Minimalism when life is challenging

Minimalism probably doesn’t seem as though it can fix all of the problems in the world, but it helps me immensely. By regularly considering my own values and beliefs, and the things that are important to me, I can alleviate some of my stress and worry. Modern life is challenging for most, and the concept…

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Why I dislike using the word ‘behavioural’

There is something about the word ‘behavioural’ that really irks me. For so long, I have had specialists and health professionals tell me that Ripley’s sleep issues are ‘behavioural’. Apart from some of it actually being completely normal (see the link to some studies), there is also a view that I am gradually becoming more…

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Giving yourself permission

One thing I think many women struggle with is permission to let go of things they don’t want, like or need. Many of us were brought up with parents who accumulated a lot of stuff and those parents have often kept ‘everything’ from your childhood so your children can one day play with it too….

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Knowing how to proceed

One of the most difficult challenges in my life at the moment is managing Ripley’s medical and allied health appointments. He has many people involved in his care: GP, Paediatrician, Allergist, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist for Feeding, Speech Therapist for Language, Gastroenterologist, Dietician and Haematologist. Beyond the obvious difficulty in managing our time and…

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Saying no

I am getting so much better at saying no. It requires a lot of effort for such a simple two letter word. I don’t want to be busy, I don’t feel any need to adhere to anyone elses expectations of how my life should be. I’m not a mirror to anyone elses life, and I…

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The aftermath; grief and loss

I have to admit that before Ripley was born I didn’t truly understand grief and loss. Of course I’d experienced things in life that left me suffering with grief; the loss of a pet, breakup with a boyfriend, loss of my beautiful Nan. But these situations the grief doesn’t compound as much with memories or…

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