I love Christmas. I love the decorations, the food, the cheesy songs, the stories, the spirit. As the years pass, I’m not so bothered about receiving gifts, but I love, love, love giving them. Result: I always blow all the money at Christmas. Continue reading →
It’s a very short word – only two letters long. It’s one of the first words we learns as toddlers. … So why is it so hard to say?
I find it really, really hard to say ‘no’ to people. I’m not naive or gullible, but I have struggled my whole life with this need to be liked. I will bend over backwards for anyone – even people I hardly know – just so I don’t have to inconvenience them. It’s the best way to sabotage your own life – because once people learn that you can’t say ‘no’, they will take advantage of you and use up not only your time, but your resources and your energy. Continue reading →
This is beyond doubt the most personal, revealing (and rambling) post I have ever written. Believe me, I am so far out of my comfort zone right now, I’m in another country. But write it I will – for the record, and for anyone else who has lost their Old Self to depression, love and all. As one of my favourite writers, the fabulous Neil Gaiman, said, “The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself, that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”
The first time I fell in love, I was 19 years old. It caught me a little by surprise because I was never one for feeling too much. In relationships – of any kind – I was always the one who cared less. I kept everyone at arm’s length (emotionally-speaking) and I liked it that way. Continue reading →
So there goes September – faster than a speeding bullet. Seriously, what happened to this month? I’m sure it was August last week! I’ve been setting goals all over the place these past few weeks, and now it’s time to see what I’ve accomplished. Continue reading →
Money, money, money. The root of all evil. Or at least the root of a heck of a lot of stress and several arguments between Mr Chef and me over the years. We’re both crap with budgeting and saving and, ever since we moved to Greece, we’ve been living on a shoestring anyway. Whenever we did get some extra cash, we’d blow it on plane tickets or Christmas, so we’ve got no savings, no pension, no emergency fund – none of those things you don’t care about when you’re 21 … . Then one day you wake up and you’re in your thirties. Continue reading →
‘Self-care’ is a trending topic in Mum World at the moment, and with good reason. It’s psychologically beneficial to make time for yourself … and it’s psychologically detrimental not to.
At least, that’s what all the blog posts and articles say. I read them, I agree with them … then I give a cynical little chuckle and go back to being the mum who’s with her kids 24/7, seven days a week. Really. Sometimes I even pee while holding the baby. Continue reading →
My eventful September is progressing at its own crazy pace – but that’s OK because I just had a super-long holiday and anyway: caffeine! So it’s time to lay out some of those goals I talked about in my last post. Some of them I’m keeping a secret, but some of them are getting the Blog Treatment … because then I’ve got you guys to hold me accountable! Continue reading →
September is going to be a big month for me. The winds of change are blowing all over the place. But I’m excited for this. Change can be challenging, uncomfortable and a little bit scary, but change is also healthy, fun and often necessary. I’ve loved everything about this year, but I’m not looking backwards … September, bring it on! Continue reading →