What am I pondering?

Is it time to reboot and recharge?

Is it time to reboot and recharge?

This week marks the rekindling of self-care. Which has lapsed considerably over the school holidays. Indeed pretty much since June. Which not only shows, I can feel it in my body. I feel tired, lacklustre, my skin is a bit rubbish and I’m once again resorting to wine a little too much in order to zone out. I feel like I’ve had adrenaline coursing through my body for weeks on end. And even though I’ve known that I need to take time…

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A new chapter…

A new chapter…

It’s on days like this that I feel super grateful for the place I live in. A city that is architecturally beautiful in its own right but also dotted with meadows (containing actual, live cows) and crossed by a beautiful river (populated by houseboats, punts and rowers). This was our first ever family bike ride – 5 people, 5 bikes – and not a cargo bike or stabiliser in site. It felt amazing! I might be mourning the loss of…

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How the Goddess Lilith got me out of my funk…

How the Goddess Lilith got me out of my funk…

Meet Lilith. A Middle-Eastern goddess of abundance and fertility (she gifted humans with agriculture) as well as death and transformation. Pretty powerful, eh? I picked this beauty from my Goddesses Knowledge Cards pack last week and she’s been perched on my laptop ever since. Not just because of the abundance – after all, we could all do with a bit of abundance – but also because of her story. I was feeling a bit fragile as well as angry last…

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Women’s Empowerment starts young!

Women’s Empowerment starts young!

There is no doubting whose daughter this is… Not only did she ask to get her hair cut short aged 5 (I did the same aged 7), but for her birthday manicure/pedicure treat she went for blue toes and neon hands (non-matching obvs)… I can’t think where she gets her independent streak from…And I couldn’t feel prouder. Because despite the fact that it has often been a MAJOR source of irritation to me – let’s face it, independent thought and…

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What’s your relationship elixir?

What’s your relationship elixir?

RELATIONSHIPS… With Friends. Partners. Kids. Parents. Siblings. Colleagues. Teachers. Some last for just a set period of time as you grow together and learn what you need to learn about yourself at that moment; some last for a lifetime. What they have in common though is their importance. Indeed, more than important, they are VITAL. Because we are social creatures. We crave connection. Meaningful connection with others. A sense of belonging. Of being accepted. For who we are, not who…

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Home Sweet Home?

Home Sweet Home?

Days abroad: 306     Miles covered: 22,448     Countries lived in: 6     Favourite thing about being back: feeling safe and settled in our own home     Worst thing about being back: traffic jams; the weather     What I am loving: no longer feeling ill at ease in a female body; fast, reliable internet     What I am grateful for: having had the courage to go away and the courage to return; my beautiful friends    What I miss most: Asian food     Items travelled…

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Our big, fat, Greek kiss…

Our big, fat, Greek kiss…

Ikarian highlights: beautiful sunsets, continuous ocean vistas, the islanders     What I am loving: swimming in a crystal-clear, turquoise sea     What I am struggling with: neither over-ordering nor over-eating Greek food      What I am missing: me time (school is out)     Most impressive thing about Ikaria: its energy     Most disappointing thing about Ikaria: its wine (an acquired taste)     New skill acquired: treating head lice (thank you, Goa)     Family broken/lost…

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Why some places resonate more than others…

Why some places resonate more than others…

Best thing about India: prescription medicines (without a prescription) for just a couple of pence!     Best thing about Goa: endless beaches and warm sea     New favourite treat: chick-pea flour, honey & cardamon balls     What I am loving: open-air yoga surrounded by nature     What I am over: power cuts and any form of dal     What I am missing: friendship 3 SMALL KIDS, 2 CRAZY ADULTS, 1 YEAR TO TRAVEL THE WORLD…

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Flying bananas, dancing transvestites and a holy elephant – welcome to southern India!

Flying bananas, dancing transvestites and a holy elephant – welcome to southern India!

Highlight of Southern India: Hampi     Best thing about Kerala/Tamil Nadu: the warmth of the people     Biggest frustration: not being able to order plainly cooked food     Biggest bugbear: the ineffectiveness of local laundry services – the kids are looking more and more like street children     New skill acquired: eating very spicy food     Family ‘broken sunglasses’ tally: 12     Food I am now sick of: basmati rice     Activity I miss…

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On embracing our multi-passionate selves…

On embracing our multi-passionate selves…

As soon as we are of school age, we are taught to hone our skills and limit our field of interests. After assessments on 10 or so subjects aged 16, that number is quartered for our final set of exams. Next, it’s off to university to focus on one single subject followed by a career whose ideal progress is linear, direct and upwards. At this point, everything else must be excluded from public view, in case it is seen as…

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