#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 […]

Making space for grief with music and mindfulness

Making space for grief with music and mindfulness

Last week I shared my first series of posts that explored the theme: “Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” In it I shared about the importance of family, my nephews, and experiencing joy in life’s precious moments. You can read it here. This week, my intention was to write a […]

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 […]

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”

  When I was a kid I thought adults had their shit together. Little did I know that adults are just human; each one with their own story. I often look back on my high school years with disdain. Yet there is no reason for it. I had good teachers, friends, was involved in school […]

“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 […]

Perfectionism of the ludicrously destructive variety

Perfectionism of the ludicrously destructive variety

Perfect. Even the word sounds perfect. To be perfect is to be excellent, to be correct, to be entirely without defects and to be absolutely beyond any improvement. Achieving perfection is impossible, yet this perfectionist strives for perfection on a daily basis. It is no wonder that I fall into a pit of despair when […]