Encouragement


Be like a swan graceful but furiously paddling below the surface

Be like the swan, glide gracefully on the surface but paddle furiously beneath the water I’m normally full of apologies. I always think the next person is doing it better than me and has some mysterious nugget of wisdom that I can learn from. I am cool under pressure but only to the point where the pressure isn’t consistent and relenting. I can be soft, gentle, but have a sharp bite when I’m pushed too far. I used to be so timid that I would hold all my feelings inside, wearing a smile and offering jokes even in the face of criticism. But that […]

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Beauty through my daughter’s eyes

Over the last few months I’ve heard more and more friends and family members telling me I talk myself down too much. They say I’m too harsh about myself and am nothing like the person I seem to think I am. Sadly it was a critique about the things I say about myself and the alarming frequency I say them. I don’t know when it started. I guess I wasn’t a pretty child and people made fun of me for being so dark. I also went through puberty at a really young age, way before sex education was taught and […]


I want to be enough

I’ve been suffering from migraines lately and after a particularly bad episode last week, I recovered and went straight on to catching a cold from my daughter. Not a great start to the week admittedly. Then there’s work. I’m feeling particularly anxious at the moment. I know what I need to do and I could be great at my job but something is missing. My passion is missing and this makes me question my abilities and procrastinate over things I need to get done. All of these feelings manifest themselves as arguments with my husband and once the gates open, all […]