So, to start your week, here’s a little round-up of some favourite links:
I love this celebratory and inclusive idea and am trying to work out how to host our own Dinner in White next summer.
Dream trip: escape to Buenos Aires with the taxi gourmet, and join her search for the perfect empanadas.
There are just a few peaches left at the end of the season here, and here and here are some good things to do with them.
And dream house: some lovely rooms for books and art and people to live in (I particularly like the floor to ceiling bookcases with window seat).
We’re about to start a major, major decluttering exercise – I’m hoping this and this will help.
Go for a walk…
Short or long, urban or rural, come rain, hail, sleet or even, if you’re lucky, sunshine. Take exercise in the form your body evolved for, breathe more deeply, feel the breeze against your face, and let your worries ease as the rhythm of your walking soothes your mind.
Rebecca Solnit wrote a history of walking, called Wanderlust. In it she writes:
Walking itself is the intentional act closest to the unwilled rhythms of the body, to breathing and the beating of the heart. It strikes a delicate balance between working and idling, being and doing. It is a bodily labor that produces but nothing but thoughts, experiences, arrivals… Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a chord. Walking allows us to be in our bodies and in the world without being made busy by them. It leaves us free to think without being wholly lost in our thoughts…
So what are you waiting for? Open your front door, and go out into the world for a walk.
“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”
So, welcome to my new virtual home. It feels a little bit lonely in here at the moment, but I’m hoping that will change with time. I think it’s traditional in first blog posts to write something of a mission statement and describe what you’re going to write about, but I’m going to leave that to Flaubert – I think we’ll find that out as we go along. I’ve called the blog ‘moments of clarity’ partly to link to my coaching website but mostly because I think that’s what I look for in other people’s writing – those moments when everything comes together, whether as a story, an epiphany, a piece of research that makes sense of something that’s always niggled at you or, of course, a great recipe.