Yesterday on a dreary wet and windy day we dropped off our eldest son and his girlfriend at Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 for the start of his long-awaited trip around Asia. Their first leg is a 10-hour flight to Sri Lanka. To any other mother that would be “Yeay, that’s wonderful; going for a year, nah make it 2, why get trapped in this crazy dog-eat-dog world of work till you drop and then you DIE!” Me, I’m forever thinking of all the possible negatives like natural disasters, natural born killers, being dopey and not looking when you cross the road, forgetting which side of the road they drive – well, this crazy lady can list her concerns until 2017 at least! Knowing my crazy ways I took it upon myself to read plenty of self-help, positive thinking mantras and statements, one of which was fantastic; “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.“ Elephant Meditation [Continue reading]
I am not too sure where 2014 went, but as we are now already into February 2015 I thought I’d better get my skates on. Yes, I love to write and I love my blog site, it’s a powerful way to escape, dream and visualise! But I also love to paint and every year for the past seven I have participated with Cambridge Open Studios and opened my studio and home to my customers and the general public.
On a sliding scale which do I prefer, writing or painting? The answer is both and sometimes this love causes friction and confusion. Only one can win over the other at any given time, but which one has the greater privilege? I don’t have the answer to that, but right or wrong, I base my working day on my personal whim and feelings at the time. That way I feel there is more Karma and a less strained workflow. There may well be better methods, one that could possibly improve my time management and even income, but a Geminian polymath can only work this way! The twin, of two minds, with an eclectic array of interests and careers – it can sometimes be a real mess! But I prefer to call it being a renaissance woman! [Continue reading]
There are many thousands of writers, bloggers and researchers who devote hours of their day to combine and document relevant information, material and links to worthwhile sources in order to entice and answer an endless array of searches performed on … [Continue reading]
We humans are complex species and our emotions can be as volatile as Mount Vesuvius and as changeable as our British weather. Sometimes bleak thoughts burrow and despair grabs hold like a piranha that simply won’t let go. It loves you and wants to be … [Continue reading]
William Turner (J.M.W. Turner) is one of my all-time favourite artists. He was inventive, passionate and was not afraid to go against the norm - somewhat taboo in the 18th century. I had been eagerly awaiting the release of the film, Mr. Turner and … [Continue reading]
On a ritual daily basis most of us receive hundreds of emails, but I, unlike my husband who meticulously deletes every single unwanted email, just leave them until they fall into infinity. Fortunately my efficient technique resulted in finding a gem … [Continue reading]