• Serenity

    “God grant me the serenityTo accept the things I cannot change;Courage to change the things I can;And wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr I’m sure you already know this beautiful prayer, although it’s so easy to forget, especially when life starts to get batshit! Serenity is defined as ‘the state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled’ and for me, it’s the Holy Grail of emotional states.  So when life’s stressful and  feeling out of your control, take some time to remember the prayer of Serenity, close your eyes, drop your shoulders and breathe. Remember it’s not about freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm, and who doesn’t…

  • Butterflies

    People talk about caterpillars becoming butterflies as though they just go into a cocoon, slap on wings, and are good to go. Caterpillars have to dissolve in a disgusting pile of goo to become butterflies. So if you’re a mess wrapped up in blankets right now… keep going. Jennifer Wright

  • Instructions On Not Giving Up

    More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out of the crab-apple tree, more than the neighbour’s almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving their cotton candy-coloured blossoms to the slate sky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the trees that really gets to me. When all the shock of white and taffy, the world’s baubles and trinkets, leave the pavement strewn with the confetti of aftermath, the leaves come. Patient, plodding, a green skin growing over whatever winter did to us, a return to the strange idea of continuous living despite the mess of us, the hurt, the empty. Fine then, I’ll take it, the tree seems to say, a…

  • The Wolves Within

    An old Cherokee Chief was teaching his Grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he told the young boy, “A terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil, full of anger, sorrow, regret, greed, self-pity and false pride. The other is good, full of joy, peace, love, humility, kindness and faith.” “This same fight is going on inside you Grandson… and inside of every other person on Earth.” The Grandson ponders this for a moment and then asks, “Grandfather, which wolf will win?” The old man smiled and simply said, “The one you feed” Which wolf are you feeding?

  • Zoe Asks – Lee McKenzie

    I asked “What top tip would you give to women, wanting to become the best version of themselves?” I always have an Arthur Ash quote with me on my laptop, phone, in my notes and it is… “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation”. I subscribe to that in all I do, work or play! If you have researched a person for an interview, it fits. If you have planned an outfit or had your hair done for a date or a night out with the girls, it fits. The busier you are the more you need to be prepared. Take away the…

  • Bird by Bird

    This always helps me when I feel overwhelmed… Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilised by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'” Anne Lamott…

  • Own It

    Confidence is contagious both inside and out – it makes us beautiful. It is the form of expression that shows we fully accept who we are… It is owning it! Diane Von Furstenberg