Friends and family, Home, Life, Stay At Home, Thankfulness

The Unwanted Helper

There is an unwanted helper in my hallway. The kind that really wants to be of help and really will be of help if I can just get my head around needing it. I was talking to a lovely friend this week about the way our brain processes memory and events: I’ve known for 13… Continue reading The Unwanted Helper

emotions, Friends and family, Home, Life, Life in general

The Hospitality ‘Gene’

Isn’t it fascinating how much is passed down from one generation to another? There’s genetics and the scientific building blocks of our body shape, skin colour, eye and hair colour, including in some cases, illnesses etc. There’s also the traits we have picked up via the nurture (or otherwise) of our parents or caregivers. I’ve… Continue reading The Hospitality ‘Gene’

Cancer story, faith, Friends and family, Life, Thankfulness

9 Years Ago

9 years ago my world was turned upside down and inside out as I was diagnosed with cancer. 9 years is a blink of an eye and the longest road I’ve ever walked. So much has happened since then that I will be endlessly thankful for that it’s sometimes difficult to remember how utterly terrified… Continue reading 9 Years Ago

Emotional Resilience, faith, Friends and family, Life, Life in general, Mental health

Family Ties

A basic human need is connection with others This is unfinished and a little raw/unedited so bear with me, I am trying to get back into writing by taking every opportunity to write when the urge takes me! I’ve been reflecting on the nature of family this week in particular as we attended the funeral… Continue reading Family Ties

#3goodthings, Friends and family, Home, Life in general, Thankfulness

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

It’s Friday, the end of a busy week. Not only has it been a busy week for me that has required me to wear each of the different hat at different points: Chair of Governors, Head of FE, writer, soother of souls, motivator of small humans, Friend, Daughter & Daughter-in-law, Listener, Fixer of broken things,… Continue reading The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Friends and family, Home, Life, Life in general, Thankfulness

2017 New Year’s Honour Role

I’ve been trying to think of a way to sum up the year and after reading a friend’s blog post about New Year Honours I thought I’d try that myself! So here are the people I would reward, in no particular order: a) My boys: a constant source of joy and frustration, laughter and tears!… Continue reading 2017 New Year’s Honour Role

Cancer story, Emotional Resilience, Friends and family, Life in general, Mental health, Thankfulness, Training

A Few of My Favourite Things…

This week in March is always a strange one, well, since 2010 is has been. 15th March 2010 was the day I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and my world crashed down around me. Now, 7 years later, I am always grateful for the NHS staff who helped me, looked after me, gave me space,… Continue reading A Few of My Favourite Things…