Something for the weekend

Something for the weekend |


No one gets to be a messiah: On quiet acts of kindness + the human reality (sometimes life does actually suck) — thank you for this, Meg

Literary Iceland revels in its annual ‘Christmas book flood’

The unexpected, exhilarating freedom of being single at 41

[video] Wes Anderson’s The Shining (so well done!)

“Working dad? Another manic morning? Why not wash your hair the night before to give you a little extra time?” — this Twitter feed is funny and also underlines the crap that women get fed

When I grow up I want to be Beatrix Ost

Friends doing lovely things: Ronna’s Sacred Readings  |  Sandi’s 100 Day Promise  |  Meghan’s retreat in Glastonbury (I might have to come say hi!)

This laptop folio | this amazing print

Losing my husband — and finding him again through a medium

[video] This might just replace my meditation practice


We’re coming for you 2016!

Here it is! The Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook, calendar + a free course to help you find your word for 2016! |


For the seventh (!!) year running it’s my very great pleasure to share the Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook and calendar with you. Have I mentioned how much I love this tradition of ours? This year I’ve been tickled to get so many emails asking if I was doing the workbook for 2016 — I LOVE that you guys love it as much as I do! So without any further ado, here it is:

Download the 2016 workbook HERE | download the 2016 calendar HERE


Here it is! The Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook, calendar + a free course to help you find your word for 2016! |


This year I’ve added a couple of new pages and updated some others, but I haven’t changed too much. For me, part of the fun is being able to look back over last year’s responses to see what did or didn’t come to pass. While I’m not much of a planner this kind of review seems to open me up to possibility. Reflecting on the year that’s passing is as important as plotting out steps for the next 12 months. I’m noticing that this year I’d quite like a workbook for my business as well, so I’ll be demo-ing that in my journal — if it’s helpful I’ll make an additional biz workbook next year…

If you haven’t picked a word for 2016 yet I’ve updated this slice of fried gold for you:


Here it is! The Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook, calendar + a free course to help you find your word for 2016! |


New year’s resolutions have never worked for me — in fact, I don’t know if they’ve ever really worked for anyone. They always sound like a list of rules that I know I will break. I’m not great with structure and schedules so it makes sense a list of rules resolutions would make me feel hemmed in. I need more s p a c e. I want to be inspired not instructed.

Choosing a word as a guiding light for the new year works for me because it feels so much more expansive. A word can be embraced as a mantra, a meditation, a reminder, a promise. A word can be interpreted in different ways. A word can’t be “broken” — it feels gentler somehow.


Here it is! The Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook, calendar + a free course to help you find your word for 2016! |


In the seven years I’ve been choosing a word for the year, my life has certainly changed for the better. Some of my previous words proved to be wildly empowering — BRAVE, EXPAND and OPEN were all dynamically useful words that helped me create change in my life. Other words have been less helpful: COMPASSION, for example, was a bit of a cop-out in 2011. This year’s word was NOURISH and it’s been the most supportive and nourishing — pun intended — word I’ve chosen so far. I’m excited to see how my word for 2016 tops that!

The more I do this practice the more I understand why it’s such a valuable thing to do each year. I also know that sometimes we need a hand uncovering our just-right word, so I created Find Your Word to help you find YOUR word for 2016.

Head over to this page to get started — it’s completely free, of course!




Something for the weekend

Covent Garden |


Some thoughts and musings about making things for the web

Love this festive desktop wallpaper

This is just brilliant

Why we need more stories of female friendships that end

50 short tips for great writing

Hidden under clothes

How to hygge

“Loving an extrovert is a lesson in terror.”

This necklace | this tote | these colouring journals

Ghetto Tarot

[video] The reason we all love Adele

And finally, the Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook for 2016 will be here next week! xo

December Reflections returns!

December Reflections, 2015 |


Well, for a minute there I didn’t think this was going to happen, but it is, it’s here! Welcome back December Reflections, 2015!

Inspired by The August Break, I instigated December Reflections last year as a gentle way to close out the year while having fun doing it in community. As ever I’ve compiled a list of photo prompts we can shoot, though I also think these will work really well as journaling prompts, too, should you be so inclined :)

This project has no real rules – the idea is to simply take a photograph every day(ish) for the whole of December. That’s it. Pause, look around you and shoot what you see. Reflect on how the year’s gone down. Enjoy a bit of mindful creativity in the run up to the new year.

You can use any camera. You could shoot every day or every other day or just on weekends. You can share your photos or just enjoy taking them without sharing. You can follow along with the prompts or just do your own thing. You can join in at any time.

Anything goes, loves!


December Reflections, 2015 |


There are several ways we can gather together as a community:

1. Share your photos on Instagram using the #DecemberReflections hashtag

2. Add your photos to the December Reflections 2015 Flickr group

3. Add your blog to our blog roll (over HERE) so we can all find new blogs to read!

I haven’t created a Facebook group for DR simply because there will be one for Find Your Word (more on that very soon!) so let’s just enjoy taking our photos and hang out on Instagram and Flickr, yeah? Let’s keep it simple.

We start on Tuesday! xo