Happily Mediocre

Reading time: 8 mins

It’s World Mental Health Day, which falls at the end of a rather crap week for me, but which weirdly has re-enforced some of things I’ve developed throughout the last few months, and reminded me why I did them in the first place. What are you good at? What have you learned and practiced? I…

Lockdown purchases

Reading time: 5 mins

I think, on the whole, I’ve been pretty good at sticking to my minimal principles (replace or improve!) through lockdown with only one or two impulse buys amongst the variety of things I’ve bought, and only one item I regret although that’s more about the company than said purchase. I’ve bought somethings that are definitely…


Reading time: 7 mins

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.


Reading time: 11 mins

The ever evolving state of Gordon McLean and how he’s finally found his identity.

Saying goodbye to Dad

Reading time: 3 mins

It was my Dad’s funeral this afternoon. It was a short service at a local crematorium, with only 18 attendees allowed, all of us sitting in socially distanced seats with our masks on. Surreal. That aside it was, as my Uncle Nigel said, a dignified service. The Rev Ian Miller led the way, and I…

Happily Happy

Reading time: 5 mins

It was a fairly standard evening. We’d had our dinner and were watching a little TV together, it’s part of our routine to unwind and destress from our working days, we chat over dinner and then spend a few quiet moments sitting together, distracting ourselves with (currently) episodes of Modern Family. As soon as she…

Chocolate Raisins

Reading time: 3 mins

I’m guessing it all started with Sun-Maid Raisins. If you are of a certain age (shut up at the back!) they were a staple part of your packed lunch, sitting right next to the tuna paste sandwich and, if you were really lucky, a carton of Ribena. Ahh yes that little red cardboard box that…

The new normal

Reading time: < 1 min

My alarm goes off at 7:30am. I get up and have breakfast. At 8:00am I log in to my work laptop, check any tasks/calls for the coming day. I take a break every 50 minutes to stand and stretch. I write in my journal during a break. At midday I stop for lunch. After that…

What a wonderful world

Reading time: 4 mins

Wrote this a couple of days ago, still processing all this, still adjusting. We are ok. I am ok but my emotions are veering all over the place from ‘it’s horrible but we will get through it’ to utter fury and outrage at the reaction of a government I didn’t vote for, to a quiet…

Tracking my aims

Reading time: 4 mins

tldr; I set myself some aims at the start of the year and, by and large, I’ve been mostly successful at sticking to them. Yay! I wrote a few weeks ago about some aims I had for the coming months, all of which were built from one core resolution, and I’m happy to say that…

Progress update

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At the start of the year I set out some aims for myself and, in the spirit of accountability, here’s how I’m doing with each. Writing – Write in my journal every day Progress – I have written in my journal everyday for the past 45 days! What’s next? – Get back into writing short…

Why explore?

Reading time: 6 mins

The full moon glowed, peeking out from behind the racing clouds. Glimpsed through the dark winter branches the surface, in all its mysterious pockmarked glory, seemed visceral, a small step away, a gentle leap into the night sky. As the clouds parted, glittering stars appeared, transporting me to places at the edge of imagination, beyond…

Aims not goals

Reading time: 3 mins

I’ve already stated that my main resolution for 2020 is to be more mindful when I use social media. My reasoning is that I want to waste less time aimlessly scrolling, to give me more time to do other things that I get more personal value from, things that I know are good for me…

Same hae meat

Reading time: 6 mins

Welcome to the year 2020! A new year has arrived and with it a new resolve is found and plans are forged; a time of personal goals and improvements, a time to re-invent, to start over, to become a better you! To help you in your quest you’ll be pleased to find there are many…


Reading time: 3 mins

A new decade lies before us. And I have a resolution for this coming year (and goals for the next three). Let’s start with that resolution: I resolve to limit my time on social media. I acknowledge that I won’t ever be fully off-line but I’m determined to step away from the mindless scrolling and…