I’m not naive, I know I’m in a bubble right now

This blog is not the one I intended to write. It’s not my life on lockdown diary which I’m sure you’ve been waiting for with bated breath! Nope, sorry. What happened instead is I sat down at my laptop and realised I felt calmer than I had for a long time….calm in the middle of [read more]

My passion for natural skincare became my business too

After a few weeks off, I’m really pleased to be back to share your stories. Today we’re talking with Anna from Milo + James about how a passion for natural, organic products led to her starting up her own skincare company. “Hi, I’m Anna, the co-founder of Milo + James; a skincare company passionate about [read more]

Are you living your best life?

Last month we held our first Women Aloud Life-Talk event. We were thrilled to host the evening at Cositas and to welcome life coach Sarah Bramall as our guest speaker. Sarah is a professional life coach who is passionate about helping women to start living their best life. Sarah has personal experience of making changes [read more]

Is it OK for women to be successful?

A few months ago I wrote a blog post for Women Aloud called ‘Can you have it all’…and in the editing of it I kept typing and then deleting ‘I’m sorry I have accomplished my version of all’, ‘I apologise for sounding smug’, ‘excuse me for saying this’…I didn’t feel comfortable talking about success; to [read more]

Black Monster – a personal story of depression

From time to time everybody gets out of bed ‘on the wrong side’, but when you struggle with anxiety and depression this often leads to a situation which quickly spirals out of control. Historically known as ‘the black dog’, depression and anxiety can sit upon you, churn within you and follow you around like an [read more]

Can you have it all?

One thing I’ve learnt is you can’t really ‘have it all’ but you can create a realistic version of ‘all’ which you can live with. It’s taken me a long time to come to that conclusion, and a lot of trying to have more than I can…which left me feeling exhausted, stressed and a failure. On [read more]

Dear Mums…you’re not trying, you’re doing it!

I am a huge fan of motivational and inspirational quotes. I use them in my teaching regularly. However, there are many I have come across since becoming a Mum that are far from inspiring; instead I find them limiting and patronising. Take this example. “Dear Mum who’s trying to do it all: STOP. You’re only [read more]

After a year of maternity leave I was ready to get back to work

In the blink of an eye my helpless newborn had grown into a cheeky and curious – almost walking – little monster. Who knew that a year of maternity leave could fly by so quickly? I’d really enjoyed it but as it came to an end I felt ready to return to work. Being a Mum is a funny old job. My little boy [read more]

It’s time for a personal MOT

I’m reviewing my to do list. You know the one I mean – the one that’s partly jumbled in your head, partly scribbled in haste on the back of an old receipt and partly noted (in your best handwriting) on that spanking new list pad you purchased (when you had good intentions of getting your to-dos together in one [read more]

Who am I? And when did my days get so guilt-filled?

Anyone out there wondering who the heck they are these days?  Wife. Mum. Daughter. Friend. Employed grown-up person. The list goes on… In the blink of an eye you went from a happy-go-lucky university student who skipped through life enjoying crazy nights out at the Student Union for less than a tenner and somehow picking up a degree [read more]