Adapting

Eight weeks into a global lockdown there seems to be a shift in people’s mentalities: The first six weeks were characterised by silent roads during Monday morning’s ‘rush hour’, empty town centres on Saturday afternoons and quizzes on Friday nights.  Now, the traffic on our roads is almost returning to normal, town centres are a…

Ghostwriting Journey (1)

Ghostwriting someone’s memoir is one of the most rewarding, yet stressful, experiences for a writer.  The aim is to get inside the subject’s head and write in their voice.  Ideally, you’ll already be – or become – good friends so you can adopt their turns of phrase without too much effort.  The trick is to…

Little Silver Linings in a Big Cloud of Shit

Walks, fresh air & sunshine Call with co-workers to stay in the loop Keeping a schedule Computer games Exercising & Yoga Family time Sleeping Productivity Writing Video calls with friends Reading   What are your silver linings made of?   Photo by Brett Sayles from Pexels

8 Pillars of Joy in the Time of the Coronavirus

Last summer, I read a book called ‘The Book of Joy‘ by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, edited by Douglas Abrams.  In it, these two spiritual and religious men identified 8 Pillars of Joy; 4 for the mind and 4 for the heart.  During this time of global depression, anxiety and uncertainty, I’m trying…

My Heart Opens To Your Voice

Sometimes a blog post comes easily.  Other times, it’s a slog.  And then there are the rare posts that sit in your drafts folder for YEARS and slowly but surely, you add to the narrative and hope it turns out better than if you had just written the damn thing in one go.  Here is…

28 things that make me happy

Crossing everything off my To-Do list Making a new recipe and it turning out to be delicious Spending time with friends/boyfriend/family Writing Having a clean and tidy house – especially the kitchen! Posting a blog post Finishing a book That clean, moisturised feeling after a shower or a relaxing bath Hearing the rain on my…

Ordinary Joys

This month, WildWoman‘s book in the subscription box was ‘The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary’ by Catherine Gray.  The book was unexpectedly enjoyable; a light-hearted and conversational read, backed-up by a lot of research into psychology and mental health.  With an ever-growing TBR pile, I was initially reluctant to pick up this book but it…

What Does Your Bedside Table Say About You? Part 2 of 2.

Here’s Part 1 (an insight into my life and habits through my bedside table). Some of these posts wouldn’t be possible without the support of my friends and family, so I’m sending out a big ‘thank you’ to them. Thank you to everyone who sent bedside table snaps.  Here’s a collection:   Creams, books, pictures,…

What Does Your Bedside Table Say About You? Part 1 of 2.

I’ve always been fascinated by sneaking glimpses of people’s private lives.  Seeing what a woman pulls out of her handbag at a cafe, stealing a glance at someone’s To-Do list, hearing a private conversation in a public place… I’ll often find myself imagining the minutiae of their little worlds; their stresses, their passions and what…

Bookish Thoughts

Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash My social media feeds are awash with Reading Challenges. And although I’m a lover of a list and ticking off jobs from the ‘to-do’ list, I’m choosing not to set myself a target of how many books to read this year.  I worry that it would take the joy out of reading…