The reading cove - retreat space blogs for the quiet mind. 

Stop. Breathe. Appreciate


If you crave a slow, quiet, holiday season, it's not too late, but you may have to do something that makes you uncomfortable. You are going to have to protect your free time, and create some white space on your calendar by saying no.

Saying no can be uncomfortable but only so many things can have your time and attention. Overextending yourself in the name of keeping everyone happy will leave you depleted, resentful and worse ... sick and tired.

The happy hazard of looking stupid

Ever been in a room full of people engaged in a discussion, everyone's nodding in agreement and you're like, what the fuck are they talking about?

Me too. Loads of times actually.

I finally decided enough was enough when I moved house to a super exciting river view apartment right next door to a contemporary art centre. Now, I like art and I loved being able to wander in, drink coffee and browse around the vast spaces of sometimes brilliant and sometimes way-over-my-head installations but after about a month or so I found myself doing the thing.

Standing in a room full of artsy-types and nodding.

Understanding your value

When it comes to our own personal value we can be our own best friend or our own worst enemy, but which are you? do you actually know what your value is?  

I am a strong believer that value is a personal responsibility, it comes from within. It’s at the very core of who you are as a person and something that isn’t determined by anyone else’s opinion or treatment of you (although it can feel that way). Knowing your value, or worth is an inner confidence that cannot be touched by anyone else. Period. 




When I first started to practise gratitude I actually found it quite stressful. Was i doing it right? Am I being imaginative enough? Was I really feeling it? Of course what I have since learned is that there is no right or wrong about it...


Ah Minimalism, picture perfect white walls, remote cabins in the woods, tiny houses, no furnishings and little comfort… what does the word conjure up for you? I used to think it was all of the above, maybe with the addition of an outside loo.. that was until I fell ill… 


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What even is happiness? Is it possible to live in a constant state of awe and possibility all-the-time? I don't know about you but that sounds bloody exhausting to me. If I was happy all the time how would I  enjoy it and appreciate it when it things were great? Turns out there are answers...

happy places 

We all have our happy places. For me, its the beach, the noise of the sea and the sand between my toes is the ultimate relaxation for my brain. Whenever I feel overwhelmed and under pressure, it's my go to place, the expanse of the ocean seems to make my problems seem somewhat smaller by comparison..