Fruit

Right now, there are so many voices online, telling us what should matter or not matter to us, how we can achieve x, y and z in our careers, how we should parent, even how we should practise self care. And while some of these voices are helpful and encouraging and good, we can end…

This Week

Like everyone else, I had all sorts of plans for this week. High hopes, in fact. As in previous years, the first week of January was to bring new levels of calm, health and organisation and it was going to be great! I looked ahead to the few child free hours I had planned in…

Seasons

I came home from work the other evening to a glowing fire, snuggly children, twinkling lights and a bowl of warm, spicy pasta. Earlier in the evening, still at work, I’d soaked in the cool air, the dark silhouettes of trees, the sound of fast-running water from the nearby stream. It’s the season for all…

Heads, shoulders, knees, toes…

We’ve got a lot of heads working hard right now, researching, thinking, analysing, planning. Asking questions about big things like economy and death rates and poverty. A lot of heads that are clever and working hard, and some that are less so. Heads belonging to leaders or politicians or scientists and to the rest of…

On Finding Your ‘Thing’

I’m a firm believer that we are all made unique for a reason. We are made to do our ‘thing’, as part of a community of others doing theirs. It may take a lifetime to find that thing; or maybe we have different roles to play in different seasons of our lives. Maybe sometimes we…

Life Lately

There are times in life when things that you barely knew were beginning suddenly come together. The past month or so has been like that for me, as I have tentatively launched a little business alongside my work as a teacher. Now that I have made that first step of having a play with my…

On Contentment

This picture is my way of trying to capture something profound that I’ve been re-learning lately. As I write, I’m sat quiet in our kitchen with our two children on either side of me, both pairs of eyes glued to screens. It’s not a perfect moment, yet somehow I find myself perfectly content. I’ve been…

Lost and Found

More and more, I am a reader of novels. Avid to the point of addiction. I am obsessed with the way stories can connect us so much with our own truths and the truths of others. It so happens that the last two books I have read have both been stories of adoption. They are…

Nostalgia

Lately, with our children, I’ve found myself often back in my own childhood. Our son has taken to climbing the tree and I have gladly followed him into its cool tranquillity, hidden among the leaves, peeking out at patches of blue sky, calm, safe and free. I remember running and climbing on long, country walks…

Spring

I sit with my morning coffee, slowly waking up to the day, shuffling tired shoulders, stretching and yawning, half a sleepy ear on the children’s play. As I sip, I watch the rain outside the window, coming down soft, fresh and gentle. There are sparkling droplets on the tree. Two sparrows continue their breakfast on…

Small Things

Now seems like the perfect time to compose a Small Things post. There has been a lot of worry and fear and strain lately, which is all the more reason to count the sweet, simple things that bring us joy and remind us that this world is abundant with goodness, hope and love. Here are…

All you need is LOVE

What does balance look like for you? This is the question Fearne Cotton asks in her wise, engaging pep-talk of a book, Happy.‘ I’ve been trying to give myself the pep-talk for a while now. You know, the whole self love, self care, self respect kind of pep-talk. (It’s not about being selfish, by the…