The not so funny truth about insomnia and how to combat it

The not so funny truth about insomnia and how to combat it

I was informed recently that the average person gets to sleep in seven minutes. It nearly made me sob. My friend told me recently he fell asleep in about five minutes. Wail. Recently, I have been sleeping for three hour stints. Apparently that’s the same as a breast feeding mother. I am not a breast […]

Why having a vision is crucial if you want to succeed

Why having a vision is crucial if you want to succeed

 Those of you who follow me on social media may know that last week I did something that made me feel petrified and excited all at once. I have been reading The E-Myth by Michael Gerber which I highly recommend for any entrepreneurs, startups, small business owners, or those of you who are looking to do this […]

Dear Martina, with love: a letter from a hospital bed

Dear Martina, with love: a letter from a hospital bed

Dear Martina, You lie across from me, high on your hospital bed, your delicate and pale frame awash against the bright white sheets. I feel compelled to watch as my eyes align with yours. Your husband arrives early every morning, his cap positioned neatly on his head, and a bag in one hand. He sits loyally by your side […]

Mindful vs mindless competition: what you are sacrificing to be “the best”

Mindful vs mindless competition: what you are sacrificing to be “the best”

There have been a number of themes running through my writing over the last few months and they mirror what is happening in my life. One of these was a post I wrote for Blog Society on the nature of comparison and its ability to brandish self-criticism wherever it goes. I’ve also written a considerable amount about the need to […]

3 steps to setting healthy relationship boundaries

3 steps to setting healthy relationship boundaries

There seems to be a theme to my writing over the last month or so. A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of taking care of ourselves in a post on people pleasing, which you can read here. This week I am giving three simple steps that could save your relationship.   Imagine, if […]

Could compassion be the answer when dealing with the prison population?

I am employed in various positions, both paid and unpaid, in which I am involved in some way with the criminal justice system. One of my positions involves conducting interviews with prisoners and their families on several different projects. When I explain to others what I do, I typically get two responses – both associated […]

Giving, with words.

This afternoon I was thinking about ‘us’ – you and me, him and her, and them – and about what makes us tick. From day-to-day, we get by with very little. We are very good at adapting to conditions and making use of what we have. In terms of material possessions, we don’t actually need […]