helpful books

Helpful Books that Could Genuinely Change Your Life

I’ve come to the conclusion that helpful books, ones which have the potential to genuinely change lives, are my absolute favourite kind. Gone are the days where I can leisurely sit around devouring stories for hours on end. When I manage to read a book in its entirety now, it’s because I genuinely connect with the words. Here are some brilliant recommendations, covering everything from mental health and body confidence, to allergies, autism, understanding our past and natural living. I’d like to think there is something here for everyone, no matter how cynical they might be. **Disclaimer: I was sent …

family estrangement

On Family Estrangement/In Defence of Meghan Markle

I know more than most that family estrangement never occurs without very good reason.  In the early days of my own family estrangement back in 2005, I grieved long and hard for what had been and would never be Cutting ties with mother and the (half) siblings I grew up with had been a long time coming. There was a lot of bad blood. Too many lies had been told. Too much drama brought to my doorstep. Too many situations which had left me broken hearted. Although highly dysfunctional, my family are not evil people, which made walking away from …

not angry not awake

If You’re Not Angry, You’re Not Awake or Everything I’ve Learnt about Anger

Pointless wars creating unprecedented amounts of refugees, whilst fat cats get richer. Homelessness. Food Poverty. Period Poverty. Brexit. Trump. If I allow my mind to spiral, the injustices of the world make me seethe. I went through a stage of ranting at pretty much everyone I knew. My favourite line was: “if you’re not angry, you’re not awake!” Usually said after a few drinks. Much more vehemently after too many drinks. My anger was making my mental health suffer. I felt helpless and useless and pointless. Then one day, I woke up and realised my anger had put me on a fast …

early menopause

Turns Out (For Me, Aged 39) Early Menopause is a Lot Like Early Pregnancy

I’ve been convinced for the last year or so that I’m going through early menopause. This is also known as perimenopause, and can last for years. According to the medical world, the average age for women to go through the Big M is 51. Anything between 40-60 is considered within normal range, so at 39, it would appear I’m slightly ahead of the game. Now, of course, every woman is different, but for me, early menopause symptoms have been disconcertingly similar to early pregnancy. Here’s why… Hormones I have been ruled by my hormones since I started going through puberty. …

poverty bandwagon

The Poverty Bandwagon

There’s a lot of noise being made about people jumping on the so-called poverty bandwagon. Apparently lots of highly successful, super affluent people had a tough start to life. Apparently they experienced poverty. Apparently they know the pain associated with the breadline. I say apparently because I am not them and cannot make comments on their lives. I can only talk about my own experiences and views on the world. Poverty is no joke, and is all too real for too many. According to leading charities, 14 million people live in poverty in the UK. That’s approx. one in five of …