Like the rush to get everyone out to school in the morning isn’t stressful enough, today’s proved extra challenging as I worked to delicately rub lip-stuff off my six year old’s general mouth area that, as her brother appropriately described, looked like ‘a bright red moustache’. Somewhere in between hitting her sister and losing one … Continue reading Can’t Be Good For My Frown Lines
Today I am tired of being a woman. I’m tired of hearing the terrible news, again. About a woman who was murdered while she was running because…. she was a woman who was running? I’m tired of being more afraid than my usual 10-15% constantly-afraid because what every woman has been taught could happen to … Continue reading Tired Of Being A Woman
The New Yorker magazine has just published an article entitled ‘Cancel New Years Eve Forever’. Wow! Pretty stark I thought. However, in fairness, it probably reflects how a lot of us are feeling right now given we are almost two years into a global pandemic which has quite literally brought the world to its knees. … Continue reading It Will Be Worth It
Hello! How are you dear reader? I’m back after a lo-ong Summer and somewhat of an unintended writing hiatus. Life and apathy crept into the crevices usually reserved for writing and posting, which happens. But I’m hungry again. I have an appetite to write - and so here I am. I hope you have been … Continue reading What Will I Do With Myself?
There's a thing called Covid Fatigue. Or maybe it's Lockdown Fatigue? I'm not quite sure anymore, what with the constant fug surrounding my brain caused by aforementioned fatigue. This all made sense this week when I heard several politicians refer to the pandemic being 'a marathon, not a sprint', which really stung, given I've been … Continue reading The Hero’s Journey
I've been thinking a lot about ambition lately. It's been ruminating around in my head as I've tried to work out where my ambition currently resides and how it once shaped my life. If I correctly understand the modern idea of ambition, it is to start school, age five, with a view to getting a … Continue reading Is This Not Ambition Enough?
Context is everything. I love a good laugh. The genuine, in your belly, can't breathe, can't stop laughing episodes. Few and far between at this point in time, you might assume, what with all the fun having been sucked out of our lives. But if you're like me, where you tend to get the giggles … Continue reading Don’t Forget To Cope
It appears to me that I am becoming more dog-like by the day. The comparisons are shocking. For example... In one year I have aged by approximately seven years. (I catch glimpses of my greying roots and haggard face in the mirror and it makes me want to howl) The absolute highlight of my day … Continue reading Slowly Turning Into A Dog
I read recently that the number one skill today's child will need for the future is empathy. In my time, it was a second language. Yesterday, Alan mentioned that he'd started to encounter more and more articles concerned with working from bed - what to wear, how to exercise, what accessories one might need. It … Continue reading You Learn Empathy From Seeing It In Action
Where to start at the end of the weirdest year that was? It's been many things but intense is the word that sums up my own personal 2020. So intense that I, personally, took to crying in carparks and rambling around the Burren rock a lot. Because that sense of intensity had very few outlets … Continue reading It’s Not About You