It’s National Volunteer Week and this year is the first time in over 18 years that I have not been involved with volunteering or organising something for volunteers. Last year doesn’t count because I was in Spain. You know me, I can't just sit on my hands, so when I saw the appeal go out … Continue reading Volunteering Makes Me Happy
Maria Angeles is my oldest female friend. My father, a Dutch Eurasian and her father, a Spaniard, worked for the United Nations and were both posted to Jerusalem. No, they were not military observers or troops, they were permanent staff of the United Nations. We met at Schmidt Girls College, a strict convent school run … Continue reading A Unique Friendship
On 26th May 1994, in the beautiful city of Darwin, amongst cool tropical breezes and gorgeous pink bougainvillea plants and frangipani scented air, a little precious bundle was born. At 3.20 in the afternoon a little girl came into the world. She was a very special girl, a princess! My Princess - a wonderful gift … Continue reading My Princess – 21 Today
Mother, Mummy, Mum – simple words to describe what is surely the most precious, challenging and important role for women who choose to have children. Mothers come in so many different guises, but no matter which one you take - step mothers, birth mothers, adoptive mother - all are custodians of miracles, marvellous little individuals … Continue reading A PERSPECTIVE ON MOTHERHOOD – first published in Darwin Life Magazine May 2012
I've been a bit busy since my return from Granada and not had much time for personal blogging. However, I have been busy writing for my clients and just written this article on Happiness, as part of a self-care series, which appeared on the Simple Meetings website. You may like to check it out. The … Continue reading Setting a course for happiness
I've dreamt of visiting Granada since I was a young girl reading novels set in the days of Muslim rulers, and then in the period of Isabella of Spain. My dream is finally coming true! Getting organised to make this trip has been no mean feat! Student timetables had to be rejiggled so I could … Continue reading Granada – here I come!
It's been almost 10 days since my last blog and some of you are probably wondering where I have vanished to! Well, I'm still here, very happily working on lots of exciting things so have not had time to do an update on all the latest adventures which have included having dear friends to stay, … Continue reading Yes…I’m still here!
The sun has gone on holiday. I've had to drag out the heater again, pile on jumpers and walk home in the rain - luckily I have a trusty brolly in my bag. Despite the gloomy weather this as been a brilliant day which stared with a lovely email from very dear friend (Susan) sharing … Continue reading Pleasures in simple moments
When I was a child a year seemed like an awfully long time. It was an unbearable wait till Christmas rolled around each year. At boarding school the terms seemed to drag on interminably whilst I counted down the days until school holidays. I think that's pretty normal for kids, approaching life with gusto, keen … Continue reading Living in the moment
"People will forget what you did, people will forget what you said, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou Some people are naturally happy. I’m fortunate to be one of those individuals who is generally optimistic and happy. For others, it's more difficult and that’s where small gestures can make … Continue reading Happiness