Category: My chaotic life

Does Failing make you a Failure?

Does failing make you a failure?

You will fail Not all the time but on many occasions, you will fail. I know there have been numerous times when I have entered the familiar dark arena of failure and been overcome with guilt, disgust, frustration, shame, sadness, guilt, despair, envy, jealousy, doubt and a multitude of other negative emotions. There...

Me, My Notebook and I

Me, My Notebook and I

As anyone who knows me will tell you, especially my husband, I have a real passion for stationery.  Put me in Staples or Paperchase for an hour and I am in my happy space. I have a huge array of notebooks and to be honest, most of them I bought...

Happiness when driving?

Can you achieve happiness when driving?

As you will know, I am attempting to become happy by being generous.  One of the first ideas I suggested towards achieving this was to let people pull out of junctions ahead of you and allowing them to pull into your lane. As I wrote the post I was convinced...

How to use generosity to achieve happiness

10 Tips On How To Use Generosity To Help Achieve Happiness

On Monday, I was fortunate enough to spend an Afternoon of Happiness in London.  This was an event organised by Action for Happiness and included a 1.5 hour chat with the Dalai Lama.  Now if that wasn’t inspirational enough, there were a number of other guest speakers, all of whom wanted us to be...

Half pound weight loss in a year

Sunday Sharing: Thinking Slimmer with Slimpod and public accountability

In one year of many attempts, I’ve lost the grand total of 0.5lb. During that year I’ve gained 1 stone, lost 1.5 stone, gained 1 stone, lost 0.5 stone … And so on. Over the last few months I’ve been looking into what works best for me. Being in Fitbit...

When Debs met Andy Burnham at Radio 5 Live

Last week, I was invited by Radio 5 Live to be part of their “Your Call” hour.  This time it was to be part of a panel of “the public” interviewing Andy Burnham before the big day tomorrow. This was a much more formal set up than the last time...

What does Participation look like as a diagram?

As I sat scrolling through Twitter a few weeks ago, I came across a conversation that set me thinking. Kath Evans (Head of Patient Experience at NHS England) was asking if people preferred an image showing “the ladder of participation” or “the circle of involvement”. Circle, Ladder or Venn? Initially...

#Thinkingslimmer with Slimpod

Too much on my plate? Or Just Enough and Thinking Slimmer?

A month or two ago, I mentioned I was using a Slimpod with Thinking Slimmer.  It has been a really interesting experiment. As you all know I have three children (with the grand total of 14 months between them) – one has ASD and hydrocephalus, one is blind and one has...

Thinking Slimmer - Effortlessly lose weight with a slumped (Chaos in Kent)

Diets do not work – Try Thinking Slimmer

Where did January go?  I cannot believe we are already in February, I am also sure that is a sign of getting old so let’s move quickly on. Everyone who knows me will know that I, like many women, have tried every diet there is.    Some diets have been...