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Four Things I’ve Learnt from Seneca – ‘On the Shortness of Life’

This time last year, I wouldn’t have believed myself if I’d said that I’d just finished reading a philosophy book, and not just any old philosophy book, but the stoic writings of Seneca namely “On the Shortness of Life”. I wrote a little introduction to the book in a previous post introducing my first pile of books for my 2016 reading list. …

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Easy Smashed Avocado Pepper Cups

One day whilst working from home, I started to get a craving for smashed avocado. The problem was, I had nothing to smash it on to, no bread, no crackers and no roasted potato wedges. I told myself I just couldn’t have it that day. Well, obviously I couldn’t just sit back and take no for an answer, so I …

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A Healthier Cooked Breakfast – Perfect for the Weekend

I absolutely adore cooked breakfasts, but as I’ve become more aware about what and how I cook, I’ve eaten them less and less often, opting instead for a poached egg or bowl of porridge. And so, here’s my recipe for a Healthier Cooked Breakfast, perfect for the Weekend or that odd day off! This recipe, as with most of my …

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Easing Eczema the ‘Natural’ Way

A couple of week’s ago, I wasn’t feeling too great or ‘goddess’ like. Let’s be honest though, when do we ever feel goddess like? Anyway, a number of things had conspired to make me feel less than great. To start, my weird allergy thing had decided to reappear after getting rid of my cold. I’m fairly certain I have an …

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‘The Air, Sea & Sand’ – A Poem

A little bit of a random one this week, but hopefully you’ll like it. I thought I’d share a poem with you which has been stuck on my fridge since last September. It was something that I wrote when I was in Year 9 at school and unbeknown to me, something that my darling Nana had kept hold of for 13 years. I’d completely forgotten about it until Mum found it while sorting through Nana’s things.

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Why I fell in Love with the City of Many Names

Venice. The City of many names, ‘Masks’, ‘Bridges’, ‘Canals’ and, of course, ‘Water’. Little did we know that she would capture us in her net. She waited there, sitting pretty in the becalmed waters of the Adriatic basin, patiently. Waiting, for our train to pull in. As soon as we set foot on to the little island, we knew that we would be in …

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A Good Start to my Reading Year

To my surprise, I finished something that I started this week! Something that normally, I would just pick up…scan a few pages, and put firmly back down in its rightful place. But not this week. I actually finished a book! Which means I’m able to tick one off my book list. To be more precise, I devoured Ben Fogle’s ‘Labrador: …

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The Start of My 2016 Book List

I’ve never been much of a reader, but even by my standards, I’m appalled at the lack of books I read in 2015, especially when I compare it to the number of films I watched! Partly thanks to the increasing pile of un-read books I have, and also (more importantly) to my desire to increase my learning and development, I’ve …

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2015 – 5 Things I Achieved

So 2015 has blown by and although it might not have been the most exciting or exhilarating, I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and am looking forward to the blank canvas that is 2016. Here are 5 reasons why I’m feeling a sense of achievement – they’re not big reasons but small things which hopefully amount to continued happiness and well-being. …

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Tips for a Mindful Christmas

With the rise of events such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other general pre-Christmas sales, it’s becoming harder each year to remember that Christmas isn’t about shopping or 50% off. For those of us who celebrate it, Christmas is instead a time to celebrate life and to be thankful for what we have, not to be annoyed at what …