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    My Guest Post For Yankee Doodle Paddy

     

    Just a quick one to let you know that I have a little guest post up on the lovely Karen’s blog – Yankee Doodle Paddy – today!

     

    Karen is somebody that I met via Snapchat and her zest for life is completely infectious; I honestly don’t think I’ve ever known somebody else who literally shines with happiness as much! I often find myself staring at my phone screen with a massive grin on my face as I watch her Snaps – just this morning, at 6.30am, I was standing in my kitchen giggling listening to her telling the story of the first time she met Michael Jackson and he brought a snake in a burlap sack to a dinner party she was at!

     

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    What Cancer Has Taught Me

     

    I always try to look for the silver lining in life. No matter how bad or sad the situation, I believe that if you take a step back and look at the situation objectively, removing any emotion, there is always at least a sliver of good to be found. (I wrote about this previously in A Tribute To My Sister – Finding Positives In Loss).

     

    After being told of my Cancer diagnosis, I could feel myself shut down (my defence mechanism whenever anything hurts me; I have no control over it, I feel the stone walls go up and my capability to connect or feel anything of any note leaves me) and I knew my brain was closing down to allow itself time and space to process what it had been told.

     

    Thankfully, 6-days after the diagnosis my brother got married. The timing for this was perfect for me, as I was so incredibly excited about the big day and so brimming with happiness, that the sheer level of emotion I felt for that stopped the grey cloud of misery from coming down completely.

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    It Was Cancer

     

    Write a sentence. Delete it. Write a sentence. Delete it. That’s all I’ve done since I sat down with my laptop.

     

    I’ve made numerous coffees, I’ve thrown the dogs toy for her, I’ve stared at the TV, but I’ve not managed to write a single sentence that seemed like an apt start to this post. So I guess the best thing I can do is to stop trying and just go with the flow. I guess the best thing I can do is just say it.

     

    Cancer. I had Cancer. I’m ok now, I’ve had surgery, but there it is, the fact of the matter, I had Cancer.

     

    To cut a long story short, here’s how it went…

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    What Does Family Mean To You?

     

    I don’t know about you, but over the festive period my thoughts often turn to family. Searching for the perfect present, arranging to spend time together, and sending well wishes to those you can’t see in person.

     

    One of the things I find most interesting about that time of year is seeing the different dynamics families have, the different ways they are structured and the traditions which are often individual to that group of people.

     

    This was the second Christmas I’ve been with Ben and the way his family spend their day is very different to my own. Waking together and having breakfast, opening presents, cooking dinner, chatting around the table over turkey and all the trimmings, then playing games while drinking a cool glass of something refreshing.

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