A bowl of rice

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Originally posted 22nd July 2019 Is it ever ‘just’ a bowl of rice? A tale of love and friendship Neighbours Twenty years ago I moved into this house and right from the start, my next door neighbour has been wonderful. She’s always caring, concerned, generous and friendly. She’s Muslim, and every special day in the Islamic […]

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Forgetting, getting it wrong and letting it go

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Originally posted June 17th 2019 I opened the bonnet and something was missing! E is for Energy What’s affecting yours?   How many things are you focused on? We all get distracted. The last time I put oil in my car, I was clearly distracted. How do I know? Because the next time I went to put […]

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A thousand blessings and some good news

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I’m bowled over and full of hope after a week of human kindness. Let’s celebrate it together and share the love! Originally posted July 15th 2019   Doubting Doris When life gets a little tricky, we might doubt we’re up to the challenge. Doubt has been whirling around in my head for a while. Yes, […]

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Acceptance Forgiveness and Perspective

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One of the toughest life challenges just happened to me, it’s one heck of a teacher! Still Dancing Last week I talked about the ‘Still Dancing’ event for Alzheimer’s that I volunteer at, and as a result, I got a message from the lovely Katie from Alfreton Nursery School. They invite residents from the nearby […]

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How to manage ‘busy’

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It would be great if we were able to choose how busy we are but sometimes it ‘is what it is’ So, how do we manage busy times without going pop? R is for Reality How do you plan?   Multi-tasking Last Wednesday I had three events in one day. I did two speaking gigs, […]

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Surely you know when you’re tired?

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You’d think?! Here’s the science behind accidental burnout and how to notice the important signs A is for Acknowledge What’s going on with you?   How you miss the signs The A in my CARE model is usually about acknowledging the good stuff to build resilience and confidence. HOWEVER we also need to acknowledge what’s […]

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Why drying your toes is such an important detail to attend to… C is for Compassion How you treat yourself   When you’re in a hurry When you’ve got a lot to do and not enough time, what gets missed? Do you dry your toes properly? Do you bother to find your favourite mug? Do […]

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He got his jumper got stuck on my roses!

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How busy are you and what’s taking priority? And what about those roses? E is for Energy Eat, drink, rest, enjoy!   Oops, sorry! I was just arriving home and I saw a chap walking past my house who got his jumper sleeve caught in the roses that were hanging over the wall and quite […]

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When the stress just keeps coming…Pause (paws)

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It’s Stress Awareness week. And some folks don’t need making aware, they’re all too aware that there’s too much stress about! How about you? R is for Reality Stress is all around us… Sounds like to start of a Wet Wet Wet song but that’s all about love. Which is my point actually, as I […]

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Stuck in Shanghai

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A is for Acknowledge   The best thing Some of the unpleasant times in our lives turn out to have done us a huge favour. Being stuck in a sweaty minibus in Shanghai in 1998 showed me good and proper that I was in the wrong place!   The writing on the wall There were […]

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