Travel

An Elegant Country House Hotel in the Cotswolds

It’s charming, it’s luxurious, it’s an elegant country house hotel in the Cotswolds you won’t want to leave. In fact, it’s like the country house of a good friend with extremely good manners and taste. You’re beckoned in, offered something lovely to drink then served a sumptuous meal. You stay the weekend, take in the …

Living

Don’t Quit: Why Challenging Yourself is Good For You

When all you want to do is give up, don’t quit. Challenging yourself is good for you. Recently, I was training to be a docent at a local art museum. The course was incredible. The content completely energising, but there were so many moments during the training that I wanted to quit. Even though I …

Living

The Best Way to Deal With Overwhelm

There’s one way of dealing with overwhelm that’s gotten me back on track every time and I want to share it with you. Now it might sound a little odd at first, but it works. So settle in and read on! The next time overwhelm shows up, find a quiet spot, get comfortable (as if …

Travel

A Perfect Luxury Country Hotel in England

Not far from the Jurassic coastline in southwest England, is the perfect luxury country hotel.  Unassuming. 5-star. Summer Lodge is a friendly retreat set in the tiny village of Evershot perfect for the entire family. Voted the second best hotel in the UK in 2017 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, Summer Lodge has …

Living

Why to Let Go of the ‘New Year-New You’ Mindset

  I was in Starbucks this morning and overheard a couple of people talking about their plans to ring in the new year. “I’m not into all that, it’s too crazy.” “What’s the point?” “I’m staying home.” “Maybe I’m getting old.” (this guy was about 22) “I don’t believe in a new year-new you,” he …

Living Wellbeing

The Real Benefits of Matcha

I’ve read a lot of posts about matcha, it’s benefits and why everyone seems to sum it up with one word: magical. Believe it or not, all of that wasn’t enough to get me to try the green Japanese powder, let alone even look for it when I was in Whole Foods multiple times per …

Travel

3 Inspiring Travel Destinations for Creative People

  If you’re a writer, artist, designer or someone simply looking for inspiration, here are a three inspiring travel destinations for creative people that deliver. Each one offers a kind of awakening, motivation, enthusiasm or elevation in thinking that inspires creativity to soar. All include the following outstanding aspects, which I believe are essential to …

Living

How to Know Which Ideas Are Worth Your Time

An Idea Journal is a digital or non-digital destination to capture action-based ideas that come to you throughout the day. After a day or so of jotting down your creative thoughts, take some quiet time and prepare a mega-list of your top ideas. Which ones do you hear a little voice shouting Y-E-S? Put a …

Travel

Luxury Barge Cruise: The Ultimate French Holiday

I’d been to France a number of times, but never truly experienced it until I spent six heavenly days cruising along the canals of Burgundy on a luxury hotel barge.   The week began in Paris where we spent two nights at Le Meurice Hotel,  I adore this gorgeous hotel; the breakfast is out of this …

Travel

The Best Place for a Mother Daughter Vacation

Since my eldest daughter was spending the summer in Finland, my 13 year old daughter and I decided to head to L.A.  I was happy to be back in my old stomping grounds and Anya was excited to explore Hollywood. That said, we both had a long list of things we wanted to see and …