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Body Confidence – We’re all on a journey

Body Confidence is a huge issue. We live in a world obsessed with appearance. A world where teenagers believe they need a Snapchat filter to be presentable to the world. We are meant to exude confidence. Yet everywhere we look we are shown images of photoshopped...

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Introducing my hero… my Gran

Why am I talking about my Gran?  Well, I believe it helps you to be your own hero, if we highlight the amazing every day heroes in the world. I will be writing about some of my heroes over the coming months, and also inviting guest authors to share their stories....

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Hero or Shero

I keep hearing people talking about  being a hero or shero. I had never heard the word hero until a few months ago. Is it a necessary word? Before I start this blog I want to make it clear that I believe in equality. I believe men and women are equal, that they have...

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The Benefits of Singing

Singing is good for you.   I know, it might sound ridiculous but when I read a study a few years ago that actually stated that singing can even prolong your life, I wasn't even a little surprised.  I have been singing all my life. I could have written the Abba song...

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Be the change

As the new year approaches it is always good to take time to reflect on the change in your life over the previous year. Every new year brings change and we all start to focus on the what we would like to have achieved by the end of the coming year. There is something...

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Be the hero of your own story

Many years ago now I remember reading the Joseph Campbell quote "You are the hero of your own story" and I remember thinking "wow, yes, of course I am. Who else could be the hero of my story?".  Of course back then I was a naive 20 year old who had had a relatively...

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Have Yourself a Mindful Little Christmas

Could having a mindful Christmas really be the answer to holiday stress?  Christmas time can be so stressful. There are food preparations, gifts to wrap, cards to write, social occasions, friends to visit, family to visit, traditions to be remembered, the list seems...

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Life is wonderful!  Don't panic, this is not a blog about the 'C' word, not this early in the year. As much as I love Christmas, the start of November is all about fireworks, bonfires and toffee apples, not fir trees and baubles.   The reason I have used this title...

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Thriving not Surviving

On the 7th November 2007 my life changed.   I have always been a fighter, and most people wouldn't have known that there was anything wrong with me at the time (apart from my facial changes). I have always been a believer that thriving not surviving is what life is...

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