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

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

Good Causes · Lifestyle · Mindfulness

Mindfully cutting down on plastic

Whilst many initially approach mindfulness to help improve their mental wellbeing, mindfulness naturally ends up increasing our awareness of our general lifestyle. We become increasingly aware of what we consume, be that food and drink, sounds, media, etc. Subsequently, we also become more aware of what we waste. Reducing waste is something I’ve become passionate… Continue reading Mindfully cutting down on plastic

Life Planning · Lifestyle

How our ancestors live within us

Recently, I took a lovely trip to Scotland with my parents. It’s been a long time since we have gone on a family holiday, perhaps ten years or more ago being our last venture out. Spending time with them made me very aware of what habits and tastes, likes and dislikes, I shared in common… Continue reading How our ancestors live within us

Lifestyle · Mindfulness

The Magic of Scotland

Nothing quite revives our sense of imagination as wild landscapes and the beauty of nature. Today I am writing to you all from the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. I’ve only been here a few days and already I feel very alive and so thankful to witness the treasures of our world. Having lived and worked… Continue reading The Magic of Scotland

Lifestyle · Meditation · Mindfulness

Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

I was disappointed to have missed Jon Kabat-Zinn’s visit to the UK this month as part of a Mindfulness and Education event. As Kabat-Zinn is deemed the father to western mindfulness practice, it would have been amazing to have seen the man in person. Whilst I sadly was unable to attend, it did give me… Continue reading Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Lifestyle · Mental Health

Remaining calm during stressful work situations

Recently, I was asked by a few people on how I remain calm during stressful situations at work. The question somewhat surprised me as I realised how a situation that many of my colleagues and I were facing was rather challenging and how once upon a time I too would have found this stressful. It… Continue reading Remaining calm during stressful work situations

Lifestyle

31 things to be thankful for

This past week I turned 31. In fact it was a special ‘number day’ as I was 31 on the 31st. As another year passes by, I reflect upon things that I have been thankful for and have listed one for every year of my life in approximate age-order. It’s a long read, but I… Continue reading 31 things to be thankful for