Keep hope alive

Purple irises I’ve come to love Irises - the purple iris is meant to symbolise hope. I keep reminding myself to hold on to hope - it’s important to have hope. There is nothing as sad as a hope-less person. We need hope to survive and thrive. In his wonderful book, “Man’s Search For Meaning”, … Continue reading Keep hope alive

Small things / Choices

Jean Nidetch This is of my favourite quotes: I believe this to be a universal truth. We may not always choose what happens to us in life, but we can choose how we respond. Our responses to life events help create better outcomes when we respond appropriately well. As Paul McGee, in one of his … Continue reading Small things / Choices

Do what makes you happier

Do what makes you happy What makes you happy? Do more of that. You spend enough time doing what makes you unhappy or discontent: do what helps you thrive! If you love painting, make time for that.If you love walking, make time for it.Feed your own soul with the seeds of happiness x

Small Things / Coffee

Fresh Coffee ritual Sometimes it isn’t the big things like intense interventions, or medication, that make the difference in our lives (although these are often important key aspects to improving mental health). Sometimes it’s the smaller, subtler things that make the difference and ‘nudge’ our health positively. For me, the small of fresh coffee is … Continue reading Small Things / Coffee

Sunday thoughts: Be a Mountain, not a cloud

Be the mountain x Most days we feel more like a cloud that’s blown wherever rather than a mountain that stands forever. Keep on standing firm in truth and I hope. Let your words, thoughts and actions always fall on the side of truth and love. That way, when the wind blows, you can stand … Continue reading Sunday thoughts: Be a Mountain, not a cloud

Play with a pack, run with a team

This morning I’m at a football tournament watching my daughter play. As they practiced shooting it struck me that all the teams practicing in that moment were only practicing scoring goals. No one was passing, tackling or communicating. Why? I suspect in every child’s mind there is the thought that they want to be the … Continue reading Play with a pack, run with a team

Confidence flows from character

I posted a few days ago about character being attributes that flow OUT of us in life’s circumstances. The quality of our character dictates the strength of our lives. And the strength of our lives is linked with the confidence we have on the inside flowing to the outside. For example, patience is stronger than … Continue reading Confidence flows from character

Blossoms bow

Blossoms bow in the evening sun Knowing not what to think Their petals enchanting everyone Glowing such beautiful pink Stray blossom Avenue, Harrogate I love when the blossoms come out - I suspect everybody does. They blossom annually and the bright colour illuminates people’s hearts and Instagram feeds for a few weeks. And then the … Continue reading Blossoms bow

Falling and rising in life

Everybody hurts. Everybody falls. But not everybody rises again. It’s so true that when we are down and out; when we fall on our knees; when we get knocked down ... it’s so true that what we do next is what really matters. As somebody who is being currently knocked down, I want to just … Continue reading Falling and rising in life

Struggle, strength & falling in mud

I was talking with a friend recently about some of the struggles I have been facing. It was Christmas day and I had spent most of the day feeling sorry for myself but trying my best to convince myself that it was okay; that I was okay. Friends had dropped by in the evening and … Continue reading Struggle, strength & falling in mud