• Hitting the wall!

    ‘Hitting the wall’ is a saying you’d be very familiar with if you’re a runner or you put yourself through the paces in any other type of fitness, which can often involve pushing through your own mental and physical barriers. Last weekend I took part in my 6th half marathon race, something I feel immensely proud of, but as with most things, these challenges don’t come easy. Perhaps if they did it would be kind of defeating the object! I’m sure many people don’t get it, running that is, let alone taking part in races, after all why put yourself through it when the only physical thing you get to show for it is…

  • Mental Health

    There’s been a lot of coverage in the media over the past few years about mental health, focusing on those suffering from depression, anxiety and the many other mental health disorders, so I wanted to talk about what I’ve learnt through my own experiences. Just so I don’t worry anyone reading this that knows me, I haven’t been/or am depressed in any way, so please don’t worry, however, I do feel I can speak from the perspective of someone who has supported someone learning how to manage depression. Like many relationships, whether it’s friendship, family or otherwise, it’s often only with time that you’re able to put some perspective on situations and…

  • Body Confidence!

    In the past, I’ve talked quite a bit about the pressures we all put on ourselves by comparing our lives to those around us, which usually only ever ends up making you feel frustrated. Previously I’ve referred to my own situation of where I am in life, rather than the many other comparisons that we live with daily. However, on a recent holiday with some of my best friends, it reminded me that making comparisons affect us in so many different ways. Stripping down to swimwear on a holiday certainly puts your own body hang ups out there with nowhere to hide, which makes most of us compare what we have/don’t have with…

  • What Next?

    What next?….. well, that’s a massive question and one that I have to work out sooner rather than later, but I’m trying not to make any knee-jerk reactions, which is easier said than done! I have already given this so much thought and my theory is to gain as much insight into the various options available before making any more decisions and in the meantime just enjoy life! Part of this next stage of my journey is to ask questions of myself, one of them being, what kind of parent would I want to be. For all of you that are already parents, this may be something that you’ve never had to consider.…

  • Do opposites attract?

    Do Opposites Really Attract? I’ve always wondered whether this is, as people say the winning formula for a successful relationship, or does it cause more problems than actually producing happy long-term relationships? When I was in my 20’s I thought the guy I was meant to be with was someone with a similar personality and possibly background, but as I look around at the majority of my friends and family’s relationships I realise my thoughts have shifted so much since then. Most of my friends’ partners have opposite strengths and weaknesses, either in terms of practical abilities or personality traits. This seems to make them stronger as individuals and certainly gives the impression…

  • Time is a Healer!

    Almost a year on from freezing my eggs so much has changed for me. Turning 40 last week, certainly made me think about the decade I said a fond farewell to. One thing I have learnt throughout my 30’s is that I’m definitely made of tough stuff, and with the amazing support of my friends and family I know in time everything becomes clearer again! I feel like I’ve come to terms with disappointments in the past and have made peace with the decisions that have partly led to where I am right now.  After celebrating my birthday, I’m surprised to say I feel very positive and hopeful about being 40.…