The present – it’s a gift.


This is so true, it’s scary. There’s no denying that we’re all guilty of it, so consumed with what’s next, what else is there, what the ‘future’ will hold, always striving for something new, something better, waiting for life to begin, that we tend to forget that this is it, our journey, it’s already happening!

I wonder if there ever comes a time where you just stop and think, ‘yes, this is it, I’m happy now,’ because I’ve never heard anyone speak about that time, but I’d love to think it exists.

I suppose, if we were ever going to just STOP for a minute and appreciate what we’ve got and how far we’ve come, it’s now, at Christmas, surrounded by the people we love, as another year draws to a close and a hopeful new one comes into view.

So if you don’t have another chance through the madness and festivities, just take a moment NOW, while reading this, to think about how far you’ve come this year, all the achievements and the memories you’ve made, the best times, and even the worst times and how you’ve learnt and grown from them.

The best thing is that if there are some things you didn’t quite get round to, a brand new year is just around the corner – your chance to make it the best one yet, full of new things and experiences and people, as well as all the lovely old ones too of course.

Sometimes it seems silly that just another day in the calendar can bring on such a ‘time to change’ attitude, but if nothing else, it just gives us hope that things will get even better. And let’s face it, if none of us had room for improvement, we’d all be perfect, and that would be terribly boring.

I feel like all the new things I did in 2013 were a complete realisation that actually if you do want to change and to open your mind to new experiences, you can. It’s only YOU that can do that, only you that can enrich your own life and mind and mood.

So, I’ve decided that 2014 will be the year I focus on the here and now, by doing something new, every month, and writing about it here. And hopefully, by focusing on that new experience, in that present month, it will lessen my thoughts about next month, my worries about the month after that, concerns about where I’ll be next year, or ten years from now, and all the other crazy little things about the future that unnecessarily fill my crazy little brain.

Because we all know life wasn’t made for worrying, but for living, today.


With the people we love…





sam and em


money can't buy

The Jolly Season

I’ve been out of action on here for a couple of weeks, my main excuse is that I’ve been throwing myself into Christmas festivities and making winter not so rubbish, like I promised myself I would. And, it’s been pretty stress-free so far, and dare I say, enjoyable!


I’ve done nearly all of my Christmas shopping online – with about 3 clicks and a delivery to my door, I can’t really complain. Any ‘real life’ shopping has been done at night when everywhere isn’t so busy and has been made into an occasion with dinners and drinks.


When it comes to decorating, tangled lights, arguments and more tangled lights spring to mind. So these days, I’ve taken more to the ‘sit back, drink tea and provide witty conversation’ approach. It seems to have worked out as a great approach so far, and it’s nice to sit back, drink tea and enjoy the pretty lights too.





It’s happened…a lot. But in January I’ll start paying my annual membership for the gym that I end up attending for a whole month and all will be well.



I’ve only gone and started on a couple of homemade gifts. Every year when December hits, I decide I’m going to get crafty, so with all good intention I buy the product and then find it in a cupboard 6 months’ later ready to be binned while I formulate my next bright idea. But this year, though a small effort, just in time for a Christmas craft fair, I had a reason to get my crafty act together and made some hot chocolate jars.


Gift Tag

What you need:                               Finishing touches:

1 Kilner Jar                                      1 Mini Chocolate Grater

                            Marshmallows                                1 Mini Wooden Spoon/Metal Whisk

Hot Chocolate Powder                Gift Tag with Instructions

So as you can see, after all my dreading of the cold, dark holiday – I’m getting stuck in and being jolly, and the best bit is that we’re only half way through!