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Inner Child: What Things Do You Do To Find Your Inner Child?

Have you lost or forgotten about your inner child?

Who decides when childhood ends and adulthood begin?

When does it stop becoming acceptable to dance and sing as you walk around the shops, or to slide down a banister, jump in a puddle, play on the swings or run the wrong way up a slide?

inner child doesn't grow old

As we approach Christmas it is the perfect time to release your inner child, have some fun and release any inhibitions that you may have.

So getting into the festive spirit I thought I would share with you some of the things I like to do to release my inner child….

Going to see a pantomime. If you feel silly going by yourself take your grandchildren, niece/nephew or go along with friends who have children and if you are really stuck, I will come. I love the panto season, “Oh yes I do.” In fact I love the panto so much that when I married my husband on 27th December 2013 we all went to the panto after the registry service.  

When I wrap Christmas presents I drive my friends crazy as I wrap presents in layers, like a pass the parcel. I put little things in HUGE boxes or I put lots of glitter and sparkles in, so when they open them it snows glitter. 

If we get snow, I adore having a snowball fight or building an Igloo with a snowman to keep guard. 

No snow? No problem. We are never short of rain in the UK and I have the snazziest pair of red wellies which are perfect for jumping in puddles and paddling in mud.

I adore Christmas lights that go up in towns and villages all over the country. Check your local papers for details of Christmas events near you.

Get the board games out and invite friends round for an ‘old school’ evening of fun, away from computers and technology. One of my favourite games is Charades and is pretty much guaranteed to get everyone laughing, especially, if like me, you can’t act for toffee.

Colouring in has never been more popular and is the ideal way to reconnect with your inner child. You can buy adult colouring books in most shops and there are lots of free ones you can download. I have Mandala and Spirit Animal colouring books. They are so therapeutic and I highly recommend giving them a whirl. 

Having a family movie night. My favourites are the Disney Classics, watching these brings back lots of cherished childhood memories but my husband adores Monsters Inc and Despicable Me. It is so great to see him giggle and at times belly laughing at the on screen antics. (just don’t tell him I have let his secret slip haha)

Laughter is one of the best medicines and it is free. Laughing releases the feel good endorphins and lowers your blood pressure.

We are adults a long time, so I say bring out your inner child to play and put a smile in your heart and on your face.

spirit of childhood

Silence Is Golden

I was sat in the Tyneside Cinema Cafe pondering what I should write about in this months blog. The cinema screen which plays in the background was showing the black and white silent movie, Dracula. I was mesmerised and completely drawn in as I was watching the actors and imagining their converstaions based upon the visual interactions with each other.

As I became drawn into this visual world of silence my mobile bleeped, alerting me of a notification. The silence was shattered and the moment lost.

I was actually really upset by the intrusion however it got me thinking about just how connected everyone is in todays modern society. How often do we get to experience silence?

The old adage “silence is golden” has never been more relevant and is nowadays a rare commodity. One of the reasons for this is because it if we turn our phone off or heaven forbid leave the house without it we panic that no one will be able to reach us in an emergency, or that we will miss something important in the Facebook, Twitter and other social media news-feeds. This leaves us all constantly connected in one form or another.

Modern technology is incredible, it enhances life in so many areas and connects family and friends across the globe in ways that just a few years ago would never have been possible. Technology has freed us from many manual labour tasks, however, instead of this giving us more relaxation and family time it has sucked us in and so many of us (me included) are now shackled to our phones, tablets and other gadgets.

Silence enables us to become connected to our inner thoughts, feelings and emotions. Being still and sitting in silence is therapeutic and being able to obtain inner silence is a great meditation technique.

Silence is golden

It may be difficult at first to switch off, both the technology and your mind but the benefits of accomplishing this can greatly enhance your life.

Spending just a little time in a silent environment can reduce anxiety and stress causing endorphins and lower blood pressure.

Experiencing silence can boost your immune system, increase mental alertness and cognitive abilities. These benefits are due to the bodies own amazing natural healing system which is at its most effective when the body is at rest and relaxed.

So, how do we obtain silence? The obvious answer is to switch off the technology. Try it for 30 minutes a day, or if that sounds too hard, start by doing just 5 or 10 minutes a day. Doing this can provide external silence so that you can then focus on finding inner peace, tranquility and silence.

To assist with finding inner silence, find a quiet place where you can relax wether that is somewhere to sit, lay down or even going for a walk outside with nature. Try sitting and just allowing your thoughts to come and then go until the mind reaches the still point. Once you have mastered this you can then then do some deep breathing exercises, in through your nose and out through your mouth. This will expand your lungs and relax and calm the body inducing a state of meditation. As you relax enjoy the stillness, remember silence is golden but also good for your health.

There are many ways to achieve a meditative state. Sign up for the Crystal Cottage Newsletter and receive my Easy Guide to Meditating with simple methods to learn meditation techniques.easy-guide-to-meditating

Love and blessings

Theresa xxx

Every cloud has a ‘silver lining’

Wow, where have the last few months gone?

Whatever you do don’t blink or it will be Christmas, hehe.

Seriously though it is unbelievable how quickly time seems to whizz by as I get oldeirand also how quickly things can change. Even the best laid out plans, as I found out this summer.

At the beginning of the summer I was surrounded by boxes ready to move house and start a new adventure. Everything was set and then out of the blue all my plans fell apart.

Due to circumstances out of my control I had to remain living in my current house and start unpacking boxes and putting things back together.

I had a major wobble, questioned everything, including my spirituality and my sanity. However as the old saying goes… every cloud has a silver lining.

Once I found my ‘silver lining’ I was able to make sense out of the chaos and see the bigger plan that the Universe has in store for me and my family.

It hasn’t been an easy few months but the period of craziness has certainly helped me in many ways. I have a massive clear out. Things I have hung onto for far too long have no been donated to charity (there was no way I was ever going to be able to wear the 6″ stiletto heels that were soooooo pretty but totally impractical) I have realised just how important certain people are in my life and I have re evaluated what I want out of life and where I want to be and I have learnt not to take things for granted.

A lady said to me this week that sometimes you need to be shown exactly what you don’t want in order to realise exactly what you do want. This is very true and applicable to the last few months of my life.

So when life throws a curve ball in your direction, try and take a step back. Look at the situation or circumstances objectively and search for the ‘silver lining’ I promise it will be there, even if it takes a while for you to find it.

Love and blessings

Theresa xxx

When all seems lost remember thatEVERYclouds has a SILVER LIONING

Attitude of Gratitude

Life can be hectic and stressful, therefore it is easy to overlook the small daily gifts within our life and only be grateful for what is out of the ordinary.

However, giving gratitude for everything we have in life is essential. If we take the daily blessings for granted we end up pandering to our ego and the universe responds accordingly.


Utilising the attitude of gratitude can assist us on the rollercoaster of life. If you ever feel as if everything is going against you, take a step back and look at all the positive things that you have in your life…

You are alive, you can breathe, run, jump, sing, shout, have access to health care systems, running water, drainage, food.  Open your eyes, ears and heart to the beauty of things that surround you, the sun and the clouds in the sky, the moon and the stars at night, bird song, children’s laughter

Living life with an attitude of gratitude opens you up to endless possibilities. The law of Attraction states what we put out to the Universe is returned to us. Positive thought will be rewarded and the balance shifts so more of what you are grateful for enters your life. Positivity breeds positivity. How fantastic is that! 

So, here is a challenge for you. For the next 7 days I would like you to take a few moments each morning or evening and thank the Universe for 5 things that you have in your life.

Write the 5 things down in a notebook. The action of writing down what you are grateful for further empowers your gratitude. Try to find 5 different things each time you write in your notebook so you are not repeating the same thing. At the end of the week you should have 35 things written in your book.

Then for the next 14 days read through your list at least once a day. Take the time to read it out loud or write the whole list out again each day.

Giving thanks and acknowledging what blessings you have is very empowering. After 21 days notice how the flow of abundance, joy and gratitude coming to you has increased.



Remember the simple act of saying ‘Thank You’ can light up another persons day.

Let me know how you all get on.

Love and Crystal Blessings xxx


How do you get your ‘me time?’

Welcome to the very first Crystal Cottage Blog Post.

For those of you who know me via the Crystal Cottage Facebook page, you will know what an achievement getting this blog set up, written and published is for me. I am the ultimate technophobe and as a result have procrastinated over doing this for far too long.

However, here I am writing to you all and now I have actually sat down to do this it is not so scary after all.

Wow, I can’t believe it is almost June. Halfway through the year already.

Time certainly does fly when you are having fun and keeping busy.

It is so important that we spend time doing what we love the most with the people we love the most in order to live enriched and fulfilled lives.

That is why I am so passionate about Crystal Cottage. I cant imagine a better job in the whole world. I get to spend quality time with my family and offer support and guidance to others whilst I continue to develop on my own spiritual journey.

Unfortunately, in the course of my work I see more and more people who are doing the ‘daily grind’ without taking a little time for themselves. This can lead to the ‘crash and burn’ syndrome.


There are many ways of grabbing a little ‘me time’ even if it means re organising your day a little.

For instance, get up 10 minutes earlier so you have time to do something for yourself. Read the newspaper, a chapter of a favourite book, do some Yoga moves or simply to have a bath in peace!!

If you are really clever you can have a bath and read the paper then do the Yoga moves while getting dry. Now that is really multi tasking haha.

However I promise you that the re organisation of your time will reap its rewards. Spending a little quality time each day on yourself can result in lower stress levels, increased vitality and positive mental attitude.

One free and simple way of ensuring that the body and mind rejuvenate in order to deal with everyday life is meditation.

Yet so many people tell me that they simply CAN’T meditate.

Well, saying that you can’t is a sure way of not being able to do it. Mindset is everything.

Positive Thoughts

The best way to acheive a daunting task is to break it down into small manageable steps and then celebrate each step as it is accomplished. This principle can be applied to meditation practice.

That is why I am releasing a guide “Easy Guide To Meditating” available to everyone who signs up for the Crystal Cottage Newsletter.

I hope it inspires you to try meditation in order to bring a little balance into your life.



Other news from Crystal Cottage  

The Crystal Cottage Event this month begins on Saturday 30th May. There is some amazing new Crystal stock, Tarot Cards, Anne Stokes pictures as well as all the usual holistic gifts. Don’t miss out…

Dates have been set for Usui Reiki courses at Crystal Cottage HQ (my little house in Prudhoe, haha)

Online workshops and courses for those who prefer distant learning are also available.

At the moment details and dates of all the courses and workshops offered can be found via the events tab on Crystal Cottage Facebook page.


Crystal Cottage will be exhibiting at the

Insight Mind Body Spirit Fair

Ravensdene Lodge Hotel
55 Consett Rd,
Lobley Hill
NE11 0AN

10am – 4pm

Come along and participate in some great workshops, have a Tarot reading or treatment and browse the stalls.

Hope to see you there.

Love and blessings

Theresa xxx