I always thought the newborn phase would be the toughest, but how wrong was I?
After losing 8 stone in weight and now bringing up a baby boy on my own, I believe anything is possible. I love to write about mental health, wellbeing, fashion and now parenting, thanks to my little muse, Henry.
A check-up on the state of a new mum’s mental health every three months throughout the first year of the baby’s life should be compulsory
11/05/2018 17:43 BST
I have no partner yet this baby boy is bouncing with joy. I must be doing something right
11/03/2018 16:30 GMT
In just three months, you have given me the purest, most innocent form of love.
02/02/2018 13:36 GMT
So here we are two weeks from your due date. It seems like an eternity since the moment I first saw you at the 12 week scan. A tiny bean bouncing up and down with innocence and happiness. The relief I felt, I will never forget. You were real and you were mine.
28/09/2017 12:55 BST
Looking back, deciding to have a child when you're newly single is a pretty big decision to make. I didn't know if I would have the father's support and I was scared of how my friends and family would react. However, the love and protection I felt for this tiny foetus growing inside my body cancelled out any doubts or fears for the future.
29/08/2017 15:17 BST
The overwhelming surge of love I felt for the tiny foetus inside me was overwhelming. I felt protective of this tiny being. The maternal instinct I wasn't sure I had suddenly kicked in. I had wanted to make a change in my life, who knew that in 2017 it would be having a baby.
05/07/2017 11:38 BST
16/12/2016 16:14 GMT
When you achieve your goal weight that seemed so far out of your reach, you believe your life will magically improve. You'll find a man who will love you; you will ooze confidence; and self-conscious thoughts will disappear along with the traces of fat.
12/09/2016 16:02 BST
In a world where we are now all connected by social media, with people appearing to be natural extroverts where they freely share their thoughts, views, experiences, and what they ate for breakfast, it's hard to admit to being a natural introvert.
13/06/2016 17:04 BST
I've been a gym bunny for well over a year now and I am amazed at how much my body has transformed through exercise. Along with eating healthily the majority of the time (apart from booze-fuelled holidays in Portugal and when I'm feeling sorry for myself during the time of the month), my mind and body are healthier thanks to my fun exercise regime...
04/03/2016 12:59 GMT
I never thought I had the will power to make a change to my lifestyle and eating habits but a bad breakup and lots of heartache was my turning point. I didn't want to just lose the weight that was holding me back but I wanted to work on my self-worth and learn to love myself before meeting anyone else.
14/02/2016 19:55 GMT
Ten years on, I'm still in love with the village that boasts steep cobbled streets, friendly locals, a beautiful beach, my favourite tapas restaurant, No. 9, stunning cliff top views and a community spirit higher than anywhere else I've visited.
25/01/2016 14:50 GMT
This 'New You' that is now being lauded to us in the media, usually means shedding half your body weight and giving up all the 'bad' things in life in order to be a healthier, happier person by the end of the month. To me, it all seems a bit unfair and unrealistic.
06/01/2016 00:08 GMT
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