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The Subtle Art of Failure

The Subtle Art of Failure

Guest post by Natalie Lock Let’s talk about failure. A few weeks ago, I stepped out of my comfort zone and submitted a poem to a magazine for the first time in almost 20 years. Beforehand, I shared that poem with a friend whose opinion I valued and respected, a fellow woman who has also struggled in losing parts of herself in the transition into motherhood. That needs to be spoken word, she texts me back, too amazing just for…

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Oh no! Where is my emergency fund?

Oh no! Where is my emergency fund?

Disclaimer: Before you read this blog, PLEASE NOTE that I am not a financial professional! Everything written below is based on my own research and experience. I  cannot be held liable for any actions you take, as a result of anything you read in this post.  First, let me set the scene: I arrive at a friend’s house to collect my boys. I am not stopping for long, so I just stop at the entrance of the car park, whilst…

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The Minority Report

The Minority Report

Firstly, I want to say a big thank you for all the love and support and that has been showed me over the past few weeks. From the flowers, cards and messages, to the phone calls and uplifting gifts – I would like everyone to know that these were truly appreciated. It has been a nearly a month since we lost Cat and as I move through the stages of grief, I bounce between acceptance, adjustment and life lessons. Today…

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Boxes and Bags – Musings on the Life of a Dear Friend

Boxes and Bags – Musings on the Life of a Dear Friend

Trigger warning!!!  It is with a heavy heart, that I write this blog post. The morning of Tuesday 9 March 2021 I found my lodger, Cat dead in her bed and I am still in shock! I never could have imagined how the path of my life would have altered by this one event. I have seen dead bodies at funerals but it’s always been planned and expected.  I checked her pulse, then called the emergency services. I was asked to try and…

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Celebrate Good Times!

Celebrate Good Times!

Today I’m celebrating twice…….. Ri turns 4 and the children are going back to school tomorrow. I know there are risk factors, etc… and I want those working in schools to be safe, but to say I am happy is an understatement. The constant juggling has been absolutely exhausting, to the point where I slept for 10 hours last night. I cannot even recall the last time I did that but my body needed it. The return to school should…

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