Food February - Trying to Increase my Weight to a Healthy BMI
Food and Diet Health and Wellbeing Monthly Challenges

‘Food February’ – Trying to Increase my Weight to a Healthy BMI

This is a story from February 2018. I have always been one of those people who can eat loads and never put on weight! Around this time, I got a bit concerned that maybe I was actually too thin. I am 5 foot 7, and my weight tended to range between 7st 13lb and 8st …

7 Lessons I Have Learned from Studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Mental Health Personal Development

7 Lessons I Have Learned from Studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Last month, I spent an hour each day studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and putting it into practice in my life. In this post, I want to share with you 7 key lessons I have learned since I began studying CBT. These are ideas, mindsets and techniques that I have found especially helpful to apply …

Mental Health Monthly Challenges

Evaluation – Practising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness

These were my challenges in March: 1 hour of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) study and/or practice each day. (And putting the techniques into practice throughout my day.) 1 guided meditation or mindfulness exercise each day. How did I do? Both of my challenges were a success! I managed to complete them on most days, and …

Product Reviews Sustainable Living

March Product ‘Empties’ with a Sustainable Twist

I have seen quite a lot of ‘empties’ posts around recently, especially by beauty bloggers showing the products they have used up in the past month. Although I wouldn’t class myself as a ‘beauty blogger’, I thought it would be fun to join in the trend! You might be thinking, ‘Hey, I thought you were …

Book Reviews Mental Health

Book Review – ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies’ by Rhena Branch and Rob Willson

I chose to read Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies because my challenge for this month is to spend an hour each day studying and practising CBT. I already had this book at home, and it had good reviews, so it made sense to read it as part of my CBT study, and see what I …

Organisation and Productivity

Setting ‘Micro Tasks’ for Improved Productivity

Each morning (or sometimes the evening before), I write up a to-do list for the day. I list all the tasks I would like to achieve, in roughly the order of priority. Lately, some common items I have added to my to do list include, ‘blog promotion’, ‘blog improvements’ and ‘tidy’. What is the problem …

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris
Book Reviews

Book Review – The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan (No Spoilers) Plus Book Giveaway!

First published in 2013 by Sphere. Paperback, 440 pages. ‘The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris’ is the 4th book I have read by Jenny Colgan, and I have enjoyed them all without exception. This is a gorgeous story, and it paints such an atmospheric picture with its descriptions of Paris and Parisian life. I am …