Sometimes we are just so busy that we forget to stop and appreciate where we are right now, and just be IN the moment. I know I am very guilty of this sometimes.

So how can we make sure we take the time to step back and be more in touch with ourselves?

Well on a personal level, I try to make sure now that I get out early in the morning every day with my two lovely doggies, Skye & Mouse, rain, snow or shine (and yes I definitely prefer the shine, it has to be said!!). It gives me the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful countryside that I live in, and which I often take for granted (or worse, dismiss because of the weather!), and to take stock of what is going on in my life. Getting out early really sets me up for the day, and I feel energised and ready to tackle whatever is in store.

But it wasn’t always that way – I used to find it so hard to get up early and get going in the mornings. I have always been a night owl – feeling quite alert in the evenings – and that was typically the time when I used to get a lot of work done. I still do that from time to time, especially if my husband is away and I have the house to myself. I often tell myself that I