The Anti-Climax of Not Smoking

“Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.” – Seneca

As a child I lived through a period of anxiety and emotional trauma, living with two aggressive alcoholic parents (one mentally, one physically), and at around the age of 14, I developed an addiction that would stay with me for over 20 years. Continue reading “The Anti-Climax of Not Smoking”

Why it’s ok to have no contact…

“Man is disturbed not by things, but by the views he takes of them.” –  Epictetus

The other night I was chatting to a friend in the pub (where else now that Dry January is over!?) about the upsetting fact that her ex boyfriend had blocked her on social media. Continue reading “Why it’s ok to have no contact…”

And the results are in…

“The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like the potato – the best part under ground” – Thomas Overbury

A little while ago I blogged about doing my ancestry DNA test. Well, today I got the results.

It turns out that I am 74% British (and predominantly Southern British), 23% Western European, and 3% Unknown but possibly with a bit of Scandinavian or Celtic thrown in. Continue reading “And the results are in…”

#63 (Not) Thinking about the future

Be open to whatever comes next

I’ve always thought of myself as a fairly outgoing person, and I’ve always believed that life is for living, and that in order to grow as a person you have to open your mind and your heart to new possibilities. Since I was a child I had trouble settling, and all my life I have wanted to try as much as I could before I shuffle off this mortal coil. Continue reading “#63 (Not) Thinking about the future”

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