Saturday, 24 June 2017

Wargrave Wellness highlights

I've certainly felt spoilt lately - fantastic summer weather, a local kids triathlon using our fabulous school pool and a two-week festival in the village next door incorporating comedy, music and theatre (to name but a few!).

And as part of the Wargrave Festival 2017, I went along to the Wellness Night - which promised a fabulous evening of pampering, shopping and Prosecco, well who was I to pass on that!

It was a great evening, held on the village green in front of a church that dates back to the 12th century. As well as the opportunity for some treatments and mentoring, there were live demos of hair and make up, advice from experts in everything from nutrition to dentistry and the chance to shop for wellness products, treats and trinkets. Of course, steeped in history as this traditional village is, the world is now a global marketplace, making it easy to share the gems I discovered in the breezy marquee with everyone, everywhere...

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

How 10 minutes of mindfulness can transform your day...

meditation, mindfulness, stress, anxiety
Focus on your breath
Image courtesy of adamr at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
The most common thing I discuss with friends when I catch up with them, is how quickly the days go past. And parents seem particularly time-poor, squishing in sports day and parents evening alongside work and other responsibilities. Those little things in life seem to pile up - and you feel you'll never fit everything into the 24 hours that make up a day. Before you know it, you're booking next year's summer holiday and discussing Christmas plans. In July.

But, Surrey-based author and mentor Tom Evans has a solution for those of us living in fear of our 'things-to-do' lists. 'It might sound counter-intuitive at first but the best way to get more done each day is spend at least ten minutes meditating at the start of each day', says Tom. And here's why...

Monday, 5 June 2017

'Chemo Stories' - Real-life stories from - and for - cancer patients

cancer, breast cancer, chemotherapy, survivor
Ali was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago -
and now wants to give something back. 
There's an old saying that 'everyone has a book inside of them', and that is often most true of those that have been through a life-changing experience.

In this case, that person is Henley writer Ali S, who has conceived a book of short, true stories about chemotherapy, drawn from both her own experiences in 2014 and those of others she has contacted. 

Her book is designed to be given away freely to those that need it via hospitals, cancer care units, charities and libraries.

A positive focus 


Ali hopes that the book will bring comfort or reassurance to cancer patients who are currently having treatment, expecting their chemotherapy to start and those that have had chemotherapy.  The stories will be candid and honest (because chemo is brutal, Ali explains) but also focus on the positive things that people can do to help themselves and each other. 

And to realise her dream of getting those free copies to everyone that needs them, Ali has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help her write, publish and distribute the book. She's set a target of raising £12,000, with £3,390 already pledged. Perhaps you'd like to add to that sum before her campaign ends on the 16th June?

To find out more about the ‘Friendly Book of Short True Chemotherapy Stories’ campaign, visit the crowdfunding page - and share this info with as many others as you can.