May is Mental Health Awareness month. In our family though, mental health awareness is a constant. …


The simple sweetness of doing nothing.

I recently heard this expression- dolce far niente — which translates to — — the sweetness of doing nothing. Of course, in Italian it sounds so much more luxurious and there is something so amazingly simple yet profound about it. Unfortunately doing nothing is…


In this pandemic/post-pandemic time, I’ve been hearing from friends and acquaintances how they would love for life to go back to “normal”. I’ve also been hearing a lot about how life as we live it today is being described as the “new normal”. …


Yoga is a practice in paradoxes. We are asked to remain fluid in our pose yet still our mind. It’s a paradox that we see in life every day.

This morning as I was making my first cup of tea and listening to my regular radio show, the question the presenters were asking was, ‘what have we been doing (or taking up) during this time in lockdown that has changed us for the better?’ Some people called in saying…


The two F words that elicit an uncomfortable silence, if not an unsubtle avoidance of the subject altogether: Female and over Forty.

I recently read a tweet that called for a new kind of list to be made. You know those lists: the ’30 Under 30', the ’20 Under 20'…


What does it take to understand & know our worth? What we say about ourselves is key when communicating our value. So how do we learn the language of worth?

Photo: Vincent Haycock

“It takes a while to understand your worth.” Those are words written by the singer/songwriter Florence Welch for her piece published in the July edition of British Vogue. It’s a sentence that jumped out at me and made me think about worth — how and when we see it in…


Dear Fear,

We’ve known each other for a very long time. My whole life to be precise. We’ve been together through everything, the good times and yup, definitely the bad. Looking back, I wonder why you were there when I’ve been happy, why you questioned my happiness, but I guess you just…


I have slowly started to explore the world of upcycling — where I take a piece of furniture that has seen better days and breathe new life into it. I’ve used tools I’ve never used before like a power washer that basically strips even the toughest stains and a…


I recently celebrated my birthday, so I thought I would share with you ten lessons I’ve learned in my four and a half decades on earth. There are more but these were/are game changers. I’m still learning and making mistakes but that’s the point of life, isn’t it?

1. Life…


We all age. From the moment we are born our bodies are changing and ageing. How we age is often determined by genetics and lifestyle. While we may not be able to control our genes, we can take control of our health by doing all that we can to make sure we are ageing as optimally as possible. In a conversation with The Citrine Room, Susan Saunders, co-author of The Age Well Project, reveals some important lessons we can all learn to help us change the way we age and change the way we see ourselves as we advance in age. After all, ageing isn’t something to fear. It is a privilege.

My neighbour Charles is 93. As I sit here at my dining table writing this blog post, I can hear him on his lawnmower taking care of his garden, his pride and joy. Almost every morning when I wake up and look out the window I can see him on…

Monita Rajpal

Former CNN International anchor now a mom living in the English countryside while writing and curating pieces for The Citrine Room, her news & lifestyle blog.

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