Mothering Missteps

‘How do you mother and raise an actual living human being?’ (Ann Voskamp)I read this quote, early today, and it hit me how much I will miss holding my boys today on Mother's Day and it’s made me a bit maudlin. Due to Covid-19 they are on the other side of a regional border as … Continue reading Mothering Missteps

Broken Connections

The definition of community has changed. These are strange, unfamiliar times - ‘unprecedented’, as we keep hearing. Community as we know it seems to be lost as we self isolate and distance ourselves from each other. Meeting a friend while grocery shopping the other day I felt sad as I had to stop myself from … Continue reading Broken Connections

Ostrich Pose

I am so very good at sticking my head in the sand and letting the world keep turning. It helps me cope and has seemed to work in many situations in over 50 years (not that this is the ideal way of dealing with life, by any means!). With a conference I was going to … Continue reading Ostrich Pose

Healing Myself

As we step into yet another new year - this one celebrated by my Chinese friends - I feel so grateful for new learnings and new understandings I bring into it. These days I feel more settled within myself and so have the time and emotional capacity to connect with others. Connection has become a … Continue reading Healing Myself

Make Mistakes

'I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something. So that's my wish for you, and … Continue reading Make Mistakes

Good Intentions

As the year, the decade (!), draws to a close I have realised how many good intentions I've had, goals I've set, over the last however many years, that often never see the light of day or are often discarded by the end of January. For me this is because it just becomes another to-do … Continue reading Good Intentions

Women’s Business

AKA Shedding my modesty in Marrakech This post was written back in 2016 on our family travel blog Where R the Williams which was brought to my attention today. Reading it took me back to that place again - a place and time where I found myself shedding all the protective layers I wear because … Continue reading Women’s Business

Just Exhale

Why this obsession to be good enough for other people? To be seen as 'acceptable' even if it’s not the YOU of you? One of my earliest memories is of my grandmother saying 'good girls don't do that' and ‘what will people think?’ and those two statements became a recurring theme throughout all my growing … Continue reading Just Exhale

Love YOU

Everywhere I scroll on social media, on every other page I turn in a magazine, people are suggesting that I practice self love. But I realised that I don't actually know what that means. I can't suddenly start loving myself! Can I? Surely there's far too much baggage there for that (and it's heavy ya'll!)! … Continue reading Love YOU