Do You Need a Break?

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It's often said that it's during the difficult times that you realise who your true friends are. Yesterday reminded me why this is so. My life has been incredibly busy lately - juggling my life as a mum, my job as a writer, my relationship with my husband, along with the rest of my family and … [Read more...]

Your Circumstances Don’t Determine Your Future

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I was never read to as a child. At least, not outside of school. I absolutely loved reading though. As a seven year old, I was often found ordering books from the Scholastic Book Club catalogue, reading The Bailey School Kids series in the car, or flipping through pages of another Goosebumps book. … [Read more...]

Do You Know What You Want?

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Life is full of so many questions that we need to answer. In our search for happiness, we try desperately to work out exactly what it is that we want. We might ask ourselves, at one point or time: "What career path do I want to follow?" "What do I want in a partner?" "Do I want to get … [Read more...]

Living in the Moment

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I became teary-eyed the other day thinking about my own mother. I had been reflecting back on the things she's done for me in my 25 years of life, the beautiful memories I'll forever cherish. I cried happy tears pondering the past. My eldest daughter recently transferred from the Language … [Read more...]

A Lot Can Change in a Year

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Whenever a year draws to a close, many of us start planning the year ahead. We feel determined to put the past behind us, we ponder about our new year's resolutions and we want the next year to be better than the last. But sometimes, we shouldn't just focus all our energy on moving forward. We … [Read more...]

You Can Change the World

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I recently had a two-hour long conversation with a stranger I met in a car park. I was enjoying a picnic lunch with my youngest daughter. We were sitting at a park that was located next to a medical surgery. My daughter and I were munching on our sandwiches, when a man about the age of 55, came … [Read more...]

Overcoming a Life Without Confidence

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I've had some horrible things said to me during my life. When I had a nail biting habit, I was told that nobody would love me - that no-one would want to hold my filthy hand, let alone marry me. I've been repeatedly called stupid. I've been told to lose weight because nobody likes a fat girl. I've … [Read more...]

Learning from Other People

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My six year old daughter once taught me a lesson in forgiveness. During a day at school, she'd made some lovely artwork. She'd proudly waved it in front of me, excited to show her father when he got home. But within seconds of showing me, her classmate randomly came along and defaced it. The boy did … [Read more...]

Relationships Are a Two-Way Street

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When Ben Affleck accepted his Oscar award for 'Argo' earlier this year, he likened marriage to 'work'. Standing on stage, he said to his wife who was in the audience: "I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It's good. It is work but the best kind of work and there's no … [Read more...]

You are More Important Than You Realise

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There was a period in my life when I thought I was worthless, useless, a horrible waste of space. I thought that I was incapable of bringing any good to this world, that nobody would love me for who I am, that my opinion simply did not matter. But I managed to get myself out of the hole that I was … [Read more...]