October Catch Up

A YEAR LONG CHALLENGE: I originally asked seven people who struggle with a common mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, or a sense of ‘lack’ to be in gratitude for the year ahead. Each of them represented a day of the week and began to post me a photo of something they are grateful for this day for a whole year. We started last month. Since my first request for volunteers three more people joined up and we doubled up on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Read original blog

We catch up with some of our volunteers five months into a year long photo challenge of capturing a photo of something they are grateful for each week…

1. The challenge has been going for five months, looking back at your photos, can you see a clearer pattern what you are most grateful for in life? Which photo best sums it up?

Nature and what she gives us (Friday ‘Yin’)

My photos seem to be a collection of outdoor shots, nature and animals! I always feel calmer outside and it is my go to place for mindfulness. My children are also a big part of my grateful for- they do bring me so much joy and have a great way of grounding me (Monday)

I am trying very hard to do so. My beautiful loving family keep me going. Something with the sky in it (Tuesday)

Definite theme of nature/Animals. Any of my photos really sum that up (Sunday Southern Hemisphere)

I think that the best photograph so far is the one of my brother in law and sister in law’s 50th wedding anniversary party. It says it all really, families are so important and I am so grateful for my own close family (Sunday Northern Hemisphere).

My images are all close to home in some way. I realise home, in both the immediate sense and the surrounding area, is precious to me. I think because my childhood was so chaotic and we moved so often then later on in the military of course there was never a home for long, now having that stable sanctuary is an immense comfort (Saturday North).

2. If you could visualise a future photo that you could step into: What would it look like? Where would you be? Who would you be with? What would be going on around you? How would you be feeling?

A woodland clearing sun light filtering through the trees by myself total peace, feeling calm and relaxed (Friday ‘Yin’)

A beach, a calm space, warm but not hot. I would be with my boys and my husband. I miss them when they are not around. I would feel content and happy, not worrying about anything else. Just enjoying being in the moment (Monday).

Space with nothing in it but happy family and cat. Just sitting and being – feeling at ease and not full of panic (Tuesday).

It would look like my own house, with my partner, with our animals around us. I would be feeling happy and content (Sunday Southern Hemisphere). 

The future photo that I would like to see, is of me sat in the awning of a caravan at a campsite on the shore of Coniston Water in the Lake District. I would be with my wife and my dogs, and just relaxing after an early morning climb up “The Old Man” with the dogs. Because we went so early, the camp site would just be coming to life; I would be feeling glad that I got to enjoy the climb and the beauty before the fell tracks resembled a motorway of hikers going up and down (Sunday Northern Hemisphere).

Actually I think it would be in the garden, with all the work done that I have planned for it, both kids at a garden table in the evening sun, fairy lights around us and I’ve found ‘the one’ and we are laughing about something ridiculous. I would be feeling wholesome, enveloped in love and brimming with light (Saturday North).

3. If you could take a small step towards being in this photograph what would it be?

Making it through winter unscathed (Friday ‘Yin’)

Putting a small piece if time aside at the weekend to actually be with my children rather than letting the day to day get in the way. I find it so hard to switch off, something that I really need to get better at (Monday)

Serious psychological help is the next step (Tuesday)

This is what I don’t know. My partner doesn’t want to get a house, I feel like at the moment, all I can do is wait (Sunday Southern Hemisphere).

This weekend I made plans to look for a new caravan on Friday and then Saturday and again on Sunday, but it didn’t happen. So actually making the effort to overcome my own lethargy and make the time to try and buy a new caravan, would be a good small step. Going to try again on Monday; I’ll let you know how I get on next week 😊 (Sunday Northern Hemisphere).

I think I’ve been on the journey to that moment for the last 4 years (I’ve had a long way to travel). More recently steps have been learning to love and respect myself, not allowing my ego to create dramas for me and reconnecting with my emotions. The next steps I think will be (further) work in addressing my relationship with food and to that end, loose weight, there by increasing self esteem and confidence and giving myself the best chance at meeting whoever that guy is in the photo (Saturday North).

What are you grateful for today?

In Gratitude: Sept Catch up

A YEAR LONG CHALLENGE: I originally asked seven people who struggle with a common mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, or a sense of ‘lack’ to be in gratitude for the year ahead. Each of them represented a day of the week and began to post me a photo of something they are grateful for this day for a whole year. We started last month. Since my first request for volunteers three more people joined up and we doubled up on Fridays, Saturdays and more recently Sundays. Read original blog

We catch up with some of ten volunteers four months into a year long photo challenge of capturing a photo of something they are grateful for each week.

In August’s catch up the group were additionally challenged with setting their own reminders for their weekly photos so ownership of the challenge becomes theirs. They would receive just one email inviting them to answer some catch up questions.

Lets see how they all got on this month…

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Feel the Feelings

Change your thoughts – think more postive – you become your thoughts – thoughts become your destiny. But what if it’s not about your thoughts?

I got stuck and for some time I wasn’t sure how to become unstuck.

The answer was simple, ‘I need time and space with myself‘. The reality has been harder to achieve; fighting my own default to continue to help others and ignore my own needs, and having this default reflected back from others that haven’t been able to hear my words. Its really not about anyone else, its about me having quiet time to preserve my mental health.

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Who let the dogs out

Self Selection & Essential Oils Workshops for dog and their humans now running at Furzedown Farm

We held our first workshop for dogs and their humans recently. Humans learnt about the physical and emotional uses of essential oils, grass powders and clays, and why a dog may select them. After the theory, the dogs were invited to self select any of the oils on offer.

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In Gratitude: August Catch Up

A YEAR LONG CHALLENGE: I originally asked seven people who struggle with a common mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, or a sense of ‘lack’ to be in gratitude for the year ahead. Each of them represented a day of the week and began to post me a photo of something they are grateful for this day for a whole year. We started last month. Since my first request for volunteers three more people joined up and we doubled up on Fridays, Saturdays and more recently Sundays. Read original blog

We catch up with our ten volunteers three months into a year long photo challenge of capturing a photo of something they are grateful for each week. This month some of our group members ask each other questions about the challenge and we catch up with what they have to say…

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Reiki Healing Exchanges

Our first group of Reiki II practitioners will now be offering Reiki exchanges at Furzedown Farm to help gain their hours for certification. If you would like to help them and fancy some healing too, this blog is for you…

HUMAN REIKI/HEALING EXCHANGES

Our first session will be on August 14th, at 1900 to 2100hrs for human/human reiki exchanges.

Reiki lying down outdoors in the shade
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My Journey with Oils

How did I get into Essential Oils for Animals?

I had just left teaching with stress related illness, had to quit renting my home and decided to finally set up my Animal Behaviour business. I had studied BSc Hons Animal Science (Behaviour and Welfare), before I embarked on a PGCE in Secondary Science. I returned to my first passion, of working with animals. I figured if I wasn’t going to ever find paid work with animals, best create a job and afford to rent again. I stumbled upon a website doing Essential Oil Therapy for Animals and was hooked. I went to Cambridge to do a zoopharmacognosy workshop with Caroline Ingraham in 2010 and then embarked on a diploma in Essential Oil Therapy with Karen Bourdon/Menzi and the rest is history.

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Healing with Oils: A catch Up

A few weeks after our first essential oils workshop at Furzedown Farm we catch up with our group to see how they have got on offering oils and herbs to their horses.

Essential Oils Workshop for Equine Owners
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Goodbye, farewell, adios – it’s all about endings…

I have moved home about 45 times so far…Army child, Army soldier, and then I seem to have continued the theme but moved more since leaving the forces. It doesn’t make endings easier, just gives me more experience with them. I exit with kindness and grace…thankfully as some tyrant bosses I went on to work with again! As Karen indicates in this blog, you have a moment in time with people. Some accept this and let go when its over. Some find it harder and stay in touch until that moment you both realise its only that moment you had in common. A rare few are lifelong friends and it seems I can pick these relationships back up as if no time passed between when I finally get any free time.

I have noticed that it is always easier to leave than have someone leave. If they leave, I am left with the memories being constantly reminded of their absence as I continue my work as before. Eventually the void gets filled with something new. When I leave I have the stimulus of something new and this keeps me occupied and perhaps delaying the emotional feelings, which come eventually. If I am not enjoying the new chapter, I used to go back like the Great Gatsby and try to repeat the past, then I realised life moved on without me there.



Embracing the present is good advice, as is embracing your feelings on goodbyes and endings. Feel them and they are released.

New Leaf Counselling

How are you with goodbye’s?

Saying goodbye is the hardest thing that most of us do. Endings by definition are final and are therefore something that most of us find difficult.

“How lucky I am to have something that makessaying goodbyeso hard.”

So with theendingof my time in Somerset just round the corner I have been saying goodbye to people that I have become close to -new friends and colleagues, people that I see every-day– and- of course -the clients that I have worked with over the last few years.It is tough, but I feel ok with the sadness that this brings.

Relationships end all the time and most often we don’t have the ability to choose how to end relationships. People stop turning up, stop responding to communications. People fade away, people move, or other things happen that prevent the relationship from ending the way…

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In Gratitude: July Catch Up

We catch up with our nine volunteers two months into their year long photo challenge of capturing a photo of something they are grateful for each week.

We also welcome one more volunteer to the team who joins us on Sundays from the ‘Northern Hemisphere’. His photo is featured above and we will catch up with his progress in August.

A YEAR LONG CHALLENGE: I originally asked seven people who struggle with a common mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, or a sense of ‘lack’ to be in gratitude for the year ahead. Each of them represented a day of the week and began to post me a photo of something they are grateful for this day for a whole year. We started last month. Since my first request for volunteers three more people joined up and we doubled up on Fridays, Saturdays and more recently Sundays. Read original blog

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