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    Can we live a ‘Freedom Lifestyle?

    What even is a freedom lifestyle? I’m going to try and find the answer. Trawling through the Internet I saw loads of different definitions. I would say that most of them were about starting a business to achieve financial freedom. Some were about living a freedom lifestyle through travel, such as trekking or bike-riding across different countries or continents. But the core definition seemed to go something like this: A freedom lifestyle means living a life that is self-designed. Saying yes to things you love and no to things you don’t. The freedom to choose what is going to be part of every minute of every day of the rest…

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    New Year, New Decade

    So, the Christmas season has passed for another year. Where did that go? We build up for weeks, put our trees up, buy presents, buy and cook food, all for the big day. Then, whoosh, it’s gone. This week we are all trying to get back into our normal routines. I love Christmas, the build up, family times – everything. I love the time between Christmas and New Year, when normal routines go out of the window, and you feel that you can do whatever you like. Binge watch TV, eat sweets and all the other good things just when you feel like it. Then comes New Year, a time…

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    Ferrante’s Storytelling in a Global Age — Public Books

    Today Europa Editions publishes Elena Ferrante’s Key Words, by Italy’s foremost Ferrante scholar, Tiziana de Rogatis. Key Words takes the acclaimed Neapolitan Quartet beyond its Italian origins and connects it to the trends and networks of global literature. (Public Books.org). Ferrante’s Storytelling in a Global Age — Public Books For anybody who has read Ferrante anything written about her is interesting. Follow the link above to read more. She is an enigma, as no one knows her real identity. It’s hard to believe, in the 21st Century, that anyone can keep themselves and their whereabouts secret. You would think that someone, somewhere would have found her and splashed her over…

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    Hello again, hello

    That’s a line from one of my favourite Neil Diamond songs. Just popped into my head as I was writing hello. So, welcome to my newly designed blog. I hope it’s crisp and clean and easy to navigate. If you have any thoughts please leave a comment. It may yet need tweaking. It’s actually a day late going live. After a lovely family weekend, my plan was to complete it yesterday. Well best laid plans……. I’d just set everything up, computer in front of me, stylus poised when wham! We had a power cut. We waited…waited…. hoping it would come back on. Then an engineer appeared on the doorstep, saying…

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    Time to take a little time

    I’m taking a little time off to do some admin and redesigning of Belles Days. I know you will all miss me (!) but I will be back in a couple of days. From time to time things have be done. Also, I have home things and family things this weekend so my time short! See you soon

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    How to change your life completely

    If you are lucky enough to have the chance Thirty years ago almost to the day my husband and I bought an old French farmhouse in the South-West of France in the beautiful Lot Valley. We had to remortgage our home in England to do it but from our point of view it was worth it. At that point my two youngest children were 10 and 12. We had been taking holidays in France since the youngest was approaching 2, we had five children altogether, three of my husband’s from his previous marriage and our two. All the children lived with us, so we were a large family. This made…

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    The Body Positive Part II

    Continuing with Episode 1 for the moment, Body Positive exponent Victoria decided to challenge the other women in the group to put on their swimsuits or bikinis and to go with her into the nearest town centre, to raise awareness of what The Body Positive movement is about. Passers-by were asked if they wanted to write on the visible naked parts of the body to show their support. Surprisingly, many people did. Babs, who truly dislikes her overweight body, bravely took up the challenge and was overwhelmed with the support they were given. So to Episode 2. The Body Positive (BP) debate hots up as a discussion about childhood obesity…

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    The Body Positive Part I

    Watching BBC2’s ‘Who are you calling fat?’ lifestyle documentary, I was introduced to something that, I must admit, I had never heard of. Body Positivity. It is a social movement that emerged from the US in the 60’s. Here’s a definition from Wikipedia: Body positivity is a social movement rooted in the belief that all human beings should have a positive body image, while challenging the ways in which society presents and views the physical body (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_positivity in the documentary, a group of nine people living with obesity to various degrees, were gathered together in the type of luxury accommodation seen in all reality television. You can read more about…