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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 lose them over and over,  sometimes many times a 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,

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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 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

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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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ILLUSTRATION OF LADIES WITH FLOWER CROWNS

SUMMER BODIES ARE CANCELLED

Maybe this year we could take away the ‘summer body’ pressure,no questions asked.Maybe this year we could just embrace summer, rolls and all, and be absolutely deserving of the joy that sunshine brings after a winter of discontent.Maybe we could all admit, that having gone through the hardest collective year, we can’t possibly be reemerging

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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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Cover image of the right words by donna ashowrth

MY NEW BOOK ‘THE RIGHT WORDS’

Dear Readers, My wonderful, wise, word-loving women… My third book, ‘The Right Words (when you need them most)’ is here.She is ready, she is available and she lovingly awaits your company.I finally have my eager little hands on my copy and I am pleased to say, she’s a beauty! This book is 165 pages, 76

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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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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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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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3 girls splashing in the sea, body confidence

There Was A Photo Of A Woman

There was a photo of a woman on the internet,She was smiling as she splashed amidst the sea.I read the comments underneath and this is what they said,“Her body is just way too big for me”. There was a photo of a woman on the internet,She was laughing and dancing, life seemed good.I read the

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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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If You Have Ever Lost Someone To Suicide…

If you have ever lost someone to suicide, you will know what it’s like to feel guilt…Guilt that you didn’t see more.Guilt that you didn’t do more.Guilt that you couldn’t find the glue to stick their shattered pieces back together.Overwhelming, cloying guilt, that suffocates you in the deep of the night and drowns your body

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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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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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Because This All Ends…

We say ‘this too shall pass’,And it does.The trouble is,Everything passes.Live fiercely my friend,Because this all ends. We say ‘this too shall pass’,And it does.So never believe,This is your story,It’s a chapter my friendNothing more. We say ‘this too shall pass’,And it does.So face the wind,With courage and hope.Every storm eventually,Runs out of rain. We

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Somebody, somewhere is thinking of you,

Somebody, somewhere is thinking of you,Did you know that?Somebody somewhere is replaying your voice,Heeding your words, to help make a choice.Somebody, somewhere is thinking of you,Did you know that? Somebody somewhere is saying your name?Did you know that?Somebody, somewhere is talking of you,Praising your heart and the things that you do.Somebody, somewhere is saying your

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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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Home schooling

And So The Children Learned….

And so the children learned… That heroes are everywhere and that they really don’t wear capes. That when bad things happen, people do good things, they will remember that much longer than any maths or science lesson. The children learned that old people are a treasure, that they hold the secrets to overcoming any adversity.

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Angels On Earth

Angels On Earth ….. And so the earth angels came together, to answer the call of humanity in crisis. They stepped forward without hesitation, to stand between us and the danger.  They have done so many times before.  But never quite like this. ….. The earth angels kissed their loved ones, one last time, before

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In The Quiet

In The Quiet…. I heard a little voice in the quietIt sounded like somebody said my nameIt sounded like your voice in the quietAs though you’re trying to help me rise again. I told the little voice in the quietI said that I was very scared indeedI felt your loving warmth in the quietI knew

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Before The Virus Came Along

Before the virus came along Life was fast and ruthless And the world spun like a wheel Going round. Before the virus came along People were busy and breathless Their lives lacked simple things Like time. When the virus came along The wheel was forced to brake Momentum lost its power And stopped. And people

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Heal the world poem/ pandemic poem

Whilst The World Is Locking Down

Whilst the world is locking down… Take the time to pause. To reset. To switch off and on again. Whilst the world is locking down. Take some time to reflect. To connect. In other ways. Whilst the world is locking down. Take the chance to look around. Inside your mind. Find what you need, in

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Don’t Fall In Love With A Body

Don’t fall in love with a body Bodies change. Fall in love with a laugh, or a twinkle in the eye. That way, should those blessings ever wane, you will do your best to bring them back. And we all need someone who wants to bring back our twinkle, someone who lives to make us laugh.

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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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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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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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And Still I Rise….

Still I Rise BY MAYA ANGELOU You may write me down in historyWith your bitter, twisted lies,You may trod me in the very dirtBut still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you?Why are you beset with gloom?’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wellsPumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns,With

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Donna Ashworth Poem/ poem about women/ Ladies Pass It On Poem/ empowering women poem

Strong Women Break

Strong women break Strong women fall Strong women rise again. Strong women bend Strong women yield Strong women grow through pain.  Strong women fear Strong women falter Strong women do it anyway. Strong women doubt Strong women hurt Strong women make it look easy. Strong women make Strong women build Strong women, sister, friend, mother.

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Grief/loss

When I Leave Love Me Still

If you wish to love me still when I leave you can by loving others by giving new love  by not losing hope by still seeing joy by living your life like it cries to be lived by letting go when the natural order demands it by being at peace with the circle of time. If

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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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KEEP GOING

Keep going, my friend.Keep your eyes to the sky.Keep letting in light.The morning is nigh. Keep going, my darling.Keep hope in your soul.Each minute’s a victory.Each new day, a goal. Keep hoping, my love.Keep reaching for hands.Take everyone’s offer.We’ll pull you to stand. Keep going, my wonder.Reach deep to your core.The answer’s within you.Just dig

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Beneath The Sweater And The Skin

Beneath The Sweater And The Skin How many years of beauty do I have left? she asks me. How many more do you want? Here. Here is 34. Here is 50. When you are 80 years old and your beauty rises in ways your cells cannot even imagine now and your wild bones grow luminous

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I Hope You Find Someone…

I hope you find someone, who won’t let you face the darkness alone I hope you find someone, who listens; to your words and your silence I hope you find someone, who loves to make you laugh I hope you find someone, who sees you ∼ I hope you find someone, who wants to know

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HAVE THE COURAGE….

Have the courage To live as a whole To listen to your heart To talk to your soul To know who you are When others do not To look for the vibes To listen to thoughts Have the heart To shoulder the world To see that we’re one Whether man, boy or girl To understand

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When I Am Older…

When I am older, I will be louder And tell people just what I think. I will wear what I like and none of it will match I will live life right to the brink. When I am older, I will love every moment And forget all the nonsense of life. I’ll go straight for

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Silence Isn’t Golden

Silence Isn’t Golden I feel ‘Fine’, ‘OK’ , even ‘good’, the overused lies, Said on repeat, so the truth can still hide. Then out of nowhere a confidence to open that door, Just a small step, a shuffle, a mere slide on life’s floor. To you though it’s huge, you have achieved, Yet your subtlety’s

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WHEN I SAY I LOVE YOU MORE

I don’t mean that I love you more than you love me. I mean, that I love you… More than all the obstacles life will put in front of us. More than the distance between us. More than the sum of the hardships we will bear. More than the lure of any other life. More

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