Change Your Focus… Change Your Life.

In 2007 I travelled the world with two children and a husband. Before this journey I had always been frightened of flying. Although each time we went abroad, I did it. Because the thought of sailing to the places I wanted to go, meant I would have needed to take even more time off work…

Try a Taste of Catalan Cuisine in Barcelona

The summer feels like it showing itself, in my little corner of england and not surprisingly it has me thinking about taking a short break away in europe. Four days I normally find, is the maximum I want to spend in any particular city and one short break a month, combined with a long holiday…

Discovering & Dissolving Fears Through Doing the Things You Love

As I waded out into the temperate waters, lapping against the shingled shoreline of my hometown Southend on Sea. I tickled the surface with my finger tips, before plunging my hands downward. The cold travelled up my arms, as I continued to make my way deeper and deeper into the sea.The water soaking upwards towards my…

Building Bliss in Bali

Being successful means different things to different people. One meaning of success for me, has been brought into being through parenthood. I realised that I’ve held differing views over the years, in relation to society, regarding how to parent my children. This has at times brought consternation and concern, as I have observed those very…

Building Self Efficacy – the Key to Developing a Deeper Sense of Living

Doing what you want with your own life, is an incredibly powerful and empowering experience. Building self efficacy is one of the most important skills we can teach our children and develop within ourselves. It can be severely damaged by trauma, abuse & addiction. Self efficacy is: one’s own belief in being able to succeed…

How a Travel Quest Helps You Move Through Grief

As a Humanistic Therapist one of the things I understand, is the importance of feeling & healing grief.  I don’t view grief negatively or something which needs to be eradicated.  Our emotions and feelings tell us about ourselves and what has meaning to us. Something I have learnt through travel – a particular happy place…

Caroline Labouchere – Empowered by Grey

I first encountered Caroline LaBouchere on instagram. I was looking for women in their early fifties, who had allowed their hair to go grey and were looking good. To get a sense of the looks, styles and possibilities available to me, as I contemplated growing out my blonde locks. Dyeing hair can be so tiresome…

I Believe in Happiness. Do You. Do You. Do You?

There are many ways to live our lives and one of the ways I’ve found to be useful, is grounded in a philosophy of Abraham Maslow and relates to the Hierarchy of Needs. Travelling extensively is one of my passions. Extended travel with my family  in earlier years, allowed me to explore with therapeutic insight,…

Food Glorious Food in Kraków, Poland

My relationship with food in its early days, was a very complex one. As a young woman in her late teens and early twenties, I lived on tuna salads, diet coke and cigarettes. A combination at the time which kept me lithe, lovely and hungry! Marrying my husband, I became adept at cooking dishes inspired…

From Bangkok to Kraków in 96 Hours

Being away from my husband for the last two months, meant that we both wanted a little bit of time to reconnect. Just as us – doing the thing we both love. Travel. Our chosen destination this time, a place which Vince has wanted to visit for a long time, Kraków. I’ve never wanted to…