One (simple) rule for the silly season

One (simple) rule for the silly season

Silly season It’s called the silly season for good reason. Long shopping lists. Busy roads. Congested shops. Party after party. Piles of gifts. Stress. Cold sweats and panicked purchases. We’ve not only turned silly, we’ve lost our way. But don’t feel bad. It’s too...
“I’m a member of the Taliban,” he said.

“I’m a member of the Taliban,” he said.

“I’m a member of the Taliban,” he said. And then my life changed. When I told people I was going to Sri Lanka and Dubai, no one seemed to blink, but when I decided to add a week in Afghanistan onto the end of my trip, people began looking at me like I was mad. As...
Turn your chores into a beautiful thing

Turn your chores into a beautiful thing

Do your daily chores drive you mad? Do you moan and put them off until the job is completely out of hand and ten times harder? While you may not be able to elevate your chores to a ‘fun’ activity any time soon, you can (believe it or not) focus on making them a...
Happiness – If Only it Were That Simple

Happiness – If Only it Were That Simple

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius A moral tale Have you heard the story of the fisherman and the businessman? It’s a parable I’ve heard many times over the years. Its origins are uncertain but what is clear is that it’s a...
Share your life with others

Share your life with others

Alone I’m about to board a plane in a far flung corner of northern China. I’m alone – again. It’s not so bad – I’m from a large family so alone time is really quite a novelty. However, as I look up at the tiny six seater airplane, walk along the runway’s rocky...
About A Smile

About A Smile

About a Smile “In ancient China, the Taoists taught that a constant inner smile to oneself, insured health, happiness and longevity. Why? Smiling to yourself is like basking in love: you become your own best friend. Living with an inner smile is to live in...