I know it’s a little early perhaps to be thinking about a New Year’s Resolution but this one has been on my mind for a while now and it is Gratitude. It’s easy to get bogged down in the negatives. In fact, I recently watched a TED Talk by social psychologist Alison Ledgerwood that suggested the human mind is programmed to fixate on negative experiences rather than on the positive ones. Ever found yourself going over and over in your head a painful experience but the lovely compliment you received from a stranger seems to slip right out? We’re programmed to
I have had the pleasure of having many pets in my lifetime (guinea pig, rabbit, birds, a dog and now a cat) and each has been an valued and important member of the family. Animals have so much love to give and so much to teach us about how to live. Here are some of the reasons why I like animals more than most people; 1. They don’t hold grudges One of the best things about animals is that they don’t hold a grudge. If you accidentally step on my cat’s tail, she will not hold it against you and make
I’m currently reading 2 novels. The first is a crime novella called The Perfect Murder by Peter James and the second is the fantasy epic A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I know I’m very late to Martin’s book, but I was very put off by the TV show. But, pleasantly, I am finding the novel to be 100 times better than the show. Reviews to come soon!
I don’t think it’s a secret that writers don’t always feel inspired to write. Sometimes the blank page can be terrifying instead of exhilarating. Sometimes the words which came to you so easily the day before are difficult and refuse to behave themselves. Sometimes your day can be going so badly that you are apathetic about the act of sitting down and writing. The muse may be a fickle friend but it is also one who can be coerced into participating with the right stimuli. Here are some of the ways I trick my muse into wanting to write; 1. I watch interviews