Life Planning · Lifestyle · Mental Health

Creating a ‘not to do’ list

I’ve had a lengthy on-off relationship with journalling, with this year marking an engaging 12 months where journalling is concerned. Often I’ll write about mindfulness practice, my dreams and thoughts. I also write down three things I’m grateful for each day and three things I’d like to achieve. Recently, I stumbled across the idea of… Continue reading Creating a ‘not to do’ list

Happiness · Life Planning · Lifestyle

Choosing time over money

It’s been a busy few months of work and an equally busy few months of life. Work had got into one of its upward surges, things needed fixing up and sorting around the house, the social calendar was in flow and research for university was plugged in amidst the chaos. No matter where I looked… Continue reading Choosing time over money

Happiness · Mental Health · Self Esteem

Why being happy can be hard

As the start to the year is in full flow, I thought I would reflect on what I have learnt about how to live a happy life. A lot of tips about how to be happy can be found in other posts on my blog. However, I wanted to highlight one thing specifically: why being… Continue reading Why being happy can be hard

Mindfulness

The Path of Wisdom

As 2018 drew to a close, I reflected on my chosen focus of the year, Wisdom. As I have done since the end of 2016, I have spent the last couple of months of each year slowly piecing together a plan of how to invoke my chosen word of the year. My belief is that… Continue reading The Path of Wisdom

Meditation · Mindfulness

The Best Meditation App

Thinking of taking up meditation in the new year? I have been a long time user of various meditation and mindfulness apps. So after many years, I’ve decided to finally write a post about the three best known mindfulness apps and my experiences with them. Too often, we find that being on our phones can… Continue reading The Best Meditation App

Mental Health

Letting Go Of Perfectionism

Hello my lovely readers. I am sorry for the long absence. Studying an MSc in Mindfulness has kept me busy with essay writing, daily meditation practice and journaling. Spending the best part of a number of weeks slowly piecing together an essay for the first time in over a decade, I thought, “Look how far… Continue reading Letting Go Of Perfectionism

Meditation

Challenges during meditation practice

Recently I spent a lovely weekend staying at an old manor house in the British countryside with many friends. We began discussing meditation and I shared some of my insights from my current mindfulness masters degree studies. They shared stories about their meditation practice. A few asked questions about how to deal with different issues… Continue reading Challenges during meditation practice

Lifestyle · Mental Health

Making friends with seasonal affective disorder

Last year, I wrote some advice on how to beat the winter blues, also known as seasonal affective disorder [S.A.D.]. Today’s post is more focused on how to make friends with S.A.D. “Make friends with it?!” I hear you exclaim. Yes, it is possible. After suffering with S.A.D. since as long as I can remember,… Continue reading Making friends with seasonal affective disorder

Lifestyle · Mental Health

Putting your life before your work

A week ago, I had a pile of work to do and that familiar voice in my head telling me to stay late and then to work at home until the early hours of the morning. Thankfully a voice of experience spoke louder. “No, you’ve been there before. It made you ill. Don’t do it”.… Continue reading Putting your life before your work

Mindfulness

From Blog to Masters 1 year 9 months later

I’m sharing a self indulgent post this week, around 1 year and 9 months after I started this blog about happiness and mindfulness. Last weekend marked new territory for me as I began my journey in studying for an MSc in Studies In Mindfulness. Having practised mindfulness for 10 years now, mainly through self learning,… Continue reading From Blog to Masters 1 year 9 months later