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when spider visits

August 21, 2019

This tiny spider has been exploring my workspace all morning and, watching her work, I feel an overwhelming sense of futility & loss. I look around & cannot see any green space to move her to. I remember what is outside & realised it’s more paving slabs, more tarmac, more concrete & steel, and now I’m filled with an overwhelming sense of sadness. I move the spider to a handrail outside in the hope she’ll find her way, but it’s…

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the promises I make to myself

August 1, 2019

When I wrote this poem I would tell you that the land spoke to me that night. I would tell you she wrote to tell me to keep the promises I make to myself. To start small. To not give up on myself. My heart wanted to explore Europe, my head said this is not possible. My head said: Know Your Place. But I began to make these small promises to myself: that I would learn to listen to heart…

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I take responsibility for who I am

June 11, 2019

Revisiting some earlier sections of OUTSIDER this week before the new Patreon chapter drops on Thursday morning. Back in March 2018 I wrote: I am mother, partner, daughter, step-mother, granddaughter & grandmother, (these last two seem impossible but the five of us span almost a century) and it has taken a long time to see past the guilt of needing more than this, of being more than this. I realise now that I am not solely these things, they are…

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Happiness is a state of mind

May 23, 2019

As much as Instagram might want to prove otherwise, Vanlife isn’t all syrupy sunsets and myth-filled forests of giants. We spent yesterday day & night in this camping superstore car park near Magenta, Italy surrounded by other vans, facing a noisy, traffic-filled roundabout. It made me think on the phrase: happiness is a state of mind. It doesn’t really matter where you are or who you’re with, if you’re not happy in yourself then you’re going to find things to…

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Tuning in

March 22, 2019

This week the moon illuminated something I’d already known for a long time, it was just hidden under the surface: I am learning to eat out of love for my body, instead of hatred, or worse, indifference. This is a huge revelation. I ask my stomach (instead of my head) ‘what would we like today?’ I say to my body, ‘I love you and want to look after you’. I’ve been reading more about Body Positivity and am trying to…

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Resetting the psyche

March 18, 2019

There’s no telling when an emotional slump will hit. These days I feel more able to root out the cause but it’s often not a single event, instead a few tiny insignificant things will collide in the psyche at the same time then snowball. Living slowly means I’m not hurtling into another project or drama or deadline without the time to check in with myself, which is the most amazing self-care self-gift. We’ve had a magical few days but still,…

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Olive tree insights

March 10, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about connections recently – how we make them, or break them, especially with the earth. One of the things I’ve struggled with is worrying that the ways in which I connect with nature are not the ‘proper ways’ and that I ‘should’ (there’s that word again 🤦🏻‍♀️) be doing it x y or z instead of whatever comes naturally. Shamanic drumming and the journeying used by these processes don’t work for me (fuck knows I’ve…

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Ceremony for letting go: last quarter moon (release)

January 28, 2019

When I could no longer hold onto anger / I sought release / how do you move away from something that has shaped you for so long it is part of your physical being? / shoulders hunched, I sit at sunset & watch the death of the day / bare feet flat on cold earth / womb heavy with blood / heavy with containment / heavy with all the things I should have said: it is not my fault; I…

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Self acceptance

December 5, 2018

  Watching the world go by… I haven’t posted many photos of myself on here in the past as maybe I felt that I needed to look thinner, or prettier, or taller, or have better cheekbones, or have more silky hair. But oddly, since turning 40 a couple of years ago I’ve found the confidence to just like what I look like – because that’s what I look like. This body has got me this far in life and she’s…

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shinrin-yoku

August 31, 2018

After a couple of days in Manchester I’m now leaving Andy and the hounds in north Wales and jumping on the train to South Wales for an event in Swansea tomorrow. I wanted to take time for some forest bathing in the woods we used to walk every day with our dogs before leaving. The Japanese call forest bathing shinrin-yoku. Shinrin means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” Ah! This makes my heart sing. I’ve shared so many poems, laughs and…

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