Sharing Our Emotions: Michael Rosen

I remember Michael Rosen visiting my primary school – albeit a very long time ago!
He came across as a funny, excentric who was full of enthusiasm for writing and expressing himself and the world around him.
It seems odd to think that a man who makes his living out of writing his thoughts in poetry would struggle to express his inner-most thoughts.
Sometimes the things that we most need to share are the hardest to explain. They catch in our throats and just won’t come out.

I showed this film to my son today.
He is young and I have tried in his short life to explain about emotions because I have struggled many times in my life to know what I am feeling. It has left me in knots feeling numb and I have never wanted my son to feel this way.

I have tried to be honest with how I feel. There have been times when I have got cross at my son because I am upset about something else, so I have tried to step back and apologise to him and explain why I am reacting the way I am.
Sometimes all we have to do is to say out loud what we are feeling and it releases us from the grip it has over us.

I am really pleased to see that Michael Rosen has been honest about what he has been through and is happy to share with those he has an influence over that they have a way to express themselves no matter what.


Widower appeals for last photo of wife

“I have realised this would have been the last photo ever taken of her. I would dearly love to obtain a copy.”

I posted this article on my Facebook page in May and scrolling through my posts I came across it again today. I don’t know whether Alan Wright has located the photo so thought it wouldn’t hurt to give it a share here too.

Let’s help Alan out because nothing can take away the pain of losing someone, but there are things that can make getting through each day a little easier.

Alan Wright


Surround yourself with good friends

I recently went out for dinner with a couple of girl friends that I used to work with.
We had a wonderful time chatting about old times and catching up on what’s new in our lives. Although I must apologise to those who were sitting near us in the restaurant, we were laughing a little too loudly!!

These women are a great support to me even though we don’t see each other everyday like we used to. It really gives me strength to know that they, and others, have my back when I need it. And even though we haven’t seen each other for a while it was as if nothing had ever changed we accept each other for who we are and love each other for it.


Laughing Women


I’ve wanted to write something about the #metoo campaign but I felt like I couldn’t.
I haven’t been abused or raped and I thought that meant I hadn’t seen the problem.

Reading this article I realised that I’m one of the many women who have grown up and evolved my behaviour to avoid situations and make myself feel safer in society.
I feel wary walking home at night on my own, I carry my phone so I can quickly call for help if I need to, my keys are always somewhere I can get to easily. I shouldn’t have to think like this but I do because I’ve grown up hearing stories of other women in similar situations who didn’t get home safely.


Why Finland has the Best Education

Finland see their kids as human beings that need to be nurtured rather than machines that need to know the answers to their next test.

It’s wonderful to see and I am so jealous of what these parents have for their children, if only we had the freedom to do this in the UK.

Warning this video made me cry!

Thank You!

Thank you so much for visiting this blog, it amazes me everyday that people visit my little site and read what I have written.

I haven’t added anything new for the last two years because I have been preoccupied with other things and I haven’t been able to make time to put enough energy into this blog.
This has also been the same with my other blog so I have decided to amalgamate the two and create a place where I can talk about all my passions at the same time.
Both blogs will remain online as each post is a part of me I don’t want to lose.

If you are interested in following please visit my page on Facebook where I will talk about my obsession with knitting alongside my other loves, frustrations and everything in between.

Thank You!

Tandem Parachute Jump

In Relief I shared that my family had clubbed together to give me the chance to go on a tandem parachute jump for my 30th birthday.

Well last month I did it!

It was an amazing experience & one I am so grateful I had the chance to do.

I was surprised at how relaxed I felt in the plane going up. I also expected to feel a sense of panic as I was knelt at the door of the plane looking out ready to jump, but I didn’t.

The jump

Once I jumped fell out the plane the rush of air filled my lungs to the point that I wondered how I’d ever breathe out again! Thankfully we were briefed about this & told that the best way to empty your lungs is to scream, so I obliged.

The 40 second free fall felt like an eternity as my instructor & I plummeted towards the earth at over 100mph, my screams lost in the roar of the air as it rushed past.

Once the parachute was released we jolted into the upright position & I had a chance to get my breath back & take in the view. My instructor gave me the opportunity to fly the parachute for part of the way down too.

Once on the ground I was shaking but very happy.

My instructor was brilliant & talked me through everything whilst going up in the plane & down once the chute was open & we could actually hear each other!
I was also lucky enough to have the whole experience videoed so I have that & pictures of the jump to savour the memory.

I’m not sure if I would do it again, the shock & panic of not knowing how to breathe for a few seconds has put me off a little but having said that I know fully what to expect now so can be better prepared if I do ever do it again.

Thank you!!

Thank you to all my family for pitching in. It was an awesome experience & a memory I shall not forget!!
Thank you also to Chris Lynch my instructor & Simon Hughes for taking the photos & video.

A few pics…

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Why I’ve been so quiet

The first half of this year has gone by so quickly. I feel like so much has happened that I could really do with the rest of the year slowing down & chilling out.

I have missed writing my blog & I’m trying to get back in the swing of writing on a regular basis.

Since changing job my head has been so full of everything I’m having to learn that once I get home all I’ve wanted to do is relax & sleep!

The company I now work for is called Memralife Group (which I appreciate in itself doesn’t sound overly exciting!) however it is exciting because Memralife oversees 7 other companies/charities Spring HarvestSpring Harvest HolidaysElevationEssential ChristianEssential Event ManagementICC Duplication & Song Solutions.

I work in the marketing department as the marketing coordinator which means I get to work with all the above companies when marketing is required.
I am really enjoying my new job so far & it makes great use of my organisational skills & list making!

Most importantly the team I work with are all lovely & I’ve been made to feel so welcome it feels like I’ve been there a lot longer than 4 months.

Because work is taking up so much more of my brain than it was before I’m not sure how often I will be able to write but I will endeavour to.

I have loads more to share about my passions as well as more personal adventures.

An Update

Firstly I would like to apologise for the silence over the last few weeks.
I am still processing Joeys death & I haven’t really wanted to write anything.
I have also been away for work so I haven’t had the opportunity to share anything.
Since getting back I have been thinking about writing again so I am starting here with an update.
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Soul Mates

Me & My Girls

I have never thought that I would find my soul mate & spend the rest of my life with them.

I don’t believe that there is someone out there for everyone, certainly not a “perfect match”. But… I do believe in soul mates.

For me a soul mate is someone you have spent a great deal of time with, someone who you know & who knows you intimately, someone you love deeply.
For me, in my marriage, I am loving the depth of life that I share with my husband & the longer we are together, the more we experience of each other, the more we build our relationship as soul mates.

I believe that becoming a soul mate is a journey that you take with the other person. We’re not miraculously created to be someone else’s soul mate. It’s not pot luck as to whether we find them in our lifetime or not.
We choose to be with them & we work hard at it.

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