15. Born in Lockdown – 277 New Mothers. One Shared Story.

Born in Lockdown, a creative collaborative writing project initiated as part of Mothership Writers by author Emylia Hall, has been such a raw and emotional read for me. Each paragraph, each story, each reflection on pregnancy, birth and post-birth during lockdown had me hooked, and at the same time filled with so much emotion. AndContinue reading “15. Born in Lockdown – 277 New Mothers. One Shared Story.”

14. …And she’s TWO 🥳

I had always imagined ‘motherhood’ would just come to me, and once I’d had a child everything would simply fall into place and I’d be planning on the next one….but that’s not quite what happened! After a 4 year battle with infertility, and having to accept this may not happen for us, finding out IContinue reading “14. …And she’s TWO 🥳”

13. Working from Home… With a Toddler… During a Pandemic

My scheduled work week looks like this, and in theory I should be working 2.5 days in the week… Monday – work day Tuesday – half day at work Wednesday – day off Thursday – work day Friday – day off Saturday / Sunday – weekend …the reality of my working week, and day, isContinue reading “13. Working from Home… With a Toddler… During a Pandemic”

12. Guiding Words for 2021

Inspired by Bibi Watts (bibi_watts) on Instagram, I thought it would be good to start this new year with some guiding words, instead of resolutions. Now don’t get me wrong, I write a list of financial, spiritual, personal and fitness related goals every December for the upcoming year with my husband, and totally believe itContinue reading “12. Guiding Words for 2021”

11. Mental Health and Home

Its been a while since my last post, as I’ve suddenly become more active on my Instagram page, and writing meaningful captions for each post are taking away my creative juices from writing these longer blog posts (does anyone else feel like that?)…but here’s a life update…we’ve finally moved! We were living in a 1Continue reading “11. Mental Health and Home”

10. Why Do You Choose To Wander?

Why do you choose to wander Through the darkness all alone? I’m searching for the part of meI lost so long ago The part that forms my identityAnd my innermost soul I’m looking for the peace I hadSo I never let it go The calm that was snatched from meAnd the smiles I couldn’t showContinue reading “10. Why Do You Choose To Wander?”

8: Mental Health Awareness Week

I’ve been thinking about what to write, or how to begin, a post about mental health awareness – and every time I start this post there’s voices saying “don’t do it, don’t say it out loud”. But I know that’s probably the reason why I should. I have met many people over the years whoContinue reading “8: Mental Health Awareness Week”

7: I Don’t Present, I Teach

I don’t present,I teach.And sometimes that’s messyWith parts that are structuredAnd sometimes that means weDiverge from what was thought ofWe’re constantly assessingResponding and progressing I don’t present,I teach.So I responded, I adaptedI re-planned it all and reactedI changed the way I taughtI tried to be interactiveI transferred it all onlineAnd a new classroom was created

6: The Pressure to Procreate

I always wanted a big family, ever since I can remember, and I used to wonder why my parents only had 4 children especially when they married so young. I had envisioned that after finishing studying, I would get married and have lots of children, and it never crossed my mind that things might notContinue reading “6: The Pressure to Procreate”

5: Work-Life Balance

I’ve spent the last 16yrs working in some form or another, bar 9 months I spent learning Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt. I’m a trained secondary mathematics teacher, but have worked across the phases (primary, secondary and college), and have spent a decade or so in Teacher Education. Working in HEI (university) has always suited myContinue reading “5: Work-Life Balance”