lifestyle · Planning · Purpose · Reflections and Intentions

How I choose

2020 will be my fifth year of choosing a Word of the Year and it's a practice that I find more soothing than setting goals and resolutions (although these also play a part in my preparation). But how do I choose my Word of the Year and when do I settle on it? The process… Continue reading How I choose

lifestyle · Purpose · Reflections and Intentions

Word of the Year recap

Now December is progressing and 2020 is just off-stage, running through its warming-up exercises, I think the time has come to sum up my feelings about my chosen Word of the Year. I have kept my word with me throughout the year, with the hand-written sheet shown in my January photo accompanying me across a… Continue reading Word of the Year recap

Purpose · Reflections and Intentions

Nobody’s watching

I love the fact that each and every human being is made up of a glorious mix of traits - no-one is wholly one thing or another, however much we might like to label ourselves. We are not wholly confident, nor utterly unconfident; no-one is flawlessly beautiful and neither is anyone so ugly that they… Continue reading Nobody’s watching

lifestyle · Purpose · Reflections and Intentions

Looking out

In my youth I was rubbish at taking photos and I do like the fact that the digital age has revolutionised photography. I think the most important thing I've learned about taking photos is the importance of keeping my eyes open, seeing the details. Although we can capture a wide vista in a photo, often… Continue reading Looking out

lifestyle · Norwich · Nostalgia · Purpose

Inevitable

If you watch the modern iteration of Dr Who you may be familiar with the departure of David Tennant's Doctor and his final, despairing phrase: "I don't want to go." Knowing that in the next two months I have to leave the flat I've been lucky enough to live in for the past fourteen years,… Continue reading Inevitable

Poetry · Purpose · Reflections and Intentions

Eastern windows

And not by eastern windows only, When daylight comes, comes in the light, In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly, But westward, look, the land is bright. Arthur Hugh Clough Say Not The Struggle Naught Availeth Hereabouts, this Bank Holiday weekend has seen the return of the crazy temperatures we had early in the… Continue reading Eastern windows

Purpose · Reflections and Intentions

What I know

"If I knew then what I know now" is a deceptive little phrase and one that has been burrowing around in my mind this week. It is so tempting to interpret those few words entirely negatively; to think of them as a regret; to assume that we would have done things differently if we had… Continue reading What I know

lifestyle · Purpose · Reflections and Intentions

Routines

Some people thrive on routines whilst other people loathe them, but we all rely on them to some extent. However much you might seek to escape, to live a life of sponteneity, you can't deny the subtle tug of the turning seasons, the rising and setting sun, the moon as it waxes and wanes. If… Continue reading Routines

Planning · Purpose · Reflections and Intentions

An ode to August

July is a funny month in my experience. Although it is tempting to think of August as the height of summer where I live, July is often the month with the highest temperatures. July is hot, sweaty, torpid, and I am unenthusiastic, becalmed. Contrast that with August, when the nights begin to draw in; there… Continue reading An ode to August