Sorry I’ve been away….I had the winter blues!

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I wrote my blogs. All four of them were totally neglected in October and November. I just didn’t feel like I had anything inspiring to say. I had the blues – I don’t know why. Nothing bad had happened, but I was lacking my favourite feeling: enthusiasm.

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Have you really thought about what you’re eating?

I’ve been thinking a lot about food recently and it all started with a man I met over breakfast at a conference. “You should give up refined sugar,” he told me, and I had to bite my lip to stop myself from saying, “You should give up telling strangers what they should do!” I hate unsolicited advice. Who did he think he was? But I’m now eternally grateful to him…

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How much of your life are you living on automatic pilot?


This is my route home from work: the M62. As motorways go, it’s beautiful, cutting  through Saddleworth Moor. But often I arrive home and I can’t really remember how I got there. I’ve driven on automatic pilot, my mind not really tuned in to what I’m doing as I mull over the day or listen to the radio. And now I’m wondering: how much of my life do I live on automatic pilot?

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Finding inspiration after a period of feeling very uninspired!

As I wrote in my last post, I’ve felt particularly uninspired recently. All my projects, that usually fill me with enthusiasm, have left me feeling uninspired and rather empty. The result: I’ve been a bit of a couch potato, watching far too much TV. Usually a bit of a waste of time in my opinion. But one of those programmes, came made me feel inspired again. Continue reading

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How do I find my inspiration again? What should I do when I simply don’t feel inspired?

There’s been very few blog posts recently. Reasons? 1. I’m ill. 2. I’m busy at work. 3. I simply don’t feel inspired. I’m not sure why: perhaps the approaching winter or the fact there’s not been much sunshine recently? So I’m wondering, “How do I find my inspiration again?” I can think of three possible ideas – but I’d love to know your thoughts? Continue reading

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Time, time, time – where does it go? Why do I never have enough?

OK, you might have noticed a distinct lack of blog posts recently and that’s down to one thing: time. I never seem to have enough. I don’t have time to tidy my bedroom which, quite frankly, looks like it belongs to a teenager, not a forty something woman. My daily runs have become weekly runs. My latest book sits unproof-read on my computer. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the things I’d like to do. So an article about time management in an old church magazine caught my attention recently…

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Safe haven for the lost

Another story from Daniel O’Leary’s book, Unmasking God.  On a dangerous stretch of coast where shipwrecks often occurred, there was once a small lifeboat station. It consisted of just one hut, one boat, a makeshift lighthouse and a few devoted members who kept a constant watch over the sea. Many lives were saved.

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Another update on my list of 100 Dreams….

When I started Inspired! nearly two years ago, one of my first posts was about Laura Vanderkam’s book 168 Hours and how it had inspired me to write a list of 100 Dreams. I only posted 93 of my dreams online – about 7 of them were too personal to share with the whole world! You can see the whole list here: So have I managed any of them? Continue reading

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OK so it’s not Christmas but I love this story ….

During a bit of cheating on silent retreat (I’m not supposed to read!), I read part of Daniel O’Leary’s book, Unmasking God. I particularly loved this story: Shock Waves of Bethlehem. OK, so it’s not Christmas right now but there’s only 133 shopping days to go…. And it’s a lovely story at any time of the year!

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A little report on my recent silent retreat

I want to tell you about my silent retreat at St Beunos, but I don’t know how to do it justice. I packed a mountain of stuff to take with me: clothes to wear, art projects, my running kit, a deckchair to sit in the sun, my computer and a few books. I also packed my problems. I brought the clothes, art, running kit, deckchair, computer and books home. I feel as if I left the problems there.

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