It’s taken me a long time to own the term ‘depression’ because so much guilt and shame is linked to it. To be able to heal, first, you need to own how you are feeling. I believe a series of life events led to my mental breakdown. Let’s talk about depression. It’s not a dirty word!
A partner with chronic illness My partner is a member of a group which offers many forms of support to people living with chronic illness. This includes an annual shindig in a beautiful chateau near to where we live in Belgium. For the past three years, he has been the token male at the five-day […]
Sometimes what frustrates us the most are those things that we most need to learn from.
Helping my ageing aunty – who has a book addiction – to downsize was difficult because she wanted to keep everything. But anger can mask a deeper feeling of sadness. Nobody can turn back the clock.
Food choices can be overwhelming. I aim to feed my family (and myself) a delicious, healthy, plant-based diet but I sometimes have analysis paralysis.
I have finally cleared enough clutter to leave a little space in my life… to start a blog. Here I share some decluttering tips with you. Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for the happiness in the future Wayne L. Misner These are just 10 decluttering tips that I try to follow […]
Cooking was never my thing It didn’t interest me. I was never taught to cook at home (I didn’t know food can be love on a plate). Except for a few ‘Home Economics’ lessons from which I proudly returned with a ‘sausage stew’ that had somehow miraculously ‘worked’, I never managed to produce anything remotely […]
I am a Ladybug and morphing from clutter collector to official Decluttering Expert – although I don’t have my badge yet. Hope for uncluttered clarity But before I explain, a bit of background. Some years ago when I was in the drawn-out process of burning out completely, yet still functioning on a surface level and […]
Whenever one of my kids asks to invite one of their friends round, I get a bit nervous. You could call it playdate anxiety. My knee-jerk reaction is to say ‘no’. But I’m working on it. Playdate disaster I think I was traumatised in early parenthood when the first playdate I arranged turned to disaster. […]
There was a dark time when I had trouble finishing my sentences. Whether it was burnout, depression, anxiety… here are some diary extracts. This is how it felt for me.
When the pressure is on, turn up the zen button and accept that you can’t control everything. Although some things you do get to choose: to look after yourself physically to support your own mental health to buy ethically. I’m a big fan of OMG Matcha tea, and it fits the bill for all of […]