Dear Donna, I love listening and reading the Dear Donnas and I now have a problem of my own to share with you. I hope you are able to help. I’ve begun seeing a boy who I know is going to mess me about. I know it sounds weird because I’m gong into this knowing that it will not end…

I am not by nature a 'tidy' person. I feel I have worked through my demons to transform from student slob to semi-domestic goddess (well, one can hope).   Day-to-day my home is usually quite tidy, clean and presentable. I have reached this by learning some tough life lessons and ultimately, better habits. As we move into Spring, cleaning is…

Colourful wristband from Zox saying Survivor. Depression. Awareness.

Hi, I’m Fiona and I suffer with chronic depression. This is my story. I have been suffering with depression from a very young age. I am constantly learning how to deal with depression, and not let the ‘up’ periods fool me into thinking I am cured. Learning an emotional toolkit is essential to help keep the darkness at bay, and…

stepmom relationship complexities

In the last two years since I launched my blog, I’ve probably sat down to write this piece a dozen times, but for whatever reason it hasn’t flowed. But now, it feels like the right time to put my stepmom journey down on paper – it all it’s colourful glory. Did you know it can take up to seven years…

Here's one thing that 99 per cent of my clients have in common... They don't feel quite 'enough.' They're always waiting for 'one day' - they tell themselves that one day when they're thinner, prettier, richer. THEN they'll go ahead and wear the clothes they like and do the things they dream of. Here's the problem with one day. It…

A year of being alone. Be Kind - Bydd Garedig

Everyone seems to be reflecting on the past year. For me, it has been a year in lockdown and on furlough. A year of being alone. It is a year I have spent mainly on my own, waiting for things to return to normal. The year that COVID-19 changed everything, is not over for me. The positives are few and…

It's that time of year where we start to think about spring cleaning our homes, whether it's hoovering under the sofas, flipping the mattresses (a monstrous task), clearing the shed out or sorting out the cupboard under the stairs (Yes, people still have those!). But instead of telling you to get the Dettol or your Dyson out, I want to…

I picture my parenting tolerance as that battery charge indicator thing on a phone. It's 7am. I’m 100%. Then he appears, my perfect little pinball of a 6 year old. Mummeeee, how many sleeps until Christmas? I don’t know pickle, ask Siri. Hey Siri, play the Flying bum song. It begins. 90% Right, porridge or toast? Pancake. Daddy said if…

Put a spring in your step - tulips

This past weekend, the weather has been bright and sunny, albeit still rather chilly. But there have been glimpses of spring on the horizon, and this year more than ever, it feels like spring is bringing a fresh start and some light at the end of the long, dark, covid tunnel. There are so many things to love about springtime.…

You are amazing. My little silent warriors. An army of ground troops that has been combatting the enemy by sacrificing lots of the things you love. You may not fully understand why your open school gates were replaced by closed front doors - and you probably never should. Being little is a busy full-time job - no time for worry…