Life, Love and Laughter

Something pretty amazing happening today. Nothing particularly eventful but pretty amazing for me. Today, I laughed the hardest that I have laughed in the past few weeks. My facial cheeks hurt. My stomach felt pained. I was laughing uncontrollably. So why did my fits of laughter mean so much … [Read more...]

Can a Person Ever Really Change?

There's been a recurring theme in my life as of late. It's been the idea of change. Changing beliefs, attitudes, values, perspectives. In my own personal and professional life, circumstances have led to me to ask - is it worth being around people who are no longer conducive to your own happiness? … [Read more...]

What I’ve Learnt about Love

I was 16 years old the first time I ever fell in love. Or at least, what I felt was love at the time. I was emotionally fragile, vulnerable and incredibly naive. I knew hardly anything about love, just that I wanted to feel loved and appreciated. This person made me feel special for the first time … [Read more...]

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...]

Making Time for Loved Ones

I'm not someone who believes in having regrets. I believe that sometimes life could have turned out differently. I believe that sometimes we could have made better choices. But I don't believe in holding onto the past. No matter how much we wish things were different, the truth is - they can't … [Read more...]

Relationships Are a Two-Way Street

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

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...]

Letting Others Take Responsibility

When I was about 11 years old, I found out that my emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) was 156. I fell within the range of people with incredibly high emotional intelligence. Although I hadn't even hit my teenage years, I wasn't too shocked by the result. I'd always known that I had a strong … [Read more...]