The A-Z of Living Authentically

Accept the constant deaths of old and births of new beginnings. Life is cyclical. Believe in yourself. No-one else will if you don’t. Claim what’s yours without trampling on others. Decide what life YOU want to live.  Despite what others say. Explain your actions only to yourself. Friends who are true are few and far…

I am Woman

I clean. Though I am dirty. For I bleed and I think ‘impure’ thoughts. Shoot me. Wait! But my house is spotless. Don’t pull the trigger. I am woman – all she embodies. Pure in heart, Full in energy, Raw in emotion, Abundant in expression. Wild in spirit. How dare I. Shoot me. Wait! But…

Alchemy

I grew up in a household that believed in destiny being a predetermined thing. I rebelled. I believed in choices, from a very young age. Our understanding of life is predominantly based around our own life experiences and what/how much we choose to learn from those experiences.   A lot of you reading this post have…

Enough

12 years ago I lost my beloved Mum. Her final word to my sister and I was ‘sorry’. As a mother I understand the sentiment now. It’s a questioning about whether you have given enough. Time, love, belongings, attention, care, education, money, family, identity…whatever it is the list is potentially endless. My Mum’s parting shot…

Ease with Dis-ease

In 2004 I was at deaths door. I hadn’t had a bowel movement in weeks and when I did feel the urge I only bled, sometimes pints. 15-20 times a day. My colon was severely ulcerated and initial fears were that it was perforated.   I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t drink. Weight loss, joint pain,…

Soul and the City

The brave steps into unknowns are usually the places where small victories are won. In November 2014 I took a chance.  In a new home and curious about my new environment I went to a meetup group, not really sure of what to expect but eager to meet people. Two and a half years, three pregnancies,…

The Flower Circle

The simplicity of young children playing, when observed, is wonderful. The way they negotiate, influence, discuss, challenge, confront and care – with conviction. The way they play, generate ideas and handle obstacles – with a care-freeness and excitement.   The way they deal with losing, falling over, falling out and not getting a turn –…

Consciously Uncoupled

I spent a lot of last summer (2016) quite angry. My marriage was ending, we’d agreed to stop walking the partnered path.  We lived separate lives under the same roof for some months post-decision. Eventually we barely exchanged words. My happy memories of summer 2016 (there were many) were formed largely with friends, my daughter…

Navigating this thing called Life

When two worlds collide unexpectedly I can only say it brings about a whirlwind of emotion and panic.  It made me realise that we do reinvent ourselves multiple times, over and over, in any one lifetime. Never one to shy away from fresh starts, new identities and new adventures (albeit carefully planned)  just the other…

Food is Food

“Food is food” a friend messaged. Got me thinking a lot about what food actually symbolises – from culture to culture, country to country, community to household. It is so much more than just food.  My response read: “It’s so much more than that. It’s life, death, survival, enjoyment, comfort, love, community, charity, generosity…I could…

Selfie

Seemingly ‘imperfect’, ‘unkempt’ and ‘simple’ – values inherently unvalued in Western civilisation and capitalist society. Every millennials nightmare! The lady in this drawing symbolises all that is perfect with the human condition – she is real, not made-up, not glamorous  – and ironically stands in stark contrast to all that is imperfect with our modern…

Food Wonderful Food

From as far back as I can remember food has been an integral and formative part of my life. It was not just about sustenance – it was about community, entertainment, creative expression,  generosity and of course… the show. I grew up in a culinary family – my father a Chef at the world-famous Hard…