A recent trip to my home from home, Japan has opened my eyes to what has always been staring me in the face in Japanese culture, their ‘way of life’. I’d like to share with you my simplistic take on it. In the West, we often look to Japan as an oasis of calm, through … More Make ‘The Way’ Your Way
I have yet to be asked what are your new year resolutions? When I’m asked and i know i will be, I’m gonna say ‘ to be the best version of myself i can be.’ … More This New Year Just Be You
A recent visit to the theatre to see the wonderful A Christmas Carol made me think about the need to take stock of the past to ground myself firmly in the present and make the most of the time that we have yet to spend. So, this blog is the first of a two-parter to wave off … More Time for a 2017 stock take?
We’ve all heard the Buddhist adage ‘when the student is ready the teacher arrives.’ Those of you who are familiar with my recent twitter feed, will know that I love to #reframe old stories, sayings and pearls of wisdom to challenge our approach to life generally. Reframing our perceptions of our teachers When young, we … More When the student’s ready the teacher arrives
How I loved this Madonna song from the 80s. Synchronicity recently forced me to realise that a girl only needs ‘one pair’ of sunglasses and that maybe it’s time to shake off too much of the ‘material’ in life. When I lost my sunglasses recently, I became quite the ‘material girl’ and felt ‘upset’ about … More Time To Shake Off The Material Girl?
Remember, remember the 4th September, it’s back to school day! I hope the uniform you are wearing is ‘back to school’ smart – shirt starched and ironed, shoes polished? Our daily uniforms certainly help to get us into the zone. This blog is an ode to back to school Septembers and how remembering our school years … More Going Back, Back Back To School Again
Once up a time, a young girl with Crohn’s went to live in Japan. Lucky for her, the local doctor was fluent in English and, as serendipity would have it, he also specialised in internal medicine. Dr Hayashi turned out to be, not only a great doctor, but also a real friend. He, and his … More There are times to ‘sit’ on life’s bench
calmingcrohns.com was set up to remind anyone interested, that our day to day lives, our health and our thoughts are what we make them. … More “Seize the day” to live in the present moment
On a recent sojourn in ‘Tuscany, Italy a wonderful book found me: Papale Papale by Florentine chef Fabio Picchi…”Thoughts and recipes to nourish your soul.” As I wandered around the Marcato Centrale, or Mercato di San Lorenzo in Florence, three floors of foodie heaven from sublime local Tuscan produce to a food hall where you … More Nourish Your Soul Through Your Body And Mind
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” I was taught the lesson of Eleanor Roosevelt’s words by five year olds at kindergarten in Japan. After overcoming the hysteria of the looks of their manga character English teacher, the inquisitive kindergarten class would question me: “Jennie chan…….what’s your dream?” The first … More Never let the stars out of your sight #daydream believe