I live in Aveyron, France, with my husband Tom. We have lived here since October 2012 and have created our own home from a very old building that once had pigs living on the ground floor! Our aim is to live a simple, but comfortable life. This is partly because it is the way we enjoy living but also to provide an example of a different way of living that is hopefully a positive one!
I am passionate about the environment and very concerned about the harm that we are causing to our planet. I believe that we are at a point in history where we have the opportunity to make a real positive difference to the future of the world and feel optimistic that it is possible for this to happen if enough people want it to.
I am also concerned about the effect that modern living and expectations has on people's happiness and their ability to be creative and to fully participate in life. I therefore am motivated to write to try and improve the planet and the lives of those who live on it.
I have co-created 'The One Course' - helping people to 'Love life and find their purpose', with my husband Tom and we now run this 7 day residential course twice a year in Aveyron. (onecourse.org)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Nature is what inspires me to get out of bed is the short answer, especially if the sun is shining! I love that 'new day' feeling.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending time creating our garden. Last year we increased the amount of 'garden' we have by almost 2 acres and so there is plenty to work with! I continue to learn French - I think this will be a life-long project! I have spent a great amount of time over the last 18 months creating a course with my husband Tom called 'The One Course' - Love life and find your purpose! (theonecourse.org) It has been a very exciting and interesting process and I continue to learn a great deal and hope that over the next 10 years we can share what we have learned with many people. Part of my paid work involves doing a paper round which involves travelling 75 kms around our local commune. It takes about 3 hours every day and means that I get up at 5am! The good part is that I only have to work 3 days as Tom does the other 3 days. We both enjoy the fantastic sunrises, people we meet and places and animals we see. It is also good for developing the art of 'being in the moment' as the minute you lose concentration you deliver the wrong paper or drive past the box!
This book is written with the intention of helping you to love and care for yourself. Even though we are considered to be living in an increasingly selfish society, there are still a great many people sacrificing their own needs, by putting the needs or wants of others first, to the detriment of their own physical and mental health. This book shows how to achieve a balance between the two.
Change is an inevitable part of life and living, yet many of us struggle to accept it. Why do we resist it, try to control it, and spend our precious time being upset about changes that have already happened? This book looks at why. It suggests ways in which we can learn to accept change, and become happier with many of the inevitable changes that occur throughout our lives.
Useful little book, simply written but lots of easy ideas and tips for things you can do with grandchildren both at a distance and when you visit them or they visit you. I liked the positive approach to what can be looked upon as a sad situation and yet nowadays is a very common one. I don't have grandchildren yet but bought it because I live at a distance from my young adult children and realise that one day I may have grandchildren and would like from the beginning to develop a positive approach to being at a distance.