Your Priorities Are Probably Wrong

I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been diagnosed with a stress-related ulcer. Not fun. I’m now on daily medication for the next few weeks to try ease the symptoms and, if that doesn’t work, I have to go for a scope, which basically involves a doctor shoving a tiny camera down my throat. Imagine my excitement. Sometimes life will throw something like that at you, to force you to face your priorities (with mine now including stress management). But if I’d paid a little more attention to the problem before it turned into a great big tortuous ulcer… More ->

My KonMari Journey — ‘Komono’ — Toiletries

If the KonMari process has taught me anything, it’s that I’m not quite the minimalist I thought I was. Especially when it comes to toiletries. I mean, I knew I had a few bits and bobs, but THIS much?! Nah. Must be someone else’s stuff, ‘cause I don’t wear skincare products or make-up so I can’t possibly have that many toiletries. Can I?! Here’s the run down: “Body” consisted of shower gels, lotions, shaving stuff, hand soap, etc. Haircare was made up of shampoos, conditioners, oils, clips, bobbins, sprays, hair dryer, straightener, curling tongs, gas cylinders, grips, hair bands, brushes and… More ->

Do You Get Dressed Every Single Day?

I prefer to think of myself as “comfortable” rather than lazy. I mean, staying in pyjamas all day is just cosy, right? If I’m not leaving the house, where’s the harm in not getting dressed? And I’m sure the postman loves seeing me in my dressing gown and fluffy slippers. But a while ago, I started to notice a pattern. I’d look at the overflowing bin and think, “I can’t empty it because I’m not dressed”. Or I’d look at a pile of letters and think, “I can’t post them because I haven’t got my shoes on.” Or someone would… More ->

Don’t Let Stress Get The Best Of You

The mind is a pretty powerful thing. It can remember the tiniest of details, and the most memorable of moments. It can recall the lyrics to songs you haven’t heard since you were a child, and it can process thousands of thoughts and ideas and images every single second. It’s a well-oiled machine. Unfortunately, it can also run dry and break down. It can cause havoc with any number of your senses, and it can sometimes have difficulty remembering even the basics— from little things like where you left your keys, to big things like your children’s names. Sometimes we… More ->

May 2015 Wrap-Up

May was a very up and down month for me and, unfortunately, it ended on a bad note. The downward slide started on May 21st when Scout had to go in for her eye operation. All in all, it was a very stressful day, and one I don’t wish to repeat. Thankfully, the surgery seems to have been a success so we’re crossing our fingers that that’s an end to it. (If not, we’ve 2 more surgeries in our near future). It was an incredibly difficult experience, and it opened my eyes to the unpleasant practicalities of spending the day… More ->