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Balancing life in all its various shapes and forms


Lessons in life and distance

Funny that this photo should pop up today in my “memories” on a few of my social media platforms. It was my privilege to work with Emma Doyle for a couple of years. I learned so much from her but one lesson always comes to mind, especially in these challenging times, how to switch your thoughts and work with tough life lessons. For example when you are trying to change your language or re word a thought, it’s not moving out day, it is moving on day! Or trying to understand wh

Day 27 Plotting and Challenge ❤❤❤

Up with the very sleepy lark this morning, places to go and people to see. I did treat myself to breakfast at my favourite coffee shop, Gordon Street Coffee. Their Glasgow Roast is just the fuel to get you going. I love sitting in here, especially this morning as the coffee bean roaster was on. Check the Day 27 post on my Facebook page Facebook Tomorrow, more coffee powered activity and if nothing gets in the way, a workout with GymGuyMark G #150DayChallenge #challenge #Coff

Greece is the word: Xanthi!

When you first arrive it looks like any other city, outskirts full of out of town shopping and suburbs, but it holds a secret and you need to head into the centre to find it. Now let’s not kid on, Xanthi is like many other Greek Towns and cities, it is suffering, closed businesses and shops are everywhere but it is still a bustling city full of people trying to make a living and coping with what the world is currently throwing at them. Our hotel had seen better days but the r

Singularly Awesome

So today is the day when timelines are full of chocolates, red roses and fluffy pictures, well for some!!!! Mine is full of ads for dating agencies, speed dating evenings and advice on being single on Valentines Day. There are people who will cry to the bottom of a box of tissues and whinge about being single till that last square of a family size bar of Cadburys has departed. They will avoid the world because they hate being S I N G L E on Valentine’s Day! Don’t deny it you

Passion for the Good or Bad !

Ooooh what a subject for a Sunday morning! Passion can be defined as a “very strong feeling about a person or thing” or “an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm or desire for something.” Everything from chocolate, football, politics to saving the world has stirred passionate feelings and arguments in pubs or in families, so it can be a destructive emotion as well as a positive one. Passion is such and individual thing! We can all feel passionately about our country but th

How to cope with a big night out when you are over 50!!!!

So for some evil reason fate decides it is time to pour with rain and instead of the fit, healthy walk home, you need to jump on a bus. Fate, my friends, is an evil cow! She sits up there in her ivory fate tower and thinks that she has given out far too many lottery winners so it is time to have some fun with G. On this occasion sitting on the bus was someone I had not seen in years, we exchanged those awkward is it/isn’t looks and then after the traditional obligatory OMG it

The Right Blend of Coffee Therapy

There are several things that I cannot do without in my life. Gin of course, oh and other things like family and friends, money, good health and all that stuff. But there is one thing that no matter how much I try, I cannot give up. Coffee, full-blown caff to the max coffee! It helps me be a decent human being in the morning and along with various miracle creams stops me scaring people on the bus. So when the coffee place that regularly rescues you of a morning with their hea

The Wobbly Table : Coffee

I am one of those bloggers who finds it impossible to write without a mug of coffee. I always use the same mug, switch on the filter machine to let the coffee brew while I start on my first draft.  By the time that magic sound of bubbling and spluttering finishes, I have usually finished the draft but funnily enough the other night when I was writing my Wobbly Table blog, something went wrong. I could hear the water filtering through the coffee grounds but there was no final

Bridget Gym’s Diary Wednesday 4th June 2014 Day 10

Day 10 Ok Wednesday went like this … Awake: 5.30 am to one of those nothing is going right mornings. Iron blew, button came off trousers and I ran out of coffee. Breakfast: 8 am Usual Total 0% yoghurt with honey and blueberries, latte from Gordon St Coffee much required Snack : 10 am Carrots,almonds Lunch:  1.30pm Tuna salad ( Tuna, tomatoes, black olives, chopped walnuts, grated carrot and lettuce) Snack : Earl Grey tea and a few more almonds Evening: 8.30pm Chicken breast,

Bridget Gym’s Diary Saturday 31rst May 2014 Day 6

Day 6 Awake: 6am, I know! Forgot to shut the curtains Exercise: Quick walk down Hyndland Road, Byres Road then back up Great Western Road to blow away the cobwebs. Off shopping to Country Baskets with wee sis for bits and pieces for other wee sis’s birthday Breakfast: Well more of a brunch, Granola, Fruit Compote and Natural Yoghurt at AvenueG on Great Western Road, a real treat. Snack : Almonds, black  coffee Lunch: About 2pm, peanut butter on brown toast Exercise : Major se

Bridget Gym’s Diary Friday 30th May 2014 Day 5

Day 5 Awake: 5.30 am wide awake and full of energy. That is a complete lie, I did the ten minutes more routine. Feeling slightly rough after the gin last night (note to self : out of practice) and concerned that my Irn Bru bacon roll hangover cure is banned at the moment Exercise: Walk to Byres Road, carried huge bottle of water, got on bus … woos Breakfast: Skinny latte, natural yoghurt and blueberries from Gordon Street Coffee mixed some muesli into the yoghurt, Yummy. Stil

Bridget Gym’s Diary : Monday 26th May 2014 : Day 1

Ok so it is day one and here we go … Awake: 5am, coffee, shower and many many yawns. Forgot it was Bank Holiday and work would not be quite as busy so went back to bed with book for half an hour, well an hour!!!! Breakfast: Second coffee from Gordon Street Coffee, followed by 0% fat Greek yoghurt with nutty muesli, a handful blueberries and a teaspoon of honey at my desk Snack: Coconut (see tip of the day) Lunch: Homemade Veg Soup ( carrots, leeks, broccoli, onions) Note to s

December Days … time to chill with tea

Ok the weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful, and since we have no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Nope, let it rain, rain rain! Today is the shortest day and boy does it feel it. It seems that it has never really got properly light over the last few days and for those of us feeling slightly ‘down’ at the moment, it really does not help lift the mood. The temptation to let the exhausted body and soul take over and curl up under the cov

December Days … start the week !

So here we are at the start of another week, Monday 3rd December 2012. How are you going to start this week? Full of “oh no it’s Monday, it’s cold and I would rather be in bed” or “hey Monday do your worst, I am ready”. Me? I am a mixture of the two, ready for Monday to hit me with whatever its best shot is but would rather be in bed when it does. Sometimes Mondays are like the New Year, we start the week full of good intentions and a fridge full of healthy foods but by Frida

Sunday Morning Thoughts 11/11/2012

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once. Audrey Hepburn How many of us tear through life’s gallery at breakneck speed? A dash to the shops, grabbing a quick bite to eat at lunch, texting instead of calling to Hi? The next time you decide to go through life’s exhibits at full pelt, giving them but a glance, stop, t

Sunday Morning Coffee Thoughts 4th November 2012

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself — the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us — that’s where it’s at.” Jesse Owens The daily battle of life, the grind to earn our wage and our position, the fight to get the children off to school in time, the attempts to look like a normal human being as we squeeze for our place on the bus! The outward struggles that are seen by all. But what of the inner battles, the stress the da

Sunday Morning Coffee Thoughts 28/10/2012

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Mother Teresa Sometimes a quote needs no explanation other than … Yesterday is gone: Time to leave what might have been behind Tomorrow has not yet come: Time to plan and focus when it comes We only have today: Today is now, focus on it and live it Let us begin:  An opportunity to start again and  the day Gx #Coffee #Glasgow #Sunday #Thoughts

Sunday Morning Post Coffee Thoughts 07/10/2012

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” Marilyn Monroe I read the part in bold from this quote in a magazine. It was used in article about a woman who had fallen out of love with love; she had been cheated on for th

Sunday Morning Post Coffee Thoughts 30/09/2012

Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take? “ Alice asked. “Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire Cat. “I don’t know”, Alice answered. “Then” said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland A fork in the road? A decision to be made? Tough or easy, decisions can still mean some hard thinking or happen at the toss of a coin. We make choices every day, latte or triple shot, blue tie or no tie, bus or walk many of these are determ

Sunday Morning Post Coffee Thoughts 09/09/2012

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre) Freedom! When you hear that word what do you think? What do you feel? Is freedom for you a state of mind, a state of security, financial or otherwise? Or perhaps freedom is the perception of being able to go where you want, be with whom you want to be with, making the mistakes you need to make! Whatever your definition of freedom is relish in it, celebrate it


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