All posts by Allison Ritchie

From Dublin originally, I now live in Laois with my husband and son, oh and mustn't forget dogs! Honey, a king charles cocker spaniel and a total drama queen, and Sparkey, a beautiful king charles cocker spaniel with a temperament to match, who came to live with us after a tough start to life.

Can’t See The Wood For The Trees


When you are experiencing challenges, when change feels uncomfortable, when you can’t see the wood for the trees, change your point of view. Take a break, go for a walk, tune in to nature to tune out of drama. I’m not saying that it will resolve any issues you are dealing with, but it will help to clear your head so that you can hear what your inner voice has to say.

Soul Comfort

What comforts your soul?

It’s a damp foggy Monday morning here in the middle of Ireland, and I feel like my soul needs some comfort.

It’s usually much easier to figure out what the body, the emotions and the personality need for comfort, and more often than not it is something external. Spending time with loved ones, listening to music, enjoying your favourite nature walk, the list is endless, it is also dependent on your personal preferences.

What comforts the soul, however, is different because it is internal, and it doesn’t depend on the desires of the individual. What comforts the soul is connection, stillness, consciousness.
Today, my soul and I are having a ‘duvet day’ beginning with meditation, as few distractions as possible, and a lot of love.

Be Kind

Be Kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

The death of Robin Williams has really touched me deeply. How sad is it that a man who brought so much laughter to so many, was so tormented himself. If one good thing can come out of it, it is that so many people are talking about depression today. All over Facebook people are saying, if you feel depressed talk about it, don’t bottle it up, there is no shame in it, and if someone you know is depressed, be there for them and just listen. However, there are many forms of depression. Hormone imbalances, including post natal or menopausal, changes in brain chemicals, brain injuries, many things can bring about depression, and sometimes that type of depression needs more than just a heart-to-heart. I had post natal depression after my son was born, and for a long time I tried to deal with it myself. It wasn’t until my GP prescribed anti-depressants that the fog started to lift. I wasn’t on them for very long, and in fact if I had my hormones checked I would have been on medication for an even shorter time. My point is, it is not always just a matter of thinking positively, or talking about it, or changing your situation. Sometimes you need help to get back to balance, and there is certainly no shame in that.