Shout Out – Kristen (and Rob) Bell

Not many people will have heard of Kristen Bell and she probably prefers it that way. Her husband, on the other hand, is a renowned and sometimes controversial figure in the American Christian subculture. He was once a mega church pastor but he left that role, moved to California and is now an inspirational speaker...

Treasure hunt

I went out for my walk by the sea this morning knowing I have limited time to get shit done before picking up my son from nursery and I was scrambling in my head for a blog post. My walk is meant to be part of my self care routine as is my practise of...

Shout Out – WildCard by Jenny Large

It’s always so exciting when someone you know reveals a talent that you had no idea they had. There’s nothing I like more than to celebrate women’s creativity so I’m delighted to shout out Jenny Large’s new venture WildCard. Jenny and I had children in the same class when I lived in Wicklow. I knew...

Dropping the ball

It’s taken me a couple of weeks but I’ve finally figured out the source of a gnawing sense of restlessness and unease. I’ve had this low level panic running underneath my days and have been avoiding looking at it head on by scrolling through Facebook and Instagram and eating chocolate biscuits. I’ve been overtired, snappish...

All I want for Christmas Part 2

I’m practically drooling at all of the lovely things on this list. Treat yourself to some luxurious browsing with a nice cup of tea. Maple Tree Pottery The wonderful potter started out making things in her kitchen and only this year has got her own studio in the back garden. I’ve gifted her lovely things...

Winter

I’ve noticed in recent weeks just how far north we have moved because the evenings draw in even earlier than I expected. The shift in seasons is always a weird time because I’m someone who craves daylight and blue skies and nothing makes me happier than long, bright evenings. Indeed, it was what I missed...

Enough to mother

This is me having got the three children back into school after half term. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks with visitors and travelling to see family and friends over the break. I’ve filled up on good conversation, soul food and laughter over the past fortnight but there comes a point when I crave...

Shout out – Seabloom Art

Shortly after we moved, I was feeling a bit homesick and even though we are by the sea here in North Down, I was aching for my Wicklow coastline. So I decided to treat myself to a piece of Seabloom Art – a gorgeous pendant with sea glass collected from the shore close to where...

Red Flower, 1919 – Georgia O’Keefe

This painting of a snapdragon is an early painting in a series that Georgia O’Keefe became famous for. She said she wanted to paint flowers in close up to slow people down, to force them to examine the small in detail. The centre of the red flower is opening, yawning like a wet mouth, a...

Incremental success

    If you’ve ever come across the Enneagram, you’ll know what I mean when I say that I’m a textbook Three. If you’ve not, then go google it and then come back. It’s ok, I’ll wait. Here, let me save you some time and give you a link. Go ahead. (boils kettle, makes a...

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