Dear Hormones, What are you playing at? Seriously, I thought we, as a body, were all in this together; fighting against the odds of EDS and Heart Failure, beating them against all expectations and doing a pretty impressive job of it actually. Then, you took it upon yourselves to go off-piste and take control in, … Continue reading Dear hormones
A few years ago, I had a series of heart attacks. From out of nowhere they stopped me in my tracks and made me reconsider everything about my life. You could say they were a major crossroads; I've spent a great deal of time since focussed on "letting go" of the feelings I was left … Continue reading Letting go of letting-go!
I've known my husband for 31 years this month and by association, I've known his mother, Elma. Over those three decades our relationship has been interesting; we are both strong-willed women and at times we've clashed head-on whilst in times of crisis we've supported each other un-conditionally. when John and I took the decision to … Continue reading The gift to myself of a clean slate for my mum-in-law
can it really be three months since we arrived In Myddfai, in our little piece of Welsh heaven? The time here seems to work on a different schedule at a slower less stressful pace. There are days when it's suddenly ten o'clock and all I've done is feed the birds. It's wonderful. it is also … Continue reading Croeso i Myddfai
I watch with my head in my hands when the adverts come on the television. The cause of this despair is quite simple really, it's the idea that women are failing if they don't "match up" to the perfection that is personified in stick-thin, teen-age models with "perfect" lifestyles and the skin, hair and figure … Continue reading According to whom?
"Really? What this old thing?" "You're joking, this makes my bum look enormous!" "That's sweet of you to say; when did you last get your eyes tested?"...... Sound familiar? What is it that makes it so hard to accept a compliment at face-value and respond with "Thank you"? What is the force that prevents so … Continue reading Give the gift of saying “Thank You”
I loved Toyah as a teenager; I still do. Her hair (of course) and make-up, but also her power, her self-confidence, her rebel-quality. I looked up to her and emulated her style with more and more outrageous hair-cuts and colours that resulted in the inevitable suspensions from my posh school for young-ladies. Result! Toyah showed … Continue reading You are allowed to be you
This morning on Twitter, I was reminded by someone that it's not always easy to choose your mood; that for some, every day is a challenge and "managing a smile" is about their limit. I can empathise with this position, with this choice. I remember times when I've felt that everything was simply too much … Continue reading It’s not always easy to choose
London 2012 can boast many "firsts" on it's list of considerable achievements, many reasons to celebrate . I do not believe, however, that Women's Boxing being included for the first time is one of those. I am choosing not to celebrate it. Should I really be celebrating that my sex is now equal to men … Continue reading I choose not to celebrate
"I'll try" - what do you really mean when you say these words? "I probably won't" or "I'm sure I won't be able to"? That's a choice. A choice you make regularly and without thinking. "I'll try to stick to it this time" becomes your mantra and your choice to accept failure, before … Continue reading Choose not to “Try”