I first moved abroad when I was 20 years old. I was doing a degree in French and Spanish, and part of my third year involved me spending 5 months in France and 5 months in Spain. I vividly remember a very emotional farewell at the airport, as two of my uni friends and I headed off on this new adventure.… Read more
I hadn’t realised that gender disappointment or gender preferences existed until I announced I was pregnant with Léna, our eldest. Almost immediately people asked me whether we wanted a boy or a girl. This question about our unborn baby’s gender really shocked me. We don’t live in a country, age or society where one gender is more important than the other, so why the big deal?… Read more
One of the biggest reasons that people get stuck in the decision-making process is due to the crippling fear of making the wrong decision. If this is the case for you, let me tell you one of my decision-making stories…
10 years ago, I was 30 years old. I had just moved into my forever home – a house we’d had built, and that I’d seen transform from architect’s plans and an empty field into the home of my dreams: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, huge fireplace, a kitchen we’d designed down to the last cm, a lovely garden with a mountain view, a swimming pool in the garden.… Read more
It seems that, just recently, all I hear around me is fear. For me it started with Charlie Hebdo (especially due to our close links to France), with another wave in Paris in November, and was reinforced again with the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week.
This was a fear on a large scale.… Read more
How to make new friends can be a tough one. Feeling lonely is a horrible sensation and one that can get the most upbeat of people down. I speak from experience, having moved to a new town 8 times in my life, and to a new country 3 times. I have lost count of the number of times that I have had to make new friends.… Read more
To Léna – my 9 year old daughter,
When you were born, back in December 2006, I was very aware that you were only on loan to us for 18 years, when – if we’d done our job properly – you would take off on your own wings to lead your own independent life.… Read more
If I should die now might give the impression that this blog post is going to be pretty morbid, but it’s not going to be about death, but rather about life.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. Maybe it’s something to do with turning 40 recently that’s making me take a step back and look at life in general, and my life in particular.… Read more
In 2005 I had a miscarriage and only a dozen people knew about it. I felt embarrassed. Ashamed. Guilty. Responsible. It took me a long time to get over those feelings. Then as I got older, had a pregnancy that went to term and then another one, I made friends with fellow mums and I realised just how common it is.… Read more
Those of you in / from the UK will know all about the Comic Relief and Sport Relief charity. For those of you who don’t have a clue what I am talking about, they are a UK charity that has been raising money since 1985 to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice in the UK and across the world (50% of the money goes to help those in the UK and 50% around the world – principally Africa).… Read more
A couple of weeks ago I turned 40, hit the big 4-0, whatever you want to call it, and it would seem that this birthday affects people in different ways, so I thought I’d blog about its effects on people and what it means to me. As I have no shame I’m also going to share photos of me around each decade throughout the blog post too…
I have friends who have had utter meltdowns at the approach of their 40th birthday and who have actively had therapy to help them through it.… Read more