Lake at Black Park

Why I’m pondering the future of this blog

This blog has gone through several phases in its life. Its recent reincarnation happened at a time when I was sitting around at home recovering from an operation, with a lot of time on my hands to think and to write. And the posts got a bit more philosophical and felt a bit more personal.…

Goose and gosling

Those blog posts that never quite make it

I was reading a blog post by fellow CBWM participant Soozi Baggs, about procrastination and resistance, and it made me think. She talks about those blog posts that get written and edited and played around with, but never quite get to be published. And I realised I have quite a few of those loitering around…

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…