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'Health before wealth'

I don't know who else needs to hear this, but I certainly do! My gran used to say this to my dad when he worked late yet again, or was visibly stressed by work. She also used to say, 'Work will still be there when you're dead, my boy! Don't put yourself in an early grave for it.' My gran had a quaint turn of phrase.

But she was right. Not that she had much wealth - she barely had two pennies to rub together, bless her - but the sentiment is sound, and she lived to the grand old age of 103, so there might be something in it. I've had to remind myself of the need to put my health and wellbeing first several times over the previous couple of months, when I was sitting at my computer for hours on end to meet a deadline (or three), instead of doing much-needed exercise. Or I ate at my desk because I had a deadline, instead of taking a proper lunch break.

Health should take precedence over work, whenever possible. So, from now on I vow to do 15 minutes of yoga every morning and half an hour on my indoor bike every afternoon (as well as take the dog out for her twice daily walk) because an ill me or an unhealthy me might not hit that oh-so-important deadline anyway. And as much as I love writing (it's not a job to me, it's a compulsion), it is important to make time for other things, too.

Here are a few suggestions. I particularly like the "read more books" one!

Other news...

Donna Pritchard is the winner of the hoodie and signed paperback of The Cosy Travelling Christmas Shop. Congratulations, my lovely! I've just sent you an email (just as an aside, if the giveaway isn't claimed within 30 days, I'll pick another name out of the proverbial hat).

At the time of posting, A Very Lucky Christmas is only 99p/99c on Amazon UK and Amazon US, so if you haven't read it yet and you're looking for a book to get you in the festive spirit - although you might be glad you don't have Daisy's run of bad luck! - then this is for you.

I've decided to send my followers actual real live newsletters, instead of notifications that I have a new blog post. Don't worry, nothing much will change on your end - but I thought I'd let you know before I make the switch so you can decide whether you want to stay with me, or whether you want to unsubscribe. I hope you don't, but if you do I wish you all the best and you're welcome to come back any time. It'll take me a couple of weeks to make the change, so you'll probably see at least one more blog post notification pop up in your inbox. My newsletters will be just like this, but they won't be visible to the general public, although the blog will stay live - I just won't be posting much on it.

Here's what I've been reading...


Between the Christmas giving tree idea and the backdrop of a primary school, this book is simply adorable. Having worked in education for many years, some parts of the story really stood out for me, and I found them just as compelling as the romance. Which is also fab, as is the wonderfully festive atmosphere.

A great Christmas read which is guaranteed to get you in the mood for the real event.

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