Upcycle your thoughts

Upcycle your thoughts

A friend of mine has a business that grew out of a hobby. She offers ‘upcycled’ and ‘repurposed’ items for sale. Lots of Shabby Chic furniture and items that have been made into something different and lovely.   Recycling is good.  There is a war being waged on...
Using words for good

Using words for good

What is good about February? Well, for me it’s The Oscars! I’m counting down to them by watching as many of the nominated films and actors as possible and that included a trip to see wonderful Olivia Coleman in The Favourite. What a bawdy, slightly bonkers film it is....
Make Christmas cosy, not crazy

Make Christmas cosy, not crazy

I love Christmas yet I have memories of trying to juggle work, kids, family, extended family and more and ending up in tears, drinking Santa’s sherry while wrapping the kids presents in the early hours of Christmas day, worrying about the turkey. Probably the most...
Tackling loneliness

Tackling loneliness

Earlier this month, it was Remembrance Sunday.  I studied War Literature as part of my English degree and the haunting poems and prose of the soldiers of WW1 are forever engraved on my heart.  At this time of year, we remember the fallen and pay our sincere respects...
Remove the mask

Remove the mask

One of the ways in which my 24-year-old son and I bond and catch up with each other is over a midweek supper (at my house!) and a movie, usually at the local Odeon.  It’s often a challenge finding a movie we can both watch.  As he agreed to watch A Star is Born for me...
Learning to say no

Learning to say no

The British are notorious for saying sorry and we often apologise for other people’s mistakes, such as being bumped into. However, on my recent holiday to America, I noticed that this trait is even more prevalent there.  You don’t even need to bump into someone for...
Rejection Cuts the Deepest

Rejection Cuts the Deepest

“Rejection doesn’t mean that you aren’t good enough; It means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer.” Our deepest fear as human beings is the fear of rejection. Reject a baby and it will die physically or fail to thrive...
That Cup of Poison

That Cup of Poison

“Freedom means making your own choices” Daenerys (Game of Thrones Quote) Game of Thrones is my guilty pleasure for TV viewing.  As the various ‘Houses’ (families and tribes) fight each other to win control of the seven kingdoms there is not much mercy...