A New Page, A New Day

By Michelle Mclean ‘Another notebook?’ my friend rolled her eyes as I ran my fingers over the soft covers. We were in a quirky gift shop and I had naturally gravitated towards the stationary section. Later that day I put my new purchase in a cupboard alongside the rest of the stationary I’ve collected over…… Continue reading A New Page, A New Day

On Finding My Spiritual Self

By Michelle Mclean Crystals. Meditation. Vision Boards. Tarot. Yoga. Journaling. Prayer. Reiki. Breathwork. Fasting. Retreats. Law of attraction. You name it, I’ve probably tried it as part of my journey to become more spiritual. It’s cliched but I use the word journey deliberately. I went from one thing to another, in a constant state of…… Continue reading On Finding My Spiritual Self

Comfortable With The Uncomfortable

By Michelle Mclean I was recently asked to be part of an Instagram Live series called Women Who Write, a month-long celebration of World book Day and International Women’s Day. I have never been involved with a ‘live’ before and I don’t like being videoed, so my natural response was to quickly close the email…… Continue reading Comfortable With The Uncomfortable

An Alternative to Resolutions

By Michelle Mclean There is something about this time of year that has always prompted introspection and reflection. Last Christmas this was particularly prevalent, as the impact of Covid-19 had changed the way we lived and for many, changed what we prioritised. There was increased talk of #bekind, looking after each other and spending time…… Continue reading An Alternative to Resolutions

Permission to Pause

How often do you daydream? I mean really, truly getting lost in your thoughts and drifting off for a while? In a recent article in Psychologies Magazine they covered the idea of soft fascination. This is where we balance periods of intense focus with periods of less intensity. It is giving ourselves permission to pause.…… Continue reading Permission to Pause

Forty

It’s my fortieth birthday this month. People have been politely calling it my ‘big ‘birthday so perhaps I’m only supposed to whisper it or just not mention the number at all. Forty. FORTY. FORTY! Sorry, not sorry. Each birthday is a blessing. I’m grateful every time I get to see another one but especially this…… Continue reading Forty

Root to Rise

Despite having a regular yoga practise, I had a frustrating half an hour on my yoga mat early this morning. I was unsteady and I wobbled the entire time. Even in Tadasana (mountain pose), which is standing still with both feet on the ground, I found it difficult to maintain good balance. There is a…… Continue reading Root to Rise

Study Tips For Students

This summer I graduated from the Open University having studied Creative Writing and English Literature on their Open Degree pathway. Like so many who opt to study with the OU, I did so because of the flexibility it offered. I’ve since been reflecting on how that flexibility worked for me in practice around my commitments…… Continue reading Study Tips For Students

The Wim Hof Method: I Tried It And Survived!

By Adrian Mclean I was intrigued by the subtitle of Wim Hof’s book  ‘Activate Your Potential, Transcend Your Limits’ and also by a man who is comfortable sitting in ice cold temperatures in his pants! I don’t do well in the cold so I was open to ‘transcending’ my own limits in this area, as a…… Continue reading The Wim Hof Method: I Tried It And Survived!

Getting Started With Affirmations

An affirmation is a positive statement in the present. It is to the point and immediate, bringing into focus the thoughts, actions or behaviours you wish to emulate. They have been part of my morning ritual for a few years but when I first started, I wasn’t convinced.  I felt silly saying them into my…… Continue reading Getting Started With Affirmations