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. As much […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]