All posts tagged: Life

Are you spending too much time on your phone?

Do you get mesmerised by the little red dots that tell us how many notifications are on each of our social media platforms, or our emails? Are you drawn to them without even realising? Do you check your phone way more than necessary – simply because you have habitually become drawn to clearing notifications? I became unwell recently with a virus that snowballed to the point I ended up in hospital… really crook. I ended up with vestibular neuritis, a condition where I was suffering chronic nauseousness (plus incessant vomiting) and an imbalance caused by dizziness. I struggled to walk straight and I can only describe it as either morning sickness on steroids or the point you reach when you know you’ve had too many drinks (and you can’t go back) – yuck! Due to the dizziness, scrolling my phone made things worse, it made me want to throw up (more than I already was) and so I took some time off my phone. It also stressed me out if I saw work emails, because …

Packing Away the Silly Season

[Originally published in ENLIGHTEN – ISSUE NO. 2] You know when you realise enough is enough… when you’ve felt it for a long time, yet you seem to grant yourself permission to continue to defy what is important. You talk yourself around to avoid guilt, and you inevitably continue to sabotage yourself… Why? Because, “Heck, you deserve to have fun.” Right? [… well at least that’s what I’ve been telling myself… just one more drink, just one more piece of cheese]. When the ‘fun’, the ‘silly season’ and the ‘summer lovin’ indulgence flows well and truly into the New Year, you begin to feel sluggish. Let me tell you what I’m talkin’ about (my mum and I had some fun and made a poem)… ‘ tis the season To be jolly French champagne   And Christmas holly Chocolate and cocktails Celebrating with friends… No time for thoughts   As the BELLY DISTENDS Festivities continue… With delicious food, This keeps us all In a festive mood!   Perhaps it’s because I’ve not yet packed down my …

Introducing… ‘Enlighten’

The word ‘newsletter’ for me, resonates with the likes of school newsletters, and other compulsory platforms – basically, a newsletter doesn’t excite me.  They [newsletters] are informative of ‘must know’ dates and details in order to remain on top of things. The same can be said for ‘bulletins’. So when I was trying to name my ‘non’-newsletter, I decided that with my content and storytelling, I wanted to Enlighten my readers. Enlighten them by their own choice of whether they want to read my words [or not] – not because they might forget an important date like a pupil free day and accidentally send their child to school. Other than ‘Blog-tober’, where I blogged daily for the entire month [in order to raise awareness for young breast cancer], I have blogged quite sporadically. This is fine with me; I don’t have a huge following that expects to hear from me five times a week […yet]. For me though, I like consistency, yet life doesn’t always allow for that. By delivering a monthly e-magazine, I will be …

Reconnecting with your Home

Why on earth do I feel like I’ve just returned from a holiday retreat? I’ll tell you why… I am floating with blissful peace and inner harmony. I feel like I’m walking on clouds and my heart is beating half as fast as normal. I find myself smiling and feeling so unbelievably content. Moving from one job to the next between home-life, parenting, work and study, I am so calm, so light, so refreshed. Where have I been? Nowhere (I didn’t actually go on a retreat – as much as I’d have loved that)! I’ve been home with nothing out of my ordinary routine, just another regular week you could say. RECONNECTING WITH YOUR HOME (YOUR HUB, YOUR SANCTUARY) Life get’s extraordinarily busy, particular this time of year. I’ve been mentioning to my husband the past weeks that home doesn’t feel like home. I felt like it was a port for me to come and go, a ‘base’ not a ‘home’. Why? I allowed the busy-ness of life to start consuming me. When coming home, …

That’s A Wrap

Woweeee…. What a month and what an experience to write specifically about my life before, during and after breast cancer. It certainly took me back in time that’s for sure and that in itself wasn’t always easy. Every time I completed an article I would find myself with mixed emotions… Pure joy… in celebrating how far I have come physically and mentally. Fear… because talking about it, refreshed the question of what if I suffer a recurrence? Gratitude… for the fact my words reached and touched so many people, I was incredibly moved by the kind, honest and grateful feedback I received. Anxiety… both from a little pressure on myself to write well and often, but mostly the emotions being felt all over again, leaving you with that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. When I wrote, my memories were felt vividly. Bravery… I respect myself so much more having reflected on what I went through and bravery in the fact that I shared really personal aspects of my life for the world to …

Simplify.

Can we have it all? All at the same time… All working harmoniously and simultaneously… All with equal prioritisation… All with equal attention and focus… What am I talking about? The ‘all’ refers to all the different pieces, or facets of life, (the ‘slices of cake’). Can we eat the whole cake? Should we eat the whole cake? No… I don’t believe that would be healthy for us, both literally and metaphorically. Why? If we try and cram too many pieces or facets into our everyday world, we will overindulge, we will eventually feel sick and eventually it will all come unstuck. Who struggles with balance? Work, kids, hobbies, ‘me’ time, relationship time, family time, study time, exercise, healthy eating, cooking, kids sport, extra curricular, chasing dreams, working on a project, working on yourself??? How do we get the balance right? For me it’s piece-by-piece… It’s imperfection and it’s a constant balance between learning and listening to myself, my intuition. If you feel torn between two facets of life and it leaves you feeling like …

Go Easy on Yourself.

I’m back after two days of ‘missing in action’… though I was not short of action with plenty to be done, places to attend, business to sort and a never ending list of things to organise. With that being said, you can understand why my words needed to be put on hold whilst I was living life… And so, I granted myself a reprieve to get through a couple of busy days. Let’s do a little re-cap and make up for day twenty-six, twenty-seven and the fabulous, ‘sunshiny’ day twenty-eight… If you do nothing else but scroll to the bottom and read the section in Pink… then you will gain the key message from this particular blog. Sending smiles and sunshine for your weekend ahead.  Also – my garden is blooming, I just LOVE this time of year. In my shoes for a few spring days… I then went on to write precisely 492 words below, which I have omitted, because I didn’t think anyone would really need to know, nor would be interested in my movements over the past three days…. …