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10 Things I Realised When I Became a Parent

Ali Russell | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

Before the children moved in, lots of parents we know told us that nothing prepares you for parenting. If I'm honest, I listened and nodded but felt slightly smug because I've worked with children for 10 years, so surely that would have prepared me.

Is There An Afterlife?

Nader Dehdashti | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Nader Dehdashti

If I had asked myself the question 'is there an Afterlife?' Three months ago, I would most definitely have said no. No being in me believed that there...

How To Catch A Curve Ball And Hurtle The Thing Back

Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland

"Help", I thought to myself, I need to un-hear what I am being told. I'm sat opposite the specialist and he is telling me I have kidney cancer. Not what I thought would happen to a fit forty something. Yet, there I was being told it needed to come out, as soon as possible. Then a year and a day later I lost my husband to the same awful disease.

Does It Really Matter What My Eyebrows Look Like?

Rachel Fernie | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Fernie

I am in good company though, Beyoncé admitted that she tries to make everyone around her happy (which I think she does a pretty good job with) and closer to home, my own mum and nana both rush around trying to solve everyone else's problems. They help others, putting their own feelings and well-being much further down in their priorities.

Finding Happiness In Your Twenties

Nader Dehdashti | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nader Dehdashti

I am just going to come out and say it; the twenties are the new thirties. There is too much pressure on young adults to have it all figured it out before they hit their thirties and this can make it very difficult to search for happiness when you're too busy finding your purpose in life.

One In Five Breast Cancer Patients Could Benefit From Existing Drug

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Around 10,000 women a year in the UK could benefit from a change in how doctors issue breast cancer drugs, research suggests. Currently, women who ha...

Dealing With My Father's Passing

Nader Dehdashti | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nader Dehdashti

No one prepares you for the intensity of grief and loss. There is no warning about the speed at which you are expected to close someone else's life. The documents you must sign and the countless phone calls to funeral directors, each time reminding you of the loss you have suffered.

I'm Back! A Little Explanation For My Relative Silence!

Claire Lynch | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Lynch

So you'll probably all have noticed that I haven't been around for a while; or perhaps you hadn't noticed but now I come to mention it... but I'm going to indulge myself and pretend that you had all most definitely noticed my absence, even if you hadn't missed my ramblings.

When Mental Wellness Becomes Mental Illness

Umairah Malik | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Umairah Malik

We are here. And one day we won't be. One day we won't have any tomorrows left and all our yesterdays will have been in vain. But we don't stop. We all realise that we are on the same side and support each other. We need to help people because we can. If you and I are here, we can. The question that remains is will we?

Why I'll Never Join Instagram In A World Like Ours

Umairah Malik | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Umairah Malik

There are over 500 million active monthly users on Instagram. (If that doesn't put it into perspective for you, imagine every person in the United Kin...

Five Things NOT To Say When Someone Has A Family Member With Cancer

Rochelle Bugg | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rochelle Bugg

How do you comfort someone whose world is in the process of spinning off its axis? You want to be supportive but when you open your mouth you realise you have NO IDEA what to say so just blurt something out and hope for the best but worry the whole drive home that you offended them.

21st Century Goodbyes

Philip De Ste Croix | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip De Ste Croix

Funerals are never going to be happy occasions but increasingly we are seeing people wishing to forego the traditional sombre ceremony in favour of a more upbeat 'celebration of life'.

The Day My Novel Saved A Life

S.D. Robertson | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
S.D. Robertson

As an author I love hearing from my readers - but I never expected one to thank me for saving their mum's life. After my debut novel was published la...

This Is How You Can Stop Taking Your Frustration Home From Work

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

It is a truth universally accepted that 90% of conversations with your spouse are not spent talking about happiness, holidays or kittens, but about yo...

Why We Need To Invest More In Marriage And Less In The Wedding

Sarah Zafar | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Zafar

We must teach our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters that it's not about finding the right spouse, rather, being the right spouse. Every successful marriage has a goal which both spouses journey towards.

Lost Time

Rachel Lamb | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

The important point to remember is you choose your own path. Along that path you choose your own way, and everyone will have something different and unique to them, we won't reach where we want to be all at the same time.

Literature And Language In Action

Farida Ahmed | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Farida Ahmed

As a private tutor and mentor to young people, I am always looking for ingenious ways to truly connect with students to make teaching and learning as ...

Twitter Fightback Begins After Reports Trump Wants Female Staff To 'Dress Like Women'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK

Donald Trump has been derided after it was reported that he wants his female staff to “dress like women”. The news website Axios was told by a sou...

Life As A Journey

Katrine Horn | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katrine Horn

One thing you'll notice on life's journey is that some people just bring a backpack and others choose to bring several suitcases. Nothing wrong with the backpack approach and I'd say nothing wrong with the suitcase approach. Depends on who you are, doesn't it?

Losing My Job Meant I Found A Life

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Hotston Moore

I still think about my own painful times, but learned from the job loss journey that you can have it all and suddenly have nothing; and also that with the right help, someone who has nothing can be given that most precious thing of all: their life.

The Meaning Of Life ...?

Natalie Savvides | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Savvides

Sunday morning. I lay awake catching those five, extra minutes as my husband wakes up our son and I savour the moment of quiet before the little one ...

Unbroken: A Letter To My Attackers

Rosie Burnham | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Burnham

I never thought I would be in a place to write an honest letter to the attackers. I always hoped I would get to a place where the abuse and rape didn't define or affect me to a level where I was unable to engage in the world around. This day has come where I have finally let go of the past. I am not a victim. I am a survivor.

Feeling Down Is A Great Pick Me Up

Rico Griffiths-Taitte | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rico Griffiths-Taitte

The whole furore of Christmas and talking to my friend left me with a great sense of depletion. I recently found employment and I even worked in the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve. While I was working I thought about my friend, who told me that she did not want any medication and preferred to live with just her memories.

Parenting The Millennial Generation

Sarah Zafar | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Zafar

However, today, there's an entire generation that's growing up with a feeling of lesser self-worth and self-esteem. Why? Because when they came up with problems as young children, they were given latest gadgets by their parents to'"solve' the problems instead of lifelong advice by their elders

A New Year!

Natalie Savvides | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Savvides

Crikey - it's so easy to feel a failure isn't it - so easy to look at everyone else with their acts together (or so it appears)... in the gym, glowing faces, bouncing around all over the place - but really is that what's actually going on behind closed doors? Who really knows!?