Book Review – Second Chance by Jane Green (No Spoilers)

Published by the Penguin Group. First published 2007. Hardback, 432 pages. I picked up ‘Second Chance’ in a charity shop several months ago, having never heard of the author before. There was a deal, something like 5 books for £1, and I think I had found 4 other books I wanted, and picked up this …

Anticipatory Anxiety, and How to Make it Go Away

This morning I stopped to think about what it is that actually makes me anxious. I realised that when I have an anxiety episode, it’s usually because I am anticipating something particular that might happen, or is almost certainly about to happen. Have you ever noticed that if you stand and wait for your toast …

Review – LUSH Ectoplasm Naked Shower Cream

LUSH Cosmetics are a great brand because they have great ethics, and also because they have a range of ‘naked’ products that don’t come wrapped in plastic, or in plastic bottles. I have been using their solid shampoo bars for years and really like them, and recently they have started making solid shower gels. I …

Affirmation – Every Day I am Learning and Growing

The text below is an extension of the affirmation above. I write my affirmation posts as though pondering and affirming the ideas to myself, and I invite you to do the same, if they resonate with you. The below is not necessarily a description of my current experience. Everything I do teaches me something and …

Challenge for August 2017 – Positive Attitude

In August 2017, I challenged myself to maintain a positive attitude throughout the month, towards people, situations, events, challenges and decisions, and to find a positive spin on everything that happens. These are the ‘rules’ I set myself, in more detail: Be positive, kind and accepting towards people. Be positive about all situations that arise, …

December 2018 Challenge – Improving my Sleep Pattern

Be in bed, lights off, by 11pm every evening Get up at 6.30am every morning In September, one of my challenges was to get up at 6.30am every morning, and I succeeded. However, when September ended I immediately slipped back into getting up later, and recently have been getting up as late as 8.45am. I …

Evaluation – November 2018 Oil Pulling Challenge

This month, I challenged myself to: Oil pull properly for 20 minutes each morning I succeeded in oil pulling every morning for at least 20 minutes. I wasn’t perfect – sometimes I stopped swishing – but I usually remembered quickly and picked up the swishing again. I was definitely much more constant in my swishing …