Year in Review – Prompt #1 Books

Through the last two months of 2018 I’m sharing some end of year reflection prompts to help you integrate the experiences of this year and finish up feeling good about yourself, your journey, the year that was and the year that’s coming up.

Here is the first Year in Review reflection and journaling prompt….
What books/ articles/ blogs did you read this year?
Take an hour this week to sit down with pen and paper (or laptop and coffee) and jot down all the books you can remember that you read this year.
1. What themes interested you most?
2. What kinds of characters inspired you?
3. What kinds of feelings/ experiences were you looking for in your reading?
Write for 10 minutes about each of these questions (or another question that feels like it needs answering).
4. Wrap up: what have you learnt about yourself and your year based on what you read? Write freehand for 10 minutes on this, without editing or judgement. Put whatever comes to mind.
5. Wish for next year: What would you like to read more of next year? Write for 5 minutes about this, let it be impulsive, free and creative, steer clear of guilt or shoulds.

That’s it!


And remember to be kind to yourself as you reflect and write – accept and be kind to yourself about whatever you read, whatever you felt, whatever you were drawn to.

10 books in 2016 challenge – update

If you saw my earlier post on #10books2016 you might know about this gentle and easy to achieve challenge (hey, I’m all for us actually reaching our goals!).

Here is a quick update on just some of the books that people taking the challenge are reading at the moment:

  • Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime”
  • Terry Pratchett’s “The Truth”
  • Hanya Yanagihara’s “A little Life”
  • Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s “Good Omens”
  • Dr. Michelle Mazur’s “Speak up for your Business”
  • Diana Gabaldon’s  Outlander Series Book 6: “A Breath of Snow and Ashes”
  • William Gibson’s “Spook Country”
  • Scott Orson Card’s “Ender’s Game”
  • Lianne Moriarty’s  “Truly, Madly, Guilty”
  • Susan Hill’s “The Soul of Discretion”
  • Karin Slaughter’s “Faithless”
  • Gay Hendricks ‘The Big Leap”
  • Petra Garlipp and Horst Haltenhof’s “Rare Delusional Disorders”
  •  Margaret Atwood’s “The Heart goes Last”
  • Janet C Atlas “They were Still Born”
  • Andrew Miller Dernier “Requiem pour les Innocents”
  • Nick Bantock “Urgent 2nd Class”
  • Colin Gilbert et al.’s “The Daily Book of Art”
  • Nevada Barr’s “A Superior Death”
  • Catherine Hyland Moon’s “Studio Art Therapy”
  • Elizabeth Wolf’s “Plume Fantome”

A mix of sci-fi, crime, literary fiction, young adult, business related non-fiction, art, art therapy and more!

If you are keen to join us by sharing the world’s shortest book reviews ever, encouraging each other to keep reading, and getting great ideas for your book list, come on over and join our Facebook group HERE. It’s free and a no pressure zone.

PS This blog post is #101!! I feel happy to have written 100 little nuggets of thoughts this last year.

Help for writing content – a 10 minute ice breaker

Here is an exercise I developed for some clients recently who were feeling stuck on creating content for their website and social media. I’m sharing with you in case it helps kickstart your writing today and express yourself.


Give yourself just 10 minutes, a timer and a piece of paper or keyboard and finish as many of the following sentences as you can in that time. Try to create an answer for all of them, even those that don’t seem to apply. Work fast and don’t worry of the answer if goofy, badly worded or lame – just write. Imagine it’s a random test at school with a very friendly teacher who will give you a mark for each question as long as you write SOMETHING; you don’t have time to think too much, you just have to answer as many as you can and keep moving.

Once the timer has stopped, see if one or two particularly resonate. These might be the ones you wished you had longer to write about.  Highlight these ones and now give yourself 10 minutes EACH to keep writing about those ones.

You might find the process takes you far away from the sentence starter but into some great territory that could be a useful Facebook post or blog post for your clients/ readers/ customers/ tribe.


Story/ learning/ growth/ sharing the wisdom of women/ confidence/ balance/ peer support /intuition (pick one of those) is so important to me because….

When I speak about my work people are often surprised that I…
Some coaching clients find it hard to express themselves and hear or stand up for their inner voice. I support them to…
Working parents have so much on their plates. I love to help them…
Humour is in my opinion….
Strength is in my opinion….
What helps me gain clarity when I’m feeling overwhelmed is…
I love helping clients to….
Self care is….
Passion is so important! I’m so passionate about….
The reason I first started this work was to….
Coaching clients often ask me…
With my own journey as a mother/ personal trainer/ writer/ speaker/ coach/healer one thing I’ve learnt is…


That’s it! Good luck! I hope it helps.

10 Books in 2016 challenge!

Calling all book lovers…
Anyone want a reading challenge? How about 10 books in 2016! Yes, I’m aware that 2016 is (more than) half over, but surely we can squeeze out 10 books between now and end of December, even if we haven’t started any so far????

(Think of this as the very late New Year’s resolution for those of us who were busy and distracted at the start of the year but want to cram now and not feel bad come December 🙂 )

This is your happy invitation to dive right into some of those creativity books you haven’t read yet, or maybe the self-help pile, the art therapy texts, the Barbara Sher books, the illustrated gardening books, the crime fiction or the graphic novels (or is that just me?? LOL).

Yes audio books count! Yes half finished books count (as half a book!). Yes even re-reading counts!

Who wants to join me?

And we can report back on our progress as the year unfolds.

Reading is one of my great pleasures, and helps me refill my creative well, as well as stay up to date in my professional fields. And articles are GREAT, and books are something else again.

And if you manage to read more than 10 – awesome! And if you read less – also awesome! Reading some, and trying totally counts.

So launching the not very elegant but as far as I can tell not yet taken hashtag of:

Let me know below if you’ll join me 🙂


And please excuse the extreme overabundance of blog posts this week – I had a little tech glitch which made me post two in a row. This one however is just down to sheer excitement.

What kind of books?

Completely up to you!

  • Any genre
  • Any authors
  • Books in any language
  • Fiction or non-fiction
  • Audiobooks are fine
  • Work related or non work related books are fine
  • Short books are fine
  • Short story or poetry anthologies are fine
  • Illustrated books, ‘coffee table books’ and graphic novels are fine
  • Rereading old favourites is fine
  • Finishing half started books is fine

How to join?

This is free, and just for fun, and to help us all reach our reading goals and feel good about what we’ve read for 2016.

To join please comment below AND either sign up to my blog or my mailing list. I wont over email you I promise (as evidenced by my zero newsletters so far!!). This way I can give a few prompts along the way to encourage us all. Then.. just get reading! And anywhere you want to share a photo of the book you are reading or a cool quote from the book you are reading, or an update on how you are going against your goal just use the hashtag #10books2016

UPDATE: I have created a new facebook group for members of the challenge! Come over and join us here:


Viva le bookish folk!