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?”

9: Baby A’s Story – Congenital Heart Defect

The day of baby A’s birth was a calm and happy day. All staff involved in the c-section were positive and extremely supportive, and I was completely relaxed as a result. It wasn’t long before baby A was shown to me over the screen and all I remember is a head full of dark hair.Continue reading “9: Baby A’s Story – Congenital Heart Defect”

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”

4: Enchiladas

Today we made enchiladas…we’ll sort of. The first time I had enchiladas was at my brothers house and I was intrigued as to how this wrap, chicken, cheese and tomato dish was baked and tasted so good. On further investigation, it turns out that my sister-in-law had bought the “kit” and said it was quiteContinue reading “4: Enchiladas”

3: Working from Home

I’ve been “at work” since about 8am this morning (having only switched off at around 1am last night from student messages)…team meetings, live teaching sessions and student phone calls ended at around 6pm, but since everything has moved online “work hours” have disappeared, and I’ve already had a number of messages and queries from studentsContinue reading “3: Working from Home”

2: Weaning

There really should be more support in weaning babies. I know there are some mother and baby classes for this in my area, but I really think there should be more support out there for those babies who don’t enjoy food or just don’t tend to gravitate towards it as much as we do asContinue reading “2: Weaning”

1: Ramadan 2020: Goal Setting

Ramadan 2020 is upon us, and although normally I won’t set goals, I do often loosely think about what I hope to achieve in this month. That being said, I am still working full-time (albeit from home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic) and have a 1yr old to keep entertained…so my goals willContinue reading “1: Ramadan 2020: Goal Setting”