• Fields of different shades of grass

    Is the grass greener, or is it just a different shade?

    With so much media attention on the role of social media on your mental health, I’ve been thinking about how it’s influenced me, particularly how focusing on my own life rather than comparing to others has improved my happiness. Those closest to me would probably agree that I’ve always been quite headstrong and driven in terms of knowing what I want, but if you read my blog or know me personally you will know that the last few years I’ve certainly had more doubts and quite often found myself confused and feeling a bit lost. Society itself has a lot to do with the feelings of uncertainty I’ve experienced, after…

  • International Women's Day

    International Women’s Day…… finding our own way in the world!

    With it being International Women’s Day I thought this post might be even more on point today when we’re thinking about #PressforProgress! For my parent’s generation, the women’s role was very clear, largely involving being a homemaker, wife and mother. Today, I’m pleased to say this has changed in many parts of the world, and the opportunities available to us are far wider reaching. Sadly some areas of the world are lagging behind in terms of equality and how women are treated. The fact that women have only just been permitted to enter football stadiums in Saudi Arabia seems totally incomprehensible compared to the western world I’m used to. We still seem…

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    Grief – it can hit us when we least expect it!

    The thing is with grief, there seems to be no pattern, rhyme or reason why or when it hits us. In my experience, how we cope with different degrees of grief is dependant on the quality of support we have from those closest to us and how it defines us. Even when we are silent in our grief, that doesn’t mean we’re ok. Sometimes we all need to lift our heads, look around and ask our friends if they’re ok, because often what people portray on the outside isn’t always what they’re feeling. As most of us recognise, grief doesn’t get any easier to cope with as we get older. It…

  • Art……so much more than a pretty painting!

    For those of you that have any kind of creative streak, whether that’s in art, music, writing, performing, etc you will understand what I mean when I say art is good for your soul. Art is a strange subject though, as whenever it’s talked about with those who wouldn’t describe themselves as ‘arty’, usually people’s automatic response is something along the lines of ‘I’m rubbish at art, or I can’t draw to save my life’. Which makes me think, where do we get these opinions about our own artistic ability from, after all, isn’t art subjective? I’m not attempting to get all deep here, most of all because I don’t feel…

  • Sliding doors?!

    Sometimes I do think life can be strange, especially if you stop to think about those ‘sliding doors’ moments, which may have taken your life in such a different direction. Does anyone else wonder how much of life is fate and how much of it is based upon a series of decisions, or in some cases the inability to make decisions!? My choice to egg freeze last year and the subsequent decision to start writing this blog has in itself provided many opportunities and given me a new perspective and experiences that otherwise I wouldn’t have had. For example, who would have thought I would have been the main case…

  • Mindfulness, what does it actually mean for me?

    Having just returned from my first ever yoga retreat, ran by the lovely Tanya, I felt compelled to write about mindfulness and what it means to me. Although everyone’s reasons for going on retreats are obviously different, I think the one thing we all had in common was the sense of escaping. Not because I’m making the assumption that people always have something to escape from, but sometimes just being in a different place and focusing on yourself allows you to let go of life outside. I’m sure that can sound like a load of peace, loving, hippy nonsense to anyone that’s never been on a retreat, but it definitely allowed me some much-needed breathing…