the lifeCyclist diaries

28th September 2017

Sandwich Generation

  Sandwich Generation   Spread between the many layers Of family members’ needs, The Sandwich Generation Tries its best to keep the heid.   Rushing, always busy; Doing, listening, being there, Making sure that needs are met With mid-life loving care.   Sometimes feeling scunnered That the time they thought was theirs Is taken up >>>>

5th September 2017

On ‘being strong’

  ‘I don’t need counselling! I’m much stronger than you think!’   Someone said this to me in response to my gentle suggestion that counselling might help her find a way of coping a little better through her crisis.   I’m much stronger than you think.   There are many reasons why someone might not >>>>

26th July 2017

The Power of the Pocket Therapist

  I’ve been following the progress of Sanctus for a while and I love what they’re doing. I’m passionate about changing the perceptions of mental health and I share their dream of creating spaces on the high street specifically for mental health work-outs.   I’m also passionate about the power and value of writing as >>>>

27th April 2017

Life is always going to be messy

  Your life is always going to be messy, that’s the nature of the story; your life will often feel incomplete, you’ll search for conclusions, you’ll worry about ‘getting there’ instead of ‘being here’, you’re always going to be bound by change and things will seldom go to plan. You’ll fret for the future because >>>>

23rd April 2017

Bringing Heads Together

  I love the London Marathon but this year I loved it even more than usual. The ‘Mental Health Marathon’, as it’s been fondly dubbed, raised tons of money and awareness for loads of different charities – such as Alzheimers UK, Lymphoma Association, CLIC Sargent, Diabetes UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and many more – but >>>>

18th March 2017

A chat about depression

  A chat about depression…   I was asked a question recently, ‘Has your son’s depression gone now? Such a terrible thing when we feel a bit down.’   As anyone who’s close to anyone who suffers from depression will know, this is a difficult question to answer. I went with:   ‘Well, unfortunately it >>>>

17th February 2017

Phenomenal Women

  Last night I hosted a meeting of phenomenal women. They took me up on my invite to give up their Thursday evening, in the main, to listen to me. They didn’t come with an expectation of gaining very much from their time there. They came to hear what I had to say. They listened, >>>>

25th January 2017


  Happiness?   I really like the ‘Action for Happiness’ ethos, but I can’t help wondering if the movement’s name might be a bit of a turn off – especially, ironically, to those who might benefit most from their offerings.   It gives the impression of an organisation that’s working towards some sort of utopia >>>>

5th January 2017

Dear Richard Hammond

    Dear Richard Hammond   I don’t watch The Grand Tour, so I would’ve been unaware of the ‘ice cream’ comments you made if it wasn’t for the social media storm that followed. I’ve since watched the clip (where you said, ‘I don’t eat ice cream. I think it’s something to do with being >>>>

23rd December 2016


  Christmas: Being at home with the people we love Wrapping up bundles of socks and gloves Hanging up stockings, no matter our age, Stuffing the turkey with onion and sage Watching The Grinch and a Wonderful Life Glad the day’s past without too much strife… Christmas: Rushing around from here to there Umpteen to-do >>>>