If you read last week’s post then you won’t have to guess too hard at the theme of this week’s STOAS. Joy, support and getting back on track. I’ve had a tough week, and have spent a lot of it feeling quite uncomfortable with my emotions, and just wishing enough time had gone by for ‘time is a healer’ to really come into its own. I feel like I’m pretending every day, and wonder if my Oscar nomination is in the post sometime soon. I believe all the quotes I share but when you’re in it yourself, it’s hard to…

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I’m writing this in the Lake District, where I spent many bank holiday weekends as a kid. It’s been lovely, slowing down the pace, wearing hoodies and jeans and eating amazing local food (the Lakes is a food-loving person’s paradise). I feel so lucky to be able to spend the weekend here, and this whole weekend has felt like a funday, as my new jumper will tell anyone who looks. As much as August bank holiday is a time when everyone is trying to squeeze the very last out of summer, I start getting REALLY excited about autumn, my favourite…

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I’ve been a bit lax on the whole ‘let’s post seven great things on a Sunday’ thing and I’m very annoyed at myself. I’ve had a slightly bonkers month or two with a lot of personal things going on and big decisions happening and it’s thrown me off keeping to any kind of schedule or pattern. As ever, I’m trying to be kind to myself, after all when life gives you lemons, forget your diary, stop beating yourself up and go drink some Limoncello instead (did you see my new Rome city break post btw?). Here are seven things I’ve…

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I’ll keep it short and sweet this week as I’m up early tomorrow to start a coaching course in London so I need my geek sleep! Here’s what I’ve been reading this week. Making A Life Changing Decision? Try This Simple Quiz. < Fascinating piece on the kinds of questions to ask yourself if you’re stuck at a crossroads: “That’s where it gets tough. The simple truth is that life’s really important choices are rarely black-and-white. Most often they span infinite shades of gray. But when indecision creeps in, when the path forward is shrouded in fog, only one question…

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Have you heard of ‘slow weekending’? I hadn’t until I came across this lovely piece (The importance of slow weekending) from freelance writer and girl crush Alice Tate. Without naming it that, a slow weekend is exactly what I’ve just had and I couldn’t have needed it more. I’ve walked, I’ve cooked, I’ve listened to a book, I’ve sat without a phone and talked to H and watched a film without any distractions (not always a given, shamefully). I’m not eating sugar at the moment (the Catholic upbringing in me has to give something up for lent! Which is prompting…

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