Category Archives for Inspiration and Motivation


Five Life Lessons from Walking the Camino de Santiago

Since returning from my 775 kilometre trek across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, I’ve been asked several times, ‘Did you experience any spiritual enlightenment? Discover the meaning of life?’ There seems to be a general assumption that even if I didn’t make the journey for spiritual reasons, I would have discovered some deep […]

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How the best laid plans can go awry

How The Best Laid Plans Can Go Awry

Don’t you just love a fresh start – a blank sheet of paper in the book of your life to fill in as the year progresses? I always start each new year with curiosity and anticipation, wondering what it will bring. Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, ‘Life can only be understood backwards but it can only […]

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New Year Resolutions the Maheno on Fraser Island

Back To The Future

I swore I wasn’t even going to mention New Year resolutions in this blog post, but that was before I read a post by Annabel Candy, in her blog Get in the Hot Spot. Inspired by blogger Chris Guillebeau in his post ‘2014 Annual Review,’ Annabel also reviewed 2014, compiling a list of what went […]

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End of year burnout

‘Tis The Season To Be Grumpy

  Around this time of year, I start to feel out of sorts – snapping at my partner for leaving his clothes on the floor (whereas for the rest of the year I just blithely ignore it), feeling so weary I long to fall into bed at 6pm, wanting the whole world to go away […]

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puzzle piece in lightbulb

Stories With A Difference

Welcome to my new blog about baby boomers making a fresh start. The blog itself is not new – it’s still called Storey Lines – but it has an entirely new slant. Like many blogs, this one has evolved over the years. I started off with a separate blog called All Writers Are Crazy but discontinued […]

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What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

What advice would you give your younger self, assuming your younger self would have listened to an old crock like you? And what if you had to do it in only three words?  This is the hard bit, because we baby boomers do tend to rave on about the days ‘back in the sixties’ of […]

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Taking the Guilt out of Guilty Pleasures

I love the concept of the guilty pleasure – something you love doing, but know you shouldn’t, its illicitness making it all the more enjoyable. The other day I indulged in one such pleasure – I went to the movies on my day off when I was supposed to be writing. Having a part-time job, […]

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55 Things I Love

Writer Judy Lee Dunn recently wrote a blog post called ‘Can you name 99 things you love in 10 minutes?’ It sparked off a wave of reciprocal posts as others did the same exercise. It sounded like a fun thing to do so I decided to join in, but my poor brain doesn’t work well […]

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It’s that time of year again. And I don’t mean Christmas. While I’m trying to unglue the end of the roll of Christmas wrapping (Why do they do that? By the time I’ve unglued it I’ve torn half the roll), spraying the cat with Santa snow or up to my armpits in alcohol-drenched dried fruit, […]

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How to fall in love again with your trunk novel

How To Fall In Love Again With Your Trunk Novel

So you’ve dragged your manuscript from the depths of the trunk or bottom drawer, tucked away for the last few years under a pile of warranties for goods you no longer own and a bundle of  birthday cards you haven’t had the heart to throw out. Or maybe, like me, you’d sentenced it to literary […]

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