When First Impressions are Wrong

Whenever we meet someone for the first time, it's hard not to form some kind of 'first impression' of them. It might be the way a person looks or dresses. The way they walk. The topics they choose to talk about. As human beings, it's normal to form specific ideas about people before we truly get to … [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...]

Learning Not to Take Life So Seriously

There are some 'rules' that I don't like to follow. I do follow and respect laws on the road. I do follow social etiquette, such as - not calling loved ones at late times in the night. I believe in acting appropriately in personal and professional situations. But I don't agree with treating dates … [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...]

Always Try Before Asking for Help

When I was a young child, I used to spend a lot of time with one of my older cousins. We shared a love of music and reading, and she was always ready to educate me on different areas of life. We were watching the now-defunct TV show 'Video Hits' when the words 'debut' hit the screen. I was an … [Read more...]

Are You Being Honest with Yourself?

Up until recently, I held onto someone for much longer than I should have. I believed that their presence wasn't having a negative impact on my life. That I wasn't suffering in the process. But I wasn't being honest with myself. How often do we do that? How often do we lie to ourselves because we … [Read more...]

Do You Need a Break?

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...]

Do You Know What You Want?

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

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

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...]