The art of good health

(image © David Shrigley) Art helps us access and express parts of ourselves that are often unavailable to other forms of human interaction. It flies below the radar, delivering nourishment for our soul and returning with stories from the unconscious [...] Making and consuming art lifts our spirits and keeps us sane. Grayson Perry While [...]

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Why ‘me time’ matters

Try to do one thing each day that nourishes you. This was the takeaway message from a yoga event I attended this week at the Shard in London. The event, sponsored by California Walnuts, saw me and my good friend Sophie getting up at 5:30am to join a group of yogis for a 7am yoga [...]

Tuscan adventures and new beginnings

I realise that it has been quite a while since my last post, for which I have the (fairly reasonable?) excuse of a wedding and honeymoon. Twelve months almost to the day that we got engaged, R and I tied the knot in Tuscany last month, surrounded by our closest friends and family, on what [...]

The myth of hard work (and the secret of an extraordinary life)

I recently found myself in circumstances that required me to reflect on the way I work, my career goals and my outlook and approach to my professional life. I've always been a pretty self-aware and reflective person (sometimes to a fault), but this process really got me thinking not only about how I work now, [...]

Buying your way to happiness?

Apologies for the silence of late. This is certainly not on account of having nothing to write about - far from it, since I seem to be stockpiling articles that I've earmarked for review - but rather due to the distractions offered by plentiful amounts of running (with the start of the cross country season), reading (since [...]

Don’t sweat the small stuff, but don’t miss out on it either

It is all too easy find yourself caught up in a whole host of trivial worries and irritations, or preoccupied with concerns that are outside of your control. Whether it's feeling rubbish on a run, grumpy having been caught in an over-full train carriage on your commute, stressed or overwhelmed by a hectic work schedule, rotten after a [...]

Fat versus Thin or Form versus Function?

I love my body. There's a sentence you rarely hear. And this is something that's been playing on my mind, particularly following on from the recent backlash, featured in various news articles and on social media this week, against the latest Protein World adverts. In case you haven't seen them, the ads show a woman, with the [...]