My Social Media Break

JoLifestyle

Relaxing in Stratford

What I’ve learned about me (and why it’s important to share) At the beginning of September I took an unplanned break from social media. The return to school for my children, secondary school visits and choices to be made for my eldest, selling my childhood home, and increasing working hours all played a part. I couldn’t keep up and I … Read More

Mid-week socialising? Meet School Night Gin.

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

School night gin front of bottle

The summer is here and this year with it, after a period of enforced abstinence, comes opportunity for social occasions. Like many others, I enjoy doing this not just at the weekend, but also sometimes during the week. Catching up with good friends over a glass of cool iced tonic with a splash of gin in my hand is just … Read More

The elusive work-life balance: Options for business travellers

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balance macro ocean pebbles

The term work-life balance is a popular one these days. The idea of having the perfect equilibrium between your professional and personal life has been at the forefront of many discussions, with people often talking about how they can find this elusive balance. This has arguably never been more important than now, as we start to see a slow but steady … Read More

Finding Your Way Back To Nature

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Woodland

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, and the focus this year is on nature. I give nature a huge dose of credit for helping myself and my family to move through the past 12 months relatively unscathed. If I look back through the course of the pandemic so far, thinking about the happy moments that we shared, it … Read More

5 Quick Wins For Saving Money

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Saving spelt out in magnetic letters

Somewhere between Brexit and the global Covid-19 pandemic, national short to medium term economic growth feels a little uncertain. You don’t need to delve far into the news to see that it is on the minds of businesses and individuals alike. Even without this nagging on our shoulder though, saving money for emergencies or just to boost a fun pot … Read More

All systems go: Improving Your Body’s Digestion

JoLifestyle

delicious poke bowl with vegetables and raw fish

My forties are fast approaching and, as they do, focusing on the health of my body is becoming more important than ever before. Considering what I do in terms of physical activity, how much sleep I get, and what I fuel my body with is vital to support a sense of healthy balance. It’s also important to think about some … Read More

Unforgotten women

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Great women - celebrating International Women's Day

International Women’s Day makes me think not only about the incredible women around the world, and huge achievements made often in the face of adversity, but also about those closer to home. Specifically, the women that I am related to. I find myself wondering about some of the stories that might have gone before me, the sacrifices, the dreams, and … Read More

Stepping Your Garden Into Spring

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Secateurs

The garden is, by and large, pretty dormant through the winter months. Many flowers have long since died away, fruit trees stand still, and shrubs create a calm spot for mini beasts to overwinter (we’ve found ladybirds hibernating in some of ours). That doesn’t mean that the gardening ceases altogether though. In fact, at this time of year, we can … Read More

Mindful Makers in Trying Times

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Mindful Makers Box

“The Mindful Makers Box is a monthly box of mindfulness designed to facilitate you in making connections to Nature, Art & Crafts and more importantly to yourself!” During lockdown, who doesn’t need a little self-care and a reminder to take some time out? I came across Nature Makers and their Mindful Makers Box courtesy of a friend, and they reached out … Read More