What happens when a person decides to let their life decisions be guided by a self-help book, and not just one book, but the principles of one self help book per month for a year? Well, that’s exactly what Marianne Power did, and she documents the moving, and oftentimes funny journey of self-discovery in her book, called Help Me!
So, what got Marianne started on this quest in the first place?
Well, she was feeling ‘stuck in a rut’; she was single, home was a rented room in London, and she was constantly broke! Then several years ago, whilst nursing quite the hangover, she had the idea to explore self-help books and then write up her experience via a blog. This was not a big leap for her as she was already a freelance journalist. The blog got under way in 2014, and it wasn’t long before its garnered interest from book publishers, but Marianne didn’t say yes at first, trusting her gut instinct that the timing was too soon – maybe the self-help was paying off! But eventually she did strike a deal, with the publishing house Picador, and it is probably no surprise that she felt so comfortable with them, as they also were responsible for turning Helen Fielding’s column for the Independent into Bridget Jones Diary. There have of course been plenty of comparisons and parallels drawn between Marianne as being the modern-day version of a Bridget Jones character. (more…)
Whatever life stage you are at, deciding that you are ready to date is a big step. It is inevitable that you will have some nerves about meeting someone new. If you have been off the dating scene for some time, you are probably wondering if anything has changed since you last did it! All of these feelings are completely normal, but it is great to take a few steps, to calm your nerves, so that you can enjoy dating for the fun experience it should be.
Tips to follow for calmer dating (more…)
Interpreting dreams is something that can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Egypt, at that point messages received via dreams were believed to be supernatural communications, something that should be considered a ‘divine intervention’.
Of course, today we know that dreams can be a jumble of things that have happened in our day, people we have met, literally our dreams and desires for the future, as well as thoughts our sub-conscious minds are trying to get us to hear.
When you wake up, you may often think to yourself ‘that was a weird dream’, but there are in fact many common components to dreams, that many of us will experience in our lifetime. (more…)
Trust is a really important part of any relationship, whether it is of a romantic nature, with a family member, friend or even work colleague.
When that trust has been broken, you will likely feel all manner of emotions from hurt, betrayed to angry and confused. You may even start to look at all of your relationships in a different light, and wonder how you can trust again, especially when it comes to new people in your life.
If you have had your trust broken, then it can be helpful to have some strategies to cope with the situation: (more…)
Whatever your relationship status, there are ways to enjoy and celebrate the ultimate ‘love’ holiday – Valentine’s Day!
Receiving hand written correspondence has always been special, but nowadays it is even more so, as we spend so much time engaging via electronic means.
This Valentine’s Day why not send ‘love letter’s’ to your partner, family and friends by way of expressing what they mean to you all year round, not just during the Valentine’s period.
Hand written notes, are very personal, you have taken time to choose stationary and a pen to write with. The person gets to see the style of your hand writing. Messages are normally well thought out, but raw and honest – as there is no going back with a delete button. (more…)
For those of you that have explored yoga, but found that the more spiritual elements of the exercise didn’t suit, then it is worth taking a look at Pilates.
Making Room for Pilates
It maybe that you already have an exercise routine in place, whether that is cycling, swimming, football, HITT training etc, but research suggests that it is a good idea for both recovery and injury prevention to round out your fitness regime with a weekly class in something like Yoga or Pilates.
Pilates, is in itself a complete exercise method, it was named for the developer Joseph Pilates; born in Germany Joseph suffered ill-health as a child that left him distorted and frail. He was determined to overcome his disabilities, and studied Eastern and Western exercise approaches and would later move to England and have jobs as a circus performer, boxer and self-defence instructor. (more…)
Having house-plants had fallen out of favour in recent times, but now retro plants and having plants indoors is making a comeback.
It maybe that this bringing greenery inside trend has come about more from an interiors and design perspective, but in fact there are many reasons why having plants in the home can be good for your health. (more…)
Decorating your home with candles, can be the perfect way to add a welcoming warmth to anyone visiting and of course for yourselves. There are now so many candles readily available to buy, from fragranced, to shapes, to a whole range of colours, that it can be difficult to know how to display them to best effect.
Where to put them
Candles offer a versatile decorating tool, you can use them to style a dining table, a fire mantlepiece, on kitchen countertops, on bookcases, a sideboard, hallway console tables – the places are endless. (more…)
If you think about the Christmas period, it is just jam-packed with traditions. Most likely you have incorporated many of the traditions that your parents had in their homes when you were growing up.
But sometimes doing Christmas, or just the season in general the exact same way that you have always done, can be a bit anti-climactic, and for the women it can often be a stressful and exhausting time.
So, why not try shaking up your old traditions:
• Why not try setting out something different for Santa and the reindeers. If you don’t like mince-pies, carrots and sherry – then make it brandy and cookies, or chocolate and gin/tonic!
• If you always open your presents before breakfast, then why not extend the suspense and open them after the Queens speech… (more…)
I have to confess that I love sending cards, whether it is birthday cards, thank you cards, new home cards or Christmas cards. I like everything about the process, the occasion it is celebrating, picking a card that suits that person, and sending it off with good wishes.
But the advent of modern technology, has meant that more and more people rely on electronic communications to send their good tidings. There are some good reasons for this, environmentally there is paper and card, some of which can’t be recycled, postage costs, as well as the time and effort it takes, when we are ever increasingly feeling crunched for time. (more…)