• Zoe Asks – Sarah Bailey

    I asked “What top tip would you give to women, wanting to become the best version of themselves?” “When I was unwell and low a few years ago, I bought a pair of trainers and went for a run. Well run is probably stretching the definition somewhat. I actually did ‘Scout’s pace’ (something I’d learned as a kid… twenty paces walking, twenty paces of somewhat ungainly trotting)… I could keep it up for 12 minutes at least and when I calculated the ground I’d covered afterwards (to the Heath, round the running track and home again) I reckoned I’d run a mile. The thing is, my goal was so modest…

  • There Are Two Frogs…

    One is hopping along the bottom of a deep rut made by a tractor. The other sees him down there and shouts, “Hey! What are you doing down there? It’s much better up here, there is more food.” The other frog looks up. “I can’t get out.” “Let me help you.” says the other frog. “No leave me alone, I’m okay. There is plenty of food down here for me.” “Okay”, says the second frog. “But there is much more space up here to explore and move around.” “I’ve got all the space I need down here.” “But what about meeting other frogs?” “They come down here sometimes, otherwise I…

  • There’s a Hole in my Sidewalk

      One I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost . . . I am helpless. It isn’t my fault . . . It takes forever to find a way out.  Two I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in this same place. But it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.  Three I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it there. I…

  • The 5-4-3-2-1 Technique

    If you’re feeling anxious or worried, bring your attention back to the present moment with this simple grounding exercise. Notice the following around you:    5 things you can see  4 things you can feel  3 things you can hear  2 things you can smell    1 things you can taste   Love Zoe x

  • The Starfish Story

    A young girl is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along she sees an old man, walking slowly and stopping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean. “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” she asks “Because the sun is up and the tide is going out, if I don’t throw them further in they will die” “but old man don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it, you can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one tenth of…

  • Zoe Asks – Suzy Walker

    “What top tip would you give to women wanting to become the best version of themselves?” “Write in a journal every day. I’ve written a diary on and off since I was a child but when I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron 10 years ago, I was re-inspired. A book all about unleashing your creativity. One of the main tools of the 12 week ‘course’ is 3 pages of stream of consciousness writing first thing in the morning. It’s a habit that I’ve continued to this day. I think of it as free therapy. It allows you to vent, thrash out how you really feel about something before…

  • 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?

  • My Kind of Manifesto

    “Imagine a sisterhood , across all creeds and cultures . An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage each other. That we won’t seek to take advantage of another’s weakness, or sit in judgement of each other’s shortcomings. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we’ll assume that each of us is doing our best. That we will do the work to heal ourselves so that together we can create a more compassionate world.”  We – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel

  • Beauty Advice… Audrey Hepburn Style

    A favourite poem of Audrey’s, and one she often read to her children. “For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you’ll never walk alone. People even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed: never throw out anyone. Remember, if you need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older, you will discover that you have…