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An afternoon Off

One of the things I am terribly good at is tuning out all the bodily signals telling me to stop. To pause. To rest. To turn away from the screen and put down the darn mop. To listen. To hush the must-do's and to allow myself to sit in the quiet silence of nothing. While I remain a dedicated meditator, still meditation is not "nothing" - it is always something. Sometimes a something that is easier done on one day than it is on the next. Something I am deeply committed to, but never something that has become as natural as brushing my teeth, Still always work. A[...]

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Simple Abundance: 365 Days to a Balanced and Joyful Life

It's here! Today is the day. In fact honestly? I would skip BrocanteHome today, pop your shoes on and get thee to the bookshop or click here (aff) and get thy bottom over to Amazon to press please deliver to me RIGHT NOW (they have a button like that don't they??), for twenty five years later, Sarah Ban Breathnach has swept through the pages of Simple Abundance and refined it for every women navigating a life in which her authenticity is challenged daily by the perpetual demands of the convenience of the internet and the esteem-bashing influence of social media.[...]

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Housekeeper’s Diary

Up until mid- November I am terribly blase about Christmas, and then just like that I am a woman in a fluster. Madonna of the Carrier Bag. She who must not return home from even the most irrelevant of trips unless she is clutching something that will be wrapped ready to shove under the tree, or squirrelled away in her festive pantry: a secret basket full of delights that even he in life-saving need of a cinnamon Spekulatius would never uncover, because she is nothing if not the most covert of festive Mistresses Last night the Christmas flurry hit me so hard I[...]

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The Life Audit

It's been ever such a long time since I did a public Life Audit (though it remains a mainstay of my private journaling practise). And so here it is, same format as always with a freshly designed printable audit for my lovely VIP and Salon members here, so you too can hold a thorough examination of all that you are right now... Today I am… Escaping the house because we have had a new oven fitted and after switching it on to burn off the protective chemicals as instructed by the burly sorts who fitted it, I now feel as though I am living in the midst of a[...]

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BrocanteHome 2020 – Part Two

Good Morning Beauties! Today I wanted to set out my vision for the long term future of my VIP membership, just so you will know exactly what you are going to be creating for yourself in 2020... You see together I want us to be going to work ON our lives and not in it. To be setting out plans, creating the framework for our future, mapping out routines and rituals, creating clarity and in the midst of it fashioning for ourselves tomorrows we can really embrace. What Went Before... Up until very recently I created whatever I felt like as and when the mood[...]