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...
Does Having Children Make You Happier?

Does Having Children Make You Happier?

First of all – I’m not a parent.  I’ve always wanted to become one, but it’s taken me a long time to find my guy.  Now I’ve finally found him (hurrah!), we’ve started to have the odd conversation about the future and having kids. So after wanting them for so...