Ease, Not Squeeze – Start Your Year Well!

So here we are, 6 days into 2016 and If you’ve clicked on this you’re either reading all the ‘goal’ blog posts you can get your hands on or you’re just really kind and always read my posts (thank you…smile)! Starting a new year can be a frenzy of change and ‘must do this’ or…

My Year Of Paying Attention!

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work – Mary Oliver Happy New Year to all those who spare a moment to click across to my space here on the big wide web; I appreciate your support, encouragement and friendship, both spoken loudly in real life or quietly whispered through your comments. I pray…

Owning Your Year – 5 Tips To Getting 2016 Off To A Great Start!

You will never see the full path. The important thing is to do the next right thing ― Michael Hyatt December is such an unusual month isn’t it? You want to stay in the story, soak in the spirit of advent and keep a peaceful attitude but we’ve got lists and stuff and shopping and pressure…

The Power Of Atmosphere

“Without atmosphere a painting is nothing.” ― Rembrandt We’ve all heard the phrase ‘more things are caught, not taught’, but we forget it so often in our parenting, educating and home making. Atmosphere is a powerful tool when building a home and raising children. I wasn’t home educated, and actually I don’t have many stand-out…

Advent – He Is Coming

Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet…

Displacing Worry For Wonder – A Devotional

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything – The Bible I love God’s Word; it shapes, guides and creates patterns in my life that make me more like Him. The Bible is so far from a dry and irrelevant text, it is living and active, and if you let it do its…

A Reflection On Rest

“Rest and be thankful.” ― William Wordsworth I am totally your classic ‘always something to do’ gal; I would have been your nightmare manager at McDonald’s (never actually worked there…I was a Pizza Hut waitress through my university days though) singing gleefully on an early shift ‘if you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time…

5 Ways Charlotte Mason Has Impacted My Life #themasoneffect

We should always have something worthwhile to think about, that we may not let our minds dwell upon unworthy matters – Charlotte Mason My interest in the life and works of Charlotte Mason stems from early on in my research before embarking on actually teaching our children at home. I often still feel in the…

What I’m Reading – November

Beware of the person of one book. –Thomas Aquinas So here we are in November; we’ve had incredible weather here in the UK, the sun has been shining as the beautiful coloured leaves fall to the ground and there’s that perfect crisp ‘nip’ in the air, enough to get you under a blanket whilst picking…

Less Balance And More Crowd Control!

If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable. Donald Trump I’ve never been particularly ‘fitness’ inclined; I did start a gymnastics class when I was a child and achieved a couple of ‘Coca Cola’ badges for my mum to sew onto my leotard (which…