How to have a happy Christmas

I have been driving my kids nuts this week practicing Jingle Bell Rock on the piano. Over and over again (It’s the only Christmas song I know for the moment!) I think their sense of Christmas cheer is waning thin already. And my vision of having a repertoire of fun Christmas carols to play Is…

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Curiosity killed the cat… or did it?

Curiosity killed the cat….. Or so they say, But maybe curiosity led to the cat finding something really good to eat, To making some new friends to play with or discovering a cosy place to snooze in. Curiosity is often disparaged in our western culture. Thought of as a potentially dangerous or at least unattractive…

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Where would you be without your mistakes?

Who likes making mistakes? Any hands up? Not many, I’m guessing. Because most of us really hate making mistakes and try to avoid them at all costs. It is not hard to see why. Mistakes can be super embarrassing. They can create messes that have to be cleaned up. They can make you feel silly…

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You can let go of the ‘busy’ and still succeed

For some reason, being busy makes us feel important. Like we are doing something, going somewhere. It is a cultural badge of honour that so many of us proudly wear. But the funny thing is, few of us actually like being busy. No-one ever said to themselves “when I grow up I want to be…

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Why it is important to use your words

Language is incredibly powerful. If you have been reading my Monday Mindsets for a while you will know that I am fascinated by the power of words to shape our feelings and even our lives. Semantics. It matters. Consider this description from a book I am reading by Lisa Feldman Barrett about emotions. “Imagine the…

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What did you do well today?

We humans are so negative sometimes. (actually, a lot of the time!). In part, it is because we are wired that way. In evolutionary terms it makes sense to pay particular attention to things that may harm you. It’s much more useful to notice a snake on your path than a spray of daisies, right?…

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It’s not them, it’s me!

There are a lot of things that drive me just a little bit crazy. Many of them, at the moment, revolve around the habits of teenagers. (I am blessed with two ?) The mountains of laundry that materialise every day. The boxes of cereal left out on the bench. The empty snack wrappers stuffed between…

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What is the difference between a cupcake and a muffin?

What is the difference between a cupcake and a muffin? Seriously, can anyone tell me? You may argue that cupcakes usually have more icing, and muffins tend to have a little less sugar or fat. But when you get down to it, essentially they are pretty much the same thing. They both have the same…

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Are you committed, or do you just want it?

Unfortunately…. There is a huge gap between wanting something And actually doing something. Intention is great, but it is not the same as following through. It’s one thing to want to make an early start every day. It is another to resist sleeping in instead. It is great to have a dream to publish a…

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