One month in

It’s a bitterly cold Spring day, but here we are, living in the country and loving it. I’ve been waiting for the what have we done?! moment to hit me – but nothing. We’ve made some new, wine-loving friends, and are enjoying the less erratic pace of life that was inner city living. I don’t miss the overstimulation that had started to get to me over the last few months – the traffic congestion, the cigarette smoke and the constant feeling of hurriedness that I felt stepping out the front door. There’s a slower way of life here that I…

Book Review – Leap Year

What happens when a writer sets out to overhaul every part of her life over the course of one year? She writes a book about it of course! Book Summary Leap Year is written by Helen Russell, a mid-30’s British writer living in rural Denmark who is starting to wonder what her future holds. Will she move back to the UK to be closer to her family? What does she want to achieve in her career? How can she be happier and more fulfilled? She’s feeling stuck and sets out on a period of self-experimentation all in the name of her ‘Leap…

(Don’t) Do your best

They say that life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, and last week this is exactly what happened to me. It was supposed to be a week of getting things done – the annoying little tasks on my to do list that had been put off for weeks because they were either extremely time consuming or extremely boring – or both. I’d declared it my ‘power week’ – a week of blasting through procrastination, of being productive and also making progress on the planning stages of our home renovation. It was going to be great and I…

It’s never too late

What have you stopped yourself from pursuing because you thought you were too old? Or you told yourself that other people have done it already so why should you bother? I have struggled in the past with ‘too-late-itis’, the feeling that you have constantly missed the boat on an opportunity. This state of mind is seriously debilitating and blatantly dangerous. I truly believe it is mindset that is 90% responsible for a person’s success, not their circumstances. Circumstances can always be overcome with a positive mindset but not the other way around. The ironic thing is that I let this…

11 Ways to recover from Burnout

You can recover from Burnout. I’ve done it, against all odds, and while pregnant. It’s tough, and it’s a long road, but it does get so much easier with time. It’s likely going to be much easier for you than it was for me – unless you are also bedridden with morning sickness and surviving solely on white potatoes (that’s a story for another time!) I believe these are the necessary steps you need to progress through in order to come out the other side of Burnout thriving. Right now that might seem like a long way off, and that’s…

My top 5 books for getting organised and inspired

I love to read. Love it. I’ve always been drawn to non-fiction books and have got through a staggering number over the years, well into the hundreds as I’m reminded flicking back through my Kindle library. This voracious appetite for reading has meant I’ve learnt a lot in the areas of personal development and self-help – my two favourite genres. Over the coming months, I’m going to do a series on the best books in different topic areas and share with you my favourites – the books that have improved my life in some way or led me to an…

Home is where the Why is 

We’ve been in our new home for almost two weeks now and it’s starting to feel less like a holiday and more like everyday life. The realities of this 130-year-old house have become apparent, like the drafts that seem to pour from every window and the wonky floors. But also the hidden treasures, too. Like the huge windows that let in the morning sun and the lush garden that can be seen from every window in the house. It’s definitely not a house lacking personality. The hard things, like the lack of central heating, make me thankful for all of…

My failed TV experiment 

I really wanted to be the kind of person who doesn’t own a TV. We are raising our kids without screens and I wanted to lessen the uphill challenge we face as parents in the Screen Age. That, and I’m a pretty obsessive minimalist. Letting go of the majority of our belongings over the last few years has been easy. Freeing. I’ve written before about how I’d be happy living in an empty house with little or no furniture and it’s honestly true. I crave the freedom of owning very little. And I owned nothing apart from clothes and a…

The real reason you can’t stick to your goals

Have you ever gotten yourself so worked up and excited about a goal but failed to achieve it despite wanting it so badly? Then you spend the next few months beating yourself up over not being able to stick to anything. You feel hopeless, consoling yourself that you will never be able to reach any of your goals and that you’re a big, fat failure. Sound familiar? This scenario is extremely common. I’ve been there and I’m guessing you have too. And no, it’s not you. Or me. It’s the goals we’re setting for ourselves. Or rather, the goals our…

We’re officially treechangers!

I can confirm two things since moving to the country two days ago. One: Baby’s and moving don’t mix. Baby’s love to eat cardboard (well mine does – is that weird?) and there’s a lot of cardboard around when you move house. I’ve spent the last three days chasing around an active soon-to-be-toddler, pinky at the ready, repeatedly fishing out soggy cardboard pellets from the roof of said toddler’s mouth. Brilliant. The second thing I’ve learnt? Cats that have been trapped in a small box/feline jail in a car for hours will find a way to escape upon reaching their…