Dry January – the truth about why I need to stop drinking.

I’m into Day 3 of Dry January and i’ve already cancelled two parties for this weekend because I really don’t want to fall at the first hurdle. It’s not that i’m finding it that hard (yet) but I know it’s something I really need to do so i’m going to make like a hermit crab and hide in my shell as much as possible this month.

When I have discussed Dry January with my friends I have mentioned that i’m doing it to shift the extra pounds that i’ve put on over Christmas, but honestly weight loss is not the real reason i’m doing it. The truth is I need to stop drinking, not permanently but certainly for long enough for me to know that I can.

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Raising body confident girls and why I want ‘A Piece of Cake’ by Jill Murphy binned.

As a feminist and the mother of two girls, I’m constantly looking at my own parenting and questioning what I can do better to make sure I am bringing up strong confident women.

As a young women I had terrible problems with lack of body confidence. I don’t know why that is exactly because it’s certainly not something I learnt from my own mother. I have no memory of her dieting or weighing herself or hating on her body, but for some reason I have struggled with this a lot. Maybe it was due to growing up at the height of heroin chic – hopefully a phrase my daughters will never understand. Continue reading

Becoming a new Mum – the things I wish I had known.

Hi new mummy! It probably feels weird even hearing yourself referred to as a mummy! I’m no expert on this mummy stuff in fact I get it wrong all the time, but there are a few things that I wish someone had said to me when I was starting out and so i’m going to say them to you.
1. It doesn’t matter how your baby came out. Vaginal birth or caesarean, drugs    or no drugs, home birth or hospital birth or birth in a field surrounded by            singing unicorns – you still end up with the same baby. Please don’t waste        your time and energy feeling like you have failed somehow if your birth            didn’t go the way you had hoped.

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