My eldest daughter turned 18 this week. Much like her mum, she’s not a lover of the camera, gets a bit fidgety and forgets how delightful her smile is just as soon as you point a lens in her face.Despite that though, I couldn’t not mark the occasion on social media. If nothing else, I know her younger sister will love having … Read More
New decade, new you! But what if it’s not?!?
I adore the power of a new year. Who am I kidding? I adore the power of a brand new week! All that untapped potential, it’s like magic waiting to be unleashed, promises just waiting to be whispered. And so as we end 2019 and are promised not just a new year but a whole new decade, can you imagine … Read More
Cygnets aren’t ugly, they’re just not ducks! ?
A couple of days ago in church, the poor little ugly duckling came up as an example of the need for transformation. I didn’t say it at the time (it doesn’t go down well when you interrupt to disagree with the person at the front! ? ) but the idea I couldn’t let go of was that actually that “ugly duckling” wasn’t … Read More
Beautiful things happen when you let your little weirdo out to play.
Have you considered recently the magic that happens, simply when you let your inner weirdo out to play? Spoiler alert: It’s brilliant! A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with a lovely lady in one of the local hospitals. She’s great at what she does, is super nice and, as one of my big stepping FitBit friends, … Read More
What if simply showing up, all in, was ninety per cent of the battle?
Having played with daily ‘morning pages’ for two weeks now (long enough to make it a thing but not quite long enough for it to be a habit yet!) I got to thinking about what I’ve learned so far from the process. It’s not that I’m doubting the method, but I guess you could say I’m keen to see if … Read More
What’s at your root?
Ten days or so ago, as we found ourselves at the very beginning of a spell of delightfully warm weather (although yes, being Brits you can be assured that it didn’t take long for us to start moaning that it was too hot!) I took it upon myself to tidy the garden. Impetuous as I am, I knew the novelty … Read More
Everyone’s a little bit crazy …
Some people are just better at hiding it than others! Because it’s been so ridiculously hot here the last couple of days, yesterday afternoon I left a few minutes earlier than usual when it was time for school pick up. I decided there wasn’t much worse than rushing if I didn’t have to! Having arrived at school early, it gave … Read More
What if we embraced the itch?
I don’t know if it’s simply because of a change in the weather, with the promise of summer serving as a physical reminder of the pace at which 2017 is running, or just because life’s feeling pretty steady so my brain decides it’s time for a shake up to keep things interesting, but I’m starting to get that itch. Maybe … Read More
If everything ever written boils down to just seven plots, how are there so many different stories?!?
Three, six, seven. The “official” number varies according to who you talk to and which book they’ve been reading but it’s widely recognised that there are a finite number of unique plots in the world. Try and come up with a brand new plot and you’re likely to drive yourself crazy! But that’s not to say that as writers we … Read More
What if you made a contract with yourself?
I just got back from a Friday morning coffee with my fella and something we were chatting about got me thinking about you. Let me tell you the story … So we were talking about 10 years from now when he can retire. (No, he’s not as old as all that. He’s a policeman and the job is structured such … Read More