Reflections during the Advent season

As a cradle Catholic, I have always enjoyed the traditions and ritual around Advent and Lent, the frameworks designed to build anticipation for a great feast to come – the readings and prayers, special dedications and solemnities on particular days, the extra things we are asked to incorporate into our daily lives to get the most from the season. It also makes me reflect on … Continue reading Reflections during the Advent season

Note to self, the right words do not (always) exist

I was just listening to music whilst deciding what to write my (long overdue) next blog post on, and the following lyrics echoed in my head after hearing them: Hoping for the right words, waiting on the right words… (Black Butterflies etc by The Maine) As an English student and amateur writer, I have always relied on words to convey a message, explain a point … Continue reading Note to self, the right words do not (always) exist

Live every moment like…?

I can be a sucker for a good quote, especially if it’s funny. In these days of Pinterest, self-help and mindset creation there is ‘inspiration’ everywhere. Sometimes the right message at an appropriate time can succeed in lifting your mood and giving you some perspective, but at others seeing those quotes makes you feel alienated and alone (Why can’t I see things like that? Why … Continue reading Live every moment like…?

Word person

Tademark emoji is the green heart ­čĺÜ Likes a lot of different music but 90s cheese would feature heavily in ‘Most Played’ Has a different hot beverage every time Will probably always be a completely┬á hopeless romantic Gets restless if too much time goes past without walking through a field Spirit animal is a very friendly, mad dog Thinks about moving to Yorkshire weekly Most … Continue reading Word person

I want to be a part of it… New York, New York (and a little Boston)

I like to keep a record of my thoughts and experiences when I travel, but it’s usually in written form – I love journals with pictures of maps on the front, airmail-style pages and spaces to stick and slot in my tickets, receipts and even currency from the places I’ve been. This time I am writing an online blog of my visit 1) because I … Continue reading I want to be a part of it… New York, New York (and a little Boston)

Not my words

Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable you should ever part. Because that is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal … Continue reading Not my words


I have come across this word a lot lately. It’s one of the values at my new company, there is a statue in Holburn opposite the building dedicated to a gentleman called Gladstone, and extolling his four virtues of aspiration, brotherhood, education and courage. I also read a business piece from an ex-serviceman about the importance of courage in leadership. I think it is a … Continue reading Courage