What’s the worst that could happen?

When I was growing up my mum used to play what she called the ‘what if…’ game with me (what would you do if … happens?). It was her version of trying to teach me how to react to potential dangers in a multitude of situations. She wanted to keep me safe. The trouble with…

Love on Mother’s Day

Three years ago on Mother’s Day, my third daughter was born. And now it will always be a special day to me. Because that was a day when I got to be close to my new arrival, when I was awash with love for my family. What an amazing present. Unfortunately I think Mother’s Day…

Bullet Journal: Planning my writing

I love organising. It makes me feel in control and on top of things, and when something isn’t working for me I try to figure out a way that it will. Since the beginning of the year I have been playing with using the bullet journal method for keeping myself organised. It seems on first…

Gratitude Journal February

And what to be thankful for this month? First there is simply the days being noticeably longer and lighter, buds of new life that can be seen on trees and plants, in the garden and in the streets where I walk, more sunny days. All this I see as positive, I am grateful Spring is…

What it feels like…to have a breakdown

When I wrote last month about what it feels like to be ‘friend dumped’, I was surprised by how it resonated with people. I found it so helpful to work through emotions relating to that issue and free myself from them. So I thought I would look at other ‘difficult’ issues that have affected me…

Making a difference

After I recently published my post introducing my concept of empowered parenting and what it meant to me, I had a conversation with one of my friends. She asked me what I wanted to achieve by my cause, and I realised that whilst I wrote about the what, and some of the why, I thought…

The path

Once upon a time, there was a girl who was very sad. Life had happened to her, she felt like she was missing doing the things that meant something to her, making the life that she wanted, and that she was rubbish at what she was doing. She felt it passed her by and she…

Parenting Tools: Community

A tool is something that helps us get a job done and in this series I am focusing on the job of raising our children, but it could equally be applied to succeeding in life as a whole. Parenting is just what some of us do as part of our lives. It became apparent to…

Empowered Parenting – A Manifesto

So here I am at last to tell you all about my new plans, to lift the suspense! What led to this path? My emotional journey through life became especially significant when I became a parent. Before I hadn’t always been the happiest person but I muddled along; sometimes coping, sometimes not. All of a…

Gratitude Journal January

What a month. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster month, at times feeling incredibly stressful or just like I am floundering, and at others full of uplifting moments and with lots of inspiration for new challenges I am pursuing. I had some clear goals for my life going forwards, not just 2016 but…

Plans are afoot…

I came (back) to writing as a form of self-therapy, self-expression. When this blog first came to life, the posts were borne directly out of my experiences at any given time and allowed me to emotionally process them, without any specific direction. A useful purpose, one which it seems holds similarities with many other bloggers….

Rain check

The mind is not willing to conform To dream the dream To paint the picture of something more Let me build this life I want to lead When the head is full of floating ideas The fragments need to be drawn Together from their scattered synapses Elusive flotsam do not leave me now When belief…