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State of Wonder

State of Wonder

On a grey and windy afternoon, I escape to one of my sanctuaries.

I step away from my worries, out of time, and dive into a whole different world. A story told by a lady who, in the 19th century, embarked on an exploration of the flora of far-away countries. Sounds slightly random, but humour me…

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The Great Spring Clean

The Great Spring Clean

I’ve been busy Spring cleaning.

A few days ago, I woke up coughing. I decided it was the dust so I got my hoover out and unintentionally entered into the most blissful state of flow.

I don’t generally enjoy cleaning; I’ve always loved tidying up – putting things in order, creating symmetry and ease of use. Untangling cables, buying neat folders and making every day life a little bit smoother…

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Angry Birds to Save the World?

Angry Birds to Save the World?

I shouted a few days ago. So loud! So loud, I was shaken like a baby after it’s had a loud hiccup, when its face crumples and it looks around for reassurance before going into an incontrollable burst of tears. I found myself shaking and wondering where the sound had come from…and who had made it.

Where had this sudden eruption of rage come from?

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How to be a good friend to yourself

How to be a good friend to yourself

“Aren’t you a pretty little girl! Give me a twirl – show me your beautiful dress!”, Granny says. Young Holly complies dutifully, turns her face up and gives her proudest and largest grin. Compliment accepted!

Holly is five years old. For now, the feedback she’s receiving about her defining attributes is overall positive. Her behaviour sometimes calls for adjustment, but generally, she’s pleasing to society…

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Tuning in to your voice in a world of noise

Tuning in to your voice in a world of noise

I lost my voice. Completely. A couple a weeks ago, I lost my voice for eight days.

At first, I was angry. I had to cancel all my meetings, I could no longer discuss complicated ideas and issues with anyone. I was alone with myself and had to find the answers within.

I thought I would go crazy – I like talking and nothing brings me greater joy than singing in the shower. Was life going to be in black and white until I got my voice back?

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Winter Cruise or Winter Blues?

Winter Cruise or Winter Blues?

January is a tough month for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere. The frantic run-up to Festive Season is over, the winter has only just begun and suddenly you feel ten years older as your body tenses up in the cold weather. You feel more lethargic. It’s as if you’d become a different person overnight.

You’ve probably set goals for the year, but suddenly you can’t see a metre ahead, so how could you possibly plan to achieve your targets within the next twelve months? The very thought of your New Year’s resolutions quickly seems punishing.

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