Archive of ‘Progress’ category

What's the worst that can happen?

Complete this sentence: “Ugh, there really is nothing worse than…” a) Your tea or coffee going cold before you get a chance to drink it? b) An errant red sock getting in the white load and making all the clothes pink? c) The plus box failing to record the last ten minutes of a film? […] Read more…

Mindfulness

The focus of my week has been on mindfulness. Various people have been encouraging (nagging 😉 ?) me to be kinder to myself. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to be kinder to myself, it is more that I have felt unable to. Not only has it been easier to keep myself busy so I […] Read more…

31 Days of Mindfulness – an antidote to seasonal stresses

It’s no secret that I am looking forward to Christmas being over. The excitement ramped up a couple of notches over the weekend with decorations being proudly displayed on social media, talk of gift buying, Christmas songs, advent calendar opening, and elves on shelves. While I do not resent others’ excitement over the festive season, it adds to […] Read more…

Positive resonance

There are always quotes doing the rounds on social media. Some make you giggle a bit, some you nod along with. Every so often, a quote appears that is so resonant it makes you say “Are you looking in my head?” That’s what I thought when I saw this quote yesterday. It was on Twitter, so […] Read more…

Changing the way we think about ageing

First World War memorial

Our society is obsessed with age – and how to keep looking as young as possible. This week, with the nation observing the sacrifices made by soldiers in past conflicts as part of Remembrance Day, it is a fitting time to consider that growing old is a privilege. We recognise men and women from all […] Read more…

I am Hugo's mummy; I am a writer; I was at Blogfest

Yesterday I got up bright and early, armed myself with my Hugo stars scarf and headed off to London for Mumsnet’s Blogfest conference. My travelling companion was the lovely Carla and fellow Bedford-dweller from Random Thoughts of a Twenty Something, which was a great start to the day. The day got even better when on arriving […] Read more…

Cornwall’s great gifts

The natural beauty of Cornwall gave us a great gift recently – relaxation and a feeling of being refreshed and revitalised. Martin and I were tempted to go on holiday shortly after Hugo’s death. We were a mouse click away from booking a trip to Madeira, but hesitated when we realised it was running away only to […] Read more…

Refreshed

This week I have felt refreshed – and after the past few months, it is a refreshing feeling! Martin and I went on holiday for 10 days. The holiday was bookended by visiting respective parents in Devon, while the middle part was spent in Cornwall. We stayed in St Ives, Gunwalloe, and Marazion and had […] Read more…

A Hugo-shaped hole – and hope

Before Hugo, I would jump at the chance for a cuddle with a baby. Since Hugo, I have actively avoided babies. Out and about, I avert my eyes; at the sound of a crying baby I leave wherever I am; and I try to not look at photos of other people’s babies. It is too […] Read more…

Preparation

This week has all been about preparation. It’s the Butterfly Awards tomorrow; I’m honoured to have been shortlisted in the blogger/author category. I was pleased to put the finishing touches to my outfit earlier in the week: I finally found a shrug in the right shade of purple to go with my dress. It’s a […] Read more…

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