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...]

You Can Change the World

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

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

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...]

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...]

The Countdown of Life

Many years ago, I came across a news story that reminded me how short life really is. A 16 year old girl named Stacey Mitchell, was a fun-loving, friendly teenager who was well-liked by her peers. But she was tragically murdered right here in Perth, Australia, then her body was dumped in a rubbish … [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...]

Success Means No Excuses

Imagine you're going for a job interview the next day. It's for a position you've had your eye on for a while. You've been preparing for weeks, practising your responses, laying out the right outfit. You've got everything down pat. Then you get a phone call. Maybe someone close to you has passed … [Read more...]

Being Unique is Important

Being a writer is such a scary thing. Every time I publish a piece of writing, I'm putting my thoughts on the line and opening myself up to rejection. It's nerve-wracking, but exhilarating at the same time. However, for someone like me, who never imagined she'd become a writer, it's all the more … [Read more...]

This is Your Life

I'm not an angry person. Emotional, yes. Angry, no. If something upsets me; I might feel hurt, I might even cry if I feel that bad. But recently, something absolutely infuriated me. You probably know by now that I got married and had children quite young. I don't regret any of my decisions for a … [Read more...]