This was never the plan and although I know I have a lot to be thankful for I can’t pretend that my soul doesn’t ache for parts of my former life. When I was 17 and in hindsight barely out of childhood myself I gave birth to my eldest son. He was and will remain always the light of my…

Years ago I worked with a girl that had even less of a filter than me. For the purposes of this story let's call her ‘Filterless Fiona’. She had a kind heart, was an extreme worrier and literally said anything that came into her head whether it was appropriate or not, which was a bit hairy at times but was…

I’m another year older now and hopefully another year wiser. I’ve learnt a lot in my thirty years and wanted to expand on that with todays post. Here’s 10 things you need to start doing to live a happier life.   How to live happier. 1. Allow yourself to dream. I’m the Queen of self doubt. It drives my husband wild! Believing…

I'm not usually one to let things get the better of me or get on top of me as I’m fairly laid back as a rule, but this week all I can think about is the mound of spring cleaning and and carpet care I've got to do and the fact  that now the kids have gone back to school…

Money. It can't buy you happiness but it is essential in our lives. We need enough money to live. As a archaeologist money has been around for thousands of years and it can tell a great story. But the moral is that everyone uses their money in different ways. According to Finder.com 1 in 9 people don't have ANY savings…

I am somebody who does like to dip their toe in the pool of optimism. Some things in life require optimism, hope and imagination. However, I am somewhat of a realist. I like to stay realistic about my expectations and situations that crop up in my life.   There is a common misconception that being a realist means you're disguising…

In September I will be turning thirty, which isn’t something I’m scared or apprehensive of, I know it’s a big milestone and I am hoping to mark it with as big a party as coronavirus will allow. However, I’m still trying to wrap my head around being thirty. Within the next few years I can be associated with phrases such…

  You agree to meet at 9am That seems perfectly reasonable. You wake up at 6.30, eat breakfast, shower and grab your car keys. It's 9.01 already. Sound familiar? I am sure that pre-baby I was pretty punctual. I would plan my day around being at a certain place at a certain time. I am the sort of friend who…

Just over a year on from when we were declared on a national lockdown, it seems as though we are slowly, slowly, finding our way back to normal. When I learnt that I would be furloughed from my day job in March 2020, it was a relief because working from home with the kids presented a real challenge but one thing…

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I was literally swept me off my feet with affection and compliments and he made me feel so special. And I can’t lie, to start with I loved having all the attention. The huge bouquet of flowers on our first date, to him telling me he loved me after only a few weeks of dating to someone who hadn’t had…