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How to be with your feelings

How to be with your feelings

To let go of emotional eating habits, we need to deal with our feelings differently. How? This month, do this very simple thing: Let feelings arise, and acknowledge them. And doesn’t that already feel better? Me: baby screams. Feeling: Guilt that I can’t soothe her. Feeling:…

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Snow, hail, rain, blue sky, wind bending the trees, clouds zooming. May you seize every sunbeam After scouring the internet for flights to Malaga and Tel Aviv, we’ve settled for celebrating Spring by taking the whippers for four nights in a shed in a nowhere…

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Welcome to the five star hotel of your life

Welcome to the five star hotel of your life

Reflections on hospital: It’s a wonderful feeling, to make yourself at home somewhere. And amazingly, you can do it almost anywhere – even on a ward We’re healthy again now. But while I was on the ward with my daughter, I wrote this: Nothing like a…

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Reflections on hospital: Shiny and renew

Reflections on hospital: Shiny and renew

We just came back from a spell in hospital. This is the first post in a series called Reflections on hospital, of the little lessons learnt on the ward We came out of hospital yesterday, after a week on the children’s ward. My seven-month-old baby…

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Learning gratitude

Learning gratitude

Thank you thank you thank you. And a free illustration you can send to someone! Thank you to everyone who commented and liked my animation. (If you haven’t, it’s not too late). Thanks for helping me on my way. For sharing me with your friends…

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Cesarian birth Q & A: What’s a C section really like?

Cesarian birth Q & A: What’s a C section really like?

What will a C section operation feel like? Smell like? Does it really take 5 minutes? Will the baby be shocked? Now I know the answers to all my cesarean questions What does an operating theatre look like? Two things shocked me about being in…

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Mindfulness walking meditation: Breathe where you live

Mindfulness walking meditation: Breathe where you live

Philip Cowell walks us round his London locale, and suggests six Mindfulness meditation experiments    London’s trendy old Brixton, it turns out, is a great place to breathe. I just went for a wander to see how mindful I could be. Here are six experiments to try…

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What’s on the horizon on Illustrated Guide to Life?

What’s on the horizon on Illustrated Guide to Life?

Apart from typos, that is? And breastmilk fountaining over my macbook pro keyboard? Oh – did I mention that I’m having a baby? Good blog! On the horizon, I’m going to have my hands a little full. But that doesn’t mean this little blog boat…

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Dear Spring,

Dear Spring,

Thunder. Then sun. Dust cloud. Fog. And the wind. Yes, you, Spring. You blow hot and cold. You’re very up and down. You’re a seasonal tease. One minute you’re whispering hocus pocus – and up! pops a crocus. And the next you shrug and say…

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Dear Gym, (part 2)

Dear Gym, (part 2)

The gym’s not top of my list. But it’s a place to go during this Winter pregnancy – and my heart needs it It’s me again. I know. As I promised in my letter earlier this week, I’m still thinking about you, you know. Just…

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