101Joys, Faith, Life

017 Optimism and the Death of a good man

Did you know that today is Good Friday? Arguably the most important day in the Christian calendar! Strange then that I have found myself thinking about optimism when my faith path leads me to the crucifixion today. Perhaps this is not as strange as you might think. Optimists get a hard time these days: we… Continue reading 017 Optimism and the Death of a good man

101Joys, Life

016 Litter Trays, Sand therapy & the value you give to yourself

I have had a number of conversations recently about the value of 'things'; the value we add to those around us; and the value of learning. I love the idea of Adding Value - I first came across it in a little book by John Maxwell called 360 Leader. This book impacted me with it's core… Continue reading 016 Litter Trays, Sand therapy & the value you give to yourself

101Joys, Creative Writing, Life

015 Finding your purpose and some Japanese thinking (Ikigai)

I recently wrote about how knowing your purpose is a key to living in joy. But what if we don't know our purpose? What if we've never been able to work it out? - Then this post will really, practically help you... Maksud continued to wander the wilderness, the cold east wind blowing her hair… Continue reading 015 Finding your purpose and some Japanese thinking (Ikigai)

101Joys, Life

014 Knowing your purpose is a key to living in joy

Maksud wanders as if blown by the wind, from one experience to the next. Her mind always drawn by the desires of childhood hidden deep within her soul. She pushes them down and carries on. Recalling them cuts her heart and causes regret to spill like blood around her mind. But those dreams and those desires… Continue reading 014 Knowing your purpose is a key to living in joy

101Joys, Life

013 Joy can be found intentionally

As I walked my girls to school this morning I posed the question to my oldest (whose smile was upside down): "What is the one thing you can do today that will make you feel joy?" She pondered the thought and smiled as she said slowly "I don't know". I could see a few things… Continue reading 013 Joy can be found intentionally

Faith, Life

You are blessed with the favour and love of God

Today's' post is a very short encouragement regarding God's view of you. We often view God as distant and unconcerned with our lives - but this is so far from the truth. There's a song in the bible that says the following: “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful… Continue reading You are blessed with the favour and love of God

Creative Writing, Life

‘The Stenchmire’ – about facing your fears

It shuffled silently through the undergrowth, the stench of its breath illuminated like mist under a cold full moon. I could almost feel the darkness within it as I hid, trembling in the tree trunk, heart bursting in the fear of being found. It wandered past slowly and I exhaled my relief. That was when… Continue reading ‘The Stenchmire’ – about facing your fears