It is the summer of 1976 - one of the hottest I have ever known. I am 19 years old, and personal secretary to a genial grey-haired transport specialist at the Department of the Environment who is counting the days to retirement. I have been doing this job since I left school at 18. It’s comfortable and undemanding, with a reasonable salary. I have no cause to imagine that my career will not … [Read more...] about Suddenly One Summer
Having flogged myself by sticking to a post-a-day regimen for the first few months of 2012, this year I’m adopting a kinder, less-is-more attitude to blogging in the hope of cultivating a Bowie-esque mystique. Well, that’s my excuse, anyway. However, now we have had the first new moon of the year, I am feeling a little more focused. This is where 2013 begins - a year that seems less burdened by … [Read more...] about Integrate this: let everyday joy be unconfined
Can you think of a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2012? It can be anything you want - tangible or intangible, a thought, feeling or object. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you. One Little Word is the brainchild of Ali Edwards, a designer, blogger and author who creates scrapbooks from words and pictures (www.aliedwards.com). “A single … [Read more...] about Can one little word change your life?
Yesterday I was talking about Eddie Izzard and the art of living big. You may have asked yourself the question, what would my Big Life look like? If that seems overwhelming, start smallish and work up. Start by doing an assessment of your life in 2011 - what went well and what didn’t? What would you like your personal theme of 2012 to be? It could be a tune, a photograph, a painting, a quote, … [Read more...] about How to create a bespoke future