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Family

To my daughter, on a day we don’t understand.

By On 23rd May 2017

This isn’t really a new blog post. It started as a letter to those who have subscribed to this blog, who I email most weeks. But after writing it and sending it to them I thought I would share it here too. It has been such a strange day. A day of conflicting emotions. A day where our nation has poured out…

living well / Mental health

On bodies and beauty.

By On 18th April 2017

I find it hard to know how to relate to my body. There is a lot of conflicting information thrown at me. It should be strong and sporty because ‘this girl can’. It should be thin and well-kept because why wouldn’t you make the most of what you have got? I shouldn’t give it a second thought because appearances don’t…

living well / Mental health / On taking anti-depressants

Alternative Advent Calendar Part 1.

By On 7th December 2016

On the 1st December I started to write an Alternative Advent Calendar. I have been posting these ‘gifts’ daily on Facebook and Instagram. Christmas is busy, and expectations are high. It can become stressful and overwhelming very quickly. My Advent Calendar is an antidote to this. Each day I have been writing short thoughts about ways to manage this season,…

faith

For anyone who has ever had questions about their faith.

By On 28th November 2016

I struggle to articulate the discoveries I have been making about my faith, in part because what I believe cannot easily be squeezed into language. It cannot be condensed and compressed into words, black and white on the page. I am only ever able to scratch the surface, if I am lucky. Even if I had all the time in the world I would…

Family / living well

On love and poetry.

By On 11th September 2016

Learning to love someone is like poetry. I don’t mean that it is beautiful and full of romantic imagery. I mean that it is hard. Poetry is hard. When I was 17 I went on a school trip to a day of talks about literature in the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. There were many speakers. They talked about their favourite…