Practicing gratitude when times are tough

Well, hello 2016. I’m glad to see you. Before we get too far into this new relationship though, I feel I need to mark a line in the sand where the last one has ended. I feel a need to close off what was, before I can look fully and optimistically to what will be. I wish I could say how wonderful 2015 …

When something has to give, let it

Sometimes, things just become too much. Life is busy, and for the most part, it’s a busy we can handle. But then a spanner comes along, and it’s not so easy anymore. The pressure feels like something has to give.   When something has to give, let it. Click To Tweet If there’s one gift you can give yourself to …

A bored mother is not a happy one: why we need excitement in our lives

Is it possible that motherhood is not making you happy? Not that motherhood is making you unhappy. But that it, and the effort and time it takes to dedicate to the kids, as well as everything else you have on your plate, has a direct contribution to a level of unhappiness? Because you’re bored by it. I’ve been reading Tim Ferris‘ book The Four …

Books you must read for more health and happiness in 2015

One of the greatest joys in life are books and the opportunity to absorb information, lessons and beauty from them. Call me old-fashioned, but I love the feel of real paper in my hands, and just cannot take to using an electronic device to read with. I always have a large pile of books on the go. My bedside table …

The list you need to make this New Year

Following on from the pre-Christmas intention setting, there will be no grand declarations of goals and plans for 2015 here today. Not because I have none – simply because I’ve had them for some time. Have been working on them diligently for months. And will continue to work on them diligently tomorrow. And revise and detour as I go. Instead, for …

Set some ‘Bare MiniMums’ with a worksheet and year planner for 2015

This is without doubt my favourite time of year. It is for many mums, despite the workload, expense and chaos it sometimes brings with it, and that’s because when it comes to giving – in an emotional, spiritual and traditional sense – we are experts. I am a total Christmas tragic, especially now that I’m a mum. My own mother …

How to create the life you want to live

Whatever it is you’re craving or desiring, achieving it all comes down to one thing. You either want it, or you don’t. Really, that’s it. It’s honestly not more complicated than that.     The only thing that stops you from being able to create the life you want to live is failing to acknowledge your deepest desires and making decisions …

Perfectionism is fear by another name

This week, my daughter and I both learned a lesson in perfectionism and letting go. She’s not aware of it, but I am – her lessons are my lessons too, or so I am learning. A small slip up one morning, one that really was of no consequence and not of her own fault but caused by a lack of information, …

You haven’t lost your willpower – you just have decision fatigue.

Want to know why you just couldn’t be bothered cooking dinner? Why you have lost the willpower to whip up something healthy and instead just choose something you know isn’t good for you? It’s not because you’re not capable, don’t care or don’t want to eat well. It’s probably not even because you hate cooking. Chances are you’re actually suffering …