40 before 40, mental health, Thoughts

#40before40 – A ‘Ta Da’ list of celebration

Tomorrow marks the end of the 40 before 40 challenge I set for myself a year ago. I haven't achieved everything on the list but as I wrote about earlier this month, I have already decided to 'extend' the challenge and continue working on the goals I still want to achieve. Like any aspirational list,… Continue reading #40before40 – A ‘Ta Da’ list of celebration

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Theme for the year – Extension 

One of the steps that has really helped me over the past few years is to have mantras, words and phrases that help bring me back to my overall goals and intentions if I am going a bit astray. Almost every day, I remind myself and our girls of the mantra - try your best… Continue reading Theme for the year – Extension 

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Reflections on the end of the school year

There are so many things I love about my job. Sharing time with wonderful colleagues, getting to talk about topics I find endlessly fascinating and the way that the pattern of the school year marks time in such a special way are all high on the list. What I love about my job more than… Continue reading Reflections on the end of the school year

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Water and sunshine 

Recently I purchased a tomato seedling from the Enviroment Council at school. Grown by the students from seed in a yoghurt pot, I brought it home determined to give it a good home. I haven't always had the best of luck with plants due to a rather haphazard approach to their care. Lately, however, as… Continue reading Water and sunshine 

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Treasures from the past

I was lucky enough recently to receive an extra special parcel through the mail. A lovely relation of mine sent through two old magazines which collectively house a treasure trove of old photographs and advertisements from my home town of Thornton-Cleveleys. As I sat with my girls and we carefully leafed through the pages, I… Continue reading Treasures from the past

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Simple Money Project #3 Identify your values

Today I want to encourage you to carefully reflect on what it is that you value. Work out what is important to you and then you can start to align your spending with the values and priorities you have as a family. One of our favourite treats is a visit to the coffee shop and… Continue reading Simple Money Project #3 Identify your values

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Think. Think. Think again.

At the end of the day yesterday, I spent some time reflecting on how easy it is to fall into a less appreciative mindset towards all aspects of my life but particularly my job. I get paid a decent wage to work with wonderful young people every day. I work with lovely supportive colleagues who… Continue reading Think. Think. Think again.

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My type of prayer

In my life I have had an interesting relationship with prayer. As the new girl at Catholic school aged 5, prayer made me feel like an outsider as all my classmates recited the ‘Hail Mary’ as one and I had no idea what they were doing or what they were saying. As I grew older, prayer… Continue reading My type of prayer

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A photo challenge 

This week, I would like to set a challenge to everyone reading this, so if you are up for a challenge, read on..... Yesterday morning I headed out for an early morning to catch the sunrise. It was beautiful to be down on Eastern Beach as the sky started to light up with shafts of… Continue reading A photo challenge