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Hiring a Bristol Yo Bike – is it cheaper than the gym?

This is about my first adventure with a Yo Bike. I do own a pushbike. It was my present to myself on my 40th birthday and it was built by the very lovely John the Bike who is no longer with us.  He measured my legs, looked at how I used a bike and carefully sourced me loads of second …

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What to do with a veg box in April

Every week I get a vegetable box delivered and I find myself staring at it thinking, ‘what can I do with all this veg?’ To save myself the agony next year I’m writing down my ideas every month. It is turning into a seasonal food diary and the little bit of planning is saving me lots of stress. This is …

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How can I make time for myself when I should be doing other things?

  A couple of questions came up in the less-stuff Facebook group about making time. “How can I create time for working on my mental health when all other matters feel more pressing?” “How can I make time when I keep being asked to do things like form filling and change electricity suppliers and stuff?” This post is about how …

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How to have a perfect mindful camping holiday

I call my car an escape pod, and the most frequent escapes  are for an overnight camping trips. Staying away for longer involves cat sitters, worrying if the fat one has taken his medicine and if the little one has done a dirty protest in a very inconvenient place. An overnight camping trip restores me and recharges me for a …

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Trigg Life Mapper – Journal review 3 months into the year

When Nero’s Notes aka Pocket Notebooks became site sponsors they asked me if I would like anything to review. I begged them to send me a Trigg Life Mapper after the Procrastination Coach got one. I had a serious dose of journal envy from day one. [adrotate banner=”11″]   I’ve already written a little bit about how I’ve used the …

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March 2018 – life audit

What I’ve been doing and enjoying this month. A record to keep me on track of what I’ve done and what I want to do. Reading: Nothing, I have forgotten how to read. I can barely read a magazine article without checking Facebook so I’m trying to keep Sundays social media free. Learning: Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle and His Successors and …

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Get away from your online social networks

  If you are trying to have a break from Facebook etc, and stuck for something to do or watch – here are some ideas: Something creative – gardening from leftovers Something you can change now – your body language shapes who you are Connect with someone – Can you meet someone for a coffee today? If not, phone someone, …

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Try these alternatives to social media

  Here are some ideas for different things to do today to keep you away from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Just for a change! Something to do – Cook something different with very few ingredients. 34 Insanely Simple Two Ingredient Recipes has some ideas that are sheer genius. Do you have peanut butter and bananas? You could have Peanut …

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3 ways to slow down when you write

Why slow down? Most days I turn the computer on to a hundred or so emails, despite my control methods to stop junk mail. I check Facebook to be met with a barrage of things that need my attention. Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest all lure me to gather more information and ideas and occasionally the phone rings with more pulls …

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Will being ethical make you happy?

In 7 months time I’m going back to college to start a MA in design. I did my degree about 25 years ago so I’m a little worried that my brain is rusty. I’ve been dipping into some research for another book about gentle decluttering over the last year though and one google link after the next led me to …

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Will making your bed every day make you happier?

I don’t often make my bed properly. I aim to, but there is usually a cat on it when I’m in a bed making mood so I leave it all undisturbed. I love the feeling of smooth clean sheets though and when a friend reminded me of this video I thought it would make a good mini challenge. Adm. McRaven …