Set awesome 12 month goals with 8 simple questions

A couple of years ago on my 39th birthday I made up a list of things I wanted to do have done by my 40th one. I chose things that I could reasonably hope to achieve in the time frame but would still be enough of a stretch to motivate me to do something each week…

When getting out of bed is hard to do

A couple of months ago I read the War of Art by Steven Pressfield, and I get why it’s such a classic book, it applies very well to the whole of life, not art alone. One main concept in his book is that of Resistance, a powerful and pitiless force that often has the effect of preventing us…

Getting over feeling blah

*It’s been a long time since I wrote here or anywhere else. I thought I’d visit my site today and found this post I’d been preparing in mid-February. I never got to send it, because just after this I felt much worse and stopped everything, tipping into real burn out I think. I’m over my…

Anger Management for Parents by Plato

 Image by Robin Alasdair Frederick* This is a post by Dr Holly Hamilton-Bleakley from her excellent blog Philosophy for Parents. I’ve admired her articles for a while and she’s kindly allowed me to share this great one with you. If you like this one, head over to her website and subscribe for more like it!…

The Best Thing You Will Do All Year For Your Children

To welcome guests to our home I keep a peace lily plant in a pot by the front door. Whenever its dark glossy green leaves lose their graceful arch and start wilting (usually when I’ve been too busy to notice it for a few weeks) I don’t just spray some water onto it and expect it to perk up.  I…

Return of the scapular!

It sounds a little bit like a B-grade horror movie doesn’t? Instead of this innocuous thing: One day maybe I’ll write an article about the history, spiritual significance, and practice of the wearing of a scapular. I can’t quite face that right now. Instead, let’s just say that it is a form of silent prayer and a very beautiful…

40 things to do before I turn 40

I celebrated my 39th birthday last week and now I’m really looking forward to my 40th and the start of a brand new decade. My 20s was about making two big life choices and having my first baby. My 30s was all about having four more babies and having a lot of the assumptions I’d held from my teens and 20s…