Faith, Mental Health, Parenting

When what now becomes what if

Hardships aren't easy. (The clue is in the name). But I've seen great purpose come from great pain. When I struggled with maternal mental health for a second time, and sank to such depths from which I thought my marriage and my family would never recover, I couldn't see a way out. I remember crying… Continue reading When what now becomes what if

Adoption, Mental Health, Parenting

Behind The Smile

It's not very British to air your woes, unless you are complaining about the weather of course. The 'keep calm and carry on' mantra has continued long since the war ended and our chronic apologetic nature makes us too polite to challenge attitudes or actions we don't like. In short, we have become very good… Continue reading Behind The Smile

Lifestyle, Mental Health, wellness

Why swim in cold water?

Swimming in cold water may not appeal to many, but it could be the key to your physical and mental health this season. I have always loved the ocean, and will happily swim in any weather, but it wasn't until recently that I realised the tremendous health benefits it offers. Here I share some of… Continue reading Why swim in cold water?

Faith, Lifestyle, Mental Health

Just Another Manic Monday?

Monday’s are the toughest day of the week for many. Statistically, it is the day with the highest number of heart attacks and suicides. At some point our mind or our bodies gives way to mounting pressure, at work, at home, at school, at university. I used to dread Monday because that was the day… Continue reading Just Another Manic Monday?

Lifestyle, Parenting

Dear Harry and Meghan

Two days in to being parents, congratulations! The adrenalin is still running, hormones flowing, body aching and heart bursting. You are besotted with your beautiful boy and cannot bear to take your eyes of him for fear of missing something. Netflix has nothing on watching a newborn sleep. Any parent will tell you that raising… Continue reading Dear Harry and Meghan

Adoption, Faith, Lifestyle, Parenting

Everything I never wanted

It is Mothers Day, and this is the first one as a mom of three that I am actually looking forward to. Last year I was dreading the emotions (or lack thereof), that I would feel when my children bundled into bed with me. I consider myself crazy blessed as a mom of three, but… Continue reading Everything I never wanted

Faith, Lifestyle

Loving me

Love. Love is a many splendid thing. I can sprinkle love like confetti wherever I go, with a smile, a laugh, a hug or a gift. But loving me? I find that incredibly challenging. I can give advice to a friend, help her with decisions, encourage her in a new venture and tell her she… Continue reading Loving me

Essential Oils, Lifestyle, Parenting

How to cope this Christmas

So the Big Day is just weeks away, but it is not an exciting time for all. Christmas can actually be an incredible stressful and anxious time for many people. Perhaps you feel completely overwhelmed with juggling overexcited kids, Christmas shopping, organising nativity costumes and all the things. Perhaps you were made redundant and this… Continue reading How to cope this Christmas

Faith

Running with others

"Oh, I don't run with others." This was my response to friends who had done Couch to 5k and wanted to join me on some of my regular runs. It makes me cringe now, looking back but there was a reason behind it. Running for me is more than just getting fit. It is my headspace, my… Continue reading Running with others

Parenting

Why new moms need new expectations

Expectation. What a word. To some it can bring excitement, to others it can bring exhaustion. To one, it can bring fun and to another, it can bring fear. We all have expectation in our lives, whether that is how we expect our day to pan out, or how we expect our careers to pan out,… Continue reading Why new moms need new expectations