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

Covid19, Life in general, Parenting, Personal, Stay At Home, Thankfulness

End of Week Two – Stay At Home Save Lives

This week we have fared better, it has felt less emotionally stressful and more like this way of life is becoming ‘normal’, for better or worse! I’m really aware that there are many for whom it is an especially difficult and even unsafe position to be in and my heart goes out to those who… Continue reading End of Week Two – Stay At Home Save Lives

Covid19, Emotional Resilience, Life in general, Parenting, School, Stay At Home, Thankfulness

End of Week One – Stay At Home Save Lives

It’s fair to say that in our house, along with the rest of the world, it’s been a week of mixed emotions, there’s been ups and downs, tears and laughter. There’s a lot to be thankful for alongside the frustrations of self-quarantine/lockdown/isolation whichever word you’re using in your circumstances. The good: The sun has been… Continue reading End of Week One – Stay At Home Save Lives

Emotional Resilience, Mental health, Thankfulness, Training, Youth work

5 Ways to Help our Young People Find Happiness

Gratitude is an important weapon in the fight against all kinds of dis-eases of the mind. Being thankful and expressing it regularly genuinely retrains our neural pathways and gives us a more positive mindset which in turn enables us to have more resilience to weather the storms in our minds.  So, if this is our… Continue reading 5 Ways to Help our Young People Find Happiness

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

#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…