Will Having a Child Make Me Happier?

Will Having a Child Make Me Happier?

So I wrote a blog about 10 months ago about whether children make you happier. It looks like I’m going to discover the answer for myself… I’m due to have a baby girl in November! I’m pretty apprehensive about it. In just over a year I will have gone from being...
How To Survive Your Daily Commute

How To Survive Your Daily Commute

If I ever get ahead of myself, and start thinking how well I am managing to keep calm and happy in this crazy city, all I need to do is take the tube in rush hour. 20 minutes of having people barging past me, pushing their backpacks into my face as I try to find a...
In Praise Of Italy

In Praise Of Italy

I spent my honeymoon in Italy. I chose it because I have a strong attachment to the country – I first went there when I was 21, and spent a lot of time riding around on the back of vespas with handsome young men. Then I returned in 2012, following a difficult...
Why We Should Include People

Why We Should Include People

Recently I was excluded from a group of friends. I know… this shouldn’t happen to an adult woman! It’s a boring story, which isn’t worth repeating, but basically I annoyed someone in the group and got knocked off the social media distribution. It was an...
Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden

I’ve just come back from a 10-day silent meditation course. I did my first one in 2012, and it was the best thing I have ever done – I don’t say that lightly. I’ve since done five of them, as well as an 8-day course and the odd 1-day course. People often ask me...
Kissing Joy As It Flies

Kissing Joy As It Flies

I just got engaged! For those of you who have known me a while, you will know this has been a looooong time coming. But amazingly, miraculously and magnificently, it finally has. Suddenly the world seems full of sunshine and rainbows – I walk around with a big...
Five Steps To Build A Good Relationship

Five Steps To Build A Good Relationship

When I started blogging, I made the decision not to write about romantic relationships. My love life was pretty much non-existent, and it was an area I felt too vulnerable in to share. I still feel a bit uncomfortable writing about it, if I’m honest. My love life is...
How I Plan To Become A Productivity Ninja

How I Plan To Become A Productivity Ninja

So far, January has felt like an impossibly busy month. After a fairly hectic Christmas break, it seems like there is just SO much to do, and my ‘to-do’ list surfaces in my dreams making me tired and inefficient during the day. When I’m feeling very busy, I start to...
Where is the happiest place to live

Where is the happiest place to live

For as long as I can remember I’ve been going on holiday to Galloway.  It’s in the south west corner of Scotland – a part of the country that’s often ignored as people power up the motorway to Glasgow or Edinburgh and beyond.  My earliest...