pain and it caused me to question, not for the first time, what it means to be fit and healthy. On my slow descent to exhaustion, I took in the runners around me (and the many overtaking … Continue reading Fit and Healthy: are they the same thing?
My daughter was telling me about a book she and a friend found at the bus shelter today: “It was beautiful, it had gold writing on the cover...it doesn’t look like the kind of book someone would just have left.” They didn’t pick it up, thinking someone must have forgotten it and would surely return … Continue reading An Unexpected Gift
My first thought on seeing my daughter relaxing on my parents dining table was, 'Get off, we don't lie on the table!' Luckily, I'm now much more able to check my immediate thoughts before I voice them. I stopped and took in the view: Stuffed animal as a pillow, favourite soft toy to snuggle, a … Continue reading Relaxation is an Art Form
I’ve been a sports widow since I met my husband almost 19 years ago (with the exception of our first few weeks together, when he was trying to make a good impression). True story: he dumped me on our first wedding anniversary to go and play in a golf tournament with his Dad. I suppose … Continue reading Football: love it or hate it, it serves a purpose
The Pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have highlighted what truly matters to us most, as well as what really doesn’t. Here’s a list of a few things I’m determined to live without, as life begins to return to some sort of normality. 1). A regular hairdresser. I used to spend a small fortune every four to … Continue reading Out With The Old Ways: What I’m Leaving Behind After Lockdown
How often do you have a technology wobble with your kids, or yourself? I fell off the proverbial screen time cliff (again) earlier this week. It happens when my kids have been in a particularly entrenched technology use cycle (hello lockdown) and I succumb to the scaremongering of the media, as I picture their jellified … Continue reading Technology: Power to the People
Last week I asked you to share your stories of simple everyday acts of kindness to help me spread a little positivity in the run up to Christmas. You haven’t disappointed. One common theme I noticed is how much everyone tended to downplay their own acts of kindness whilst applauding others for theirs. I heard, … Continue reading Kindness that’s not just for Christmas