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Samantha Walsh

Cosmetics boutique manager & writer

A fierce and feisty girl-about-town, with a grab-it-by-the-balls, no-nonsense attitude. A wry sense of humour, raspberry cheesecake and copious amounts of Sauvignon Blanc are my weapons of choice as I tackle life head-on, warpaint carefully applied, arm-in-arm with my dependable army of girlfriends. When I'm not selling delicious lotions and potions in my beauty boutique, you can find me tapping away on my blog Life: A Bird's Eye View (, chilling on a beach in Thailand, or dancing full-throttle at a party somewhere; house music is the soundtrack to my life.

What Is The Difference Between Being Childfree And Childless?

I am a woman without children. So why would being described as 'childfree' bother me? Until now, it hasn't, really. I preferred it to childless, because I felt that being described as 'a childless woman' made me sound like I was lacking; less than. It sounded sad, as though a life without children is a wasted opportunity, when we all know that isn't the case.
13/11/2017 16:38 GMT

Minority Report: Them And (A Much Smaller) 'Us'

If you see me walking down the street, dressed up to the nines to meet my friends for a night out, or on my way to work, you'd be forgiven for assuming I was the epitome of Western privilege, and in many ways I am: educated; employed; financially independent; a homeowner, albeit mortgaged - although otherwise debt-free.
08/09/2017 16:16 BST

Use It Up, Wear It Out

I'd rather be that eccentric old lady dressed in faux fur and diamonds and reeking of expensive French cologne to go and collect her pension, than the one whose relatives later discover said diamonds, nestling unworn in their pristine box, whilst clearing out the house after I've gone...
12/06/2017 17:14 BST

Because It's Cancer

What often happens next is that the common sense part of your brain shouts down the neurotic one, gives it a sharp slap round the face to calm it down, then you push it to the back of your mind and go about your day.
02/06/2017 11:42 BST

The Non-Mum Network

Years later, feeling strong and positive once more, I made a conscious decision not to let the whole experience of being turned away from the Mum Club continue to get me down. I had a lightbulb moment - an idea so obvious that I instantly wondered why I'd not come up with it sooner: I'd open my own club.
10/04/2017 11:26 BST

Project Teen: Six Things I'd Say To My Teenage Self

Don't be ashamed of your USP. (That's Unique Selling Point, kiddo). Yes, you do have one. Several, in fact. You're a six foot natural blonde with brains, for Christ's sake. Instead of hunching your shoulders and mooching about like Herman Munster, push your shoulders back, stand tall and be proud.
21/03/2017 15:26 GMT

Sprinkle Salt On The Slug Of Self-Doubt

<img alt="all women everywhere" src="" width="300" height="35" /> So try telling yourself you can. Put yourself out there. If it doesn't work, whatever it is, at least you tried. When you're feeling happy in yourself, you have spare happiness to pass on. You really do get what you give.
09/03/2017 13:24 GMT

Living With Dementia: Grandad's Great Escape

Imagine all your memories, amassed over a lifetime, handwritten in tiny lettering on a deck of cards, neatly stacked in chronological order. Then imagine someone deftly shuffling this deck: fancy fingerwork as they expertly weave and riffle the cards until there is no order whatsoever.
21/02/2017 13:06 GMT

New Year Goals: Work Less, Live More

I'm not dismissing making positive changes to your life; on the contrary, I'm all for learning, improving and evolving, but I find that change happens when you're mentally in the right place - not because society dictates that the first of January is the day on which we ditch all our bad habits and become mung bean-munching paragons of virtue. It's just not realistic.
05/01/2017 14:21 GMT

Speaking Out About Sexual Abuse: The Seed Of Change

A child is like a tiny seed; a tree at the start of it's long life. The quality of the soil, the water, the climate - all determine the tree that seed will grow into. It's the duty of everyone who comes into contact with that little sapling to nurture it and protect it from the elements; to help it grow.
12/12/2016 15:36 GMT

Christmas Carol's Nightmare On Elf Street

For fellow retail workers the world over, the mere mention of the C-word is enough to bring them out in a cold sweat, and not just from the sheer effort of unloading mammoth deliveries. As we speak, store staff everywhere are taking a collective deep breath and muttering:
10/11/2016 17:42 GMT

Reflecting On Paralysis: The Cure Girls

Each Cure Girl has found herself sitting in this chair through no fault of her own - tragedy cutting her down in her prime. She's experienced the full spectrum of human emotions: shock, anger, despair, grief, frustration. Yet there is one emotion they all refuse to feel: defeat. They refuse to just passively accept their circumstances and give up on their dream to walk once more.
27/10/2016 14:20 BST

Cancer Isn't Soft, So Why Is This New Approach?

So when my latest invitation arrived a few days ago I knew instantly what it was and tore it open eagerly (which may sound surprising, but no checks for three years has left me feeling anxious - like walking a tightrope between skyscrapers without a safety net).
25/10/2016 11:28 BST

My Toxic Relationship Goes Up In Smoke

I can clearly remember the first cigarette I ever smoked: a Silk Cut, purchased as a pack of ten between a gaggle of my closest school friends and I in the summer of '91; lit with a pink-tipped match, hands shaking with a heady mixture of adrenaline, anticipation - and a dash of fear.
29/09/2016 13:14 BST