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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

It’s Okay to Ask for Help

Have you ever heard of the term 'Shark music'? Last year, I attended a mother's group for my second daughter to help manage her anxiety issues, and I was introduced to this metaphor. In the famous 'Jaws' films, there's always that same eerie music that plays as the shark swims nearby. It basically … [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...]

Being There at the Right Time

We all lead such busy lives. Some of us are parents, some of us work, others study - maybe even a combination of the above. But no matter who we are, sometimes life gets us down. Sometimes we just need someone to be there for us, right at that moment in time. Not in a few hours, not tomorrow. But … [Read more...]