Aluminium and its effects

20 Oct

You might be surprised to discover that the metal aluminium is the 3rd most abundant element in the earth’s crust, after oxygen and silicon. In addition to obvious uses in cars and aeroplanes and construction, in our daily lives, it is found in many household items such deodorants, cooking utensils and food packaging.

In 1970, a Canadian research team found that there was a connection between our intake of aluminum and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. High levels of aluminum concentrations were found …

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What is normal?

19 Oct

What is normal? I’ve asked myself that question many times before. What one person perceives as being normal, another person won’t. My own definition of normal is something that’s usual or typical or something expected that doesn’t deviate from the norm.

Normal seems to be based around behaviour. When it comes to us evaluating our own behaviour, we decide how to act and what is normal, based on our perceptions of how we see others …

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A Noel Fitzpatrick quote

18 Oct

Something inspirational:

“People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”


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Looking after ourselves

17 Oct

When it comes to us looking after ourselves, it’s a balance… between work life and our personal life and is definitely not as easy as it sounds. In reality it takes many years for us to hone and fully understand how to look after ourselves and even then some of us won’t get it right.

Looking after ourselves means we not only have to learn how to become independent for the first time, but we also have to look after our emotional and physical health so that we’re not constantly …

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Forms of abuse

16 Oct

Having witnessed first hand emotional abuse, I understand all too well its signs and won’t tolerate it now.

Abuse doesn’t have to be someone shouting, yelling or screaming at us. That’s just one form of abuse. Unfortunately abuse comes in many other forms too including intimidation, sarcasm, humiliation …

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A Carrie Bradshaw quote

15 Oct

Something inspirational:

“Life gives you lots of chances to screw up which means you have just as many chances to get it right.”


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Seeking parents approval

14 Oct

Unfortunately when we’re not told we’re loved, or we’re not told that our parents are proud of us, we’ll spend a lifetime continuing to seek their approval, trying to prove to them that we will amount to something, that we’re worthy of their love and support. We shouldn’t have to …

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Living in the shadow

13 Oct

When parents fail to make decisions individually for their children, their children can go through their lives living in the shadow of their siblings.

Shadowing a sibling doesn’t happen through choice. It usually comes through a parents’ inability to let their children live independent lives. It’s an easier way for parents to parent, when siblings live the same lives. It becomes a one size fits all parenting strategy. This could be because …

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Your greatest adventure

12 Oct

Something inspirational:

“Your greatest adventure is written inside of you.”


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Butternut squash soup

11 Oct

Butternut squash soup

Butternut squash soup


1.5kg (3lb) Squash

Olive oil to drizzle …

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