Archives for August 2010

Changes in the Language? I’m Loving It!

I know there are people out there whose teeth are set on edge by the many new words and expressions coming into the English language. The latest version of the Oxford Dictionary of English has over 2000 new entries, including vuvuzela (oh how we hated that during the World Cup!) and geo-engineering.

Adding new words and expressions and changing the pronunciation of existing ones is as old as the hills. Look at Shakespeare and you can see that, for example 'wind' – the noun for that feature of the weather – used to be pronounced to rhyme with 'find'. It is the mark of a vibrant and living language.

Some changes are transient- slang like 'groovy' and 'trendy (although 'cool' is now cool again) – others are with us as long as the phenomenon is relevant, such as those words connected with climate change.

I really like this aspect of English. It's fascinating to see the latest additions. So, at the risk of giving my more traditional husband apoplexy – bring it on , I'm loving it!

Coming out of the Tarot Closet

Well, it’s now official. (Deep breath.) Yes, I read tarot cards and have done for many, many years. The tarot is a really great tool for writers. Every card is packed full of imagery which helps trigger ideas and free up your imagination. String together a few cards and make a little story and voilà – your pesky plot can move forward with ease.

Once you delve a little deeper and mention the ‘T’ word it is amazing how many fellow writers also use the cards. Yet somehow it seems a little shady, a little embarrassing to admit it. Well, I’m admitting it, without embarrassment, because I feel it is important to be authentic. (Sorry if that sounds a bit woowoo, which is not really my style!)

Modern tarot reading is a gazillion miles away from the fortune telling of days gone by (although here in Italy, it is still used in this way!) The tarot nowadays is used as a tool to give insight and to examine possible ways to move forward in a situation, rather than predicting that you will marry a tall dark handsome stranger! The cards are not the tools of the devil, but 78 amazingly helpful ways to re-examine a situation and let your subconscious get to work.

Trying to combine my love of the tarot with my teaching and training background, I have started a new site to help women over 40 (that would be me!) focus on their dreams and
rediscover their authentic selves using a mix of coaching and tarot. I like the idea of juxtaposing the esoteric with the totally practical, for the tarot is, above all, a highly practical tool.

site is and I’d love your comments!

How to Make a Vision Board

Vision boards are great fun and really help you get motivated and creative. I have used variations on these for years and they really work!

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board is a visual wish list. A piece of paper or card with your dreams and goals pasted onto it. You put it in a place where you are going to see it regularly, such as by the computer in your office or on the fridge door. Repetition is key when you are working on your subconscious mind! You can make several on different themes or of different sizes for your handbag or your wall.

How Do You Make One?

This is the part that I absolutely love! Get a stack of old magazines, brochures, newspapers and leaflets. Go through them, ideally with a time limit, and cut or tear out anything that relates to your dream or dreams. You can theme your vision board or you can make it general. Include everything big and small, from the book you would like to buy to the book you are going to write! Cut out phrases and words that appeal as well. Then stick everything on the card in an appealing way. You can even use glitter, silver paper and coloured pens. Let your inner child free. You are only limited by your imagination.

Now What?

Look at your vision board as often as you can. Use your imagination to step into the pictures and make them part of your reality, add emotion too. Visualisation when combined with emotion is very powerful. You only need a minute or two every day. Then start to notice the small signs that these things are actually manifesting in your own life.


You will be surprised at how powerful image boards are. Even if you put them away and forget them, the things you paste on your board have a strange and surprising way of manifesting. If you review old vision boards from a year or more ago you will be amazed at how many things you can cross off your wish list – even if those things seemed impossible at the time of making the board.

So give it a go! At worst it is great fun and a chance to dream for a little while, and we all need that. At best it can change your life.


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