Finding my thing: exercise, weight training specifically and how it isn’t just about my body or even my mood (though positive changes are a welcome bonus). It’s about having something that is mine. Something I do entirely for me, and my own enjoyment. The motivation for a different dress size is not the driving force anymore, I am. I’m pushing myself and excited to see what I can do.Read More
Is it ok to just ‘not’ for a while?
We’ve been quiet of late. If ‘of late’ can reasonably be translated as more than six months and not just a few weeks. The blog has gone un-updated. Our Instagram feed stayed silent.
To be fair, no one has noticed. And that’s eased our mild guilt about it. But really there’s been no room for it. It hasn’t been the right time. So we’ve just not done it. Not said anything. Not pointed it out. Just ‘not’.
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It honestly feels like a lifetime ago. Shutting down Canesmith & Co, telling everyone about it, making a cameo appearance in the Guardian. I remember that bit of it more than I remember the feeling of running my own business. But did I do the right thing? Did I really make the right decision?Read More
I've never been a big fan of January 1st, I'm feeling much more love for today, the 1st of February. There's less pressure. We are both keeping our resolutions (so far) and perhaps we'll write about some of the things we resolved to do as the year goes on. Unlike our first two Women in Progress of this year, Sidonie and Caroline, Laura and I kept January for ourselves to get over Christmas, rest, hibernate a little longer and just get back into the swing of things. Finally, it's February!Read More
I'm one of those helpful people who say "I don't know, nothing really" when asked what I'd like for Christmas. In case you have to buy for someone just as imaginative, here are our ideas. Not a sponsor in sight (sigh) but still lots of lovely things to choose from.Read More
There are so many positive character traits to encourage and admire but I value kindness above them all. Inspired by World Kindness Day, I thought I'd jot a few things down. If nothing else, today is a prompt and a reminder to go out of your way to be extra kind for one day and see where it goes.Read More
This question hit me hard this week – who am I now my youngest child has started school? I dropped the children off and took myself for a walk by the river to contemplate my new situation.Read More
When you have a small person who has particular (often irrational) requirements do you stand your ground and watch the situation unravel or pander: go with it whist silently rolling eyes, and save your energy for another time aka pick your battles? Who cares what you call it, if the end result is the same, they are the same.Read More
This is it. Golden time. The magic window. The period of infinite possibilities.
The gap of time between entering a writing competition and finding out the results of said competition are the best moments in my writing career.Read More
I woke from my nap up with the nauseating realisation that I was on the wrong bus to the wrong airport and helpless to do anything about it. Still sleepy I heard in Danish "something-or-other to Billund?" No. Not Billund, Aarhus - I'm going to Aarhus! Except I wasn't. Idiot (*points finger at forehead with utter disdain). Inside head swearing began - use your imagination.
This week, like many others, started with order, lists and beautifully written calendar entries. Sadly, by about Wednesday, it didn't resemble anything but slight disappointment and scribble. The rest of the week, forget it! I try hard but invariably end up with two lists – “to do” and “what I actually did”.Read More
This isn't meant to be an exhaustive, nor indeed serious, series on why anyone should move to the country. And to be honest I could just as easily write one about why people shouldn't move to the country, but I have a blog to fill. And so here we are. Reasons to move to the country: #1 Mud glorious mudRead More
It’s just three months until my youngest starts school. And only two weeks until her brothers are off on their school holidays. At this point, the current set up, of Thursdays and Fridays being ‘just us’ will stop. Forever. One element which definitely exacerbates this whole sense of an emptier nest is the fact that I’m also not sure what I’ll do with my extra time once she is in school. Having recently closed my business, I’m not sure really what I’m should do with myself. What do I do?Read More
I flew for the first time in 3 years last week. I've always been embarrassed about my fear of flying. I've tried lots of different (expensive) methods of curing my fear of flying - hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, avoidance, and others. And lots of cash later, I've finally found one which works for me.Read More
Not all start-ups can be successful - sometimes you just have to know when to give up - hard as that might be.Read More
It’s unnerving revealing my own mental illness so early in the life of the blog but if there’s ever been a time to be open and vulnerable, Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 is it. Here goes...Read More
While I'm in limbo the kids are free...treat box hunting.Read More