Friday, 11 November 2016

Gabrielle Treanor: The Green Gables

The internet never ceases to amaze me. Every day it teaches me something new, helps me find an answer and connects me to new people, places, ideas, news....

Earlier this year I came across Gabrielle Treanor and her website the Green Gables. In her own words Gabrielle is a writer, designer and avid researcher and practitioner on the subject of happiness.

Happiness is a tricky word because it means something completely different to everyone. It's definitely something I've enjoyed exploring through her "Choosing Happiness E-Course" which covered everything from wellbeing to mindfulness and both the outdoor and indoor environment.

I was also intrigued by The Happy Paper Club - this is a monthly stationery subscription service that delivers boxes filled with papery goodness, happy and inspirational messages, and more to boost your happiness and spread a little joy. Along with a selection of the green gables’ stationery, each box includes exciting new items that are exclusive to Happy Paper Club.

The Green Gables online shop is exquisite - I bought a note pad and greeting cards - so useful and a wonderful way of being able to put pen to paper and drop someone a line - actual post (that isn't a bill) always makes anyone's day.

Here are her cards of encouragement:

Her new course on Gratitude started this week - appropriately named A Thankful Heart. She believes that gratitude is the keystone to happiness and making it part of your everyday routine is the core to living a happier life. I couldn't agree more....

For more information go to

I am so grateful to my friend Betsy Benn for pointing me in Gabrielle's direction. I also met Betsy Benn on Twitter. Go figure.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

US Election: TODAY

I didn't write a blog post for the whole of October, and I genuinely missed doing it.... I've resolved a technical glitch on my computer / performed a major Apple software update and it now works like new. I didn't know there was such a thing as Apple Support, where you can ring about any device and they'll talk you through it. I was blown away by their help....

As I type this, millions of Americans are queuing to cast their vote in the US Presidential Election... and by the time you read this, the result might be final.. I listen to Radio 4's Today Programme every morning and it feels like, for 18 months, they have talked about nothing else.... even Brexit feels like a distant memory (its not!).

I urge you to watch this YouTube video - it is the full episode of Ruby's American Pie, the one where she interviews Donald Trump on his private jet at 30,000 feet. This article is also an interesting companion to the YouTube clip if you can't bear to watch it.

Whilst it is not for me to say who the people of America should vote for, and it is clear that NEITHER candidate is perfect for the job, I am genuinely scared about the outcome and hope my nerves can be calmed.