I’ve been reading Gretchen Rubin for years. Her work on building a happier life is brilliant and I love how practical she makes her advice. Her blog is full of tools and tips on living a happier life, and now, since and her latest book release, practical strategies on how to foster good habits too. I’ve become a bit obsessed with habits lately. I’ve always loved New Year’s resolutions (or in my case usually monthly resolutions!) and what are New Year’s resolutions if not a chance to refresh your habits? “Better than Before” is basically a book on New Year’s…

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Are you spent, the first chapter asks. Do you feel unusually tired most of the time? Does your mind continue to race despite feeling physically exhausted? Do you have trouble concentrating and focusing? Do you find that you get sick more frequently and that it takes longer to recover? All of these questions and many more spoke to me like a naked selfie speaks to Kim K. I’ve had the Revive book by Dr Frank Lipman for a while now and having read it through once I’ve decided to try the programme. It takes six weeks and overhauls your lifestyle,…

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If you know me well, you know that free weekends are rare. My ‘Confessions of an overcommitter’  post is testament to the busyness that consumes mine, and many of my friends’ lives. How often do you get a 48 hour slot with NOTHING planned? It’s so uncommon in your thirties (and beyond, when children and bigger family commitments take hold) that when it happens, it’s something to behold. Or if you have a tendency to write, something to pay tribute to… Oh free weekend, where have you been all my life? That chance weekend where nothing is planned in, no…

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Whatever you get up to these days a photograph is usually involved. From snapping your on point work outfit while you wait for the bus (guilty) to an afternoon in the pub, barely a moment goes by when a camera or more likely a smartphone is pulled out to capture something, no matter how mundane. When you do something really special, like going on holiday or finally getting your friends together at a wedding it feels like this pressure to capture the moment steps up a notch. Last month I went to South Africa for two weeks, staying in eight…

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*I apologise for the grainy photos, my camera broke just after we left Hermanus!  After a slightly disappointing experience of Knysna, we drove to Nature’s Valley via a detour to Mossel Bay (don’t arrange your trip this way, we had to because our original shark dive fell through and H was determined to do one but it was a hefty detour!). The shark dive was brilliant and I surprised myself by how quickly I went from being scared and hanging back to jumping both feet into the underwater cage to get a glimpse of these amazing creatures. Scared or not,…

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