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  1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Last week, I attended an inspirational lecture by Doctor Tanya Byron; the Chancellor or my University and clinical psychologist. She spoke so passionately and animatedly about her work, going off in great detailed tangents but always returning to her original point and captivating her audience. 

In short, she is precisely who aspire to be in thirty years!

The fickle thing about inspiration is that it can take so many variable forms. From other people and their life stories, to simply great ideas shared through social media; Pinterest is a great go-to for inspiration for everything from deep thought to hair styles. 

Yet it is always best to take your sense of inspiration from others and apply it to yourself. 

Inspired by a number of Instagram people I follow and their get-fit, couch-to-5k journeys, two months ago I signed up to a 5km race around my local village. 

I wouldn’t call myself a couch potato. More of a fair weather jogger and occasional gym user when the whim arose. But after training myself properly for two months; with a mix of road running and the gym every other day I build up my stamina and physique.

On Sunday I completed my 5km race with a Personal Best time of 34:47!

My point is this; I took my inspiration and applied it to myself. With determination and will power you can achieve whatever you want. 

It’s totally fine if what you want that day is to simply get dressed, because I know there are days when that takes a great deal of determination and will power too. Heck, every morning!

A more long term aspiration would be my career in psychology, but we will see…

Walt Disney puts it more succinctly: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”


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Spanish Food Recipe

Today I want to share a great recipe with you all. It’s definately an easy family favourite and is originally one of Nigella’s.  

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo

So in our little tray bake for 2 people, we’ve got:

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • An onion cut into chunks
  • Plenty of delicious chorizo
  • Some little new potatoes
  • The zest and juice of an orange
  • A sprinkling of Oregano
  • A drizzle of olive oil 

Throw everything in together and pop in the oven at Gas Mark 7 (180 Degrees Celsius for about an hour.