For me, joy is found in good books, good coffee, good company, my good God and the great outdoors. So when restrictions limited contact with people, entrance to church and travel over the borders, like so many others, it hit me hard. As a result, we have all had to get creative in finding joy… Continue reading What Brings Joy?
Hardships aren't easy. (The clue is in the name). But I've seen great purpose come from great pain. When I struggled with maternal mental health for a second time, and sank to such depths from which I thought my marriage and my family would never recover, I couldn't see a way out. I remember crying… Continue reading When what now becomes what if
It's not very British to air your woes, unless you are complaining about the weather of course. The 'keep calm and carry on' mantra has continued long since the war ended and our chronic apologetic nature makes us too polite to challenge attitudes or actions we don't like. In short, we have become very good… Continue reading Behind The Smile
Swimming in cold water may not appeal to many, but it could be the key to your physical and mental health this season. I have always loved the ocean, and will happily swim in any weather, but it wasn't until recently that I realised the tremendous health benefits it offers. Here I share some of… Continue reading Why swim in cold water?
We are just back from a week away in Devon - something we weren't sure would even happen in the wake of Coronavirus. Although we certainly saw and felt the affects of Covid-19 safety measures, I am pleased to say that we thoroughly enjoyed out time away. Here are our top tips to help keep… Continue reading Travelling during Covid-19
There is nowhere I would rather be, than in the woods or by the sea. For as long as I can remember, I have loved the great outdoors, and been especially mesmerised by the coast. Dave and I have made some of our biggest decisions while walking in the woods or along the beach, and,… Continue reading Chasing waves and wellness
I was about 9 or 10 years old when my Nan bought me a guitar. I wish I could say this one pictured was my beloved original but it got left behind when I left Welwyn Garden City many moons ago.I still remember sitting on my bed at my Nan’s house, learning chords and writing… Continue reading My weapon is a melody
Ever been in love? If so you know what it feels like to be head over heels, completely consumed by someone or something. This is how I feel about essential oils. Sound extreme? Think again. If you knew that you had a way to help a friend feel good, help her baby sleep, or support… Continue reading Too good not to share
Monday’s are the toughest day of the week for many. Statistically, it is the day with the highest number of heart attacks and suicides. At some point our mind or our bodies gives way to mounting pressure, at work, at home, at school, at university. I used to dread Monday because that was the day… Continue reading Just Another Manic Monday?
Two days in to being parents, congratulations! The adrenalin is still running, hormones flowing, body aching and heart bursting. You are besotted with your beautiful boy and cannot bear to take your eyes of him for fear of missing something. Netflix has nothing on watching a newborn sleep. Any parent will tell you that raising… Continue reading Dear Harry and Meghan