A few beautiful things…

It’s Monday morning, the sun is shining, I slept well and I have an extraordinarily exciting week ahead. I am happy.

I am also much more aware, these days, of these moments of happiness. I hold on to them with both hands, because I know that they can be fleeting, and that’s okay… ‘This too will pass’ is supposed to be advice for happy and sad things, isn’t it? Here are a few beautiful things I wanted to share with you. (more…)

Always be a little kinder than necessary

Old J.M. Barrie! Author of Peter Pan. What a smart fellow… I’m taking this as my life advice at the moment. Want to know why?

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Acceptance

We’ve been in the trenches lately. It’s been a tough two weeks of not enough sleep, two clingy kids (teething, sickness and developmental leaps) and intense work pressure. Life has been hard.

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A quick dose of perspective

Ella is cutting a tooth, so we woke up a lot last night. I’m pretty tired and a little fuzzy, but I’m also in the midst of a huge work project, so as soon as I dropped Arty at school I knuckled down to work. And then…

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A few minutes of sheer delight

I’ve been listening to TED talks in the car lately – what an amazing way to make driving a pleasure – and found this one the other day. It’s by the lead singer of OK Go, the band who are famous for having the best, most surprising videos. He’s talking about where they come up with the ideas and the answer is – most of the time – by playing! What fun. Also: How to find a wonderful idea may be the best title for a talk ever.

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A trio of interviews

Oh, the internet! You funny beast. Look what you turned up today, that I had completely forgotten about – a trio of interviews that I thought were helpful and even maybe a little bit inspiring…

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The beauty of content strategy

I know most people wouldn’t describe their day jobs as beautiful, but I really think there’s something rather wonderful about content strategy. This may be because there’s nothing that saddens me more than people speaking in tongues and pretending it’s English – you know, paragraphs and paragraphs of marketing speak that you can’t actually understand no matter how slowly you read it. Similarly, it is a rare and precious joy to read a website or blog or get an email that sounds like a human has written it.

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The joy of an ordinary life

I’ve just finished the most remarkable book, and read a beautiful essay, and a lovely blog post. And they’re all saying the same thing: let’s find joy in the everyday. Because really, what’s the other option? Hanging on for a big break, or something epic to happen, or a holiday? No thanks!

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The gratitude of absence

I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about how the things we should be most grateful for are often defined by their absence. Do you know what I mean?

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What I’m grateful for (right now):

Because I just skimmed an article that said when you’re feeling kind of grouchy (which I am, for no particular reason other than Monday morning drudge that is too boring to detail) the best way to snap out of it is to summon some gratitude. So here’s mine, in no particular order:

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