Sunday Black Box Challenge: Using up the week’s leftovers

I’d love to say I’m one of those Instagrammable ladies who strolls through farmer’s markets every couple of days buying only what I need, carrying it home in a woven bag with brown leather straps and using every last scrap to prepare a slew of virtuous and nutritious meals. Alas I’m not attractive enough to…

Setting and Reflecting on Goals

Creating exciting and achievable small term goals can make all the difference for long term success, especially when the process includes reflection, celebration and re-evaluation.

Learning to Fall – Surviving a Lapse

Falls, or lapses, are part of life. Over time they may become less frequent, but they are the way we learn what our limits are, and when it’s ok to push them. Falling teaches us the confidence to get back up and try again, because the fall is rarely as bad as the threat of it seems.

Breakfast for One: Zucchini and Feta Fritters

The fact that I typically eat breakfast alone doesn’t mean I’m going to just eat a bowl of cereal and call it a morning. Whenever possible I have a warm, cooked breakfast because it keeps me full until lunch. Sneaking in some protein and veggies doesn’t hurt either. I like cooking for one because it…

Moderation Issues

I’m so sick of dieting. And thinking about dieting. Seriously, I have spent the last 32 years worrying about my weight. I’m only 38 so that gives you an idea of how long this obsession has lasted. I was a fat child, a chubby adolescent, a rapidly fluctuating 20-something and a periodically obese 30 something…

Decluttering – Braving the Pantry

My mind has been a mess for the last year, it’s no surprise that my house is too. The problem is, a messy environment quickly feeds into the entropy of the mind. So, for the past month I have decided to put some effort into decluttering and organising. The thing is, I’m quite comforted by…

Reluctant Enlightenment

Meditation I have always been resistant to meditation. One reason for this is the overarching insistence that it is the ultimate modern panacea. Being goaded into breathing exercises and beach visualisation at conferences, training days and team meetings is enough to put one off the practice. I’m sorry but instant coffee and trans-fatty packaged pastries…

Living the Anxious Life

The other day a friend texted me asking if I had any idea how to reduce anxiety without using prescribed or self-medication. People often ask me for recommendations about anxiety reduction, not because I work in mental health but because I have been vocally living with anxiety for the better half of my life. While…

Climbing the Hill

My husband and I live at the top of a very large hill. We chose the location for several reasons: it has a lovely view over the valley; it lies away from the flood risk area, which is increasing annually; and most importantly, it fell within our budget and was available! When we first moved…

A Necessary Disconnect

I’m trying to work on disconnecting from my phone, specifically video games and social media. It’s not that I think either of these things are inherently bad, just that they seem to trigger an addictive response in my brain and I’ve learned that the more I engage with things that reward this response, the less…