August 2014 archive

Mother to Daughter advice (the stuff that matters)

  Dear Joy and Pops, I’m going to give you lots of advice over the years, it’s my job as your Mum. Much of my advice will be important; ‘Don’t stick your fingers in sockets or play with fire’, that type of stuff. Some will seem less important to you, such as ‘Wear your coat […] Read more…

Getting old(er)

  How does it feel when you’re getting older(er)? What does thirty-something mean to you? To my younger self it looked something like this: Career success (after figuring out said career first of course); Sophisticated husband who honestly believes that every day should be Valentines Day; Beautiful, well-behaved, angel faced children; An amazing honed figure from […] Read more…

Life as a work in progress

    I’ve previously talked about wanting to move forward and often viewed myself as a work in progress. Today I want to get real about what that actual means. It’s so easy to talk about change; it can feel so refreshing and positive that we almost trick ourselves into believing the hard work is […] Read more…

Stillbirth. My story, my son Louis.

It recently occurred to me that in the 12 years since I lost my son Louis, I have never told our story from start to finish. Always the abridged version to fit the audience, just the details that I think they will be able to understand or even want to hear. So here it is, […] Read more…

Long live the endless summer…

    We are exactly halfway through the summer holidays today. The very fact that I was surprised to hear this is a good sign of how things are going; the summers that seemed to last forever as a child really fly by too fast these days. Can you remember those endless summers filled with […] Read more…

Starting at the beginning

    I’ve been thinking a lot about about new beginnings and what that actually means. We don’t actually get proper shiny new beginnings, however hard we try.  We are still the sum total of our experiences and memories, the good and the bad. Of course we all buy into the myth of that shiny […] Read more…