RECENT FAVOURITE ETSY FINDS (U.K. EDITION).

3.5.18

I had a lot of fun putting together the first "recent Etsy favourites" post (link here!) so I thought I would do it again. Etsy really is a treasure trove of cool things. I could spend hours looking through items, and I do! I have a fondness for pins, art prints, cross stitch patterns, and I can spend ages poring over the vintage listings. 

There are some absolute corkers in this list and if I had a job right now I would totally purchase every single damn thing, starting with that pug tshirt. Oh my! 



Getting back into writing.

Remember when I used to update my blog all the time and write about cool stuff? Yeah me neither. It has been a long time since I had any sort of regular schedule and I really miss it. 

The main problem I have is that since 2015 my health has put a major restriction on my social life, my ability to go on holiday, and generally do fun things out of the house, which means that a big chunk of what I used to write about has gone out the window. Also I am massively aware that you probably don't want to read about the doom and gloom of my life's troubles, of which there have been a fair few in the last couple of years. No one wants to be a Debbie Downer do they?!

I used to love sitting down to write posts so much but I am well and truly out of the habit now and it's something I want to change. So I have vowed to write a little every day, with a view to sharing more with you.

Despite my health still being a bit crap at times and not being able to do as much as I would like to, I still get out and about and experience new things so I am going to try and get back into the habit of taking a camera everywhere I go and sharing what I get up to.

As much as it's a bit painful looking back at old posts (mainly the ones with my most recent ex-boyfriend in because he's a tool) and having those old memories thrust in my face from time to time when I'm searching my blog for certain things, it's also pretty cool to look back on happy times and have a million photos of the pugs. They have changed so much over the years and I love having that documented here.

There is no point to this post except to say that I miss writing and I'm going to start doing it a lot more, so thank you if you've stuck with me over the years. I really appreciate you all so much.


Life lately (day trips, dieting, and dreaming of Disneyworld).

31.3.18

I am completely over this weather. My skin is crying out for some sunshine, which probably explains why I spend most of my time watching vlogs of other people's holidays in Florida and planning a holiday that possibly isn't going to happen for a while. But I can dream, right?

Recently I got my arse into gear and I have been focussing on my diet and exercise regime a bit more. A stone and a half has managed to creep its way slowly onto my being and I really don't feel good at all. My confidence is really low and most of my clothes are way too tight which definitely doesn't help. Food massively impacts the symptoms of my CFS so I know I need to do better. I'm not doing any crazy diets but I am tracking my calories loosely each day and using my FitBit to track my daily steps. I always aim for at least 7000 a day but I don't always reach it if I'm having a rubbish health day. But other days I easily double it. I am also playing around with workouts to see what my body can handle so hopefully a bit of weight will come off and I'll feel much better all round.


I recently reopened my Etsy shop but swapped charm bracelets for my main passion which is cross stitching. I am selling PDF patterns as well as completed stitched pieces. And I can do custom stuff too! The best way to contact me for that is through my Etsy shop or on my new Instagram page which is @threadordeadclub

The next thing on my agenda is kits but they are a little trickier to piece together so that's going to take a bit of time. I'm working on a website for my shop too which is testing my technology skills but I'm really proud of what I have managed to do so far. I will give you a shout when it's live as I would love you to have a nosy round it and give me feedback.

Apart from my trips to Northumberland (here!) and Harry Potter Studios (here!), me and Oliver have had a jaunt to Otley, a walk on the Chevin with Lily and Lola, a browse round Salts Mill and Saltaire Village (including breakfast in a rare patch of sunshine), and a very cold day trip to Manchester. We are planning another mini break which I'm really looking forward to as our last break to Northumberland was completely wonderful.


My hypnotherapy treatment - who / what / why [8 sessions in].

27.3.18

Over the last two and a half years I have tried a number of treatments to help my chronic fatigue syndrome and my anxiety, which bounces between being moderate to severe and has a massive impact on my daily life. Hypnotherapy has always been on the list but for some reason I didn't take the plunge. Possibly put off by the cost and also not finding anybody local who I felt was the 'right' person for the job.

Fast forward from my initial thoughts on it, to a few months ago when my mum came home from work and told me about her colleague who had recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome with the help of hypnotherapy and was now a fair way through the hypnotherapist training as she wanted to share this tool with other sufferers of CFS / anxiety. She needed guinea pigs to give free sessions to and obviously I jumped at the chance, putting myself forward via my mum. 

We chatted on the phone where I answered a few questions about my symptoms, my life over the last few years, traumatic events, phobias, and gave her an overall picture of how I have come to be in my current situation. Then we met in person where I was told what the process would be and how it would help me. I felt a really good connection with her. I knew she understood how I was feeling because she had been in the same situation and had experienced the same symptoms and ignorance from others. It is fair to say I was excited for the following week to get started on the actual hypnosis itself!

photo from athenalaz.com

I was given a tape to listen to every evening when I got into bed. The idea of this was to get my brain used to her voice and to have a relaxation tool. Then I would meet with her each Monday evening but use the tape on the other evenings, or even through the day if I was having a particularly bad day. 

I didn't know what to expect before my first proper session and I was really nervous, but I had nothing to worry about. Half the session was talking; telling her what had been good about my week and describing how I would feel if I woke up and I wasn't poorly and could do anything I wanted to do. This gets the brain into the 'intelligent' part which is the positive side. From there I take my position on the bed under a comfy blanket and she starts the hypnosis.

I think there are a few misconceptions about hypnosis. I've had around 8 sessions of it now and sometimes I fall into it quite deeply and other times I daydream in and out of it, but it always feels safe. 

I have learned so much about how the brain works. Once you know the basics it explains so much about why we get stuck in the same patterns. Going back to bed and hiding under the covers when we feel depressed. Avoiding doing things that we know will help. When we are stuck in the negative part of the brain we repeat past templates of behaviour because that part of the brain can't come up with anything different. 

I haven't finished my sessions, I still have a few to go, so I will be reporting back when I have finished my treatment. But what can I tell you about what has changed so far?

I have more energy and have been sleeping less in the daytime by a considerable amount.

The length of time I spend in REM sleep has reduced (this phase of sleep is exhausting and can explain why we wake up feeling shattered). 

I am more aware of why I have certain thoughts and feelings and feel more in control of snapping myself out of a bad patch. 

I am by no means fixed or perfect. I still have bad days and bad thoughts. But I feel like the length of time I get stuck in those negative places has reduced. I will have a bad day rather than a bad fortnight or a bad month, like in the past.

I look forward to updating you when I have finished all of my sessions to let you know how I am!

A trip to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.

21.3.18

Last week my pal Steph and I took a road trip down to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in Watford for an afternoon of butterbeer and magic. This was my third trip to the tour but as there is plenty to see, and there had been the addition of The Forbidden Forest, I knew it would be another fun visit. And it was!

It's hard to pick a favourite part of the studios but I do really like the outside section with the houses and vehicles. Despite the cold weather, and me chomping on butterbeer icecream, we spent a good chunk of time outside taking photos and boomerangs. We are a couple of Instagrammers after all!

I also love the creatures section and the secrets behind how they come to life, even the freaky lil Voldemort baby behind the glass. You will know what I mean if you have been!



We spent a good few hours at the studios before our weary legs called us to our hotel. It's a long way from Leeds so we were ready for a rest. Our hotel was over by the Westfield shopping centre where we spent the following morning. Oh, also I spotted Pete from Towie in Wagamama's so I was chuffed with that. He is tiny like a small child.

Have you been to the studios? Or any plans to go? I hope I haven't spoiled too much of the magic if you haven't been yet but there really is so much to see that this is only a tiny snippet. I highly recommend a visit - and the butterbeer icecream is a winner!


5 simple routine changes I have made to improve my health (glandular fever / chronic fatigue syndrome / post viral fatigue).

8.3.18

Little swaps and changes here and there can add up to seeing big results over time so I thought I would share a few simple changes I have made over the last 18 months which have contributed to better physical and mental health. Obviously they have contributed to my recovery from glandular fever and CFS specifically, but they would benefit everybody. Also as a side note, I am definitely rubbish at sticking to things that I know are good for me so writing this will be a kick up the bum for me I am sure.

1) Write a to-do list the night before with realistic and achievable goals for the following day, then spread the tasks out throughout the full day. I have stopped trying to squeeze my whole week of tasks into one morning as this will, without fail, result in a crash later that day. This one is still a working progress as my personality type is to do everything all in one go, so it is taking some getting used to undoing this.

A good way of pacing myself through the day is to set a timer (the Pomodoro technique if you want to look into it further). So for 20 - 30 minutes I will focus on one task and try to avoid checking my phone or being distracted by my surroundings. For example I am writing this blog post and have a timer going and whether I finish it or not at the end of the timer, I will stop and take a break to have a cup of tea and stretch my legs. Then I repeat the timer technique throughout the day whether it's for housework, working on the laptop, or cross stitching. It keeps me focused and feeling like I am achieving things without pushing my body and brain too far.

2) Bed before 11pm.. I'm being generous there. Bed before 10 if manageable! I used to stay up so late playing on my phone or watching TV and then I would wake up early for a jog before work. This continuous lack of sleep and disjointed bedtime routine definitely contributed to my ill health as, when I got the glandular fever virus, I wasn't strong enough to fight it off as I wasn't ever getting proper rest.

One thing I struggle with is getting good quality sleep (my REM stage is far too high each night, hence why I wake feeling exhausted) but I know that going to bed at a decent time and having a proper chunk of sleep has done me good in the long run. 


3) Less reading rubbish, more reading self-help stuff. But not too much self-help stuff! If you have limited energy levels then you need to be more selective with the things you absorb into your brain. I have unfollowed a lot of social media accounts that make me feel bad about myself (fitspo, for example, as my lifestyle isn't aligned with that for the time being). Instead I try to make my social media time all about people discussing good self-care, healthy habits, and people who are honest about the ups and downs of their lives. But everything in moderation. Too many self-help books and social media scrolling, no matter how positive, can be truly draining. 

4) Practicing gratitude really does help. It is immensely difficult to stay positive when you have experienced long term pain and ill health, but something I find helpful, each evening when I get into bed, is to list everything I am grateful for from that day. Either out loud or just in my head. Sometimes this is easy if I have seen a friend or had a day of minimal symptoms but on other days putting a list together can feel nearly impossible. But if I dig deep and find things, even if it's just that I had a nice bath or made an excellent cup of tea, I feel better as I drift off to sleep

5) Ask myself a prompt question before or during activities such as "is this helpful?" If the answer is no, which it usually is when I'm lost in an Instagram binge or filling my shopping trolley with biscuits and stodge, I stop and move onto something that will be more beneficial. Having that phrase to throw at myself throughout the day makes me feel more present and helps me to stay on track. 


Free cross stitch pattern - I FORKING LOVE YOU.

25.2.18

To celebrate the re-opening of my Etsy shop I want to share a free pattern with you; something I aim to do regularly. I love cross stitching, and my new venture of designing patterns is bringing me a lot of happiness. As you may know, having a regular job is difficult for me right now due to my health problems. If I can make a teeny bit of a living from this I will be over the moon.

Below you will find the pattern for this hoop design. Feel free to use the colours of your choice, but for guidance I used the DMC colours below. This pattern uses mainly whole stitches with a couple of half stitches in there. If you're a complete beginner keep an eye on my new Instagram account (@threadordeadclub) as I'm going to share video tutorials on there to help get you started and I am also working on some kits to buy! Kits are a great option as they include everything you need to get going. Trust me, I know how expensive buying craft supplies individually can be!

As a guide, I used 14 count Aida fabric which is pretty much the standard fabric you will find in crafts shops like Hobbycraft. To get started find the centre of your fabric by folding it in half, then half again, and wiggle your needle through that centre hole so you can find it when you open your fabric back out again. Then start stitching from the centre of the pattern which is indicated by the red dot. 

Text - DMC 310
Fork - DMC E168 (or DMC 318 for a non metallic option)

I despise stitching with metallic thread as it is quite bitty and annoying, but you may have more patience than me. 

If you save the image below to your desktop you can then zoom in and out as you need to. It goes without saying not to sell my pattern or the finished hoop pieces without my prior permission. And finally if you use the pattern and want to help me with my new business venture there is a donate button in the sidebar.


10 things making me happy right now.

19.2.18

1) Taking the time to make proper coffee first thing in the morning in the cafetiere, with a dash of syrup.

2) Free hypnotherapy sessions every week. 

3) Flight of the Conchords songs. 

4) New credits on Audible. 

5) Cross stitching sweary words. 

6) Having a Fit Bit to track my steps and push me to move around a little more. 

7) My sweet and caring boyfriend. 

8) Lily being signed off from the vets for her poorly eye. 

9) The cookies I baked yesterday. 

10) Bath & Body Works candles - I've got a lavender marshmallow on its way to me as we speak. 


Recent favourite Etsy finds (U.K. edition).

22.1.18

I love browsing Etsy to find quirky gifts, and cross stitch patterns for myself, and I have a fair few items sitting in my "favourites" folder. I thought I would make this a regular series where I share awesome Etsy shops and some of my best finds. It's important to support small / local businesses - there is something so much more satisfying about buying something from a person working from their home / kitchen table (i.e. me) than going to a large store.

Every seller below is based in the UK so you can get your hands on anything you like the look of in super quick time. Next time I will include international sellers for anyone who reads my blog from further afield.

Is there anything you like the look of? Or any shops you can recommend for me to check out?



Life lately (hypnotherapy, harry potter studios, and having another go at Etsy).

20.1.18

Next week sees the official start of my hypnotherapy sessions after meeting my hypnotherapist last week and subsequently listening to a tape of her voice each evening, to get used to what she sounds like. This lady recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome and overcame severe anxiety with the help of hypnotherapy before deciding to train up herself (and I get to be her guinea pig for free!) so I am really hopeful for some positive results.

Just like buses, my therapy appointments all come along at once. I've also had a counselling session scheduled for next week which came along much quicker than the 3 - 4 month waiting list I was told about. I think it will be good to start the two therapies together. I have previously tried CBT counselling which wasn't suited to me, so I'm hoping plain old talking therapy will be better. 

I have my second cold of the year... I know, I sound like a broken record. My tonsils are swollen and I feel like I am swallowing shards of glass, and my head is fuzzy like it's full of mush. As of yesterday evening I can also add a streaming nose to my list of symptoms. I'm trying a couple of new supplements; A Vogel echinacea drops, and Sambucol which is strong zinc and vitamin C. At this point I will literally take any improvement, no matter how small!

February brings my 33rd birthday, as well as my boyfriend's birthday a few days after, and a trip to Manchester with an overnight stay (I'm hoping for a trip to The Principal - what a beauty of a hotel!) 

Then March sees a trip to Harry Potter Studios with one of my best pals and also I have tickets to see Flight of the Conchords at Leeds Arena so I'd say that's going to be a pretty amazing month. Inwill be praying to the immune system gods that my health holds up so I can enjoy it all! 

Lily hurt her eye a few days ago. I'm not sure how she did it but one minute she was fine, the next she wouldn't open her eye and it was swollen. As it's her only 'good' eye this rendered her unable to see much at all so off to the vets we went. She had managed to graze her entire eye ball and it was very sore indeed, but a course of medicine and drops has got her on the path to recovery. The graze is shrinking in size so hopefully by her next check-up it will be back to normal. 

I have reopened my Etsy shop with a new name as I plan to sell some cross stitch related things. Small hoops, badges, and PDF patterns. Maybe one day some kits too! It is very much in the early stages of development but I hope you will stop by and favourite my shop, if you can, to see when I add new things. I will of course update my Instagram accounts (@lilyloveslola and my new one @threadordeadclub) to let you know. 

That's all for now folks. Have a good weekend! 

33 facts about me.

16.1.18

As I approach my 33rd birthday I thought I would share 33 facts about myself, in case anyone is new around here or for those old-timers who want to get to know me a little better.

1 - My name is Victoria; not Lily or Lola which is a common mistake. Most PR emails I get are addressed to the dogs, rather than me. They are cuter though I guess. 

2 - I'm an Aquarius and regularly check my horoscope.

3 - I am obsessed with candles and like to have them burning in each room of the house most of the time.

4 - I have zero patience. It's actually a real problem. I should probably work on that.

5 - I grew up in Leeds near Meanwood and I love being back around these parts as it feels so familiar to me (and they have a Waitrose now so..)

6 - I once hired a personal trainer purely so I could ask him out on a date which is one of the bravest things I have ever done. I'm not sure where I got that courage from!

7 - I love looking at home decor inspiration on Pinterest even though right now I'm staying in my mum's spare room. Hopefully this is the year I move on and can decorate my own spaces.

8 - I adopted Lily and Lola from The Dogs Trust at the end of 2008. They already had those names and I decided not to change them as I felt they suited their personalities perfectly.

9 - Last year I got several tattoos in quick succession after not being brave enough to have one before that. And yes, my family hate them. 

10 - I have my nose pierced and three holes in each ear, which I'm hoping to add to. 

11 - I have had my driving licence for 15 years and have driven Smart cars for 14 of those. I dread the day I have to give them up for a more sensible option.

12 - My dream car is a Nissan Figaro but they aren't much more practical than a Smart car.

13 - I would like to have a family one day. I know I'm getting on a bit but I'm hoping I haven't missed the boat. I think I would be a pretty cool mum.

14 - I have an "all or nothing" personality. I can't ever just do something a little bit.

15 - My friend taught me how to cross stitch around seven years ago and I have loved it ever since.




16 - My dream is to somehow make a living from creating and selling crafty things, or writing. 

17 - In 2015 I was diagnosed with glandular fever which is similar to the flu. At one point I couldn't stand without someone supporting my body weight and I was very, very poorly for a long time. Two and a half years later and it's still lingering, which has resulted in a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS / ME) which affects my daily life quite a bit. 

18 - In my quest to get better I have tried alternative avenues such as acupuncture, homeopathy, nutritional changes, EFT (emotional freedom technique) and massage. My next venture is hypnotherapy which I start very soon! 

19 - When I'm stressed I clean. 

20 - I'm a self-help book junkie.

21 - I met my boyfriend on Tinder.

22 - I went on quite a few dates using Match a couple of years ago and I could write a book about the funny stories. Dating a bunch of weirdos gives you a lot of good writing material that's for sure. 

23 - I sleep a lot. Like a lot lot. 

24 - My personality type according to the Myers-Briggs personality test is INFJ and I think it's pretty accurate. 

25 - I've been blonde for the majority of my life as I have always hated my natural brunette colour but I've embraced it once again and I quite like it now. Also it will save me a small fortune. 

26 - My favourite quote is from Shakespeare (Macbeth I believe) "come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day". 

27 - I'm a tea fiend and my tipple is Yorkshire Tea.

28 - I hope to study and re-train to get into a profession where I can help people with CFS. 

29 - My favourite flowers are gerbaras.

30 - In the last year I have tried to become as minimalist as possible, donating and selling about 70% of my belongings. However the one thing I can't stop buying / collecting are books. 

31 - I did a skydive a few years ago and I would do another in a heartbeat!

32 - I loved primary school but high school wasn't so kind to me.

33 - Writing this blog is my longest commitment to any hobby I've tried and it still astounds me that it's still alive and kicking after nearly nine years. 

A weekend under the stars [Northumberland].

12.1.18

Me and my new chap fancied a mini break a few weeks before Christmas where we could wrap up warm to explore, drink mulled wine, and get cosy on an evening with a log burner, so we turned to air bnb to find somewhere perfect. I mentioned to Oliver that I really wanted to do some star gazing and he thought Northumberland would be perfect, as it's known for its clear skies on an evening.

It could not have been a more perfect trip. We arrived at our cabin, which was small but perfectly formed, on a Friday evening and stayed until Sunday afternoon. After settling in upon our arrival (mainly laying on the bed consuming the chocolate cake and prosecco our hosts had left for us) we headed back outside to take in the view. It may have been something to do with my tipsy head but I was completely bowled over by the stars in the sky. They almost brought me to tears! We had a viewing area in the form of a mini treehouse where we lay for a while, taking in the different constellations.


The sky on the second evening wasn't as clear but it was still beautiful nonetheless. We went for a drive to a few star-spotting spots before heading back to our cabin to warm our cockles by a camp fire that Oliver got going (Bear Grylls eat your heart out).

Our daytime activities included a long stroll to see Dunstanburgh Castle and to watch the waves rolling in, a few hours in Bamburgh Castle taking in the history (and the Baileys lattes) and a jaunt to Alnwick Castle to see where Harry Potter was filmed only to find that it was closed. So we saw the outside of the castle from afar and ate chips which I suppose isn't a bad compromise.

I would have loved another evening to see the stars again. Seriously folk of Northumberland, how do you get anything done on an evening with those sights?! 


I hope to see you again soon Northumberland!

Goals / thoughts for the year ahead.

9.1.18

Today is one of those days where, after a few sleepless nights and heightened anxiety, writing down my thoughts is therapeutic and so that's what I'm going to damn well do before making my dinner and chilling out on the sofa watching Outlander (does anyone else watch? It's seriously amazing right?).

I popped an Instagram post on my account this morning touching on how I've been feeling recently which is frustrated with my health and career situation and generally feeling like my life hasn't turned out that great. There's something about approaching a birthday (33 on the 3rd of Feb folks!) to make you feel like you don't have your shit together. 

Apparently sharing your goals makes you more likely to stick to them so here goes. I'm not into strict resolutions and setting specific goals to lose weight or anything that I could fail at, but I do have a few areas that I would like to work on and I think they're all achievable. 

* Write more. I would love to attend a creative writing course this year but whether I do or I don't, I want to keep writing. Whether that's through my blog, my diary, my Instagram account, or something more structured like an e-book or a novel. When I was younger I was obsessed with Stephen King books and I wanted to write for a living more than anything. I didn't take steps to pursue this and I'm sure my writing skills are average at best, but I would love to take things a step further somehow. 

* Work on acceptance. I still don't think I have fully accepted that I'm not going to recover from chronic fatigue syndrome overnight and I really need to. This doesn't have to mean that I accept it will be around for the rest of my life but I do need to factor in that 2018 will be another year of taking things slow and steady, having a good self-care routine, and compromising on certain things I want to do that may not be possible right now. I will never accept that me and CFS are bound together forever but I need to accept that it's not going to go away overnight because the damage that caused it didn't happen overnight.

* Be more creative, try new hobbies and find what feels good! I am still very much into cross stitching and would love to start making and selling my own designs seeing as there's a massive gap in the market for modern, awesome patterns. As of yesterday I'm trying my hand at weaving and working on a wall hanging that I'm going to force upon my poor unsuspecting boyfriend. I also want to pick up where I left off with practicing calligraphy which has to be one of the most beautiful and satisfying hobbies there is. As the year progressing I hope to try another craft or two to broaden my skills and maybe make a few pennies out of it in the process if I can figure out how to bring my cross stitch patterns to life.

* Eat less meat, buy less plastic, recycle and try to be a better friend / human being.

Books I have read in 2017 *the final post* (31 - 33).

2.1.18

So my goal to read 52 books in 2017 didn't happen. But in the true spirit of being kinder to myself in 2018 I am not going to beat myself up about it or make a goal to read a certain number of books in 2018. I will just continue to read as much as I want to read and enjoy the ride! (Although secretly I hope I can manage it this year ;))

I have really enjoyed writing these posts up because they spur me on to keep reading and to find books that I think you guys might find interesting too. Here are the last three books I read in 2017 and my marks out of 5.

#31 - The One We Fell In Love With - Paige Toon - 2.5/5

When I feel like I need something lighthearted to read, Paige Toon is my "go to" for chick-lit books. I love so many of her earlier books and, when I spotted this one in my local charity shop and realised I wasn't up to speed on some of her newer books, I grabbed it with both hands.

It's the story of triplets and how one chap, Angus, plays a big part in each of their lives. The chapters are split into each girl's story, with a few twists and turns. It's not my favourite Paige Toon book by a long shot and I found the main characters grated on me a little, so if you were looking to try some of PT's books I would recommend Pictures of Lily or Lucy in the Sky. 

#32 - The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, A Calmer You [audiobook version] - Chloe Brotheridge - 3/5

Another day, another anxiety book for Victoria. I should be an expert in anxiety solutions by now I'm sure! Chloe has a very calming voice making this audiobook easy to listen to, which is a good job as she provides hypnotherapy services in real life!

Her book is a good solid foundation for tackling anxiety and comes with different challenges to try along the way, so you will want a notebook handy.

If you're already familiar with Louise Hay's work then some of the content may not be completely brand new information but it's a clear and informative book with a modern take on how to tackle anxiety.

#33 - The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle - 4/5

This has been on my "to read" pile for the longest time, and I finally got round to reading it. A couple of the chapters I found quite heavy going and I struggled to get my brain around them, but the majority of the book resonated with me significantly. 

As someone who struggles to live in the "now" and is usually firmly planted in the past or the future, I found this the perfect book to help me to slow down and focus on what's happening in the moment. I would suggest reading this in chunks, in between other books, and pausing to really think about each chapter and what it means to you/your life. I will definitely read this again soon.