I wrote this post for World Childless Week & it was published under the topic of ‘Moving Forwards.’ You can read it & many other posts published for that day on this link. These past few months have been strange/challenging (choose an appropriate word) for everyone & no one knows what the future holds so, in August as lockdown eased somewhat in the UK, I took the decision to (as the saying goes) ‘make hay while the sun shines.’ For the past few years I’ve consciously searched for ways to expand my comfort zone, both body & mind &, after being somewhat constrained recently, I’ve made an extra effort. These past few weeks have therefore been filled with joy, fun, new experiences, deepening friendships, growth & (because life isn’t always a bed of roses) there were also tears. My list of experiences includes kayaking down the Thames, lots of yoga including trying new classes, a Qigong training course, challenging myself with new embroidery projects, travelling on the train & tube through London (a big thing at this time), travelling on said transport in bright coloured yoga leggings (a huge thing for me) & accidentally getting on the wrong train with hilarious results. I’m also feeling more so with highs came lows; the tears were 2 big shame spirals, which I can recognise & have the tools to work through. Now & again I’m stopped in my tracks by a ‘wow, who am I now?’ moment which brings forth a happy … Read more Following the curiosity driven path to joy
Have you ever started something thinking you’re ready but it’s only after you’ve been doing it for a while that you realise NOW you’re ready? Well that’s been my experience … Read more Six things I’ve learned about living as a childless woman
As a childless woman one of your greatest challenges is to work out who you are and how you fit into society. I always wanted to be a mother and … Read more Who are you now? (or how I re-discovered myself by way of butterflies, lights and snow)
One of your biggest challenges is coping with children. Your baby buttons are pushed every time you see or hear about children. They seem to be everywhere, maybe it’s your … Read more Had your baby buttons pushed? Learn three simple tricks to regain your equilibrium
It’s Mother’s Day next week in the UK, every shop is full of it, there’s posters outside every restaurant and it seems like every aisle in the supermarket has present … Read more Worried about Mother’s Day? Here are three things which will help.
Last week we were in a restaurant in Bulgaria where my husband was skiing and the song ‘Its a wonderful, wonderful life’ was played and I haven’t been able to … Read more Four ways to improve your life as a childless woman
I’ve written previously about how being honest and open about my childlessness has changed my life for the better and how it means that for the first time in many … Read more What’s swimming got to do with telling your story?
Happy New Year and Congratulations for surviving Christmas and New Year. Did you have a great time or was it a struggle? Are you looking forward to the year ahead … Read more What are you going to do differently this year?
Over the past few weeks I’ve written tips on how to deal with the family coming at Christmas and how to use pass the parcel to get through parties and … Read more The most important thing you can do over Christmas
You’re dreading going to the Christmas ‘do’ at work because you know that everyone will be talking about their children or grandchildren and you feel inadequate because you can’t join … Read more Dreading the work Christmas ‘do’? View it as a game of pass the parcel