Excited anticipation for my year offline

The idea popped into my head for the first time three years ago. How would it be if my new year’s resolution was to leave the internet for a year? It seemed impossible. It still does. But this year I’ve decided to take the plunge. My landline and internet connection will both disappear on 27th December. I have to admit that I did panic when I sent the email confirming the closure of my account. Suddenly the…

My New Year’s Resolutions

My biggest resolution fail was the year I decided to give up chocolate and had eaten a pain au chocolat by breakfast. It was a sobering experience – no pun intended. But it taught me that setbacks do not have to equal failure. As the saying goes “Nobody can go back and make a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending”. This coming year I want to adopt this attitude of gentleness.…

5 easy ways to start a daily gratitude practice

If you’re like me then you will start most years with a resolution to meditate more but, before you know it, your meditation time turns into an excuse to curl up in bed with your eyes closed in the middle of the day. Just me? Either way, a resolution to meditate more is not a bad idea. Meditating and practising gratitude are both great ways to improve your mental health. But, in case you’re like me and…

How to make an inspiring NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

I don’t even get on a train without a survival kit of books, music, food, magazines, stationery and enough television downloaded to keep me going for all eventualities! So what on earth was I thinking last year when I embarked on thirty days of NaNoWriMo without a survival kit?! With Cozy Creative Blog as my guide, I set out to create the perfect collection of goodies to see me through NaNoWriMo 2017. Here is my list of essentials.…

5 ways to prepare for a winning NaNoWriMo

Someone recently asked me what you win if you complete NaNoWriMo, the worldwide event where you try to write 50000 words in the month of November. I told them I was sent a little video of people on a climbing frame and they looked confused. Why would anyone put themselves through 30 days of writing over 1600 words to win a video of a climbing frame? It’s a good question and we shall come to the answer…

How to start a bullet journal for mindful productivity

Bullet Journaling lives at the intersection between mindfulness and productivity. A system that adapts to your life every single day. (Source: Bullet Journal website) I think bullet journals are one of my favourite discoveries ever and the quote above sums up why I love them so much. This post will give some tips on how to start a bullet journal but first here’s some of the reasons you will want to give this a go! Bullet journals themselves…

UK University Counselling Services

There was a point when I was at university that it felt as though everyone I knew was accessing the university counselling service! Happily we didn’t bump into each other. But the truth is university life can be tough sometimes and your university counselling service may be able to help if you are struggling. If you are at university and think you could perhaps benefit from support, here is a list of UK university counselling services. These…