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Sleep is for the weak

I saw a piece on the news about sleep. About undersleeping in fact. At first I thought it was an April Fool, like the spaghetti tree or that little Lirpa Loof fella on That’s Life but it wasn’t. Undersleeping isn’t a joke. It’s much more dangerous than that. You know oversleeping? It’s like that. But more opposite. Being serious for just one cotton picking minute, insomnia is hell for those who suffer on a regular basis and it’s proven that lack of sleep can adversely effect one’s mood and quality of life. A recent poll of 2,000 adults revealed they get an…

The only time I like being called normal. A guest post by Katy.

It happens every 3 years. Through the letterbox plops an ominously official-looking envelope stamped NHS. Every time I greet it with a shudder. A faceless administrator has printed an automatically generated letter informing me I’m invited for a cervical smear. Euch there it is again: the involuntary shudder. I have had 2 children. If you’ve had any of the little treasures yourself you will know that having a stranger’s hand disappear up your flue quickly becomes acceptable, indeed expected, behaviour. I had an 8 day slow labour ending in my baby girl being removed by what can only be described…

The Best Piece of Advice I’ve Ever Read.

  (Okay. Amongst other profound and useful things. For example, the instructions to my new rice cooker proved pretty invaluable when I cooked rice last night.) Something occurred to me recently – I spend an awful lot of time feeling melancholy about things. Usually family related. Always time related. And let me tell you, Time is a robbing bastard and feeling at the mercy of it can get pretty exhausting. Let me delve into this for you. Almost everyday, my happy moments have the power to actually flip-reverse, and make me feel the total opposite. And I wouldn’t mind betting…

Dry January. How is it For You?

I will admit that this year, rather uncharacteristically, I have suffered the January blues. The big fat energy sucking, positivity zapping feelings of gloom and glumdom have hit. Big style. I never normally feel any different in January, I usually feel super-inspired in fact; full of plans and excitement for the year to come. If anything I normally feel green, or yellow perhaps … but never blue … Not this January though. Ah – That’ll be the lack of evening wine then. And weekend afternoon beers … coupled with crisps …and pork scratchings. And Friday night brandy (which usually starts to excite me on Wednesday) … Yes, Tis true.…

The Secrets of a Long Lasting and Happy Marriage. By Mr Anonymous.

  I was recently in conversation with Anna and I happened to mention that my wife and I would be celebrating our silver wedding anniversary soon. We talked on about the subject of marriage and she asked if I would put to paper my thoughts on being married for so long. I agreed, but I must say that it has been a hard process because it is something I have never actually considered. I have always thought that marriage was just that. It was something that you did. You went out together, became engaged, got married, had children and grew…

Guest Post: I killed a Man

  I killed a man, years ago. He was a Danish political and environmental activist fighting a one man war against the status quo of globalisation and dirty energy corporate muscle. His name was Jesper Rasmussen. He was, to be totally honest, an idiot. He missed the point constantly, made an arse of himself on a weekly basis and his inability to decipher the subtleties of information frequently had him barking up wrong trees and upsetting people. He was a walking disaster, all told. Yet, people had loved him. One person especially loved him and that person was my husband.…

Why I Quite Like Arrogance

    I read a great book last year which raised to me the issue of arrogance in women; that we should embrace it every now and then. It really got me to thinking, and since reading it I cant help but notice the following – First of all, The definition of arrogance is as follows: To reveal an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities. Now let’s think about this for a second. Having a sense of ones own importance and abilities? … Well that’s a good thing, isn’t it? To be commended and celebrated, yes? it should…

Are You Chasing Empty Goals?

    I heard the actor Matt Damon explain something on TV over the weekend. He was on Graham Norton’s chat show, and he was discussing his Oscar win for his (and Ben Afflecks) screenplay Good Will Hunting back in 1997. His chat with Graham Norton went a bit like this … ‘So I won the Oscar at age 27. And after all the champagne, when I was back home, my (then) girlfriend was asleep and I just looked at my award. It was just me and it. And all I could think was “thank god I didn’t have to…

Some Words About Consistency

One of my favourite people whom I follow on Instagram is @emery5. (You may remember she wrote a guest post for ZmG HERE.) Every time that I read the her words I am always left feeling super inspired and very reflective. Recently, whilst posting about our beloved Tracy Anderson Method, she did it again. She hit the nail right on the head and reminded me of something very important. So much so, that I asked If I could quote her for this weeks self-help on a Sunday post. (She said yes, lucky for us!) So, here you go – Some words on consistency…

Calorie Conspiracy: Are you being misled by government guidelines?

    Government guidelines suggest the following guidelines for our daily calorie intake: Men: 2500 calories per day Woman: 2000 Children: 1800 We know this stuff, right? Right. But what are we actually burning each day? I mean, really? Take me for example – I have just had my results back following a private health screening whereby I had my own personal metabolic biometrics assessed. Now, I am pretty fit these days. and because I workout 3-5 times per week I have a higher than average muscle mass for a woman. Aside from my workouts or set aside exercise, I…