How to Change a Habit For Good

#69 Did you know that it is estimated that 40-45% of everyday decisions are really habits. Most are harmless, but I would guess that all of us have at least one habit that feels like it controls us more than we control it. Once it becomes ingrained it seems almost impossible to shift. And yet, it…

Healthy Simplicity

#72 As the air turns cool my inspiration for this Life Line comes from the Danish concept of ‘Hygge’. Pronounced ‘Hoo- guh’ it is a Scandinavian concept that encompasses cosiness and little pleasures. It is a feeling of contentment. The idea resonated with so many people in 2016 that it was short-listed for the Oxford Dictionary word…

This Made My Day

#73 It’s been a strange and troubling week. There has been so much in the news (and my newsfeed) that has saddened and frightened me and yet I kept looking because I told myself I wanted to be informed. What happened to me today is a reminder that there is so much good out there,…

Finding Beauty In The Weeds

#75 I was walking with a friend and our dogs the other day when she pointed out how beautiful she found weeds. Growing up in the UK with a mother whose hand is notoriously green, weeds were something that she regularly pulled out and tossed in the compost heap at the end of the garden.…

Dealing With Difficult People In Your Life

#71 We all have them in our lives. It might be a co-worker, your boss, a sibling, a neighbour or a parent-in-law. When you are around a difficult person you often find yourself behaving differently. Maybe you doubt yourself, feel dismissed or powerless. Even brief encounters with them can leave you with the emotional equivalent of being…

Don’t Let the Lizard Hijack The Car

#29 Here’s a thought: if your brain were a beautiful, super-powerful car would you hand it over to be driven by someone prone to random aggressivity, irrational panic and seizures? And yet we do exactly that and the results can go something like this: Neuroscientists talk about our brain being made up of four parts: The Reptilian Brain responsible for dealing with…

Exquisite Nature of Love and Pain

#30 Inspired by a deeply touching and wise newsletter (thank you Steve Mitten) and experiences of my own and those close to me over the last few weeks, I feel drawn to write my Little Life Line about love, fear of loss, and the pain that follows. But mostly love. You see the problem with love is that the price of…

Softly Fascinating Stimulation

#35 How photos of nature soothe the mind Just a thought: I have returned to my passion for taking photos recently, and have been loving it! As I share them on social media I have received some comments about the ‘positive vibes’ and the beauty of the droplets and leaves etc. I am not saying this from an…