On my first trip to Paris, I went alone. I was in my mid-20s and new to living in London, whilst my first husband was working in Africa. I knew, however, that I didn’t want to experience the City of Light with him. Whilst he wasn’t a bad man, he could be unpredictable at times, and my vision of Paris didn’t include emotional outbursts under the Eiffel Tower. And by emotional outbursts, I don’t mean passionately kissing. Continue Reading
Last month I attended a poetry workshop. Over the course of two hours I learnt about assonance and alliterations and couplets, and I wrote three very different poems.
I loved it not only for what I learnt and produced, but because despite being the only person who turned up, the instructor held the workshop with so much enthusiasm. There were no apologies for the absence of others, no excuses for not having more people in attendance, and I really admire that. Continue Reading
I’m the biggest I’ve ever been. I say ‘biggest’ rather than heaviest because I no longer weigh myself. I know I’ve put on weight though. I can tell from the reflection in the mirror and at least half of my clothes no longer fit me.
Let’s be clear; I know I’m not particularly big, yet I’ve been conscious of my body and weight my entire life.
The first half of this year has been equal parts chaos and exquisite.
I’ve changed, although not overnight.
Rather it’s been a gradual process many of you have witnessed on these very pages as I’ve shared my reflective side. I’ve treasured your loving response. Continue Reading
I’m fed up. I’m tired of people telling me they hate their lives and their careers and they, “Can’t be bothered to make an effort anymore.” I’ve been hearing this a lot lately, and it’s not just the younger generation who seem to believe that once they figure out what they really want to do with their lives – or discover a career they really love – everything will be effortless! There will be no slog! They’ll never work another day in their life!
It’s a story we’re all being fed these days, over and over again: Create a life you love and everything will be easy. Continue Reading
Some friends have been going through tough times of late, separating from long-term partners and learning to navigate the world on their own. Continue Reading
She looked as elegant as ever and my heart contracted. I had not been expecting to see her and I was surprised, if not a little sad. Continue Reading
Suddenly my mother squeals, “Nooooo!” and makes her escape. “Oh come on, please have your photo taken with us!” we plead. But she adamantly refuses. And thus, several years of family life are photographed with our mother absent from the pictures. Continue Reading
Suddenly the car slid out of control across the ice. An unpleasant scene flashed through my mind, and I saw myself stuck in the deep snow that flanked either side of the road, alone and freezing to death.
As quickly as I lost control, I regained it.