truth seeker

How Much of a Truth Seeker Are You?

Ultimately, all I want from the people in my life is to be told the truth. Not their version of the truth; not what they think I want to hear; the actual truth. Once I have the facts in front of me, I can decide how I feel about those facts. From my earliest childhood memories, I have been a truth seeker and I’m pretty sure I will never stop seeking the truth. An easy example was instinctively knowing the man I was led to believe was my father actually wasn’t. After confronting him and my mother (at eleven years …

Getting Out of Fight or Flight Mode

Over the years, I have referred a lot to my dysfunctional childhood, but by simply calling it “dysfunctional” I’ve been downplaying it. Most people’s childhood can be described – in some way or another – as “dysfunctional”. Mine was spent in a perpetual state of fight or flight: worrying about when the next bad-thing would happen. Subsequently I grew up to be very hot headed and outspoken; getting into pointless fights and falling out with people was an every week occurrence. Was the partying element of my youth (a so-called addictive personality), actually an acute yearning for true and deep …

advice to my younger self

Advice to My Younger Self / Happy 40th Birthday to Me

It’s my 40th birthday next week and I’ve collected a helluva lot of advice to my younger self over the years. It seems apt to share what I see as the most life–changing, much of it from counselling and therapy sessions. I hope you take at least one new and positive thing from this list. I’m keeping this piece fairly concise, but there are lots of links contained to more in-depth articles. Click on the coloured text to learn more. If you have any stellar words of wisdom to share, tweet me @mummytries Advice to my younger self, in no …

Cash Carraway Skint Estate

Review Skint Estate by Cash Carraway

I was honoured when Cash Carraway asked me to read her debut memoir, Skint Estate, ahead of publication. I’ve known Cash blogging for about five years, and have followed her journey in awe. From middle class Aga and Le Cruset living, to women’s refuges and mind blowing bullying on social media. Cash is, and has been, many things. Ultimately though, she’s a single mum, in broken Britain, trying to give her daughter the best possible life. Who can argue with that? Skint Estate Review Cards on the table: Skint Estate is not a book I would normally read. A lot …

uk children's writing competitions

UK Children’s Writing Competitions (from July 2019)

I’ve really been enjoying entering writing comps this year, they’ve given my words a new lease of life. Whilst researching the best comps to enter for this article, I’ve happened upon a fair few children’s writing competitions. Seemed only fair to put this guide together, just in case you have some creative kids on your hands who would like to enter. Children’s Writing Competitions ending July 2019 The Betjeman Poetry Prize | closing date: 31st July | age range: 10-13 | word count: none | theme: place | prizes: The winner receives £500. The English department of his or her …