Here’s a question for you…. Would you say that most of the time you react or you respond? What’s the difference you might ask? Well, a reaction is instantaneous, unconscious and usually emotional. It happens in the moment without much (or any) thought going into the long term consequences. A response on the other hand…

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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 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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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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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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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? 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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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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