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What does sugar mean to you? Personally I have a very sweet tooth and love cakes, biscuits and the like, I have found a direct correlation between my anxiety symptoms and eating sugary treats.

So this weekend I started to do some research on how to cut sugar out of my diet, believe me I know it is going to be hard however there are so many health benefits to not eating sugar and along with that processed foods. It means eating healthy natural foods, so lots of organisation required so it doesn’t take an age to make food every day.

I read 2 books Davina’s 5 Weeks to Sugar-free by Davina McCall and Eat. Nourish. Glow  by Amelia Freer both have given me a huge amount of information about what eating sugar does to the body along with excellent recipes and meal plans to get started.

To start it is easier for me to follow Davina’s 5 Weeks to Sugar-free as the recipes are easy to make and not hugely expensive, I found Amanda’s book very helpful but a little austere and not really suitable for my life at the moment. I will definitely use some of the recipes as they sound delicious.

I am really looking forward to starting this, I have to get rid of a lot of food so most of it will be going to one of my friends then this weekend big spring clean of the kitchen, reorganisation and preparation of foods for the week. I will post updates over the weekend, I do have a journal page in progress which I will post once I have finished it. Unfortunately, I have a lot going on in my personal life and with work that is quite stressful so I am glad to have something to occupy my mind and so that I feel like I am more in control of my life. My anxiety of late has caused some problems so I want to try and lessen the symptoms so going forward I won’t feel so emotionally out of control.

Watch this space….

Have a lovely evening

Clairester

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I have been away for quite a while, it seems there is just never enough time to fit everything in that I want to do.

The last 4 months have been crazy, amazing at times, hard work and sometimes stressful  but I really wouldn’t change what has happened, I just hope that the rest of the year is as exciting.

So what has been happening well very briefly, work has been crazy busy, working long hours and generally being unpleasant. I have met the most amazing guy who I have been seeing for nearly 5 months, honestly the time we spend together is just perfect and we went on my first holiday for 10 years together to Majorca which was beautiful.

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Well we are fast heading into Autumn and it is the time for getting back into reading which I have missed desperately and spending my evenings being more productive doing art, I really miss it and I know it grounds. I have always known it keeps me sane if all around me is going mental. So I am back and I am going to try to film some of my making of art, my boyfriend has lent me a swish, fancy camera to use so watch this space.

Currently reading – Bringing up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
I loved Wolf Hall and the sequel is equally as thrilling.

Looking forward to reading The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse

Also check out my boyfriends youtube channel, flying, shooting, and lovely holiday destinations – G-Dogg Cool Adventures

Wishing you all a happy Saturday night

Clairester

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Technical Difficulties

Yep having a few techy issues, my photos won’t download and it is too late for me to start playing around. So this week is all about getting back into walking every day, second day and 6 miles so far, I am knackered tonight. I love walking home from work, it is a great wind down and I feel energised when I get in.

I am also making more of an effort to read this year, I let it slip in 2013 and I really missing getting lost in a book. I am just about to start N0S4R2 by Joe Hill, meant to be really scary so very excited to get going with that.

Even though it is only Tuesday it feels like it should be later in the week, sadly not. The first week of the year is going slow, not that I want to wish my life away….43 this year in 12 days in fact. Sadly nothing exciting on the horizon in terms of celebration, will be the first in a while where I haven’t done anything. Ah well age I suppose, as long as I have cake all will be well.

Just a short check in, wishing you all manner of goodness for your week.

Clairester
Xx

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Sunday evening comes round too quickly, I sometimes struggle with that feeling of work the next day and try and put off going to bed for as long as I can stretching it out.

As I am no longer dating Chris I found myself with new plans for Saturday, my close friend Chris (yes I need to get friends with different names!) and I met up for shopping in Epsom, lunch and a good old chat. We haven’t seen each other for a while so it was really good fun to catch up, I got to do some shopping and have cake!

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I just loved being out and I have so missed spending time with Chris, our friendship has weathered many storms and is currently in the eye of a hurricane, I can just be myself it is so easy and relaxed. Sometimes a friendship is so life changing that it is crazy to let it go, so I will keep trying as long as Chris wants me in his life.

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And finally to jam, I have spent the whole day making jam in my breadmaker, so far I have 6 jars of just plum and plum/apple jam so I am excited to try it when I make bread next weekend. Plus they make good gifts! I have to say was a lot of preparation going on, so also ended up having a nap I was so tuckered out.

Finally, my new read is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, a lot of my personal issues are around confidence and being emotionally needy, I know it is something I need to work on and I am just looking at different ways of becoming stronger, more me and loving myself.

Be kind and enjoy your night!

Clairester
Xx

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Walking home this week I have already noticed the leaves turning brown and dropping to the pavement, this is the time of year that I love. Today there is that Autumn chill in the air which is a little early, I don’t want to be putting the heating on yet!!

This has been a tough, tiring week I have got back into walking every day and it totally wiped me out. Every day almost falling asleep in the evening, however I realised how much I missed the exercise and being able to wind down after work. I now need to organise my eating, mostly I am thinking soup and soda bread for dinner which I tried yesterday and it is so light but delicious. I have become obsessed with eating yogurts as well.

I feel very much like I can see my life for the next few months, not in detail but through all the things I want to do. I have a stack of books to read which I am very excited about I have just started reading Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. I am not sure yet, I am enjoying it but I need to keep going to see where the book takes me. I also have places I want to go, plenty of art to do and connections to make so I feel like my eyes are wide open.

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Whilst I was away at my parents we looked through all the photo albums and I took copies so I could get some prints done, below is a picture of me with my Great Aunt Frieda and my Great Granny. It was so lovely to find all these amazing pictures.

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And a lovely picture of my Dad and my Grandmother who sadly I never knew, she died shortly after my parents married.

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Here is to family history, have a great Sunday!

Clairester
Xx

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Hi all

Sorry I have been away, last week I was so sick, really took the wind out if my sails as it came on quick and unexpected. All is well now and I have been spending a lot if time catching up with art and life.

So I have been working with the Words of Me Project which is all about looking at ourselves, our lives and making improvements to get more of what we want. We are into week 5 and the journaling is coming on:

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Week 2 is my mission statement which I carry around with me to keep me in check.

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Week 3 was the 5 things I will say YES to in my life, the most important things.

Week 4 is about getting more sleep, I haven’t been able to focus on that due to being sick so that will be on my list for this week. Week 5 is now up so I will be off to look at that later this evening.

My journaling has slowed down ever so slightly as I am going through a period of change. I could feel it coming with everything that has happened over the last few months, I have almost relished the start of it which also collides with the Words of Me Project. I feel like I need more time, I have so much to do and I want to do it all now, obviously that is not realistic and I think it is because I feel quite excited by this change/ development in me.

I don’t have a lot to tell you at the moment because I am still formulating it all in my head and looking at how this new way of thinking will work for me. All I can say is that I feel very positive and I am looking forward in life, to my life, to everything. I know it seems cryptic and all I will say is The law of attraction so some if you will already understand.

So I am heading off tonight I have some mail art to finish and a dress to hem.

Be happy
Clairester
Xx

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I have had quite an interesting week since starting to read “This I Know” by Susannah Conway.

This book more than anything else I have read has touched me emotionally and deep into my core. A lot has happened over the last 7 years and instead of dealing with each episode as it arose, I had to push the feelings down deeply in order to deal life, so that I did not fall under.

Now I have realised that in order to exorcise my demons I have to work through the feelings that are having a negative impact on my life. Most of my life I have felt unworthy of happiness which has been compounded by the relationships I have had which have been of a destructive nature confirming that I do not deserve to be happy. So I want to change that, I don’t want to be carrying this around with my like a stone around my neck, it is too hard to keep it all hidden and all I am doing is hurting myself.

I spent a glorious morning art journaling, writing in my journal, reading poetry and May Sarton and for the first time in many years I felt a shift in my soul, like the weight moved, lifted just for a short time while I listened to my feelings and sat in the moment hearing my own voice while I read aloud.

The poem I chose to read was If by Rudyard Kipling moving and inspirational, why don’t you try with one that speaks to you.

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