Step up to 2017

While inspirational quotes and motivational sound bites seem to be endemic on social media, there are the odd occasions when one of these really strikes a chord. I recently had such an experience on seeing an image emblazoned with the words 'surround yourself with people who get it'. After a really positive start to 2017 [...]

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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 [...]

10 reasons I love London

This week I've been taking the time to really appreciate the city I live in: this post is an ode to London.

A good influence?

Like many health and wellness bloggers I try to surround myself with positive and inspirational people and media, not only to stay abreast of the latest fitness and diet trends to report back on here, but also to keep me motivated, optimistic and to try to help mould me into the best version of myself [...]

One of the world’s best yoga retreats is hiding in the North Yorkshire hills

This weekend I went on a detox yoga retreat at The Orange Tree Relaxation Centre in North Yorkshire with my friend and sister-in-law-to-be, Ruth, and two of her lovely pals, Sophie and Laura. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the itinerary promised plenty of time dedicated to yoga and relaxation, delicious ayurvedic, vegan food, [...]

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 [...]

Ways of Seeing: How a book on art criticism led me to mindfulness

This week I've been reading John Berger's 1972 publication Ways of Seeing. This seminal work on how we perceive images and how artworks are created and 'read' with an eye to the cultural context of the viewer, remains relevant and insightful today - not only when thinking about art, but more broadly, in relation to the [...]