Sometimes you have good neighbours, and life can be good. Sometimes you don’t – but at least, hopefully, you can escape from them into your home. But what do you do when your bad neighbour decides to move in and won’t stay away? If this neighbour happens to be furry, very agile, and not open to negotiations … More Living with a possum: What I learned from an unwanted guest
When I was very young – many, many years ago (but long after 1969 – that’s just an example because I’m really not THAT old, ahem), I used to love watching Sesame Street. It was engaging, educating while still entertaining. And the show took place in a setting which was so different, seemingly uncontrived, but radical … More Kindness in action – how well do you know your neighbourhood?
My name is Helen, and it’s been three weeks since I’ve written my last blog post. Sigh. I know that’s not the end of the world. But I do have a clearer purpose behind why I’m blogging, and where I want to take it. And letting my writing slide doesn’t help me get there. So it’s something I need … More Kindness in a ‘Post-Truth’ world
Hello to you all, from our home in Melbourne (which, no, doesn’t quite look like this, although how cute is it???) We’ve been back in town for a couple of days, having spent a week in our home on the Mornington Peninsula, and are taking off by the weekend in another home, this time to … More Back to basics – What makes a home?
Happy New Year to you! How good is it to have a few days break? My husband and I are tag teaming with work from our family’s beach house, and even though it’s a bit cold and bleak today, it’s so lovely to have a change of scene. It’s great to shake up a routine … More My one word 2017
Many of you would have seen this powerful montage above, created by British Graphic Designer Chris Barker, of celebrities who’ve died over the past year. Even if you hadn’t, you’d be aware that 2016 seems to have had more than its fair share of famous people dying. 2016 in a nutshell Taking a global view, 2016 has been categorised by … More 2016 – Look at the stars and feel grateful for their light
Last time I wrote about some of the things I’d aim to do and not do to take a step back from the Christmas / end of year hype and make sure I have time for what’s important, including self care. I wrote more about it on my last blog post. Today I wanted to expand … More Intentional benign neglect: part of thriving in December
How I’ve shifting my thinking, and actions, to ensure December (in all its glory) is a time to enjoy and thrive, and not merely survive it. … More How to make December a time to thrive (and not just survive)
Who goes on holidays in mid November? Isn’t it too busy? Too many commitments in November (the new December), too many end of year deadlines looming, finals for sporting teams, end of school events. Plus now’s the time to get all your New Years Eve commitments achieved (because they’d slipped from your mind mid … More Five reasons why November is a great time to go on holiday
I’m writing this sitting on the grassy banks above the Main Beach of Yamba, northern NSW, having just been swimming, body surfing and building sand creations. My husband and the kids are at the beach below, and I’ve got a chance to write. We’re currently spending a week in this lovely place and if you … More A life lesson from our week in Yamba, northern New South Wales