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Arthur Labinjo-HUghes

Dear Arthur

Dear Arthur,I write this, broken-hearted.Broken hearted at your plight but so very confident that a million or so women and men who are parents, or …

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Photo of girl putting bauble on tree by Caroline hernandez

THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU DON’T NEED THIS CHRISTMAS

(but if you want them, you do you)… You don’t need matching pyjamasYou don’t need a perfect winter wonderland houseYou don’t need a sofa full …

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Book cover of to the women

Who is Donna Ashworth?

Donna Ashworth hails from Bonny Scotland, a 46 year old mum of two young boys and two dogs who loves to write. If you are …

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Little girl releasing balloon

Tu me manques…‘you are missing from me’

The french don’t say, ‘I miss you’, they say… Tu me manques…‘You are missing from me’. You are. Missing. I feel your absence as though …

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Hilda, poem, self love, poem body confidence, poem ageing, poem for body acceptance

There’s A Woman In My Mirror

There’s a woman in my mirrorAnd she looks a lot like me,Though there’s lines around her eyes,And her hair is wild and free.She is plumper …

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History will remember when teh world stopped

History Will Remember When The World Stopped

History will remember when the world stopped, by Donna Ashworth

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Don’t Miss Me More Than Once A Day

Don’t miss me more than once a day, For life is moving fast. Don’t wish all of your time away, Dreaming of the past. Don’t …

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BY 40, OUR MIDDLE FINGER IS AT HALF-MAST…

By 50, it’s full on UP.By 60, both of those fingers are hoisted in a V…and not a single care is given any more.I mean, …

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TO THE WOMAN WHO IS SLOWLY FADING AWAY…

To the woman who has lost her spark. To the woman whose get up and go, has well and truly gone. This is for you. …

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When You Have Lost Someone You Love

When you have lost someone you love… Do not make the mistake of living in sadness, or living small to honour their absence. You owe …

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Ali macgraw/ ageing

10 THINGS TIME HAS TAUGHT ME

10 THINGS TIME HAS TAUGHT ME 1. Most of our life is spent chasing false goals and worshipping false ideals. The day you realise that …

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WHEN WOMEN SUPPORT WOMEN…

INCREDIBLE THINGS HAPPEN It’s a crazy rollercoaster of a ride, this life. For us all. But for us women it’s made even harder by the …

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Woman asleep on moon illustration

You’re Not Imagining It…

You’re not imagining it, nobody seems to want to talk right now.Messages are brief and replies late.Talk of catch ups on zoom are perpetually put …

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CHARLES MACKESY DRAWING

ONE DAY

Today, I dared to let myself dream,That the world will one day open again.That the locks will loosen, the walls will fall,The doors will fly …

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Dear Mums, In Lockdown…

Dear Mums, Please remember one thing on your list of 400 today..You are not a teacher. You are a parent.You’re not home schooling, you’re ‘crisis’ …

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One Day, An Army Of Furious Older Women Will Take Over The World…

One Day… An army of furious older women will take over the world. And I want to be there at the front. Because one day, …

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BE THAT WOMAN

Be the kind of woman you want to call when things go wrong. Be the motivator, the encourager of dreams. Be the kind of fierce …

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YOU DID YOUR BEST TODAY

YOU DID YOUR BEST TODAY You did what you could. You could have done more – possibly. You could have done things differently – sure. …

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TO OUR DAUGHTERS

TO OUR DAUGHTERS 🌟 You were born made of softness, sweetness and love, but with a will so strong it could bend iron – despite …

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When You Say Goodbye To A Parent

When you say goodbye to a parent. You are suddenly living in a whole new world. You are no longer ‘the child’ and regardless of …

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Illustration of mother and child Maggie chiang

Tomorrow I Promise To Linger…

  You’ve closed your bright eyes now my darling,You’ve given your all to this day.And now that you’re sleeping so soundly,There’s so much that I …

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DEAR FRIEND, I’M SORRY FOR BEING SO BLOODY RUBBISH

Dear Friend, I am sorry for being so bloody rubbish. But you see, life moves really – REALLY – fast. From the minute I open …

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ORDINARY

Teach them to love the feel of a hug. Teach them to spot the sadness of a friend. Teach them to understand the power of …

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Arthur Labinjo-HUghes

Dear Arthur

Dear Arthur,I write this, broken-hearted.Broken hearted at your plight but so very confident that a million or so women and men who are parents, or …

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Photo of girl putting bauble on tree by Caroline hernandez

THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU DON’T NEED THIS CHRISTMAS

(but if you want them, you do you)… You don’t need matching pyjamasYou don’t need a perfect winter wonderland houseYou don’t need a sofa full …

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QUOTE - DECEMBER ET THER BE LIGHT

DEAR DECEMBER

This time last year the world was upside down and your merry & bright traditions were bittersweet to say the least.This year has been another …

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Helen yousaf painting of woman walking away

I WALKED

I walked with you today, I took the longer way.I made some time to tell you all the things I didn’t say.I spoke to you …

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Image of Sarah Jessica Parker looking to the side

AGE HOWEVER YOU LIKE

AGE HOWEVER YOU LIKEI mean, you do you.If you want to pull and tweak and tighten and brighten.Go for it.Why not?Is it making you happy?Good, …

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Painting of older woman by laura wolf

I’VE BEEN YOUNGER…

I DIDN’T LIKE IT Maybe, we can be totally happy to ‘look our age’,but still want to look great? Maybe we can love to wear …

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A A Milne drawing of Eeyore and Piglet

HOW’S YOUR MENTAL HEALTH?

I want to normalise asking ‘how’s your mental health?” I want to normalise cancelling plans to protect that mental health. I want to normalise coffee …

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PAINTING BY LYNN GREER 3 OLD LADIES ON BEACH COLLECTING SHELLS

DEAR FRIEND, SAVE YOUR BEST FOR SOMEONE ELSE

Dear Friend, I don’t need you at your best when you come to my home. I don’t care what you are wearing or what car …

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PAINTING BY CLAUDIA TREMBLy mother and daughter facing sunset

A GIRL NEEDS A MOTHER

Somewhere inside of you, is a little girl who needs a mother. Whether you have a mother or not, the need will always be there. …

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Painting fo woman and man hugging in a stormy sea

YOU DON’T JUST LOSE SOMEONE ONCE

YOU DON’T JUST LOSE SOMEONE ONCE You lose them over and over,sometimes many times a day.When the loss, momentarily forgotten,creeps up,and attacks you from behind.Fresh …

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Print of pink woman’s shoes by maren devine

I LOVE YOUR SHOES

I LOVE YOUR SHOES I said your hair looked amazing but what I really wanted to say was…“Your energy sparks a little bit of something …

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GIRL ON SWING ARTWORK BY PAULA BELLE FLORES

WHATEVER MAKES YOU GLAD TO BE ALIVE,

do that,whenever you can.Whatever gives your soul that lift and elevates you to a level of harmony, peace and contentment, chase it and grab it …

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