Soul-food Series: Loudons

I adore food. All kinds of food. I love cooking it. I love eating it. There is so much you can do with fresh produce and it’s always been fascinating for me to play with different flavours and textures. As much as I love cooking, I love going out to eat, discovering new places and…

Thanksgiving at the Summer Solstice

This week was the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a sacred day, the longest day and shortest night of the Year. In Celtic lore, this was the night when the Holly King and the Oak King battle for supremacy as the Wheel of the Year turns. At midsummer, the Holly King defeats the…

5 Things I love about living in Edinburgh

  I still can’t believe that it’s been two weeks since I moved to Scotland. Even saying the words feels a little like playing make-belief with friends. But then I walk outside into the chilly afternoon, and find myself on cobbled streets, surrounded by Georgian builds and there…the castle looming over the city and it…

Starting afresh

As I craned my neck, sprawled across the three central seats on the almost empty airplane, I hoped the guy sitting at the window cross the aisle didn’t think I was checking him out. I’d been twisting and turning trying to see out the window for awhile, and he kept catching my eye. Awkward. I…

The day is finally here!

It’s been a surreal journey so far. Whilst I’ve been busy putting things on gumtree, and living on a fur throw on my living room floor, eating take out most nights, I still haven’t fully come to terms with the fact that I’m leaving the country for two years – with nothing more than two…

Imbolc and new beginnings

Imbolc (pronounced EE-MOLG) is one of the Celt’s four fire festivals and commemorates the change of seasons from winter to spring. The 2nd of February is also known as Candlemas and Brigid’s Day. This Sabbath celebrates the first signs of spring, and the successful passing of winter. It’s a day when the ancient Celts honoured the…

New year, new cycle, new me

For those of you who know a little about numerology, you might have heard that last year we were in a Universal 9 year (2+0+1+6 = 9). This means the year was focused a lot on bringing up issues, and forcing us to let go of things that no longer served our highest good. I…

Why fasting is good for your physical and spiritual wellbeing

I recently completed a juice cleanse from Pure Glow Cleanse and I can’t stop waxing lyrical about it. It was my second cleanse with Pure Glow, and it’s something that I highly recommend for those of you who have been interested in it. Of course, each cleanse should be undertaken after consultation with your own physician if you…

The health benefits of forgiveness

We’ve all been hurt at some point or another by the people we care about. Sometimes the betrayal is so big it breaks the relationship completely. We can hold onto the resentment and grudge from these events in our lives for years, wrapping ourselves up in a self-righteous blanket. In our competitive society, the act of…

Being mindful – how meditation and mindfulness can make you more productive

  One thing I’ve learned is that you can’t give from an empty cup. Being distracted, moody, anxious and edgy doesn’t benefit our personal health, or our relationships. If you find yourself exhausted all the time, snapping at those around you, feeling guilty; edgy; frustrated then you’re probably suffering from what Psychology Today has dubbed…