Organising The Chaos Of Stress

Organising the chaos of stress is a fabulous skill to have but does this come from nature or nurture?  Life can be running along smoothly, everything is under control and your managing life beautifully, organising the little bits of chaos easily one at a time.  ...

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Opening The Doors To Your Emotions

In my last blog post, I talked about how emotions are formed and how we can connect with them. There are always going to be times when our emotions are triggered quite unexpectedly and the only way to manage them is to let them flow. Some people are afraid to allow themselve...

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Emotions

Emotions...     ...are great to have when you feel in control but can be hard to handle when we aren’t managing them as well as we would have liked. The thing is, emotions let us know what is important to us and triggers our behaviours. As we grow up we b...

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Quick Fix Holidays To Beat The Stress

How many times have you been tempted to book a holiday because you’re feeling ‘so stressed’? We all need a break, a chance to put ourselves in a different environment, unwind, relax, have fun, and see new and exciting things.  We are all guilty of th...

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Happy New Year

The end of the year is nearly upon us, before you know, it will be New Year’s Eve, the strike of Big Ben and promises for 2015 will be made. Vast amounts of people make wild New Year’s Resolutions claiming they are never going to drink alcohol or eat chocolate ag...

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Happiness

 Happiness is an important part of how we can manage our life to be more fulfilled and successful in achieving our desires.  Unfortunately when you are ‘just’, busy getting on, there is always someone who is going to say;“Cheer up, it might never happen.”Or“Y...

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Stress: Which do you want, the control or to be controlled?

Stress – Which do you want, the control or to be controlled?Stress, distress, anxiety, tension, pressure, we all call it different things but they are all closely related. As a life coach and teacher of Developing Effective Thinking Skills, I listen to people talk about th...

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And So We Arrived

And So We ArrivedIllustration By Jess LloydAs we finished packing the van for a weekend of camping in the middle of Shropshire for the final of No.1 Sons riding event.  Watching the rain coming down we decided to leave the house in wellies.  However, much to our pleasure t...

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A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the ParkIllustration by Vanessa Bell This summer has been a big emotional roller coaster as it has been ‘A’ Level results time as well as GCSE results.  I thought it was nerve racking enough when I went to collect my own results all those years ago; but I...

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The Family Who Took The Crown Jewels On Holiday

The Family Who Took The Crown Jewels On HolidayIllustration by Vanessa BellWhilst driving very sedately along the A6B around Paris, with two Sat Nav’s finally working in agreement and with me following on the map, brought back great memories of my first and last family hol...

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Waterproof Jackets aren’t as Waterproof as you Think

Waterproof Jackets aren’t as Waterproof as you Think.Illustration by Vanessa BellNo.1 Son and I had been planning our day out for weeks.  It was the first day of his half term holidays.  I would take the day off work and we would take a picnic with us and make the most o...

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My Thoughts on Trust

Illustration by Vanessa BellMy Thoughts on TrustI haven’t really thought too much about the meaning of trust until it came up in a class I was teaching recently.  Some of the learners where stating:“You can’t trust anyone.”“They will bleed you dry of your ideas, t...

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Floods and High Tidal Waters

Illustration by Vanessa BellFloods and High Tidal WatersIf you have been following the ‘Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter’ then you will probably be at the same stage as we are in our household with UCAS applications in, offers being given, i...

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A Tidy Mind

A Tidy Mind What sort of a mind do you have? Mr Hoff says I have “a chaotic mind, all over the place it is”, unlike his which is pristine, everything in order, filed away with labels on the fronts of the filing cabinet draws.  That’s why he has to ha...

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Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter

Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter.  Forget the tennis, golf or Tour de France, touring the Universities ready for your daughter’s UCAS application can be far more gruelling and stressful.  You will have already waded through a metre high pile...

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The Pyjama Game

The Pyjama GameI’m sure I’m not the only one who, when receiving sad news about a death, spend time rationalizing the information;They were poorly for a long time,OrIt must be a relief for the familyOrHe was a lovely man and very kind to us.At other times, it isn’t unt...

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Time Flies

Time Flies When I was little I always remember my Grandma saying, “I don’t know where the time goes it just flies by and the time goes by more quickly each year.”  At the time I didn’t have a clue what she was on about but she was absolutely right it does.  By the ...

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Unwanted Baggage.

Unwanted Baggage.There is good and bad baggage and we are all going to have different ways of looking at it.  For me, great baggage is equal to great memories, fun times, holidays, great feelings of calmness, love, happiness, and contentment but also some feelings of sadnes...

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Christmas Time, Mistletoe and Wine.

Christmas Time, Mistletoeand Wine. Christmas is a funny old time of year.  As with most religious festivals, the majority of us have forgotten what the festival is truly about and now see it as a time to spend with the family; giving presents, eating and drinking.  Oh, an...

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One Huge Balancing Act

One Huge Balancing ActFinding the right balancing act that suits everyone can be difficult especially when you have young children.  When I became pregnant for the first time myhandmade ceramics living had come to natural end; my imagination had dried up, a bit like writers...

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Pets Are For Life Not Just For Christmas.

Pets Are For Life Not Just For ChristmasFor those of you who aren’t animal lovers it must be hard to understand the complexities of love andcontentment people get from their pets.As a child I was never allowed a dog but I was allowed hamsters and rabbits.  However, I thin...

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A Teenager or an Alien

A Teenager or an Alien(Just Another Strange Mother)When I heard parents of teenagers saying their kids had turned into aliens I never really understood what thatmeant.  That was never going to happen to me! As I became a parent, like most of us, I had over confident expecta...

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The Trials of Holiday Preparations

The Trials of Holiday PreparationThe main holiday period is up-on us. The children are breaking up from school and the annual holiday is what everyone is talking about; at the gym, the hairdressers and at work.I don’t know about you but the preparations can be a little bit...

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Overcoming Conflict

We have all experienced conflict with others – our partners, siblings, friends, children, parents, in-laws (or outlaws as my other half calls them), the list could be endless.  Some will say their relationship thrives on this, but I’m not so sure.  The majority of us d...

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Exam Fever – Who has it the parents or the teenagers?

Exam Fever – Who has it the parents or the teenagers?We are now half way through the exams.  How are you bearing up?Over the Easter holidays my daughter was told she should be revising six hours a day for ten days.  How realistic is this?  Yes, in the ideal world with t...

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Battles with the Tantrum

Battles with the TantrumAs your children rapidly grow into teenagers you quickly forget the difficulties you experienced managing a 3 year olds tantrums.  I was thrust back into this over the Easter period when visiting family. A wonderful happy thoughtful child can turn in...

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Making Bad Days Into Good Days.

Making Bad Days Into Good Days. We’ve all had them haven’t we, really bad days when everything seems to have gone wrong? It can make you feel really tense with your shoulders feeling all crunched up, miserable and irritable with everyone even though they might not have ...

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Killing Time

Killing Time Image if you will this scene, stuck in traffic in the safety of my own car.  On a street corner three teenage boys standing in a triangle, hoodies up, hands pushed deep into the pockets of their tracky bottoms, shuffling from one foot to the other quietly chatt...

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Keeping Up With Your New Years Resolution.

Keeping Up With Your New Years Resolution. So it is now 8 weeks into 2011... How is it going? Are you getting results? Is it going as well as you had hoped? It is at about this time that striving to reach your goal may have become hard work and perhaps your inner voice ...

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The Life Cycle of Showing Affection.

The Life Cycle of Hugs, Cuddles and Kisses.If you are touchy feely person like myself, you will understand the beneficial effects and the importance of having hugs, cuddles and kisses.  The warmth of someone  else’s arms around you, the kindness and caring that can flow ...

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Social Networking Gone Mad

Social Networking Gone Mad!Even if you don’t have teenagers for children we have all witnessed groups of them roaming the streets or the shopping centres, mobile phone super glued to their hands and thumbs going ten to the dozen, texting another group of friends who are pr...

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Susan Boyle and Children in Need

Susan Boyle and Children In Need Fantastic news for a lady who was an unknown celebrity back in 2009 when she entered Britain’s Got Talent.  Now she has a number one album in both the UK and USA only ever previously accomplished by The Beatles.Watching her being intervie...

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David Cameron Shares Family Photo with Hamid Karza

David Cameron Shares Family Photo with Hamid Karzai What a beautiful and intimate moment spotted by the press when David Cameron recently met with Hamid Karzai to discuss the war.  It was a very short snippet of information of David Cameron proudly showing a photograph of ...

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