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 […]

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 […]

Free the butterfly within: choose vulnerability

Free the butterfly within: choose vulnerability

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” Brené Brown, Daring Greatly Last week I was fortunate enough to have my parents staying with me for a week. I don’t know if I’ve written about my parents before, but I have to say that they are […]

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 […]

Intuition: learning to listen to the beat of the reverberating drum

Intuition: learning to listen to the beat of the reverberating drum

I’m going to tell you about a dream I have. This is a dream that has been tucked away in my back pocket for years. I take it out intermittently to flash before others, before swiftly stashing it away. It involves combining my academic self – the high achiever, the perfectionist, the person who wants […]

What started out as a list of 31 fun things turned into quite the journey …

What started out as a list of 31 fun things turned into quite the journey …

Having fun is one of my core values. For me, having fun equates with happiness, joy and living life to the fullest. Earlier this year I got the idea to write a list of fun things to do from a friend (who passed on this article here). The idea is to write a list of […]

We can make friends with our problems: pain is not wrong

We can make friends with our problems: pain is not wrong

I am writing this post for anyone who has ever experienced pain. Emotional pain, physical pain or mental pain. If you have experienced any sort of pain, or are currently in pain then maybe this will help you. I never thought that at my age (31) I would be experienced in dealing with pain. Even […]

Move outside your comfort zone and step into the magic

Move outside your comfort zone and step into the magic

On Friday I took the plunge and started out on a different path. It is a shift away from what I know and am comfortable with and as a result I have all manner of fears lurking their beastly heads. I was reminded of this image, created from Bernd Geropp’s video on stepping outside our […]

#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 […]