How many times do you press the snooze button before you get up in the morning, putting off the inevitable getting out of bed and starting the day to the last minute possible?
Having just a little too much time in bed before emerging and then having to rush.
Ignoring your grumbling tummy, contemplating if you can get away without showering, your hair sulking and hoping no one notices that you didn't iron your clothes.
Mornings - love 'em or hate 'em, every day has one, so if you're not a morning person, starting every day feeling tired, grouchy, grumpy, stressed and rushed will have a significant impact on your day.
So if you are more of an owl than a lark, keep reading because I'm going to share 13 ways to make your mornings a delight.Read more...
'Have you seen the news today, mum?' said my son.
My heart sank - what now? What new horror has happened in the world?
Today, I watch the news in disbelief, my head swimming as I hear about a truck being deliberately driven into innocent people in Nice, just the latest of a series of horrendous acts of terror, civil unrest and war.
How can I possibly cope with more horror?Read more...
Being rejected is a bummer. I mean, it's a slap on the face, a kick in the teeth and leaves you feeling lost, abandoned and deserted.
How do I know?Read more...
If someone bumps into you and you hear yourself say sorry, then this post is for you!
Apologising means we are acknowledging our faults or shortcomings, or admitting blame. If we are at fault then apologising is definitely the thing to do.
But over apologising is saying sorry when you haven't done anything wrong.
Why are you ready to accept blame or responsibility so readily? And what are the consequences? I'll tell you...Read more...
Yesterday, I was almost force fed cake.
Okay, there may be worse ways to go. But if you've ever been visiting someone and having coffee, and they offer you cake, you'll know how difficult saying no to people can be.
I'm not a big fan of cake and I just didn't want any but it seems refusing cake is simply not an option
I was brought up to be polite, and I bet you were too. Saying please and thank you, excuse me and may I. Be respectful, don't offend, don't be cheeky.
So when I am offered cake at a friends house and I don't want it, I very politely decline:
'Would you like some cake, Jane?'
'No, thank you' I say. Text book manners. My mum would be so proud.
But then this happened!Read more...
This is a quote from a TV programme:
'The truth is like a toothbrush - you only share it with people you trust'.
And I thought 'Eew!! I'd NEVER share a toothbrush! EVEEERRRRR!!!!!!'
But some people do, and they don't mind doing it!
Which is fine, we're all different, and we all have different boundaries. The trick is KNOWING those boundaries and enforcing them, so when someone visits me and has forgotten their toothbrush, they will get a firm 'EEW NO - GROSS!!!!!' when they ask to borrow mine!
Knowing how I feel about sharing my toothbrush is clear, but how do I work out other boundaries in life?Read more...
Do you know what 'hump day' is? Well, it's Wednesday, but affectionately referred to as hump day because it signifies the weekend is in sight.
Imagine the week as a hill:
Monday and Tuesday are a hard, uphill slog - recovering from the weekend, getting out of bed early and going back to a life of work and responsibility, duty and obligation, restraint and professionalism and being a grown up, all heavy lifting and seriousness.
But Wednesday is when you reach the peak of the hill and can look around and the weekend's in sight! Now, it's all downhill to the weekend, and easy stroll and the promise of a rest. Read more...
We see lot's of inspirational quotes on social media. Sometimes, they are of thought provoking messages, like:
Which is true - if you put yourself last, others are likely to put you last too.
Should people respect you and hold you in high esteem anyway? Yes. Do they? Nah, so you need to show them how it's done, and that you won't accept anything less
But some that don't seem to have been thought through properly, and can have the opposite effect and make people feel worse.
There's a new guy at school. He's lonely and desperate for friends but a bit shy and awkward, but his parents are wealthy - let's call him Richy Rich. He uses his money to buy friends, giving sweets, gifts, paying for things, buy buy buy, and giving too much.
The result? Richy has more people around him.
But are they friends? What if the money dries up, will they return the favor and share what they have?Read more...
Well, it would give me clues about your age, your past, what your parents may have liked, whether you are a happy person, a deep person, an angry person or a fun person.
And when meeting someone new, discovering you like the same music is a great way to connect.
There's something about music, isn't there, that speaks to the soul. It reflects our mood, and it affects our mood with almost mystical properties.
How can you use this to your advantage?Read more...