Diaries

It’s only September and I’m already getting emails about diaries. I love diaries and planners and have even tried to create some of my own in the past – see this post.

However, it’s generally easier to buy a diary than make one even if I can’t get everything I want into one diary.

So far the diaries that I like and will most likely buy will be from the following:

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Inspirational Quotes

I love collecting quotes so I thought I’d share some of my favourite quotes below:

1.

I mean why else do anything!

2.

This is so true and possibly why I love reading.

3.

Some things work out some things don’t. You never know until you try.

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Just great quotes to try and live by!

In my rush to post yesterday I forgot to credit my inspiration for this post to Life’s Fine Whine who I follow here. This is her latest inspirational quotes post and whose last post I had planned to reblog. As a short story enthusiast, I really loved this short story.. The worst date

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse

I’ve read this book by Charlie Mackesy once already but now my daughter is reading at school, it’s made me want to read it again.

The book is very simple and easy to read but the meanings behind them are so profound, it’s beautiful. Each page can be read on its own and you can dip in and out as you please with beautiful pictures of the four characters. Some of the pictures are in colour and some are in black and white sketches. Seeing them on Instagram and possibly other social media platforms make it easier to be reminded of them.

I’ve added some links to my favourite pages that he has on Instagram.

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The Hands Free Pledge

I want to make memories,
Not to-do lists.

I want to feel the squeeze of my child’s arms,
Not the pressure of over-commitment.

I want to get lost in conversation with the people I love,
Not consumed by a sea of unimportant emails.

I want to be overwhelmed by sunsets that give me hope,
Not by overloaded agendas that steal my joy.

I want the noise of my life to be a mixture of laughter and gratitude,
Not the intrusive buzz of cell phones and text messages.

I am letting go of distraction & perfection
To live a more simple life consisting of what really matters.

I’m living Hands Free.

© Rachel Macy Stafford 2010

Thought this poem would be apt especially with lockdown easing and the busy-ness of life slowly coming back.

I’ve attached links to two of her book reviews that I have done here:

Hands Free Mama

Hands Free Life

Rachel has also written another two books which I still need to read. They are Only Love Today and Love, Live Now.

Superattractor by Gabrielle Bernstein

Even though I bought this book as soon as it came out, it took me a while to read it. I think the main reason I resisted was because the last book I read by Gabrielle Bernstein had so much food for thought that I felt like I needed the headspace to be ready to read this book. 


Eventually I did start the book and then with the manifesting challenge coming up in January I decided I wanted to finish it before it started. The book was deeply thoughtful as expected.

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In the Time of Pandemic

I can definitely resonate with this poem:

Link to the original poem

A copy of the poem is below. I had originally re-blogged it but it somehow disappeared. There is a second part to this too which can be found on Kitty’s blog by following the lnk above.

And the people stayed home.

And they listened, and read books, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.

And they listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed.

And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

Billionaire Boy – Live on stage

At the beginning of March we went to see David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy live on stage at DeMontfort Hall. I’ve not read the book but I know my eldest daughter loves his book so I decided to book it and see what happens.

Spoiler Alert!

It was fantastic! Spoiler alert in case you’ve not read the book either. It was about a boy whose dad had become rich selling a unique type of toilet paper called bumfresh. Very apt considering the toilet paper shortages at the moment. Only problem was that the boy, Joe was lonely and just wanted a friend and to be normal.

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The Almost Mothers

My book review of The Almost Mothers by Laura Besley

I was so pleased to receive a preview copy of this book. The fact that the title had mother in it felt like I would be able to relate to it immediately. With a collection of 26 flash fictions and short stories about the joy, pain and strangeness of being a mother, this was a very interesting book. 

A couple of stories were a little futuristic and slightly surreal looking at mothers through aliens eyes or into the future with dire consequences.

Initially, the second story I read shocked me. Calling the baby ‘it’ made me feel uneasy and then leaving ‘it’ in the garage sounded so wrong. I discovered had I read the title I might have guessed what’ it’ was earlier, although by the time I got near the end, everything started making sense. 

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Tales from Garden Street

After over six months of the writing course, our efforts culminated into a short story collection, Tales from Garden Street, that you can download on amazon. The link for this can be found below.

It feels weird writing about a book in which my story is in because I still feel my writing is not that great. But it is out there and published and I do feel honoured and humbled to share this book with so many excellent writers.

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To Love and Let Go

Here is my book review of To Love and Let Go by Rachel Brathen.

Wow! What a powerful and heart-wrenching book. I read this book on a weekend spa break and was openly crying over the pages. I felt like I was there with Rachel Brathen, feeling her pain as she dealt with the death of the three closest people in her life. At the same time, she had to deal with the fragility of her mum’s life and the heartaches that came with her mum trying to commit suicide several times for various reasons.

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