I grow chillies and tomatoes in the summer. I don’t use plant-food or follow any fancy gardening tips. I just put them in sunlight and water them daily. I believe we should treat our bodies in a similar way.
I’m a deep-thinking INFJ, if personality types float your boat.
After years of trying to meditate, and not being very consistent, I now meditate every day, for 10 minutes. Sometimes, during these 10 minutes, I want to rip my head off. Other times, it feels like a massage for my mind and has changed the way I think about things. You can read more about how I finally created the habit of daily meditation here.
I eat mostly plant-based food (this means no animal products at all). No, I don’t miss bacon. Yes, I really miss cheese.
E.T. terrifies me. I wrote a blog post about it in 2011 and unknowingly created an online hub for people from all over the world to connect and share their own fear of E.T.
I used to run ultra-marathons, but then, well, there was a trampoline and a very swollen, injured ankle and ultra marathon running has been off the table ever since. And so I taught myself to swim (after spending 20 years telling myself, and anyone who’d listen, that I hated swimming). In 2016, I trained for, and completed a 5-mile lake swim and now genuinely love swimming. My big life lesson: Try new things.
I love all kinds of music, but Brandi Carlile is my favourite singer of all time. Whenever I need to know where my soul is, I listen to this.
I believe in saying yes more and doing things even though I’m scared.
I spend some of my time transcribing the 200-year old diaries of Anne Lister, as part of a voluntary project with the West Yorkshire Archives. There’s something magical about being one of the first people, in over 200 years, to see and read her words and bring them back to life.
When I see lots of feathers on the ground, I feel sad. It’s like I’ve stepped into an FBI bird murder scene.
I’m glad you found your way here.
My favourite poet, Mary Oliver, once wrote, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
And I’m wondering what your answer is.