5 Steps to Create a Future Gratitude List and Own 2017 like a Boss

5 Steps to Create a Future Gratitude List and Own 2017 like a Boss

It’s been YONKS since I sat down and typed up a little blog post. I think it has to do with the fact that I am currently finishing off the draft to my memoir and so all my energy goes towards that, leaving little for blog posts. There are so many blog posts and social […]

In August 2010 two miracles occurred: I stopped drinking and started believing in God

In August 2010 two miracles occurred: I stopped drinking and started believing in God

In August 2010 two miracles occurred: I stopped drinking and started believing in God. At the age of 27, it was’t how I predicted my life would be. If you’d sat me down as a 21 year old pill popping drum n bass DJ and said to me, ‘In six years time you will quit […]

How to be kind, to yourself

How to be kind, to yourself

“Treating yourself like a precious object will make you strong.” – Julia Cameron The Artists Way Recently, I was asked what self-compassion meant to me. I usually incorporate the basic principle of self-compassion into my writing as it has become something I readily practice (read one of my posts here), but I have never attempted to write […]

#iamsubject – I am not my thinking

#iamsubject – I am not my thinking

I am participating in the #iamsubject project led by Diane DeBella author of I Am Subject: Telling Our Truths to Reclaim Our Selves. Here is my #iamsubject story: I am not my thinking by Tess Bartlett My mind is a whirlwind, forever tripping and sliding. Spinning and confused I tumble and fall and fight my […]

Life is a journey and not a destination (and how five minutes with two toddlers reminded me of this)

Life is a journey and not a destination (and how five minutes with two toddlers reminded me of this)

I recently returned to New Zealand with Anthony for my Grandad’s 90th birthday. It was a glorious trip and has inspired a torrent of writing as it reminded me of the aspects of my life that are necessary for me to feel alive and well. For me this is family and loved ones, nature, beauty, […]

How to find gratitude in the little things

How to find gratitude in the little things

This is a post filled with beauty, green food, swimming and the little things in life that make life so special. Over the last year or so I have had to stop doing some of the activities that I loved due to a hip injury. Yoga is no longer something that I can do without […]

The hilarity of living with chronic pain and how I came to have hip dysplasia

The hilarity of living with chronic pain and how I came to have hip dysplasia

Sometimes living with chronic pain makes me want to break down and cry. Sometimes living with chronic pain makes me break down and cry. The relentless niggling aches telling me I’m not immortal and that I’m not immune to discomfort and bodily malfunctions is enough to make me boil with anger. Unfortunately for me, this […]

“If only…”

“If only…”

My natural inclination is to suck the living daylights out of life, until there is nothing left but a shriveled up miserable looking grape. Work becomes stressful, life becomes stressful, relationships become stressful – everything becomes something I must endure. I often entertain crazy thoughts about what it would be like to be one of those humans […]