We all need a break from our routines once in a while. In my opinion, none more so than my sister, whose world was turned upside down by the death of her husband earlier this year. I invited her away for a short break, so … [read more]
Reiki – is it the panacea of all ills the human race has been waiting for, or just a harmless placebo? What is Reiki and does Reiki work? Reiki is an energy healing system, with its roots in Japan. The first time I had a Reiki treatment, … [read more]
Recently I was invited to an event called Bubbles & Brunch, hosted by JML – the people who make those weird and wonderful gadgets you hadn’t realised you needed so much. Phil Vickery, Michelin award winning chef and multiple recipe book author (known for his … [read more]
I recently experienced fine dining at Paris House, a restaurant in Woburn Park which Michelin needs to sort out with a star or two. We had an eight course taster menu with a flight of wines. It was a feast for the tastebuds and the … [read more]
Face yoga is a thing now and it’s dividing opinions in the health and skincare industry. Some say face yoga is as beneficial as Botox or surgery and that facial exercises help banish fine lines and sagging, by increasing blood circulation under the skin. Critics … [read more]
Three years ago today, was the last day in my job of 11 years; the last time I set my alarm for 6.30am and made the tube journey into the security blanket of permanent employment. Two years ago, I wrote a blog about the benefits … [read more]
“What is a lifestyle blog?” This question comes up in my life a lot. Most recently, at two very different events. The first was at a networking event for all sorts of professions and the consensus around the room was one of blissful ignorance. Lifestyle … [read more]
Two years ago this month, I quit my job of 11 years and walked away from two decades of full time employment, to start up my own business. That means that I’ve already been self-employed for 10% of my working life and feel like I’ve … [read more]
With the expense of Christmas looming – I’m entertaining 13 people, more of that to follow soon – now is not the time to be obsessing about new handbags! But what’s a girl to do. I have a habit which must be fed. While sharing … [read more]
Nothing prepares us for becoming a parent and looking after small children. Sure, there are practical manuals about caring for babies and toddlers; and then the psychology books take over, helping us get through those ‘difficult phases’. But no one in my immediate circle really … [read more]
I’ve been off the grid for over a week, while I try to process several devastating pieces of news from friends and family. I won’t go into details, to protect those who are more directly affected. Suffice to say, following a period of mid-life wallowing, … [read more]
Cat from Sorting Self, who organises personal development events for local mums in North London, invited me to give an informal presentation about blogging. The event was earlier this week. Despite having given several lectures on blogging and (ironically) presenting techniques to a group of … [read more]
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