Life Lessons

The Magic of the 47th Chromosome

Aslihan Agaoglu | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aslihan Agaoglu

When it comes to Down's syndrome, the most common genetic disorder effecting one in every thousand babies in the UK, we usually hear the stories through the parents' perspective. To them, it is nothing short of a "near-death experience": once it happens, you have a complete different outlook on life, everything you think you know changes and you have to learn how to live and love your new circumstances but in the end, you wouldn't have it any other way...

None So Great a Lesson as the Art of the Graceful Handshake

Orlagh McCarron | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Orlagh McCarron

Tossing you up to stomach-churning heights, it's as quick to turn around and peg you in your place just when you feel you've got it, that you're a part of it , that every lesson life has taught you up to this point has merely been a means for preparing you for the daily jostle.

The Great British Bake Off Final: 10 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Series Five

Rachel Moss | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

It's been a vintage year for The Great British Bake Off, and as an avid cake-maker myself, I've watched the contestants produce outstanding show stoppers, inventive signature bakes and mind-boggling technical challenges in awe every week. The programme never fails to help me improve my baking skills, but this year, it's also taught me 10 valuable life lessons...

How To Improvise A Dress From Duct Tape And Other Life Lessons Nobody Ever Taught You

The Huffington Post Uk | Lottie Oram | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Comedy

In life, the really important lessons we all need to learn are often passed down to us by relatives, friends and people who are just generally wiser t...

Advice for My Younger Self

Lottie O'Conor | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lottie O'Conor

Sometimes, I look back at my younger self and I'm amazed I made it through. Younger me made a lot of mistakes; thankfully most of them pre-Facebook, so the evidence can stay in the past where it belongs, rather than popping up as a tag in a 'hilarious' status update.

Five Life Lessons for My Children

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

Recently an 11-year-old son of a friend was killed by his mentally ill father. An ex-colleague of mine was diagnosed with cancer last November and he died in January; there were Facebook statuses and then they stopped. And now I have a tumour... My darling children, how I hope that you will not have to go through life without me!

For Life, Love and Noah

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

My esteemed former colleague, a well-known cardiologist said that he has not met the love of his life yet. He said that the love of his life would be a woman who had birthed babies with her bare hands, held a beating human heart and walked fearlessly on the tightrope between life and death.

Friendship... Who Really Matters, Who Never Did, Who Always Will

Caroline Keetch | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Keetch

Now, as a proper grown up - whatever that means - I can see that the flurry of youth brings with it deep uncertainty and glorious freedom in equal measure. Good friends are like rocks throughout this process and we cling to them for comfort and security, whilst benefitting from all the fun of new-found adulthood in the safety of warm and familiar company.

Five Reasons We Love the Great British Bake Off

Sarah Byrne | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Byrne

You know how it goes. A contestant starts to take their flawlessly baked cake out of the oven, or triumphantly slide their painstakingly constructed choux swans onto a serving plate. Then, in a sudden moment of clumsiness, perfection turns to a mass of crumbs on the floor.

Black Ballerina Receives Countless Rejection Letters, But That Doesn't Stop Her Dancing Her Way To The Top

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

At some stage, most of us will experience rejection - but one ballerina is showing us all that when the powers that be say you're not good enough, yo...

Thrive - This Message Is Long Overdue

Jessica McGregor Johnson | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica McGregor Johnson

This message is not just for those who work in the high-powered high-octane world. The message of unplugging and reconnecting to our hearts, being quiet enough to hear our inner wisdom is for everyone, whatever your lifestyle or situation.

What Did Bruce Lee Mean: 'Be Like Water'?

Maria Senise | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

"Be like water," has become extremely meaningful to me, especially lately. I've discovered the less I force things to happen, and the more accepting and calm about my life's direction I am, the easier I can flow with and live my life.

Three Life Lessons I Learned By Leaping From the Eiger

Alastair Macartney | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alastair Macartney

As a human flight specialist and wingsuit BASE jumper, leaping from the Eiger was like a dream come true. It had been an incredible journey and, after a safe and successful landing, I looked back up at the mountain I had flown from and contemplated life in a new way.

Five Friendship Tips I Learnt From Desperate Housewives

Liz Marie | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

No matter the twists and turns that your love life takes, your girlfriends will always be there to pick up the pieces and put you back together again. The housewives were insane, but they stuck together and got each other through the tough times.

What My Mother Told Me

Donna Ida Thornton | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Donna Ida Thornton

Mother's Day is soon approaching and with International Women's Day last Saturday, suddenly everything seems to be about women, and Mums, and how much we really do learn from them. The people I look to for inspiration are all women, every single one of them.

There Is No Such Thing as a Coincidence

Jessica McGregor Johnson | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica McGregor Johnson

I am a great believer that these are no coincidences but synchronicities. Two events that come together for a purpose. They may be to give us a message or they may be that a situation happens that moves your life in a new direction.

Open Your Eyes

Amy Anka | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

You are sitting there watching tv one night. The chest pains are back. Your breathing is shallow. Your left arm is now cramped up and you're suffering the worst case of heartburn you've ever encountered. You're having a heart attack.

Thirteen Things I Learnt In 2013

Anais Mutumba | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anais Mutumba

I did this for the first time last year on my website, 12 things I learnt in 2012, and I think I might do this annually. There's always something to be thankful for and lessons to be learnt.

(Obvious) Life Lessons from 2013

Adele Barlow | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

So whenever this time of year rolls around and I'm getting reflective on what this year taught me, or what I can attempt to do better next year (as always: more exercise, less worry, more comfort-zone-exiting, less overanalysing) - I notice the random highlights that stick with me, the moments which remind me of the obvious 'lessons' I want to hold onto going forwards.

Water, Water Everywhere

Amy Anka | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

Until we can come to understand that it is what we agree to, we will always hold someone else responsible. The ultimate decision is always up to you. Yes, some of us are easily coerced, but you are the one who chooses in the end.

Is There A Purpose?

Amy Anka | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

Everything does serve some type of purpose, otherwise it wouldn't exist. And maybe in life, to discover our own purpose, we need to just be still, let the winds of change and destiny take us wherever they so choose, let whatever is meant to come, come, and remove any pricks as they arise.

The Need for Growth: Why Change Matters Now More Than Ever

Anna Nathanson | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK
Anna Nathanson

A year ago I went along to a three day re-educational seminar called Turning Point, delivered by best selling author and international speaker Dr Rohan Weerasinghe. I was blissfully unaware at the time that my life was about to change for good.

Things Nobody Teaches You

Amy Anka | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

There are so many things in life that nobody teaches you. Things your parents don't teach you. Things you don't get taught in school...

Still Learning

Caroline White | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline White

A couple of days ago I was holding my baby daughter in my arms and something happened that literally took my breath away. I glanced down at her and was struck by how much she looked like her oldest brother. Her eldest brother has Down's syndrome.

Perspective

Caroline White | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline White

Each child is an equal, with their own set of strengths and weaknesses and the best job any parent can do is nurture them as individuals and make sure they are fulfilled, happy, respectful and kind.