Nicola Aylward

WAS YOUR MOTHER GOOD ENOUGH?

With Mother’s Day this past weekend, most have us have reflected on our own mothers, and the kind of mothering which we received. Some of us have close and supportive relationships with our mothers. Some have strained and difficult relationships. Continue reading

HYGGE

This week the daily meditation on one of my favourite apps, Calm, focussed on Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga or hue-gah), a Danish word which cannot be exactly translated, but refers to a ritual where one can find enjoyment and comfort in life’s simple pleasures. Continue reading

A Bandage on my Head

With Mental Health Day last week on Wednesday 10 October, I went to speak to the Roedean girls on what Mental Health is and why we must be aware of it. I explained that when we have something physically wrong like we’ve broken our ankle and are on crutches, or we have a temperature and are coughing and sneezing, people realise we are sick and can offer their help and support. Continue reading

Connecting to Nature

I’ve noticed more and more the restorative and calming power that there is in connecting to nature. I think that’s what we do right when we’re on holiday, and then we let it all go when we settle back into our busy lives. Continue reading

Seasons

As the weather starts to cool, the mornings are darker and the skies are crisp and clear, signs of autumn are all around. Nature is slowing down; her energy is turning inward – the growing season is over. Continue reading

Breathing a sigh of relief

This time last month we were soaking up the last week of school holidays, life felt measured and calm, and intentions to live a “slower” life seemed possible. A month down the line and many of us are reeling at the pace and intensity of the year, wondering where that calm and slow life has disappeared to, Continue reading

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