Category Archives: Opinion & Personal

Weekend in the Lake District

Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria, England, UK

Last week there was bad news again. The kind that makes you cry, gasp for breath and feel scared and bewildered. The kind that makes you want to run for the hills and hide out for a bit. Coincidentally, we were due a weekend in the Lake District for the Mr's birthday (and mine which was a couple of weeks ...

When life gets stressful

"What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it

My life's suddenly got quite stressful and I'm not sure I like it. I remember feeling distinctly carefree, blessed and happy pretty much all the time only a few years ago. In fact, I defined myself as laid back - frankly, horizontal at times - and not one for feeling any pressure unnecessarily. I maintained this through getting a ...

Do you say ‘I love you’ enough?

When did you last tell someone who matters to you that you love them? I'm pretty good at telling my husband I love him. As a couple we probably say it most days. (It's funny, as I was writing this he phoned me from downstairs to pass on some practical info and we ended the 10 second ...

How can women help women?

Work hard and be nice to people - Anthony Burrill

The other day I went to a support group for this difficult patch I'm going through, and it got me thinking. First, there were only about 10 people there. It was in Sheffield, and the nearest group of its type for probably half of Yorkshire, and I know there are a lot more than a couple of handfuls of ...

Blog hop!

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Hands down one of the nicest things about blogging is the friendliness and camaraderie of the community. There's nothing nicer than someone enjoying or valuing something you've written, and letting you know with a comment or a tweet. I'd noticed a couple of my favourite bloggers taking part in a particular 'blog hop' - all answering ...

Do you work in your pyjamas?

Homeworking Axa Business Pyjamas competition

I often think we've been so slow to offer home working as a real alternative to commuting to an office. Usually those thoughts come to me when I'm on my 30-40 minute each way journey to and from work. On the occasional bad day I add up in my head all the time I've spent commuting ...

Highs and lows

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Wednesday was good news. Not great, but good, unexpectedly! Thursday we were headed to Northumberland. Thursday was disbelief, relief, excitement, knowing a secret, feeling special, making plans. But by Saturday, everything was black. It came sooner than we thought. This is the cruel flip side of hope: the agony of hope dashed. We were away camping for the weekend, ...

How do you cope in tough times?

A couple of months ago, I wrote that my new year's resolution was to be as happy and positive as possible. I'm not doing too well at that to be honest. So I thought I'd ask you: how do you cope with tough times? There's this thing going on in my life that I do want to share ...

A year on from dreaded diagnosis

Dealing with a diagnosis of a seriously ill child. When I was told my child had Alagille syndrome | www.angelinthenorth.com

Last May, Alex wrote this piece about our dear friend Emma who had been told her baby son has chronic liver disease. A year on from the diagnosis, and as a tribute to her sons, her inspiration, Emma wanted to write this piece about how she dealt with the news no mother ever wants to ...

Looking forward to spring

Things I love about spring: daffodils

Today it's officially the end of winter, and I can't tell you how happy that makes me. It's already been lighter and sunnier and - it may be me imagining it, but - I swear I can see a bit more of a spring in people's step. (Is that why they call the coming season spring?) These ...

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