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Practising Gratitude Every Day – Why I Keep a Gratitude Journal

Practising Gratitude Every Day – Why I Keep a Gratitude Journal

I’d been hearing various bloggers and YouTubers talking about gratitude journals for a while before I felt inspired to start my own. I’m not sure what changed – I just began really noticing all the lovely things people do for me and all the beautiful things in my life. And the idea of taking some … Read More

Camping by the Sea (and the importance of me-time)

Camping by the Sea (and the importance of me-time)

After promising to post more frequently, I then neglected my blog for a few weeks – possibly the longest I’ve ever gone without posting! Life has been very turbulent in the past few months since I moved to Bristol, with lots going on in both my work and personal life. It feels like things are … Read More

Coming Back to Life

Coming Back to Life

Life is for living. You wouldn’t know it though, sometimes. Even as a freelancer, I’m struck by how much time I spend doing stuff I would never choose to do if I didn’t need the money. Work often becomes all-consuming, leaving little time for anything else. It drains the colour out of our lives. Even … Read More

Why I Stopped Identifying as an Introvert

Why I Stopped Identifying as an Introvert

An introvert is often defined as someone who is inward-turning – energised by being alone and drained by being around other people. When I first learnt about introversion, it was a lightbulb moment. Was this why I never quite felt as though I fitted in? It seemed possible. Whilst my schoolfriends went to Girl Guides, … Read More

Embracing Spirituality Transformed My Life

Embracing Spirituality Transformed My Life

Life is full of ups and downs, and crises of varying degrees. That was something I used to cope very badly with. I still remember feeling that everything was out of my control, that I was a victim of my circumstances. And I remember burying my emotions so deep I couldn’t find them, struggling to … Read More

Most of Us Aren’t at Peace – What Are the Implications?

Most of Us Aren’t at Peace – What Are the Implications?

Most of us are not at peace most of the time. I was taken aback when this thought first popped into my head. It had just occurred to me that at any given moment, most of us are bored, dissatisfied, restless, angry, jealous, resentful or otherwise distressed. These emotions may be subtle, bubbling just beneath … Read More

Letting Go: Stop Clinging and Find Inner Peace

Letting Go: Stop Clinging and Find Inner Peace

Read Buddhist literature, and you’ll probably come across the term ‘grasping’. It refers to the idea of desperately pursuing or clinging to people, objects, situations and so forth. Grasping at things causes negative emotions such as jealousy, inadequacy and fear of loss to arise. We often labour under the illusion that the things we’re grasping … Read More

Being Yourself: What Does it Really Mean?

Being Yourself: What Does it Really Mean?

The phrase ‘be yourself’ is repeated so often that it has become a cliche. Whenever we’re stressing out about a job interview or making a good first impression, well-meaning friends and family members will tell us to ‘just be ourselves’. I can’t be the only one who has always found this advice frustrating. I suspect … Read More