Beach hut, Hayling Island

A month of photos – with a blue theme

As I mentioned here, I planned to spend the whole of March doing a daily photo challenge. I had chosen the theme “blue”, which some days did prove to be quite challenging. The only naturally occurring blue things in nature are the sky and flowers, and there are no blue foods (I did consider experimenting…

Daffodils in bloom

Spring has sprung and is inspiring changes

So, it’s now officially spring again. The clocks have gone forwards, and the evenings will start to get lighter. Animals are coming out of hibernation, yawning and stretching, and limbering up for a bit of running around being frisky. The flowers are following the lead of the daffodils and crocuses and poking their heads out…

A little spark of madness

I’m feeling a little under the weather this week with a nasty cold, so I thought I’d share one of my favourite quotes instead of writing a whole blog post. I remember coming across this when reading about Robin Williams after his death last year, and being drawn to it.

Penguin

Some of my favourite illustrators

I’m fortunate enough to have come into contact with a lot of amazing creative people through my participation in the 30 Day Challenge over the last few years. My creative outlet is photography, and my drawing skills are limited to sketching weird penguins, so I’m in awe of anyone who can actually draw! I thought…

Eckhart Tolle

So a weird thing happened

A weird thing happened to me the other day. For a few hours I had nothing to worry about, nothing to mull over in my mind. It was an odd feeling. Kind of nice. But strange. The thing I’d been worrying about for a few weeks had moved on to a new phase, into The…

Helping at Thames Valley Adventure Playground

My 10 years in Rotaract and Rotary

10 years ago, I was President of Maidenhead Rotaract, a club which celebrates its 35th birthday this year. Little did I know the impact it would have on my life, both personal and professional, as well as the amazing world and variety of experiences it would introduce me to. What is Rotaract? Rotaract is a…

Getting your ducks in a row

Why do I write so many blog posts about work?

I realised that I write a lot about work at the moment, much more than I have done in the past. I have been wondering why this is, especially as I don’t really like expressing how I feel about my work to people I work with or have worked with. I suppose because I have…

Crow watching Grand Canyon

Why I shouldn’t be annoyed with myself

I’m getting frustrated with myself at the moment. My body hasn’t quite recovered from my operation in December, and because I no longer have any pain or any symptoms that keep me occupied trying to manage them, I feel like I should be further ahead than I am. Last time I saw a GP, she…

The sea at Weymouth

Why I’m missing the sea

I’ve written about the sea before, probably more than once (you can read my musings about the sea here and here). But that’s because I love the sea. And I miss it when I don’t see it. I don’t live by the sea, I live about 70-80 miles from the nearest beach or harbour, all…

Skydive New Zealand

Why I worry that I’m boring

Do you ever get that? Worrying that you’re boring and that everyone else thinks that too? I do sometimes. So why do I think I’m boring? Because I like lists, I like structure and being organised. I like peace and quiet, I like reading and writing. I’m a classic introverted personality – enjoying time to…

Through the snow

Why I need to cultivate patience

I have been thinking about patience and wondering if it’s something I need to try harder to cultivate. Why? Because when I get an idea in my head that really grips me, I turn into an unstoppable whirlwind and drive myself insane when I can’t make it happen instantly. I read everything I can find…

Sky and branches

A month of photos – March 2015

I’ve done a few photo challenges over the last couple of years. The idea is simple – one photo a day – either pick a theme or just choose to take photos of whatever inspires you. I haven’t done one for quite a while, and so during March, I’m going to take one photo a…

Everything happens for a reason

I’m a goal-oriented person and I love a good plan. But I do also believe that things happen for a reason. It’s just not always easy to see what that reason is at the time. Decisions I’ve made that inadvertently led me to opportunities I wouldn’t have ever considered. Giving up on one thing to…

Trees and sky

What is life, actually?

So what is life? Life is what I am experiencing right now. This moment when I am typing and the daylight is dimming outside, this moment when you are reading the post, maybe with a glass of wine or perhaps a coffee. This moment when I’m starting to feel a bit cold and wondering whether…