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Laying a Stronger Foundation – My 2016 Recap

I’m extremely grateful for the position I’m in at the end of 2016. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know I’ve worked hard over the last few years to prioritise my health – both mental and physical. That decision really has meant a new way of life for me, and the transition […]

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A Month of Mini Time Capsule Videos

It’s hard to admit this on my blog that features the word ‘creative’ in the title, but I’ve been creatively blocked for a while now when it comes to my own projects (as you might have guessed by the lack of posts recently). I have a bad habit of starting up something creative with great gusto […]

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Perfectionism is not an end of level boss

A bit of faith, every day. And I can be happy. I don’t know about you, but I tend to hold myself to high standards, and often fall short of them. I want to practice positive habits every day and am pleased when I manage it for a reasonable stretch. But not accepting that I am […]

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Ambitions vs. Obstacles: My Year in Review

Writing about a year is weird. A year isn’t a ‘thing’. It’s 12 months, in which a lot happens. How to sum it up? Why do we even feel the need to? I don’t know, but for some reason it feels cathartic to do so. It allows us to move on from the themes of the […]

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Autumn in Montréal – a photo travelogue in 12 parts

Some pics from our trip to Montreal in October.

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The Ditch the Day Job Diaries: Great North Run Report

You can actually see me on BBC Telly (if you look extremely closely) in this latest episode of the Ditch the Day Job Diaries.

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Before You Quit Writing, Read This

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Thomas Mann Before You Quit Writing, Read This is a new collaborative book from Dave Ursillo and The Literati Writers (of which I’m a member) which is now available on Amazon Kindle. The purpose of the book is to share our […]

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Life is Like a Sliding Puzzle

Do you have a picture of where you want to be that’s different from where you are now?  Any time you want to make changes in life, it rarely happens overnight. Usually, you’re going to have to move the pieces around until what you start with begins to resembles what you want, and you’re probably going to have […]

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What I Think About When I Read About Running

I was extremely saddened to hear about the tragic events at the Boston Marathon yesterday and my heart goes out to everyone affected. I’ve never been to Boston, but my grandparents lived and worked there for a number of years after they emigrated to the States from Ireland so I feel a strong connection to […]

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The Metrics of Helpfulness – The One Person Test

In a recent episode of The Good Life Project, Leo Babauta (of Zen Habits) tells Jonathan Fields that the most important thing a blogger or business can have is trust – and the only way to earn it is to actually be trustworthy, honest, sincere and be there to genuinely help others. It sounds blindingly obvious, right? […]