Teacher tales: Jumping ship bedecked in jewels

I’d been in teaching for 10 years but the job had become less and less fulfilling for me. In truth, it became too much. So, after months, perhaps years, of fretting over what to do instead…I quit! My name is Natalie, I’m 32 years old, and this is my story… It seems remarkable that it’s [read more]

Life isn’t always easy

Mental health. Wellbeing. Happiness. We know the importance of looking after our minds as well as our bodies…but mental wellbeing is such a huge (and complex) issue to tackle. This month we’ve seen the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit; and we’ve had World Mental Health Day with a focus on young people and [read more]

When it comes to fashion, it has to work for you

Today we’re talking fashion and styling with Nina from Edits Styling. After having her children, Nina decided that travelling and working long hours wasn’t what she wanted to do anymore, so she set up her own business as a personal stylist and image consultant. In the latest of our ‘sharing your story‘ blogs, Nina talks [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]

Make time for a smear test. It could save your life.

I never thought I would have much in common with Jade Goody. Turns out we both have two boys, and both of us have had experiences with cervical cancer. Sadly Jade died of this horrible disease, and through cervical screening I caught it early on. A good friend sent me a link to an article [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]

Are you really going to eat that?

As a food blogger who writes about healthier food choices, it’s a bit weird to say but I really dislike it when people judge what I eat. It’s a bit like Hermione judging the Weasley twins for only knowing the “flashy useless magic” they use to create their joke shop. Sometimes it’s useful to know [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]

When cows go boe – raising a bilingual baby

When people ask me about being a bilingual family, I often find that what I’m really answering questions about is biculturalism. In the ten years that I have known my husband, our different languages and culture have been one of the cornerstones of our relationship. So it was natural that we thought our child should also enjoy [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]

Let’s reinvent the New Year’s resolution

So we are halfway through January and enough is enough! I’m disillusioned with New Year’s resolutions already. I can’t take one more TV advert guilt-tripping me into joining a new eye-wateringly expensive gym; one more Facebook feed lamenting the woes of ‘dry January’ or one more Z-list celebrity promoting how to cook healthily or don a [read more]

Me and my mooncup

You know when you realise that over ten years after discovering a new product, you’re still ahead of the curve? That was me when discussing Mooncups at our recent Women Aloud book club. One impromptu speech extolling their virtues later, I had some converts, a few maybes and kudos for my eco and purse-friendly love of the [read more]

We all have something to say. We want your words!

Here at Women Aloud we feel pretty strongly that words connect us. You might not think your words matter, but they do. As women we are fountains of knowledge; we can give advice, opinions, and recommendations. We can share our stories and experiences.  We can inspire others and support someone in their time of need. And that’s [read more]