On endings and beginnings…

"We delight in the beauty of a butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou I'm in transition again. My chapter here in beautiful Tanzania is coming to a close and, as of August this year, I'm starting a new chapter in Hanoi, Vietnam. It feels … Continue reading On endings and beginnings…

35 pieces of thankfulness for my 35 years…

Tomorrow I turn 35. While it is the age, I have been informed, that my fertility apparently drops off the proverbial cliff (poetic!), researchers have also said that it is the age at which women peak - becoming more confident and happier. A few years ago I wrote this post on my birthday, reflecting on … Continue reading 35 pieces of thankfulness for my 35 years…

It’s time. {On the invisibility cloak…}

It's time. It's time to talk about all of this.... this strange twilight zone that we seem to be living in. This endless confronting news cycle. This overwhelming media assault. This strange counter-argument that keeps creeping in, seemingly to justify or give some explanation for the wreckage that has been left behind by this patriarchal … Continue reading It’s time. {On the invisibility cloak…}

On loving fiercely…

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." ―Agatha Christie, "The Last Séance" On UK Mother's Day last weekend, I posted a photo collage of my beautiful Mama on Facebook … Continue reading On loving fiercely…

Our Movement Was Made For This Moment {{VDay 2018}}

One out of three women worldwide will experience physical or sexual violence within their lifetime. One in 3.  The statistic alone is terrifying, yet in the wake of #MeToo, The Larry Nassar trial, pussy-grabbing Presidents and Weinstein's 'open secret' in Hollywood, it is no longer that hard to believe. Twenty years ago, when Eve Ensler … Continue reading Our Movement Was Made For This Moment {{VDay 2018}}

On #metoo…

“I wish women didn’t have to rip our pasts open and show you everything and let you ogle our pain for you to believe us.” — Lindy West Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein - it is almost the same every time: A woman will come forward with accusations of sexual abuse, and … Continue reading On #metoo…

On flashbacks, intense emotions and grounding…

Flashbacks can be terrifying - they can feel like we are back in that place where pain and fear ruled. Flashbacks can be triggered by almost anything: smells; seeing an item or an image on television; being in a place; the words someone else uses. As awful as they are, flashbacks are in fact a … Continue reading On flashbacks, intense emotions and grounding…