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They are Christian…

I’m quite private about my Christianity, aside of this blog at any rate, I don’t talk to people about it and I think a lot of that stems from the fact there is still a part of me that is embarrassed to be a Christian. I have spoken about that at length here and here, […]

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Making friends as an adult

I moved to Essex about ten years ago and I didn’t know anyone here aside from my husband’s family. A few years ago I realised I was lonely, I didn’t have any local friends. I don’t have kids, so the usual meeting people at the playground didn’t happen for me. When I joined my band, […]

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Going deeper

At the end of last year I passed my grade 6 flute, which I am very proud of. When I joined my band I was grade three, and January marked the start of my fourth year in the band. In the exams I do – ABRSM – you have to take Grade 5 theory before […]

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Dabbling in hobbies

I’ve always had lots of things on the go and I am always attracted to learning something new. I’ve finally realised that it is ok for me to try things out and see if I like them, and I love doing ‘taster’ sessions of new skills and crafts. I may take them up for a […]

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The power of a good question

The thought of sharing this feels me with fear somewhat. This maybe one of the times when I need to listen to Brene Brown, that she only shares her vulnerabilities when she is done processing them. But I process by writing, and so, here I go. A friend of mine is a coach and she […]

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Vulnerability and blogging

I haven’t shared posts for a few days (there is generally a bit of a lag between when I write and post, so you will have seen a few posts after the gap). The reason is that I got a vulnerability hangover even before I shared the posts. I questioned why am I doing this, […]

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Making space for the divine

Like so many things I feel if I could just get this right, find the right formula for making space for the divine to come into my life then all will be well. But like so many things there is no perfect formula. And even if there were, daily life would get in the way […]

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Odious comparisons

A friend recently congratulated me on swimming for 40 minutes. I replied! Hmm, it’s nothing compared with what it used to be She immediately gave a personal example of what she used to be able to do (super impressive!), and then went onto say companions are odious. How right she is and how easy this […]

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Be you

I’m beginning to think the key to a happy life is surrender. Everything is easier when you surrender to where you are now and how you are, rather than fighting to change it. My illness got a lot easier to cope with, and indeed get better from (not cured, but a vast improvement from my […]