My Day With The Wolves

The last time I went to Colorado in the United States I was so fortunate as to go to Colorado’s Wolf and Wildlife Centre. Promoting an invaluable rule of three – ConservationEducationPreservation – this localized shelter for wolves is a wonderful place and does fantastic work.

Up in the mountains just beyond Colorado Springs, the center offers visitors a chance to see the other side of the ‘big bad wolf’ and generously proves that peoples misconceptions of wolves as dangerous beasts is a falsehood lent by angry farmers who have lost livestock to these beautiful animals. Whilst it cannot be denied that Wolves are dangerous, especially when food is scarce, it is unfair to paint them in such a black light. They are after all just doing what they need to in order to survive.

I was so excited to visit the Wolf Centre. I had seen it online before my trip to the States and had nagged my lovely Auntie into Bedlam, to see if we could visit while I was out there. Thankfully my Aunt is as much of a doggie lover as I am and was happy to agree, making the two-hour long drive to the Rocky Mountains.Read More »

Peeling Back The Glamour – Things Nonwriters Never Think About

When I first told people I wanted to be a writer I received one of two reactions. The first was The Scoffer – ‘why on earth would you want to do that?’ The second, the Misconstrued Enabler – ‘of course, you want to be a writer, it’s easy and you get to wear pajamas all day!’

Of course, as writers, we know that both of these responses are ridiculous, wrong and based on uneducated naivety. Having said that, before we leap to our own defenses we must also acknowledge that some of what they say is true.Read More »

Why is it So Hard To Get Rid of Books?

I love my books. No I mean I really love my books.

As someone who could not read or write until I was thirteen years old due to dyslexia, you could say I have played catch up and over compensated ever since. Seriously, I am book mad. I have collected volumes with a vengeance, devouring them until my eyes dimmed. In my mind, there is nothing better than a good book.

Having said that, I currently have my smallest book collection since discovering Amazon in college and have, in that time, needed to do several book purges. My library has ranged around two-four hundred volumes the entire time, and though this may not sound like loads to the dedicated bibliophile, trying to cram that many books onto two book-shelving units is not easy. In fact, it ends up becoming a rather frustrating game of Tetris come Jenga.Read More »

Being Productive… Even When Your Sick

Every once in a while, we all get sick. It’s inevitable really. Let’s face it, we are always rushing about, stumbling over our to-do list and it doesn’t matter how organized we are in life, with mental health, exercising and eating, eventually some virus is going to come along and bite us in the arse.

Now the more career driven among us will immediately refuse to take a day off, will soldier on with the tasks at hand and most likely make themselves worse off in the long run. The more practically minded will run for the sofa and a snuggly blanket, wishful wanting to waste the day with a TV binge.

Whether you are the ‘let’s get on with it’ type or eagerly waiting for any old excuse to phone in sick, here are a few tips for being productive, even when you’re sick.Read More »

The Gratitude Jar – Here’s How and Why

Frequently I find myself complaining about little things that really annoy me. A customer at work was rude, someone cut me up on the road, or the milk has expired when I really want a cup of tea.

All too often nowadays it is easy to focus on the things that go wrong. What’s wrong with the world and why the things that happen to us are unfair. Rarely is it as simple to see the good in a bad situation.

But why is it so hard?

We become so drawn into the need to express our opinions and frustrations, that we forget to see the wood for the trees.

But how can we combat this compulsion?Read More »

Nominated for a Bloggers Recognition Award

I had a lovely surprise earlier this year when I was put up for a Blogger Recognition Award form my lovely friend and talented blogger Cheryl Fassett.

As with a lot of these so-called ‘awards,’ this is a bloggers prompt or tag, in which participating bloggers write a post based on the prompt, answering certain questions and connecting with other like-minded and/or slightly insane people.

What I love about this particular award is that it has just so happened to come about at the same time that I am re-launching this blog, and for those of you who have been following me from day one, you will know that my first blog post ever was another one of these awards. If however, you are new here, please do check out Nominated for a Liebster Award. This is a special post for me, not only that it was my first but that it was tagged to me by another very special lady and wonderful writer, Bee Halton.

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Too Lazy To Write?

The biggest lie I tell myself as an aspiring writer is this – I don’t have time to write.

As with all things in life, the jobs we enjoy and want to do are always pushed to the back of the to-do list for one reason or another. Either some other menial task such as the washing up or folding the laundry takes president. Or, another classic, being too tired after a day at work and just needing to steal a few moments to chill out and relax.

In other words, Netflix binge.Read More »