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List #1 – Things that make me feel better / worse

Things that make me feel better…

Getting to bed early
Getting up before the kids
Going for a walk every day
Less sugar
No caffeine after morning coffee
Drinking water
Eating regularly
Creating something
Reading a book
Telling my kids I love them
Reading stories to my kids
A back scratch from Cara
Playing guitar
Listening to music
Watching my favourite movies
Brushing my teeth
Spending time with Cara
Phoning my Mum
Time on my own
Getting washed and dressed (before midday!)
A tidy home
Keeping in touch with friends

Things that make me feel worse…

Eating late at night
Pointlessly scrolling social media
Not having a plan
Not feeling in control
Last minute changes
Drinking caffeine before bed
Not going to bed at the same time as Cara
Not leaving the house for days at a time
Holding on to an angry thought
Dad guilt
Shouting at my kids
Letting people down
Not feeling confident
Not getting eight hours sleep
Taking on too much at work
Beating myself up
Judging others
Crowds of people
Leaving it too long to visit my grandparents
Not tidying up after myself
The news

Letter XIX Published – It’s not you it’s about

Letter XIX published on Sunday 8th November 2020

Here’s an excerpt:

We’ve all got a part to play in shaping the world we live in. And it all starts with being more patient and kind to the most important people in our life.

What we can all be a little better at is checking in on our ideals and how those ideals shape our expectations of other people’s actions and behaviour.

Where can you make a difference? And for who?

It’s been a while, but I’m still here…

Hey 🙂

“When jarred, unavoidably, by circumstances, revert at once to yourself, and don’t lose the rhythm more than you can help. You’ll have a better grasp of the harmony if you keep going back to it” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.11

My writing habit took a big hit in March when COVID restrictions were put in place in Scotland and the UK. For most of us, the restrictions resulted in focusing on what was important to us and letting everything else go, at least for a while. For me, that meant putting the health and safety of my family first, and making sure I could still earn a living. This personal project was one thing I had to put to the side and return to later.

Thankfully, everyone at home remains healthy and we’re continuing to take precautions to stay safe and protect others that are close to us. How have you coped over the past 6 months?

Another factor that has affected my physical and mental capacity to write letters is that my work at IMPACT stepped up a gear. When COVID hit the US our clients needed us more than ever, and I’m pleased that I have managed to retain almost all of my clients over the past 8+ months. I’m probably working harder now than I ever have in my career as a marketer – by the end of 2020 I will have literally banked over 400 hours of consulting this year. That’s an incredible amount of work!

In the past few months I’ve slowly been warming back up to doing more writing and I think about this personal project when I’m out on my daily walks around the local park. I’ve been spending almost all my ‘spare’ time reading, and you can get an update on my reading right here on my website or by heading over to Goodreads.

Writing something meaningful that I will feel proud to send to you is important to me. There’s enough half-baked content being published every day, and we certainly don’t need more of it. I want you to know that when I send you something to read that I’ve spent time on it and that it will be worth your time.

All this to say…I’ve missed you, and I hope you’ll be glad to know that I’m back to tippy-tappying the keys on my keyboard and I’ll have a new letter with you soon.

My hope is that you will stay subscribed to the list…at least until I get my next letter out to you 🙂



Letter XVIII Published – When the world is too loud, write a list

Letter XVII published on Tuesday 17th March 2020.

Here’s an excerpt:

It’s times like this when writing lists help me to get some perspective and get a grip of what’s going on in my head before it gets out of control.

Simple statements. Actions. Ideas. Thoughts. Worries. Out of my head and on to paper. Freeing up space in my head. Turning down the volume. Helping me to focus on one thing, even just for a brief moment.

Letter XVII Published – Are you doing your best work?

Letter XVII published on Sunday 23rd February 2020.

Here’s an excerpt:

…doing your best work means being selfish. Knowing clearly and confidently protecting your mental and physical conditions so you can be better – being clear on what’s important and what’s not. Doing less, but doing it better.

Daily Journaling Challenge – Taking a break

A quick update on the journaling challenge.

I’ve facilitated 38 consecutive 14-day challenges and I’m going to take a break from it for a while.

I’m not sure if I’ll go back to it or not, but I’ll still be journaling every day.

I need a little space to reflect and take stock. I’m experimenting with a few other things, too.

I hope you’ll continue to spend time with your journal each day 🙂



Letter XVI published – Original Thought Experiment

Letter XVI published on Sunday 9th February 2020.

Here’s an excerpt:

It’s easy to lurk in the shadows, but that’s not where growth and happiness is. Perhaps it’s time for you to step into the light – to see what you are truly capable of and start believing in yourself more.

Letter XV published – Happy?

Letter XV published on Sunday 19th January 2020.

Here’s an excerpt:

What I’ve learned is that not only is our life made up of the choices and decisions we make but that a fulfilled and happy life is created by making choices and decisions. In other words, it’s dealing with and working through the challenges that life presents us with that makes us happy.