On Monday I returned from a 10-night holiday in Crete and I found it to be a pretty life-changing experience. Not for the endless sunshine and cocktails, or for the beautiful sunsets. Not even for the many stray cats that I managed to feed during my trip. It was life-changing because I met an elderly chap called Ken.
My grandparents never displayed their affection for each other, especially in front of the rest of us. We all knew it was a love of undisclosed fortitude. She was the rock that held the family together, and grandpa was happiest shouting at the wrestling match between 'Giant Haystacks' and 'Big Daddy'. Easy! Easy! Easy!
Walking through Sainsbury's in Wilmslow recently, I overheard a woman complaining to her husband. 'They don't even have any organic tampons, Andy,' she sighed. (This is the sort of thing that happens in Wilmslow. Everywhere you go you hear things that sound like they have been pulled of the 'Overheard in Waitrose' Facebook page.)
Unlike my sister or boyfriend who can fall asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow, it takes me a good half an hour to relax in bed let alone finally drift off. It also has to be dark, warm and deadly silent. But sleep is pretty important and recently, after reading a tonne of articles confirming this, I've tried to focus on getting more sleep per night.
We all need to feel safe and at times we can only get that by withdrawing into our bubble to feel anchored and grounded. Then there are those bubbles that can make us feel cut off, separate and disconnected from others and the world around us. If you really think about it, bubbles are there, for all of us, all of the time. Life can be about navigating bubbles.
New Orleans has something for everyone, if you want to party head to Bourbon Street and get wild after drinking a hurricane or two. Walking through the French Quarter is like sticking your iPod on shuffle, with music and culture oozing out of every building and on every street corner; this city has Jazz in it's soul.
Detox' is one of the most overused words in our vocabulary at the moment: I see it attached to everything from smoothies to foot stickers to overpriced supplements. Unfortunately, we're so far removed from it that so many of us want a quick fix and engage in all kind of crazy diets and potions in a bid to 'cleanse' that many of us don't know what it actually means- giving it a terrible reputation!