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Going Wild Improves Mental Performance

August 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

I was picking my path carefully, jumping from one boulder or driftwood log to the next, when I was struck by the realisation. “I haven’t thought about work for at least three days!” Wow, HOW did that happen? That day, on my way to the outdoor ‘loo’, below the high tide mark at our camping area on Ross Islets off Vancouver Island’s wild west coast, I experienced a sense of relief (no, not that kind of relief!). It reminded me [...]

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What Does Your Happy List Reveal About You?

March 31st, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

At the beginning of last year, as a grade 9 survivor (no small feat!), Miss 15 decided that grade 10 was going to be a happy year. To her credit, she decided to record one thing on her calendar, at the end of each day, that made her happy. Simple enough. What started out as an idea became a personal challenge to see if she could stick to it. Most days her happy moment was something simple...taking the dog for [...]

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Good Relationships are Key to a Happy, Healthy Year!

January 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you wished family, friends and colleagues, “Happy New Year!” recently? I have. A new year causes us to reconsider what we’ve been doing and plan for how to do more of  what we like, usually more of what makes us happy. It can be a delicate balance...more of this, less of that. I was interested in a recent TEDx talk which revealed findings from the longest known study ever conducted into adult happiness. Conducted at Harvard University and spanning [...]

5 things I learned at Boot Camp

September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Just over 2 months ago Miss 22 asked me, “Mum, do you want to enroll in a boot camp with me?” My response? “Are you serious? I’m too old for that!” I couldn’t see myself pushing tyres around a park with someone cracking a whip behind me; the mental image I got as soon as I thought about what a boot camp would be like! Fast forward 8 weeks…I decided I’d take her up on the challenge, this is our [...]

Swap your ‘got’ for ‘get’ and feel better immediately

August 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

It happened in the car on the way home this evening. My daughter and I were talking about the day tomorrow, commenting that it would be particularly full. I have week four of a six week bootcamp which starts at 5.30 am, she has an orthodontist appointment at 7.15 followed by orchestra rehearsal before school at 7.30, I have a team meeting to attend at 9.00 followed by clinic appointments and then she has three hours at work after school [...]

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Mummy, why are we living for the future?

July 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Exhaustion, Overwhelm|Tags: , |

Out of the mouth of babes… After yet another busy day, mum rushed from work to pick up the two children, 3 and 6, from childcare. Once home they flew into the house with hungry bellies waiting to be fed. For 10 minutes kids were frantically doing their chores, food was flying around the kitchen so fast even Jamie Oliver would be impressed and with an exhausted yell, “Dinner’s ready”  everyone sits down to eat. Mum heaves a sigh of [...]

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Slow Down. You Move Too Fast!

May 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Exhaustion|Tags: , , |

Rush. Rush. Rush. Do more. Get more. It’s like a mantra all around us. Are you in a hurry? Doing too many things at once? Perhaps even secretly proud that you’re a multi-tasker?  Are you always thinking about what needs to be done instead of being mindful about what you’re actually doing? You’re not alone. Recently I was putting a load of clothes in the washing machine, calling out to answer someone’s, “Mum, where is....”, thinking about the day ahead [...]