When You See Yourself Through Others’ Eyes

About three weeks ago, I attended my husband's work Christmas party. As always, the venue they'd chosen was beautifully decorated, the food was delicious, and the company was very entertaining. However, what was most memorable had nothing to do with the elegant party itself. Instead, it was what … [Read more...]

When Death Puts Life into Perspective

Today, I found out that a lady at my eldest daughter's school passed away this morning. She was the co-ordinator of the out-of-school care program. I'd talked to this lady before. We shared some laughs. I'd regularly thanked her for holding the school gate open for my kids and I. Although I didn't … [Read more...]

Progress Takes Time

A friend of mine once said that I was the most positive person they knew. As positive as I am though, even I have my down days. I've had some ups and downs recently, both in my personal and professional life. These challenges have affected my self-esteem, my confidence, and even my positive … [Read more...]

Your Circumstances Don’t Determine Your Future

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...]

A Lot Can Change in a Year

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...]

Overcoming a Life Without Confidence

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...]

You are More Important Than You Realise

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...]

Sometimes Just Being There is Enough

I want to tell you about someone. Someone very special. She is one of the most beautiful people I have ever met - not just in terms of her physical appearance, but because of who she is on the inside. She is kind, caring, compassionate, and so very selfless. If I needed her, I know she'd come … [Read more...]

Don’t Tell People to Get Over It

As some of you might know, I'm currently going through a bit of a rough time. A friend, who has meant a great deal to me, for many years, is no longer in my life. It's been a tumultuous fortnight, my emotions have been all over the place. But I'm getting there and I have a lot of hope that I'll be … [Read more...]

Nothing is a Waste of Time

This is a post that's very difficult for me to write. At this moment in time, I'm listening to sad, depressing music and on the verge of tears. Just two days ago, I lost someone who's been important to me for a very long time. I didn't lose them to death. I lost them, because it was a friendship … [Read more...]