Journal

  • Get yourself unstuck

    I'm hard-wired to see early September as a time for refreshing my plans. At the same time though, the return to school, university and work during a pandemic, comes with its own set of challenges.

    Between me and a few friends, we've been listening to podcasts, joining classes and testing out these ideas for the ways to move forward with confidence, honesty and optimism.
  • The Great Outdoors

    I am blown away by how being outdoors has been both a cure and a bandaid for my anxiety. It's not just good for me, of course. The teenage boys and Susan had a terrific time too when we spent a weekend on a woodland glamping adventure at Hollington Park.
  • New habits

    Lockdown gave me a LOT of days and nights to press a mental and lifestyle reset button. Staying home gave me the opportunity to change my approach to the car, my clothes and my exercise routine....
  • Introducing Susan

    I put the word out that I was looking for a dog and within a week, I had the opportunity to rehome Susan.
  • Sunshine & flowers

    If you've been following me on Instagram, you'll know that I was meant to have had a holiday in Spain in May. It would have been  my first holiday as a divorcee and travelling alone as a single parent with my boys. I booked it last year pretending to be braver than I actually was...
  • Flights of Fancy

    The new collection is here. Flights of Fancy has landed and is ready to buy.

    How we travel, stay in touch and how we plan or dream about our futures is something that I think about a lot. There's an inevitability about this new collection, which as it happens, was designed before the UK's lockdown began.

  • All the good things

    This week I am practicising mindful joy. I'm creating the space and saying yes to the things that make me happy and get me out of my head (in the best way). Building friendships is top of the list. I'm not crazy or in denial. I know we can't party like we used to, but I can make strengthening bonds with old friends and making new ones.
  • Roll With It

    Rolling with the new normal doesn't mean it's easy of course. Making good bread rolls has always taken time and patience, so now is a time to discover the meditative powers of kneading and knocking back. I had to share them because eating 12 sweet potato & pumpkin seed rolls at one sitting is not a goal I plan on scoring.
  • Finding your inspiration

    Hello. I've arrived in the new normal. Are you here too? I've moved through that feeling of overwhelming worry and concern, and have largely accept...
  • What's getting you through the week?

    Today, I'm looking on the bright side. I've put on my loveliest clothes and spent time on my make up. I've made myself a delicious lunch and served myself an ice cold beer. These acts of self care are important - but they don't always achieve the feeling of confidence that I'm chasing.
    It's not easy to find the stories and news that will lift my spirits, which is a problem because I need some good REAL moments to reflect on, if I'm going to face the weeks ahead with resilience and mental fortitude.
     
  • Adjust, Reset, Renew

    Hands up if you are on an emotional rollercoaster. I have had dips of defensiveness and plenty of moments of fear and anger. Anxiety is running thr...
  • Life in a Pandemic

    The arrival of Covid-19 is attempting to put the dampeners on my joie de vivre. I'm signed up to the new lifestyle of social distancing but with particular attention to my mental health. So in the moments between looking at grant criteria (disheartening), fulfilling very welcome website orders (thank heavens for birthdays!) and updating my social media feeds, this is my new plan: