Sunday, January 26, 2020

Starting the year, quiet yoga, loving rain, finding love...

Chloe relaxing in comfort :)

Happy January chic friends!

‘It’s never too late to start your day...’ I can’t find who first said this and I don’t even know if I have it right, but I do know that it’s a great comfort when I get myself all wound up into knots. I have a tendency to overthink things and my busy mind says Stop! Too much!

Over the holiday break I have been working on slowing my mind down. Also thinking how I want to shape this year. Definitely writing and sharing my current inspiration but taking time out to ensure I’m heading in the right direction.

It’s exciting that we are in a new decade and I love the thing I’ve been seeing around the place, that this year is 2020 for 2020 vision. So perfect. We are all perfecting our vision of what we want to be.

Does it feel like that for you too?

Each week a garden-fresh arrangement at yoga

I went to my favourite yoga class this week. It’s called yin yoga officially but I refer to it as quiet yoga. The room is dimmed, relaxing spa music is playing and it’s a soothing one-hour-fifteen of long stretches.

There was a cool light misty rain and it just felt so cosy and comforting to be heading to a quiet yoga class. I said as such to the teacher and she said, ‘You’re a pluviophile too!’ Apparently a pluviophile is ‘a lover of rain, someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days’. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

Pictured is the floral arrangement in the changing room that changes each week depending on what’s in the garden. Beautiful.

So, are YOU a pluviophile too?

Three - soon to be four - languages for 'Thirty Chic Days'

This is Thirty Chic Days in English (original cover 💖), Lithuanian and Russian - take your pick! Plus, Vietnamese coming soon 🤩

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Not only does it help me know what you would like me to write about, but it helps other readers find my books thanks to Amazon’s algorithm thingie.

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Paul and me

This is the love of my life. I met Paul when I was 32, and he has made my life better for the past 17 years. There’s no special occasion for this post, it’s not our wedding anniversary for another couple of months. I just believe in being in the moment rather than waiting for a specific day to show love and appreciation. Every day is the special occasion!

I am so grateful I bumped into someone so perfect for me one night down at the pub (right down to the same birthday). If I wrote our story into a book you wouldn’t believe me.

Hmmm, now that’s an idea. I always thought I’d write a novel and here I am writing non-fiction. But maybe one day?

Tell me your love story, please! I adore hearing romantic tales. And who knows, you might just give me ideas for my first fiction book :)

xx Fiona

PS. Thirty More Chic Days is my most recent book and, I think, my best book to date.  I've been giving myself fresh ideas for the new year by re-reading chapters. If you already have this book, I invite you to pick a chapter and see what feels crisp and new for you to bring into your life, and if you haven't, why not download the free sample to read the first three chapters. Perfect with a cup of tea.

You can read Thirty More Chic Days here.




  1. I am a pluviophile as well! In fact, as I'm writing this I'm listening to a small rain (just beyond a drizzle) outside my window; occasionally cars drive by on the street, and there is that "wet street" sound (do you know what I mean?). Plus, I love the freshness of rainy air. Lovely!

    1. I love that gentle whooshing wet street sound too, Karen!!

  2. Finding a perfect partner is winning life's lottery, Fiona. I found the perfect one when I was 17 and now, aged 75, we've had 55 years of marriage and 57 years together. I hope you go on to have many more happy years with Paul.
    I don't know whether you'd be a pluviophile if you lived in England, ha ha! We have what appears to be about eleven months of rain, and the twelth month looks like it might rain at any moment! Seriously, we often have far too much of the wet stuff. I can imagine where you are, with perhaps a lower annual rainfall, that you love it, and I know how important rain is - we'd be hard pressed to survive without it - but my problem is not so much the wetness but the greyness of winter in the UK, the absence of light. Yesterday it was dark a 9am and didn't improve all day. However, a light shower is fine, and then the petrichor is lovely (perhaps a new word for you - perhaps not? - to go with pluviophile!)
    Margaret P

    1. Thank you Margaret for a new word, I love petrichor too. Although a friend rather ruined it for me when he said it is caused by bacteria on the ground... I still love it though!

  3. Thanks for your new post, and a very happy new year to you! Rain and yoga are a great pair, for sure. Congrats to you and Paul. May you continue to enjoy happiness together! My husband and I met on a train, and each time I think about it, I smile.

    1. A train sounds tres romantic, Alison!

    2. I think we might find that many things (especially smells) are caused by bacteria, Fiona. But the scent of earth that has been baked by the sun and then receives a good drenching does smell good, and the word petrichor is a great one isn't it!
      Margaret P


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