Is this it? Is this all there is now?

Have you ever asked yourself that question – ‘is THIS it’? Secretly felt alarmed that your perfectly normal life is not fulfilling, doesn’t measure up in some way, is unexciting, and exhausting? Wondered if this is it for you from now on? And then felt ashamed for having those thoughts because really, you should be grateful for being a mum? I have. It’s part …

Have you labelled yourself?

We all attach labels to ourselves – it is how we describe who we are – but we can become too attached to a label for our own good. The label of mother is particularly intoxicating to some of us and when it becomes that way, we can lose any perspective of our own lives and can undermine all our …

Fatigued to fabulous in simple steps

Just over two years ago, I was sitting on the side of my bed, fatigued and overwhelmed, my head in hands, wondering how I was going to get through the rest of the day. I was exhausted, had aches and pains and felt way older than I actually was and it was making me feel miserable. The thought of where I might end …

Say no to diets

There are many ways to waste your precious life, but obsessing about your looks and your body is possibly one of the saddest ways. There are important health reasons for wanting to lose weight when obesity is involved but let’s be honest – most people who want to lose weight want to do it primarily for looks, not for their …

Beauty, skin cancer and the food inbetween

My skin and I have had a difficult relationship. In that I have found it difficult to deal with. As a teenager and adult I suffered acne, and for the past 13 years, it’s been about skin cancer. And particularly the skin cancer that has sprouted over my face and required treatment, after treatment, after treatment. I’ve been cut, stitched, …

I’m fakin’ it – my smile that is, and it’s making life sweeter

I’m experimenting with my smile. In that I’m trying to keep one on my face for most of the day. Not the toothy, forced type that might scare a small child, but a gentle, pleasant, peaceful version. In the moments when I would tune in to my facial expression, more often than not I’d find my teeth gritted and brows …

Lighten up Sunshine!

As a born worrier and someone who tends to live inside her own mind, I have a tendency to be too serious if I don’t watch it. All the time spent with my own thoughts, being thorough, can weigh me down, slow me up. It can cause me to retract and retreat, to shrink from life. It reaches a stage …