I always find this an odd Monday, stuck between Christmas and New Year.  The novelty of  eating mince pies at 10am in your pyjamas has probably worn off, the expectations for New Year’s Eve parties are still high, and no-one really wants January to come around yet.

Since I stopped working, I have a had a little more time to read than I have done recently, although I should probably put some thought into my imminent trip to Bangladesh!  So I thought today I would share some of the most touching, thought-provoking and inspirational things I have read in the last couple of weeks.

Laura Jane Williams might just be my favourite blogger at the moment; I have loved her writing ever since I first came across her blog a couple of months ago.  I think she writes beautifully and I really relate to her hopes and fears.  I read this post, It’s not a Breakdown, on a particularly bad day and I think it’s excellent advice for those days when it is just all too fucking much.  I also love her Letter for the Single People, which is the most gorgeous, heartfelt advice about loving yourself but not giving up on love.  And, if you needed anymore brilliant life tips, 36 Ways to be Braver is a good place to start!

Oh, one day I hope I will be able to write like this!

My other go-to blogger is Bangs and a Bun; I’ve mentioned her before on this blog.  She’s another talented writer and the kind of woman I would love to be and love to be friends with: down-to-earth, kind, no-nonsense, witty… You are more…is a perfect reminder about our infinite potential that you all need to read.  Right now.  Because I can’t  say it any better!

Finally, I found this list of 20 Things to Let Go of thought-provoking.  We all carry around so many expectations and worries that just weight us down and prevent us from fulfilling our potential.  Of course, it’s a lot easier said than done.  This is something that I’ve been working on recently.  When you have those negative thoughts, the ones that give you a horrible sinking feeling in your chest, don’t try to fight them: as you breathe in, try to just sit with the feeling, to accept it, then as you breathe out, imagine the feeling leaving your body with the breath.

I’d love you hear your thoughts on any of these articles.  What has inspired you recently?