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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 on hold.Group chats are no longer pinging all night long. It’s not you.It’s everyone.We are spent.We have nothing left to say.We are tired of saying ‘I miss you’ and ‘I

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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 open and reunite us all. I dared to imagine the warmth of a cuddle,A group of my friends all locked in a huddle.I felt all the heartbeats, drumming with mine,I

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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 friend you want to have yourself. Love your girlfriends deeply, they are your sister warriors in this world and only they know just what a crazy, hormonal ride womanhood really

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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. But you did what you did and that’s that. That is that. Your intentions were good, your efforts were from the heart – but you know what, life gets in

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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 what society may tell you, you don’t have to lose one or the other. Keep them all, they are yours. Aren’t you blessed? 🌟 Your super-power in this life, is

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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 how long you have officially been ‘grown up’ for, you realise you actually never were until this moment. The shock of this adjustment will shake your very core. When you

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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 a thank you and a please. Teach them how wonderful sand and grass feel on bare feet and how magical getting soaked in a rainstorm can be. Teach them the

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NEW

IN REST THEY REMEMBER IT ALL

Some people are slowly taken,to the other realm.Not physically, but mentally. Memory by memory,they are moved from us,like a painstakingly slow house-flit. Boxes full of life,chapters, people, loves.All packed into a van,to wait their arrival on the other side And as these parts are removed,those left feel further away. As though their love is already

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Landscape line drawing

WHERE YOU LEFT ME

Don’t expect me to be where you left me,I can’t promise to wait for you there.I may not see the flowers you gave me,or the tears that will fall as you stare. I will be with the winds on the coastlines,embracing the mountains of snow.I’ll be rushing around on the hillsides,and lighting the fires that

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CHRISTMAS IS A FEELING…

Money is a worry this year. So please don’t fall into the trap of believing December must be all matching pyjamas, expensive soirées, perfect festive tableware and gifts galore. I believe Christmas is a feeling, not a season. An open door to a house full of love, is far more wonderful than an over-stretched host,

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Black and white photo of mum and daughter from behind

CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOUR MUM…

Means you are now ‘she’.You are the one who creates Christmas.You are the one who honours the traditions, and ensures that the joy is passed down, as she would have liked.But that is hard when you are hurting, when you are still a little girl deep down, who misses her mama very much indeed.So, be

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Drawing of a home

YOU ALWAYS HAVE A HOME

To My Babies, Whatever choices you make in this life, wherever you go, whomever who you choose to share it with…I want you to keep coming home.I want you to know, that in this fast-paced, crazy world in which we live – you always have a safe place to rest your weary head – and

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IMAGE OF HELENA NOROWICZ

SO OLD

You’re so old
they say
and I laugh
with a deep roar
rising up from my very soul
because how could that phrase
ever be anything
but magnificent?
read more…

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Feathers by Pearl Ida Chen, art of feathers from above

FEATHERS

I left you a little white featherI placed it right there in your wayI wrapped it in love with a messageto let you know you’ll be okay I drew you a colourful rainbowIt followed your car for a whileI made it a beautiful rainbowI hoped it would show me your smile I flew down a

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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 so softly and so often tears just flowed.I let you know my secrets, the stories you were owed. I gave you all my heart, as we walked the pretty way.I

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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, life is short.Take the happiness wherever it appears. But… If that doesn’t make you happy and you seek another way.You could just age my friend. Find a role model, be

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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 new make-up, buy the latest clothes and try new looksbut we don’t need anyone to tell us we look ‘younger’… As though that’s the goal. It’s not my goal my

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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. Even if you never had one, if you didn’t experience that maternal love, there is a hole inside of you that perhaps, you didn’t even know you had. A woman

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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 ONCEYou lose them over and over,sometimes in the same day.When the loss, momentarily forgotten,creeps up,and attacks you from behind.Fresh waves of grief as the realisation hits home,they are gone.Again.You don’t just lose someone once,you lose them every time you open your eyes to a new dawn,and as you awaken,so does

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Best friends photo of feet

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 in mine, your smile warms my heart, and when you laugh, I just have to laugh too, it’s like a bubbling stream of fresh water running through my soul. I feel like the sun

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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 tight.Stop seeing your life as a chore to be dealt with everyday and start searching for gaps to put in blissful moments of joy.Nobody said life had to be this

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PAINTING OF WOMAN SMILING WITH BIRD

WOMEN WHO LIKE THEMSELVES

WOMEN WHO LIKE THEMSELVES,give out a totally different light. It’s like pure unfiltered sunshine mixed with that headygolden-hour glow you only seem to find on holiday.As the sun takes its leave of the day and makes wayfor the promise of night. That light,which makes everything and everyone appear so much more beautiful, as the air

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PAINTING OF WOMAN DANCING

DON’T MISS YOUR OWN PARTY

You know that feeling, when you have daily cleaned, cooked and prepared for a big family get-together or party?You bustle around doing everything and making sure everyone has a wonderful time and when you finally do get the chance to sit down and relax with your guests, it’s home time… Don’t let that be the

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Woman with lights edited photograph

ACCEPT NO SHADE

Not everyone will like you.Not everyone will agree with the things you say, or do.Not everyone will understand why you are who you are,which trials and tribulations made you stronger, weaker, braver.Not everyone will care enough to look beneath,peek behind,Or read between. That’s ok. Some people will. Some people will find you so fascinating that

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Illustration of woman hugging her body

LOVING YOURSELF IS A BIG ASK

LOVING YOURSELFis a big ask. To some it may as well be a mountain covered in treacherous ice.A journey too far, so overwhelming,that finding the start point can often seem impossible. Begin by showing yourself some slack every now and again,move into a healthy mutual respectand then maybe gravitate to treating yourself as you would

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Teenager starting into distance/ poem about teenagers by Donna ashworth

WHEN YOU LOOK BACK

WHEN YOU LOOK BACK When you look back,  may you never see the blaze of a life in ashes because you let your fear become your fortress, your flaws become your cage and your imperfect wondrous soul to be imprisoned in a tower of self-doubt.   When you look back, may you never regret the

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PAINTING OF INNER CHILD BY GIOIO ALBANO

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY

Somewhere along the way, the world split you in two.And you keep one half tucked away from eyes that may judge.The other half is presented every day like a mannequin, a puppet, a pawn.Going through the motions.And somewhere along the way you decided that this half of you was the one the world wanted.Maybe because

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Painting by Julia Watkins of woman swathed in light

THE PERFECT PEOPLE

When I see the perfect people,perfect is no longer what I see…I see pressure,I see stress,I see strict regimes and unforgiving schedules.I see fear of failure.I see hunger.I see missed fun, empty plates and lives too full with punishing conformity.Most of all I see a very sad inner child who never imagined a life of

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PAINTING OF MOTHER AND DAUGHTER BY RAINBOW

IN TWENTY YEARS TIME…

In twenty years time…People will not ask the children of 2020 if they caught up with their studies.They will not ask them what grades they made, despite the year off school.They will ask them with wonder ‘what was it like?’They will ask them ‘how did you cope?’‘How did you feel?’‘What do you remember of those

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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 on hold.Group chats are no longer pinging all night long. It’s not you.It’s everyone.We are spent.We have nothing left to say.We are tired of saying ‘I miss you’ and ‘I

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Women laughing in a circle/ friendship

I’m A Big Fan Of Women…

I’m a big fan of women who snort when they laugh.Women who overshare awkward truths when the conversation stalls.I’m a big believer in singing loudly in the car whenever possibleand I love pulling alongside a fellow diva doing the same.I’m a big fan of women who love women,who spot toilet paper on the shoes and

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Woman floating in swimming pool

Put Your Lifejacket On First

PUT YOUR LIFEJACKET ON FIRST… When you feel like you can’t go on.And the worries are weighing you down so heavily, you fear you may stop breathing.Take a moment,To check…That those worries are actually yours to bear.You are an empath my friend, and you are currently carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.You

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Woman holding hands with spirit illustrator

I’m In The Rain

I’m in the rainI’m in the painI’m in the blood within your veinsI’m in the airMy favourite chairI’m in the soulful way you careI’m in the nightI’m in your sightI’m in your heart and holding tightI’m in the skiesThe children’s eyesI’m in your sobs and in your sighsI’m in your lifeThe cause of strifeAnd that

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Woman asleep on bed in ocean

One Tiny Step

ONE TINY STEP When things get tough, really tough.And you don’t have the will, the answers or the energy to fight any more.There is only one way to go,Forward.One tiny, tiny step, at a time.If you can’t see the way forward, look, quite simply, for the very next step.Take that.You’re moving.One tiny step at a

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Beautiful older woman/ loss don’t last the journey image

Don’t Prioritise Your Looks

Don’t prioritise your looks my friend,they won’t last the journey.Your sense of humour though, will only get better.Your intuition will grow and expand like a majestic cloak of wisdom.Your ability to choose your battles, will be fine-tuned to perfection.Your capacity for stillness, for living in the moment, will blossom.And your desire to live each and

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Teenager starting into distance/ poem about teenagers by Donna ashworth

Tell The Teenagers

Tell the teenagersThat this will not go on forever, that very very soon, their life will begin again and it will begin in glorious technicolour. Tell the teenagersThat they are not being left behind, that all the other young people are waiting too, this stress is collective. Tell the teenagersThat night is darkest before dawn,

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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 open and reunite us all. I dared to imagine the warmth of a cuddle,A group of my friends all locked in a huddle.I felt all the heartbeats, drumming with mine,I

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Mother and daughter in lake

If I Ever Have To Leave

If I ever have to leave you love,Please know I didn’t choose it.You were my every waking thought,My world, I wouldn’t lose it. If I ever have to leave you love,Don’t think I didn’t fight it.If I had any choice at all,We would never be divided. If I ever have to leave you love,I truly

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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 it were avital part of my body that’s gone.A part of my body that I need very muchbut for some reason, I continue to live on. You are a vital

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Female friendship

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’re wearing or what car you drove.I don’t care if there is food on your shirt or if your hair has not been brushed.None of that matters to me.I care about you. I care about what’s in

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You Were Just In Too Much Pain

You were just in too much pain to keep on living.And I’m sorry that I didn’t see that now.I think your soul was just too bruised to keep on giving.And you had to take the pain away somehow. If I’d called you just once more, could I have saved you?Would my need to have you

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And I Am Glad Again, That I Feel Pain…

Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to feel everythingSo deeplyLike the weight of the world is mine to bear. Sometimes I wish I was one of those who breezeSo freelyThrough the chaos and the crisis and the suffering. Sometimes I wish I didn’t come apart so easilySo spectacularlyBut the pain is often just too much

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What If We’re Not Just Tired…

What if we’re not just tired.What if it’s our souls that are exhausted?The kind of tired that sleep won’t remedy, that fresh air or good food won’t help.You see, when the world is in crisis (and it is), your soul becomes weary with the weight of collective grief.With the magnitude of problems which need to

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You were born without a worry, poem by Donna ashworth

YOU WERE BORN WITHOUT A WORRY

You were born not caring much,For the curves along your thighs.And it took you several yearsTo care a thing about your size. When you die, I’m kinda thinking.That your thoughts won’t stray to that.You won’t waste your final breath,To utter words of being too fat. Yet the years spent in-between,From your birth till you depart.When

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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 than myself,And she is definitely grey.Did I miss the day this happenedHas she always been this way? And this woman in the mirrorHas an air of something calm,Like a tide

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Dear Friend…

Dear Friend, When this comes to an end (and it will). You and I are on a mission… A mission to start ticking those things off our bucket lists. No more excuses, no more procrastination, Life is SHORT. We know this now right? No more worrying about fitting in, or standing out. No more ‘when

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May your days be filled with laughter

May…

May your days be filled with laughter.May your chores complete themselves.May your mind have time to wander.To a sandy beach of shells. May your morning stretch be graceful.May your lunch be full of taste.May your inspiration find you.May no moment go to waste. May your lonely days be lacking.May your friendships linger strong.May your thoughts

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The Greys, the Dimples, the Rolls, the Wrinkles,

The greys, the dimples, the rolls, the wrinkles,Don’t strip you of your grace.The lines, the weight, the clothes that pinch,Don’t steal light from your face. If you could see what I can see,Your world would open wide.The way your smile lights up the sky,The soul you have inside. The greys, the dimples, the rolls, the

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What’s It Like To Be A Woman….

‘What’s it like to be a woman?” A little bird whispered in my ear. ‘Is it just like being human?’ Oh it is so much more, my dear. ——————————— We are the holders, we are the keepers, Of the secrets and the truth. We are the safe place in a storm, The creator of all

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You Weren’t Born To Fade Away my Friend..

Life may smooth away all of your rough edges, with its twists and turns and lessons to be learned.Life may force you to fashion a tough outer shell.Life may break you and reform you many many times until you don’t even recognise the shapes you see in the mirror anymore.And that’s okay, it really is.

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Be Kind…

If you’re worried you’re not kind enough, Then you’re probably already so. Because kindness is within you, You just have to let it flow. It’s the wishing good on strangers, Even though your day is grey. It’s the smiling at the lady who Is getting in your way. It’s the little spoon of sugar, That

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To The Woman Who Thinks She Isn’t Good Enough

To the woman who looks around and wonders, why everyone else is so much more capable. So much stronger.  So much more ambitious, than her. To the woman who thinks everyone else is blazing a fiery path through this thing we call life, while she limps behind, barely getting through the days.… Somewhere, another woman

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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 waste the moment looking at, The things I left behind me. I’m not within those walls or boxes The heart is where you’ll find me. Don’t dread to say my

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Caroline flack suicide/ RIP Caroline

Dear Caroline,

It’s been a few days since you passed. And yet I am still thinking about you pretty much all the time, which is strange because I didn’t know you at all, in real life. Thoughts of you and how you felt in the final moments of your life have kept me awake the last few

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To My No-Fuss Friend…

To My No Fuss Friend Thank you for understanding that life is faster than I am… That, in my mind’s eye, we would hang out so much more often. Thank you, for not passive-aggressively berating me, each time I fail to return a text or answer a call…and for always allowing me to just dive

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Gut Feelings Are Your Guardian Angels

Listen very closely to those little feelings that start in your tummy and try very hard to be heard.  They are the voices of those who watch you.  They are your guardian angels doing their thing. Pay attention to the hairs that bristle on the back of your neck.  For when that happens, you have

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When your head hits the pillow tonight…

When your head hits the pillow tonight Remember the smiles of the day, the laughter, the warm words… And let everything else go. Put the lessons learned in a file marked ‘done’ and give yourself a pat on the back for the things you got right. Leave the stresses of tomorrow where they belong –

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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, we care about our family, our friends and our passions.We care about the environment.We care about equality and living in peace.But we don’t care about ‘fitting in’ and we don’t

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Let’s All Be A Little More ‘Hilda‘

Let’s all be a little more ‘Hilda’, I say Let’s squeeze so much joy into every day Let’s tackle new things with no fear of falling Let’s live for today and quit with the stalling Let’s show our true selves, in all of our glory Let’s remember each day, we are writing our story Let’s

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I Want To Have That Kind Of Home…

When my kids are grown and out in the world, I want to be that house… the one where everyone travels back to. The house where everyone feels at home and joy is bursting out of the windows and doors. Where a problem shared is a problem halved. The house that rings with laughter, music

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