Last week we celebrated Best Friends Day. Well some people did. I can honestly say that before this year I’d never heard of such a celebration. But we seem to have a day/week for everything from gin to bicycles these days, so why not best friends? I would hazard a guess that this particular celebration originated in the US but even some of us Brits got involved on social media. People posted selfies with their best friends along with a suitable caption about how long they’d known each other and what their best friend means to them. I smiled at some and cringed at others (social media brings the cynic out in me sometimes). Then I noticed a few people posting… View Post

A new season begins (summer, you are most welcome) and another one ends. You know what that means don’t you? It’s time for a quarterly catch up. First things first, a confession: I missed my winter catch up! It turns out that I wrote a few lines, completely forgot about it and never hit publish. I’m sure you’ve all been on the edge of your seats waiting for an update 😉. So in true Frank Sinatra style I shall ‘dust myself off and start all over again‘. To follow is a little update on how spring has been treating me… Spring Inside I sit down to write these posts at the end of every season and have no idea where to… View Post

In case you haven’t guessed, I am a huge advocate of social media; it encourages connection, is a source of amusement and information, allows you to nurture friendships and can alleviate loneliness when needed. On a bad day however, I’ve noticed that social media (and my phone in general) can have some very negative side-effects: irritability, anxiety, stress, unhealthy comparison, pointless scrolling. Can you love and hate something in equal measure? As far as my phone is concerned, I think the answer to that is ‘yes’. I’ve been doing a bible study with friends over the last few months and a couple of weeks ago, the author of the study – Priscilla Shirer – encouraged us to consider whether we… View Post

Warning: some readers may find the content of this post uncomfortable or triggering. My eldest daughter turns 18 tomorrow. That sentence needs a paragraph all of its own, partly because I do not feel old enough to have an adult child in the home (does any parent?) but mostly because there have been times over the last three years when I didn’t think we would be celebrating her 18th birthday. Why? Because I wasn’t sure she would even be here. Since the age of 14 (she would almost certainly say younger but this was the first time it was brought to my attention) she has struggled with mental health issues. Her 16th and 17th birthdays were both shrouded in a… View Post

Intentionality runs through my veins; I can be an incredibly focused/determined person and thankfully, my husband is the same (I’m not sure our relationship would survive otherwise!). In our early days as a couple, we would give each new year a title: ‘Project Wedding/House/Baby/New Business/Extension’. I’m aware that probably sounds a little sad to you but it worked for us and meant that we were really good at seeing whatever it was, through. In fact we still are; intentionality is definitely a strength of ours. So when the preacher encouraged us to ‘live a more intentional life’ last Sunday morning in church, I felt fairly smug. There are many, many things that I could really do with working on, but intentionality… View Post