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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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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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Where have you been?

Where have you been?

I thought it only right to start my latest blog post this way……. It has been over 6 months since I last had the energy, time, mental capacity or patience to write a blog post. I have thought about it and considered it so many times but the constant yo-yo of lockdowns, the government-enforced unchosen role of home schooler, my job, mothering, COVID-19 and my house now mean that I have so many unedited and unpublished blogs behind the scenes…

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My mental health…………..

My mental health…………..

Mental Health, mental well-being, self care. These are all words I have heard a lot over the last few weeks. Over the last 16 weeks I feel like my emotions have been on such a roller coaster. One minute I’m happy as Larry, the next I am frustrated with my ground hog day life, followed by sullenness and a few tears. Last week the Evening Standard wrote that ‘two out of three (65 per cent) adults aged 25 and over…

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Forty things that I have learnt over the last two decades of my life

Forty things that I have learnt over the last two decades of my life

Right now, I am blessed! Tomorrow I will be reaching a major milestone – 40 years on this earth. This is truly amazing. For me the 20’s was about having fun, enjoying life – pushing boundaries. I travelled to Thailand to live and work for a year and ventured to the US and worked for six months, making some lifelong friends. I experienced my first love, went through major heartbreak when it ended, brought a house and started a career….

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