Journal

  • 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:
  • International Women's Day 2020

    Within the course of a single day, we can be kind, strong, smart, loving, funny, hench, vulnerable, demanding, impatient, persistent, brilliant, i...
  • Keep Your Friends Fresh

    In this month of relationships and meaningful moments... we ask the question, what are you doing to keep your friendships fresh? Here's our handy guide to understanding why your friends matter, how you can help your relationships to thrive and where you might find a treasure trove of new mates!

  • Fat-free Banana Bread

    Our best baking days are still ahead of us. This is my recipe for a fat-free banana loaf that will give you a tasty 'hug' and boost your energy levels at your favourite snack o'clock time of day.
  • Fill Me Up: Cinque Ports, Margate

    The kids and I have a favourite new place to eat out. Cinque Ports in Margate is a spacious, sea front bar located next door to the Dreamland amusement park.
  • Soak up the sun in Saltaire

    Find your inspiration at Saltaire with a visit to RAD Studio for colourful homewares, stationery and art. Gina's shop is located over the road from Salt's Mill art gallery.
  • Esa's chickpea stew

    This tasty, nutritious vegetarian chickpea stew takes less than half an hour to make. Make it as spicy as you like and have enough for lunch the next day too.