Yearly Archives: 2016


Retreating at Crossroads

Dear Blossom According to Socrates, an unexamined life is not worth living.  What do you think?  When was the last time you took some time out to examine your life?  And if you have, what have you done as a result of that exercise? A few years ago, I went on a Crossroads Retreat for the first time. I went again last year. I’m getting set to go along again, this time in a different capacity. […]

By | October 14th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

More on Procrastination

Dear Blossom Continuing along my train of thought of yesterday… I woke up in the small hours this morning for a bathroom break and then couldn’t go back to sleep. The main reason was that I was very very thirsty. And I didn’t have water by my bedside as I usually try to have as that would have minimised my nocturnal activities and made my return to sleep a lot easier. […]

By | October 13th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Is It Really Procrastination?

Dear Blossom When we put off doing things that we say we want to do, and keep putting them off and beat ourselves around the head and call ourselves procrastinators, is it really about procrastination? Actually, is procrastination even a thing? Writing to Blossom It never ceases to fascinate me when I hear people describe themselves as procrastinators and how that once they could stop procrastinating, they would achieve all the goals they have set themselves and therefore they would become satisfied, fulfilled, happy or whatever positive emotion they desire as their final outcome. (Never mind those who say they procrastinate too much to even set goals in the first place!) […]

By | October 12th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

I’ve Got Mindfulness on My Mind

Dear Blossom I have mindfulness on my mind tonight but find I can’t immediately see what it is I really want to say about it. Probably because I’ve gotten out of my regular daily 10-minute app-supported mindfulness meditation practice following the shock of my bereavement at the beginning of the summer. Makes me wonder (once again) how come it’s so easy to pick up bad habits (that we may have worked very hard to lay aside) and it’s so difficult to pick up good habits that we know are good for us, after any sort of break from them. […]

By | October 11th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

When Did You Last Enjoy Who You Are?

When did you last enjoy who you are? When did you really get pleasure from who you are? Still chewing over Claire Anstey’s challenge as shared at StoryHouse.Rocks Live that I told you about yesterday, I keep coming back to this question: when did you last enjoy who you are? […]

By | October 10th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Expressing Yourself Mask-Free

Dear Blossom About a couple of weeks ago I was at the StoryHouse.Rocks live event titled Leave Your Mask at the Stage Door. It was an evening of inspiration, encouragement to self-expression and a challenge to self-express authentically. […]

By | October 9th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Express Yourself

Dear Blossom I love Strictly Come Dancing. For the uninitiated, it’s the BBC’s reality TV show where celebrities who don’t usually dance are paired with professional dance partners for a dancing competition that will go on till the run up to Christmas. Others would say it’s the answer to the X-Factor, the ITV’s reality TV show that seeks to produce pop stars over the same period. […]

By | October 8th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Strengths? What Strengths?

Dear Blossom It’s amazing – and sad – the number of people I come across who are much more aware of their weaknesses than they are of their strengths. And what’s more, when encouraged to look at their strengths as well as their weaknesses, I get a variation of “what strengths?” It is sad to hear it when somebody feels so overwhelmed by all they are supposedly doing wrong, or all things they ought to be doing and are allegedly not doing or not doing enough of. And yet, when what they are doing very well is flagged up, these are dismissed as something anyone else could easily accomplish. Even though that’s not necessarily the case. And even if it were, it still is vital, positive work and you ought to still claim credit for it. […]

By | October 7th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Take a Mindful Moment

Dear Blossom I've had mindfulness on my mind today. Sitting down to write to you about it, I find all I want to say is: take a mindful moment litter them through your day when you come to the evening you'll find that you're less frayed That's all from me today. Let me know how [...]

By | October 7th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

What’s Holding You Back?

Dear Blossom There’s something about the autumn sun: it can be so bright that I forget how cold it actually is. The cold is something that could easily stop me from walking Michael. Today is one of those days when it could have. Only because I’d underestimated how cold it really is, and so wasn’t adequately wrapped. It hit me when I opened the front door. Did I want to go back inside and get an additional layer? Not really. Plus, he was chomping at the bit, eager to get going and I had a full schedule for the day. So we hit the road. […]

By | October 5th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments