Read the signs, take a break & you’ll be back on it in no time

Read the signs, take a break & you’ll be back on it in no time


I did something at the end of last week with ease and no guilt and it made me realise just how much I love getting older, how far I have come and how much I have learnt about myself.

The signs were there, a situation had arisen and I acted fast.

Sometimes we doubt ourselves, feel we’re not worthy enough for bigger things in life and sometimes we feel we can climb mountains and conquer anything. The low feelings and negative talk we give ourselves usually appear when our energy levels are low or we just don’t have real clarity over what we are supposed to be doing at that time. We get lost, feel overwhelmed and well, stuck. The good stuff by contrast, the feeling amazing, radiating positivity and being inspirational comes when we feel good, when we’ve slept well, have energy due to light exercise and yes, have eaten well…when we’re in good condition!

So, there I was having a morning where I was feeling ‘meh’,  I just couldn’t get my mojo going, nothing seemed to go to plan and I just wanted to be quite…hormones? Maybe. Lack of desire? Not really. Just one of those days. The frequency I was operating on was not doing me any good.

So I stopped, I did just that. I had no meetings, no skype calls to make and there was no need to speak with anyone, so I grabbed the dog lead…put it on Bella (my dog!) got my hiking boots on and got out into the woods and fresh air. I walked and threw the ball for Bella. The air cleared my head and I realised I was just tired, I’d been reaching for the biscuits and had been muching crisps at my desk while I had been working, I felt sluggish (certain foods really seem to have a bad effect on me these days) and uninspired and it had all contributed to my feeling ‘meh!’

WOW what a difference, within an hour and a half I was buzzing again, feeling refreshed, my heart had been exercised, fresh tree producing oxygen (just a theory of mine I must research!)  was back in the lungs and that burning white heat of desire to produce amazing things was back.  Didn’t take long did it? In days gone by I could have wadded through a whole day feeling like that and ended up just plodding on through and probably getting myself in a right old mood. Not any more. When the vibes go down there is ALWAYS a reason..we just need to stop and read the signs,

We all need to take a break from time to time, I know I really do need to get out daily, but sometimes we need a little more.

When you need to stop and take a break, do, don’t feel guilty, be kind to yourself, think about why this has happened, do something about it and you’ll be back on it so much faster than if you plough on through.

Don’t forget it’s one thing to know this stuff, it’s another to actually take the right action at the right time…that is where the successes show.


The secret to a happy life and what starting over has taught me

The secret to a happy life and what starting over has taught me

11 years ago today an Emirates flight landed at Birmingham International direct from Dubai. A 16 week pregnant woman and a man holding a 13 month little girl got out of their business class seats, stood up and looked at each other. The man took hold of the woman’s hand, took a deep breath and said, “Well, this is it, welcome to the midlands babe!”

They of course were us!!!!

I cannot believe it’s been 11 years since our 4 year adventure of ‘living in Dubai’ ended and our life in the Midlands started. So many wonderful friends were made in Dubai. So many we still keep in touch with. Great times for sure.

If I am honest, when we landed we were terrified. We had no work between us to come back to, we had to find a home, we had a baby on the way and a babe in arms and I personally had never lived here and knew no one here other than Craig’s family. But like all good stories, we had a goal, we wanted to move back to the UK, we wanted our children to be close to their families and know them, we wanted to build a family life here. That is exactly what we did. We got on with it and made it all happen.

We now enjoy a life FULL of wonderful people, work, friendships, activities and family. It’s been so far, another fabulous chapter in our great adventure as ‘Sa and Craig’.

I love how our lives evolve and move on.

So what have the last 11 years taught me? The secret to a happy life for me is the ability to go for what you want. If it scares you, do it anyway, if things go wrong along the way, learn the lessons, change tactics and keep going for what you want. Then you’ll always get there.

This year is chucking changes at us, a few we are making ourselves, some are happening right in our path, that we must navigate around and some are for me personally (that I cannot tell you how much they scare me). BUT all will work out great!

It always does!

So, thank you to all those of you who make my life so special. You know who you are.


What astrology is and how it can help you and your business

What astrology is and how it can help you and your business

Recently I had an astrology reading

…and I was blown away with what I got from it. I went in with an open mind and was curious as to what I could find out about myself. I love to try out new things and as a ‘self development junkie’ this really attracted me.

Alison is as Astrologer, author and broadcaster with American TV credits and a Masters Degree in the study of astology. She works with a high-tech astrology which mixes Jungian psychology and ancient astrology to produce a map of the personality with all its potential strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. One session is all you need to understand yourself better. I couldn’t believe some of the information she came out with and it really helped me understand some of my internal negative talk, something we all get from time to time.

Whether you are feeling stuck or just curious why not give it a try. It may be something to just take you forward in a new and invigorated way and that is why I wanted to get this out there to you all.

I’d love to know more if you have had a reading and what you got from it. If you have any experiences you’d like to share in order to help others, please do comment below.

For more information on Alison and her work, take a peek at her website below.

“She Did It!” – Eimear Flanagan from Away A Wee Walk

“She Did It!” – Eimear Flanagan from Away A Wee Walk

Based in Belfast in Northern Ireland Eimear is such a great example of a woman who has finally found her calling.

She has made a business out of a passion of hers for walking, hiking and telling the world about the story of Ireland.

Eimear talks of getting it started, trusting in the universe, where her inspiration came from and how she is shaping her business and creating her dream lifestyle. A far cry from her corporate markeitng and PR career in Dubai and her family’s Art business!

Eimear can be found here

11 awesome reasons why I love having a dog

11 awesome reasons why I love having a dog

We got a puppy!

Back in May, we got a puppy, Bella. Neither my husband or I had ever had a dog before but after a good couple of years considering it we finally decided we were ready and took the plunge.

Before I get into this post I want to say that getting a dog is a MASSIVE commitment and one that needs really thinking about before you go ahead. We played a game with the children for ages when we were considering it called ‘where would the dog be now’. Every time we were doing something as a family we imagined if we had a dog – where would it be. With us? At home?. It helped us realise how much our family life would have to change and adapt to accommodate a four legged family member!

We decided to go for a puppy from a breeder, so we selected one that had been recommended several times and started the process. Having a puppy shouldn’t be under estimated. Yes, they are so cute and you instantly fall in love with them, but they also need to be trained and take up a great deal of time. They need constant supervision and demand your attention. The reality of that can be a bit of a shock if you are not prepared.


OMG I love having a dog!

Why I love having a dog…

    1. They are always incredibly happy to see you.

I’m not lacking in love in my life at all. I’m blessed with my family and friends. However, no one, NO-ONE greets you like your dog does. Bella gets beside herself with excitement and you cannot be anything other than happy in return. This is wonderful, lifts whatever mood you are in and I cannot ever see me getting bored with that one.

2. You have to exercise them every day

Now I love to walk and as Bella gets bigger she needs more exercise, by the time she reaches a year we will be ready for some serious walking and adventures. But you cannot have a day where you don’t. So you do…even when you don’t want to really. But I find that no matter what i always come back feeling good after some fresh air and a walk.


3. They have mastered mindfulness and enjoy the ‘now’.

You kind of study your dog’s behaviour as you get to know them and they grown up. Bella is a cracking example of being happy in whatever she is doing, when she is doing it! When out walking she is sniffing and exploring and immerses herself in the fun to be found in where she is at that moment. Not a bad trait to have huh!

4. They love a good cuddle.

Who doesn’t love a good cuddle?

5. You meet sooooo many new people…

We have two children at school. Over the last 10 years as a portrait photographer I have photographed many local families and business people, I network in my local community, run a boys football team and we’re part of a local swimming club. We know a great deal of people in the area. But you get a dog and suddenly you meet all sorts of new people… and dogs. It’s Bella’s world really as we all know each other by the name of their dog! People strike up instant conversations based around Bella and it’s so very friendly.

6. They make great company

For all the family. I work from home now and she is a wonderful companion during the day. She’ll be with the children when they are at home and she has been known to watch and be with Craig when he is thumping about in the garage. They just want to be with their pack.

7. They make you laugh

Dogs do funny things. Fact.

8. They flag up when your emotions are down

Oh yes, dogs are very in tune with your feelings and moods. If you are sad, they want to comfort you. If you are angry they want to back you up. If you are down, they want to be near you, if you are happy they want to play.

9. They make you feel secure.

Dogs have great hearing and always seem to be ready to discover the source of something that doesn’t feel right. This is very reassuring when you are out and about on your own or indeed asleep in bed at night. They are very protective.

10. They make good listeners

Now before you think I am insane – bare with me. Sometimes, we have things we want to say out loud, you know, express a fear, concern or irritation because you need to get it off your chest, right? But sometimes, you don’t necessarily want to say it to anyone who may repeat it! So tell your dog! Bella always listens to me attentively, how fabulous! I love that the children talk to her too and tell her things about their day. It’s sweet.

11. You tidy up more as you go.

It’s amazing how quickly we’ve all learn not to leave ANYTHING lying around. Remote controls, shoes, xbox controllers…they all get put in a safe place…or they will be chewed up! So I guess having Bella as a puppy has made us tidy up as we go more!

9 happy songs to get your heart pumping and your mood lifted instantly!

9 happy songs to get your heart pumping and your mood lifted instantly!

Listening to music is one of my absolute favourite things to do when I need a shift in my mood.  Sometimes, we just need a nudge to knock us back into the lighter side of life and get us back on track and on our way to achieving what we want. Getting the blood pumping and the heart racing is a great way to lift your mood, stimulate your brain and re-motivate. So put on some happy songs and have a little dance!

Here’s my quick fix of 9 happy songs – my first 9 I go to, hope you enjoy them too x



1.The Best Day Of My Life – American Authors


2. Happy – Pharell Williams

3. Proud – Heather Small


4.  I got you (I feel good) – James Brown

5 Firework – Katy Perry

6. Shiny Happy People – REM

7. National Express – The Divine Comedy


8. I gotta feeling – Black Eyed Peas

9. Beautiful Day – U2