Running a business: how to stay sane

Bunny ears! Shades! The geologist look! Whaaaaaaat...? Is that really how to stay sane? Well, no. But it did help me get over the scary I’m-an-introvert-and-public-speaking-is-scary feeling when I gave a presentation the other week. Want to know why these particular props? Then read on. This post summarises my presentation…   It’s hard running a [...]

By | 2018-12-06T16:25:00+00:00 December 6th, 2018|My copywriting life, Outdoors and wellbeing|0 Comments

Are you overwhelmed? Find ‘a spacious place’ and reclaim peace.

November. The clocks have changed, its colder, darker, generally grimmer, and its hard to stay on top of things at this time of year. But you have to. Life carries on. Over the years I've come up with a few strategies that help. Journey with me to Iona and discover how you can find peace [...]

Trees: nature’s playground

Trees – what do they mean to you? Do you even notice them? Maybe you’re so used to trees as part of the scenery you don’t ever think about them. But I bet you noticed trees when you were a child! They’re so enchanting to young minds. I loved Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree [...]

By | 2018-10-01T10:39:16+00:00 October 1st, 2018|Outdoors and wellbeing|0 Comments

The mindful life – 3 great ways to rest in Creation

According to the dictionary rest means to cease work or movement in order to relax or recover strength/energy. However, I think rest is so much more than this and although it seems contradictory, rest does not always have to involve inactivity. It can simply mean doing things in a different way.   Mindfulness Recently I have committed [...]

Staffa: a land of fire and giants, caves and creativity

Still on the subject of Islands, I just had to share my trip to Staffa with you. Famous for its dramatic basalt columns, sea caves and bird life, Staffa is a small uninhabited island that has captivated 1000’s over the years. Hardly known until 1772, when botanist Joseph Banks highlighted the wild, natural beauty of [...]

Islomania: an adventure on the Isle of Iona

What is islomania? Islomania: “An obsessional enthusiasm or partiality for islands.” As a child it was such an adventure to cross the water to the Isle of Wight – like visiting a foreign country. And getting lost in an Anglesey forest, well, that was all the more exciting because we were cut off from ‘civilisation’ [...]

Does adventure have to be extreme?

What does 'extreme' mean? Today I started reading a book called 'Wild Nights' by Phoebe Smith, adventurer and outdoor writer. It's all about some extreme camping challenges she set for herself. And as Phoebe set out on her wild camping trips it made me wonder what exactly is adventure? And what does 'extreme' really mean? [...]

Forest bathing: how to feel good naturally

Trees are fab! As a child I was enchanted by them. I’d imagine them to life like the Ents in Lord of the Rings. I wanted to live among the branches with Moonface and friends in The Magic Faraway Tree. And the copse at the bottom of my garden was the best place to build [...]

By | 2018-07-12T16:31:35+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Outdoors and wellbeing|1 Comment

Perfectionism: how do I survive it as a copywriter?

Do you constantly worry about your work being criticised? Do you spend forever on a piece of writing because it’s just not quite ready yet? Do you feel this hinders your ability as a copywriter? You are not alone. Welcome to the perfectionist’s club! In this post: What is perfectionism and is it always bad? [...]