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Lucy Campbell art of girl hugged by bear

KEEP YOUR DOOR OPEN 

The kids have been through a lot.Finally seeing light at the end of a two year tunnel they are now hearing talk of war.Their minds are absorbing everything they hear and see on the news and in the playground, and if you think those worries do not run deep, you are wrong.You see, to them

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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 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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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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Let The Kids Fidget

Let the kids fidget,Let them day dream,Let them eat their favourite cereal in their bed.Let the kids mess around,Let them cry and vent.Let them get their too big emotions out of their little bodies, even if it looks like naughtiness.Let the little ones laugh,Let them chat to their friends online sometimes, when they should be

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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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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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Shine On…

We are living in abnormal times.Times of great change.Times of great loss.Times of chaos, unrest and struggle.I think we will look back on this year as a turning point for humanity.And we are caught right up amongst it, living, breathing, feeling every thing.Watching the story unfold, waiting with anxious hearts, for the next chapter.Trying to

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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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When You’re Standing At The Foot of a Mountain

Don’t look too far up.Don’t look back.Just keep looking ahead.Climb that mountain one tiny little chunk at a time, my friend.And when you want to take a break and rest, sit yourself down and look around at the view.Because here’s the thing…The best view is not just at the top.If you look, you will see

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Look how far you have come, Donna ashworth, ladies pass it on

Look How Far You’ve Come

If you’re struggling to find the will to carry on right now, stop with me for a moment and let’s look at how at how far you have come…You have adapted.You have given up pretty much everything you considered normal and constructed a whole new way of being. You have done some of this, if

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To My Child, In Lock-Down…

Little one, You have no idea how brave you are right now.You woke up one day and your whole world had changed.All your favourite things were suddenly out of reach – your little kingdom was upside down and inside out. You have taken it all in your stride my beauty.You have cried, you have felt

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Dear World, About That Boat…

Dear World, About that boat. It’s true, we’re not all in the same boat. But we’re all in the same storm. Sure a bigger boat with better equipment may make this a far easier ride but the thing is… Nobody’s boat has been tested like this before. We really don’t know if the more expensive,

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All This Time I Didn’t Realise I Was Free…

All This Time I Didn’t Realise I Was Free… I always felt so bound. So contained. By society, by the needs of others, by the unwritten rules of morality. I always felt so hemmed-in, by the boundaries placed upon me and even those I created myself. I really didn’t know I was free. I never

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Pascal campion, Donna ashworth poem

You Don’t Have To Bake Banana Bread…

Or learn a new language. You don’t have to work out more than you ever have, or take the opportunity to learn to cook. You can do all of that, if you like… but you can also just rest. When do you ever get the opportunity to just rest? This life we have created is

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I Needed You Today…

I needed you today. I needed you so much it hurt to breathe. There’s nothing I wouldn’t give to hold you one more time and tell you how much you mean to me. I hope I told you this enough when you were here. I hope you can hear me now when I say it

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Which parts of normal are worth going back to

If You’re Missing ‘Normal’…

If You’re Missing Normal… Ask yourself which part of your old ‘normal’ was really that wonderful. We were living too fast, my friends. I can see that now. Stress and exhaustion became badges of honour. Every day, we failed to connect with those around us because there was just ‘never enough time.’ The planet was

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I Keep Thinking About That Day…

I Keep Thinking About That Day You know, the day when they finally announce this is over. The day when everything is allowed to open again and we all flood out into the streets, to hug and kiss those we have only waved at from afar, for so long. Grandparents will race to hold their

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Mother nature

For Now, Your Purpose is To Yield.

If you stand really still for a moment, close your eyes and breathe deeply, you can almost feel the heartbeat of the world slowing down. If you can resist for a moment, the need to be fast and furious, the need to accomplish constantly, you can almost feel Mother Nature placing her hands on your

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My Friend, Let Yourself Off The Hook During Lockdown

Yes, we may suddenly have lots of time on our hands, but here’s the thing… We are in a state of panic, whether we realise or acknowledge it, we are. We are grieving. Collectively. For the world. For humanity. For people we don’t even know but care every much about. We are confused. Everything we

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Teach Them It’s Ok To Not Be Ok

I have seen so many posts flying around social media telling parents what to do with their kids during this time of isolation. Some have great ideas for play, craft and discipline. Others say just sing and read and dance and play with them…create a safe place they say, where your children can feel loved

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Key workers

A Letter To Our Key Workers

Dear Key Workers, I can’t imagine the pressure you must be feeling right now, as the world retreats and you go forward to the fire. I can’t imagine the fear you must be facing as you place your children in school, knowing that they will be looked after but not knowing if they will be

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Sunday evening reminder

This is Your Sunday Evening Reminder…

That you can handle everything this week throws at you. And I think this week may throw a lot. But you got this. You have been through hard times before and you have come out smiling. Everything you need to survive the next few weeks, is not in the supermarket, it’s inside of you. Hope.

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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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Whilst The World Is In Chaos…

I will be here… Holding doors open for strangers. Helping my elders carry their bags. Listening to a story when time is already too tight. Smiling at passers by. Making babies laugh in coffee shops. Throwing compliments out like confetti. Making people believe they are worthy. Letting cars cut in front of me. Sharing posts

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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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To All The Sensitive Soul Sisters Out There

I see you. I see how much strength it takes to face the day. To turn on the news, the radio. To expose yourself to the cruelty of this world. I see you fighting off negativity every minute of every hour. You’re not weak my friend. You’re not. You’re actually undeniably brave, because you feel

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Women supporting women/ for Caroline/ be kind

When I first started Ladies Pass It On…

I put myself out there as the ‘face’ behind the page. Mostly because I wanted it to succeed so badly and I believe a personal connection works best. I’m not the most confident of people, I come across very confidently ‘in real life’ but actually I am beyond sensitive and so very easily hurt (probably

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Caroline flack/ suicide prevention

If You Have Been Where Caroline Was…

And you are still here to tell the tale, I take my hat off to you my friend. You are a bloody warrior. To pull yourself out of a place so deep, so dark, that the only available option is to choose oblivion, is a feat the majority of us will never quite understand. You

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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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Caroline flack/ in a world where you can be anything be kind

IN A WORLD WHERE YOU CAN BE ANYTHING, BE KIND

This mantra is all over social media today. Sadly, it has taken the loss of a bright young life to spread this message so fast and so far but nonetheless, we mustn’t let her death be in vain… In a world where you can be anything, be kind. What does this mean? It means integrity. 

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Valentine’s Day poems/ love is

LOVE IS…

Asking how they slept Making a cup of tea just right Picking up a book they’d like to read Worrying, so much worrying Remembering something they said that made you laugh Listening to things that aren’t said out loud Telling the truth, no matter how hard Feeling stronger than you are because they believe in

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LOVE YOUR BODY

You Had A Perfect Body All Along…

Make peace with yours right now my friend, for it has toiled for many years just to keep you alive. It has grown, weathered virus and disease, healed countless wounds and fought many unseen battles to keep your soul intact for its journey through this life. Yes it has changed but it has been changing

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Breaking point/ the old you

Today, I reached my breaking point…

Today I reached my breaking point… For a moment or two I thought, this is it, I am finally broken. For a minute or two, I felt I couldn’t handle the load I’ve been given anymore. It’s too heavy. Wouldn’t it be so wonderfully tempting just to set that load down on the ground and

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Write your story your way/ your story/ you cant skip chapters in your own story

You Can’t Skip Chapters In Your Own Story

You Can’t Skip Chapters In Your Own Story… That’s not how it works. You have to face each page, each twist, each turn. You have to live out each and every chapter from the start to the end. Some of those chapters wont be pretty either.  You see, we each get our share of good

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Life is short/ladies pass it on/ burn the candle/ be present

Hold Every Hug Just That Little Bit Longer…

Hold Every Hug Just That Little Bit Longer… Listen to your loved ones just a little bit harder. Pay more attention to the small stuff, even when the to-do list is long. Life is short my friend. Don’t put off every invitation that scares you. Laugh out loudly and take the high ground whenever you

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Bold women/ Meghan markle/ women/ strong women/ women supporting women

The World May Not like Bold Women…

The World May Not like Bold Women… But I do. The world may not throw open its arms to those who carve their own path, tossing archaic beliefs to the wind, the wind they leave behind them as they forge bravely ahead. But I open my arms to those warrior sisters. Thank goodness for them

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Prince Harry, Meghan and Archie

Dear Meghan, For All Those Saying ‘You Knew What You Were Doing’… when you married a Royal. For all those saying, ‘this was her choice, she knew exactly what she was getting into.’ Remember that no one, not even you, knew exactly what you were doing and what you were getting into.  Life has a

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Prince Harry/ Meghan Markle

Dear Harry, I Am A Mum Of Two Boys…

Dear Harry, I am a mum of 2 boys… My eldest is the same age as you were when your beautiful Mummy died. I still cannot watch the footage of what you were forced to endure that day, it knocks the breath out of my lungs even now to imagine the depth of your pain.

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Parenting/motherhood/child/parental love

My Child, I’m Not Here To Teach You…

My Child, I’m Not Here To Teach You I’m here to love you. Love will teach you. From the moment you came into being I have known that my all-consuming love would shelter you till the day I leave this planet, and even after that. When it comes to being a parent, I don’t have

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For Many, January Is The Hardest Month of The Year…

When everyone is setting new goals, laying down new ground rules and striving to become a better version of themselves, some of us are fighting to survive each day… You see, December is a month of giving, and some of us come January, are completely and utterly spent. A month of remembering everyone, and remembering

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New year 2020

This Year I Survived, Next Year I Shall Live

This year, the best that I can say, is that I made it through.  I stayed hopeful, I mended my broken pieces each time they shattered. I took deep breaths, pushed my shoulders back and faced my worries head on. I spent a lot of time reeling from the punches life threw at me… but

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Last Week I Found Out My Child Has Autism

Last week I found out my child has Autism. And now I need to say it out loud. Really loudly, until the sound of the word no longer takes my breath away. I mean, I’m a mother, deep down I knew. Of course I did. But I was often convinced, by myself and others, (

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New year/ new start/ it’s been a hard year

This Year Has Been Hard

This Year Has Been Hard… I’m not going to lie. It has whipped the rug from under me more than once – and a few times, I felt I couldn’t go on anymore. This year has been hard. But I’m here. I’m broken but I’m not out yet.  I can feel my pieces coming back

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Yes You Have Been Broken

Yes You have Been Broken But you won’t stay shattered for ever my friend. You will scrape those little shards of your soul from the floor and pull them all together to rebuild, better than before. Stronger. But this time there will be cracks… and that is how the light will get in. And you

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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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