Joylist

God knows after 2020 we could all use a new year in general but I’ve never been a fan of New Year or New Year’s resolutions. Too much pressure and focus on what we SHOULD do (be thinner, be fitter, be more accomplished bleugh!) and not enough focus on what Read more…

The joy of reading

Love absolutely everything about this story. Imagine discovering the joy of reading when you’re old enough not to take it for granted! I still remember the excitement of realising I could take 6 books out of the library EVERY WEEK if I wanted to. Reading is a gift – bloody Read more…

Adopt a business week 2

The Ostrich, Harbourside, Bristol. It feels like the pandemic’s reimagining of the word ‘pivot’ was designed to fit the Ostrich, Just months after a swanky refurb to their upstairs dining room we were in lockdown. In response, the Ostrich completely revamped an outdoor area already blessed by beautiful harbourside views, Read more…

Adopt a business week 1

The Plough, Easton, Bristol. If ever a business was resolutely on the right side of covid history it’s The Plough. They spent their lock down bringing the local community together by coordinating volunteers to deliver fresh veg baskets to those in need. Once they could reopen they somehow managed to Read more…

Rejection skirt

Absolutely love this! Career change and setting up a business are pushing all my ‘don’t do it wrong’ buttons so seeing Caitlin Kirby in her ‘rejection skirt’ really fired me up. As a teacher I frequently told my pupils, ‘getting things wrong always leads to learning’ but walking the walk Read more…

You’re welcome

Maybe it’s the rain, maybe it’s the news that Bristol is moving to the wildly inventive Tier 1+ (what?) but I feel in need of a photo of a llama kissing a baby alpaca.

World Mental Health Day

My tip for good mental health on World Mental Health Day 2020 is staying connected. Yesterday I joined a project run by Age UK and My Life offering free coaching to older people to help them build confidence and make connections. Today I’ll be learning something new with one of Read more…

Hope is a discipline

I needed to hear Mariame Kaba describe hope as a ‘discipline’ this morning after having listened to a litany of injustice on the news. Remembering that timelines for change can be long and that we are just a tiny cog in the wheel feels such a relief in current times.