An Open Letter to Myself Before Children

I don’t really know how to start this. It’s all a little strange writing to yourself isn’t it? What I do know is that if you could read this letter, it would bring you some comfort knowing that, although your life is about to change completely, it will be for the better. Trust me. Right now you are unsure of yourself, of what you want to be ‘when you grow...

Marriage After Divorce – Lessons Learnt From A First Marriage

When I married Ed in September 2017, it wasn’t the first time I had been a bride. I was married to someone else a few years before and it didn’t work out. I feel that there is a bit of a stigma around getting married more than once, especially for somebody my age, so I wanted to confront the taboo around the breakdown of a marriage and discuss the positives...

5 Methods to Combat Depression & Generalised Anxiety

I make no secret of the fact that I live with a mental illness. My first episode of depression happened when I was twelve years old. I was going through a lot at the time including the death of my beloved grandad, and I really struggled to cope with all the strong emotions I was feeling. Talking therapies helped at the time and I have used them when I have...

Getting into Gear for the New Year with Beautify

At the start of a new year I always feel so motivated. I write out my goals for the year and I want to get straight into action and start achieving them. Then January seems to drag on and on and that motivation starts ebbing away. Working from home is brilliant but it is also really difficult when the weather is cold and all you feel like doing is curling...

How Do You Make Friends as an Adult? The Google Search I Was Ashamed Of Making

Somebody new has started coming to the messy play class I attend with Benjamin each week. Her son is only a few months older than Benjamin and she has daughters who are the same ages as Cameron and Carly. I know all this because we sat and spoke for a little while during the class today. However, I would never have had the confidence to strike up the conversation myself....

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

I know, I know, New Year’s Resolutions are a bit marmite. I am firmly in the love camp, however. I really enjoying sitting down and reflecting on the previous year and looking at how I can build on for the year ahead professionally and personally. For anybody interested, these are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2019, a little late as I got caught up in a Disney bubble…. Continue Improving...

Acknowledging Grief at Christmas

Losing a loved one at any time of year is hard but there is something about December and the anticipation that Christmas brings that made the death of my beloved Grandad seventeen years ago today seem all the more devastating. My grandad had cancer of the oesophagus, which attacked hard and fast and left him, at the end of his life, unable to eat, drink or even swallow. Seeing such...

What I’ve Learnt From 9 Months as a Self Employed Blogger

I have been blogging in total for almost eight years but I only took the leap and registered as self employed back at the start of this year. It was something I had wanted to do for a while but never felt that I was ‘good’ enough to dedicate myself entirely to my blog. In the end, I kind of fell into it after deciding it would be too expensive...

5 Things I’m Looking Forward to This Autumn

You may have noticed by now that I have been more than a little excited about autumn over the past few weeks. Autumn is a strange one for me. It is one of my favourite seasons, with the beautiful colours of nature, the fun events (Halloween and Bonfire night personal favourites), the cosy knits and excuse to wear boots with everything and the promise of Christmas just around the corner....