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Here’s the thing… You may think that your life would be somehow made better, or easier, if you were different, more ‘normal’, less ‘flawed’. More

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SIGNED & PERSONALISED BOOK GIVEAWAY

I would like to give away some signed copies of my book, History Will Remember When The World Stopped. Not just signed but with a personalised inscription of your choosing. Something to put your stamp on this time. You could keep it for generations to come or pass it on to a friend as a

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TO THE WOMAN WHO IS SLOWLY FADING AWAY…

To the woman who has lost her spark. To the woman whose get up and go, has well and truly gone. This is for you. This is to remind you whose daughter you are. This is to remind you, that you don’t have to be everything to everyone, every day. You didn’t sign up for

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YOU DID YOUR BEST TODAY

YOU DID YOUR BEST TODAY You did what you could. You could have done more – possibly. You could have done things differently – sure. But you did what you did and that’s that. That is that. Your intentions were good, your efforts were from the heart – but you know what, life gets in

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TO THE WOMAN

TO THE WOMAN with the full-time career, who occasionally feels the guilt of the life choices she has made… you are doing a great job. You’re an inspiration, keep on your path if feels right for you and don’t bow down to societal pressures until it suits, if ever. Young women everywhere will look up

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TO OUR DAUGHTERS

TO OUR DAUGHTERS 🌟 You were born made of softness, sweetness and love, but with a will so strong it could bend iron – despite what society may tell you, you don’t have to lose one or the other. Keep them all, they are yours. Aren’t you blessed? 🌟 Your super-power in this life, is

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When You Say Goodbye To A Parent

When you say goodbye to a parent. You are suddenly living in a whole new world. You are no longer ‘the child’ and regardless of how long you have officially been ‘grown up’ for, you realise you actually never were until this moment. The shock of this adjustment will shake your very core. When you

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Illustration of mother and child Maggie chiang

Tomorrow I Promise To Linger…

  You’ve closed your bright eyes now my darling,You’ve given your all to this day.And now that you’re sleeping so soundly,There’s so much that I want to say… I’m sorry I didn’t play longer,You begged me for just one more game.I regret all the times I ignored you,I’m truly awash with the shame. And sometimes

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ORDINARY

Teach them to love the feel of a hug. Teach them to spot the sadness of a friend. Teach them to understand the power of a thank you and a please. Teach them how wonderful sand and grass feel on bare feet and how magical getting soaked in a rainstorm can be. Teach them the

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10 THINGS EVERY MAN SHOULD KNOW

10 THINGS EVERY MAN SHOULD KNOW 1. We love you, whether we are hormonal or needy, shouty or weepy, whether we want affection or can’t bear to be touched, we still love you. 2. We want you to listen, actually listen sometimes. Solutions are not required. Just your attention and your support. We don’t always

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TOP QUOTES FOR YOUR FEMALE TRIBE

So as we all know it’s international Women’s day today and the worldwide web is awash with motivational and inspiring quotes! Here are my favourites to share with your girls. Share them and spread the feels.       READ MY 2018 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MESSAGE HERE:

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Little girl of Wall Street statue

I Don’t Owe You Pretty

I don’t owe you pretty,Just because I’m born a girl.That’s not what I am about,That’s not what I bring this world. I don’t owe you decoration,I don’t need to paint my face.I don’t care to meet your image,I don’t choose to walk with grace. I can break your old glass ceilings,I can rewrite what has

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Naya Rivera and son

Dear Naya,

Dear Naya, As details emerge of your final moments, it seems that you faced every mother’s worst fear – having to leave your child without knowing whether or not he would be safe.They say that you mustered up just enough strength to heave him back onto the boat, before the current pulled you under. They

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Butterfly

What If It Wasn’t A Cage?

What if it wasn’t a cage?What if it was a cocoon?Maybe, being imprisoned in our homes, being made redundant from our own lives, was exactly the environment we needed in which to grow.They say that change feels like loss.They say that the most beautiful flowers grow in the deepest mud.They say that the darkest moment

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Toddler boy at window

Life After Lockdown

I think it’s time to tell the story of the journey we’ve been on,Now that life is slowly starting up again.Perhaps it’s time to take a look at how we’ve fared along the way,How we’ve learned to cope when nothing is the same. We are hesitant to rush out and embrace the life we knew,We

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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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Woman in field

I Know It’s Hard…

I know it’s hard,to let people see the real you.Like showing your whole hand of cards at the start of a game,you won’t win.But life isn’t a card game. And this world needs your authentic self. There are too many copies out there, keeping things inside.Going through the motions.And at least one of those people

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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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SIGNED & PERSONALISED BOOK GIVEAWAY

I would like to give away some signed copies of my book, History Will Remember When The World Stopped. Not just signed but with a personalised inscription of your choosing. Something to put your stamp on this time. You could keep it for generations to come or pass it on to a friend as a

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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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Dear Parents,

Dear Parents, You don’t ‘catch up ‘ after a global pandemic.You don’t need to worry about your children learning all the things they may have missed, had none of this happened.Because it did happen.And it’s ‘unprecedented’. A word we are all perhaps a little tired of hearing but an important word indeed.There is no manual

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Female friendship

Dear Friend, Save Your Best For Someone Else

Dear Friend, I don’t need you at your best when you come to my home.I don’t care what you’re wearing or what car you drove.I don’t care if there is food on your shirt or if your hair has not been brushed.None of that matters to me.I care about you. I care about what’s in

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What If The Kids Have Had A Masterclass In Life?

Hear me out…What if the children have actually learned more this year?Not about fractions or physics – but about life.What if, this year, the children have had an education in what life actually is.What if, the baking and the ‘hanging round watching’ and the ‘coming up with ideas to fight the boredom’, has created a

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But Beautifully This Time, With Light…

It’s not about what’s on you Be that your skin,Your hair,Your body parts.All of that stuff is merely on YOU. You, are your soul.You, are what you feel, what you have learned and most importantly, who you have loved.And that beautiful body you live in (we all have one just as wondrous), is your vehicle,

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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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Shine On…

We are living in abnormal times.Times of great change.Times of great loss.Times of chaos, unrest and struggle.I think we will look back on this year as a turning point for humanity.And we are caught right up amongst it, living, breathing, feeling every thing.Watching the story unfold, waiting with anxious hearts, for the next chapter.Trying to

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And So The Earth Wept

And so the earth wept,Again.For she has wept so many times before.But this time, she wept further.Her people were in crisis and her lands,were dying.You see, someone decided long ago,that the planet,Was not to be shared with equality.Or love.As was the intent.And the people separated into categories based on difference,that were never supposed to be

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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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What If We’re Not Just Tired…

What if we’re not just tired.What if it’s our souls that are exhausted?The kind of tired that sleep won’t remedy, that fresh air or good food won’t help.You see, when the world is in crisis (and it is), your soul becomes weary with the weight of collective grief.With the magnitude of problems which need to

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The year 2020

Where Were You In The year 2020?

2020, the year the world stopped…2020, the year the people stayed home.2020, the year the earth took back its control, for a short while.2020, the year the world realised we really are all in this together and the term, ‘its a small world’ became extremely and frighteningly true.2020, the year collective consciousness grew out of

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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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Pascal Campion, an excuse to do nothing, poem Donna ashworth

You Will Look Back On This

You will look back on this my friend,And you won’t remember the boredom,Or the loneliness.You will remember the sunshine,And the way the stars looked brighter with every passing night. You will look back on this my friend,And you won’t recall the money worries,Or the isolation.You will remember the laughter shared with friends on a screen.The

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It’s Not ‘All Lives’

But ‘all lives matter’,I hear the people say.But it’s not ‘all lives’.That we’re fighting for today. Would you hose down a building,Next to one that was aflame.Just to make sure the street,Was treated just the same? It’s the lives which are thwarted,By the colour of their skin.When that tone creates the reality,The human will live

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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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I AM WHITE…

I AM WHITE And I consider myself to be someone who understands and accepts everyone, regardless. On saying this, I’m not even going to begin to insult black people by claiming that I understand what it’s like to have ‘white privilege’…I don’t think you can ever truly understand that from the other side.We can WANT

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Mother Nature poem

Come Back With Kindness

Come back with kindness, come back with grace.Come back with less hurry,Less rush,Less haste. Come back with kindness, come back more wise.Come back with more thought,For your seas,For your sky. Come back with kindness, come back with light.Come back feeling more,Keep the true things,In sight. Come back my children, but tread with more care.Have love

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You’re Going To Be So Different After This….

You may not even know how changed you already are.You’re metamorphosing.We all are. You’ve come from a place of safety, of convenience, of privilege…You didn’t even know that, until now. You’re starting to realise, that everything you took for granted is a blessing. Your life was so sweet. We were all so very blessed.Blessed as

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Dear Friend…

Dear Friend, When this comes to an end (and it will). You and I are on a mission… A mission to start ticking those things off our bucket lists. No more excuses, no more procrastination, Life is SHORT. We know this now right? No more worrying about fitting in, or standing out. No more ‘when

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The Last Time

I think I held your hand,The last time.I know I had to hurry away,I should have been content to stay.That thought haunts me daily,The last time. I should have said so many things,The last time.I should have reminisced some more,Brought wondrous memories to your door.That would have been so perfect,The last time. I hope you

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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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When You’re Standing At The Foot of a Mountain

Don’t look too far up.Don’t look back.Just keep looking ahead.Climb that mountain one tiny little chunk at a time, my friend.And when you want to take a break and rest, sit yourself down and look around at the view.Because here’s the thing…The best view is not just at the top.If you look, you will see

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Have You Met Her Yet?

Whilst the world has been turning upside down and everything we know is now unknown, have you met her yet? That girl inside of you who has been hidden for so long? Has she made it to the surface, through the cracks which appeared in the shake-up? If she has, did you let her in?She

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Look how far you have come, Donna ashworth, ladies pass it on

Look How Far You’ve Come

If you’re struggling to find the will to carry on right now, stop with me for a moment and let’s look at how at how far you have come…You have adapted.You have given up pretty much everything you considered normal and constructed a whole new way of being. You have done some of this, if

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Not Yet

Be still my friend, you’ve come so far.Fear not, our time is plenty.Don’t rush to shackle the shackles off,There’s time to do this gently. Stay strong my friend, it’s not so far.This will not last forever.The day will be more sweeter still.That day, when we’re together. Haste not my friend, there’s danger still.Your life is

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10 Things We Need To Know For A ‘New Normal’

1. Our old normal was not okay, we were quite simply, living too fast and too furiously. Stress and limited time had become badges of honour. 2. The earth desperately needed a break from our incessant over-consumption, we should never ever allow that to happen again. 3. During lock-down it has become clear, that what

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Dear god, its me

Hey God, It’s Me…

Hey God, it’s me.I don’t know if you can hear me or if you’re even real.I don’t know anything much at the moment.But I know I’m ready to come home.I can’t take another day down here God.It’s too hard.The pain is too much to bear and I’m not strong enough to keep going.The suffering is

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To My Child, In Lock-Down…

Little one, You have no idea how brave you are right now.You woke up one day and your whole world had changed.All your favourite things were suddenly out of reach – your little kingdom was upside down and inside out. You have taken it all in your stride my beauty.You have cried, you have felt

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My Grandmother Once Gave Me A Tip….

My grandmother once gave me a tip:In difficult times, you move forward in small steps.Do what you have to do, but little by little.Don’t think about the future, or what may happen tomorrow.Wash the dishes.Remove the dust.Write a letter.Make a soup.You see?You are advancing step by step.Take a step and stop.Rest a little.Praise yourself.Take another

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Coronavirus, woman wearing a a mask

We Thought We Had It All Worked Out

We thought we had it all worked out… Our lives, our careers, our plans. Then somewhere, one day, at a time unknown, a tiny microbe began its life. A life that would change the world. Forever. We live in a new normal now. No cinemas, no gyms, no schools. No parties, no life. No hugs.

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I Stay Away

I stay away because I want you there.I wave at your window because I care.I call on a screen to shield you from harm.I want you around when this is long gone. I drop off supplies and smile and waveI’d rather stand here than stare at your graveI miss what we had but I’d miss

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Dear World, About That Boat…

Dear World, About that boat. It’s true, we’re not all in the same boat. But we’re all in the same storm. Sure a bigger boat with better equipment may make this a far easier ride but the thing is… Nobody’s boat has been tested like this before. We really don’t know if the more expensive,

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All This Time I Didn’t Realise I Was Free…

All This Time I Didn’t Realise I Was Free… I always felt so bound. So contained. By society, by the needs of others, by the unwritten rules of morality. I always felt so hemmed-in, by the boundaries placed upon me and even those I created myself. I really didn’t know I was free. I never

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Pascal campion, Donna ashworth poem

You Don’t Have To Bake Banana Bread…

Or learn a new language. You don’t have to work out more than you ever have, or take the opportunity to learn to cook. You can do all of that, if you like… but you can also just rest. When do you ever get the opportunity to just rest? This life we have created is

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Lock-Down Is Making My Kids Better People

Here’s the thing…. My kids were pretty spoiled. Don’t get me wrong, they were well brought up, well educated and well mannered, sure. But they were so very used to having everything they needed, whenever they needed it. A veritable charmed life.  Of course nobody wants their children to suffer hardship, I deliberately built a

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Promise Me, When This Is Over…

Dear Friend, When this is over, can you promise me something? No more wasted beach days because you didn’t like your body. You deserve that sun, that sea, that freedom. You are beautiful whether you feel it or not. We all are, we really are. You deserve the joy. No more wasted weekends because you

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Captain tom moore

Dear Captain Tom,

Dear Captain Tom, Thank you. Thank you, for not only raising an astronomical sum of money for our health care but thank you also for being a tonic, a joy and an inspiration. You were told to stay home and do nothing, like the rest of us. But rather than become restless, bored and perhaps

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I Needed You Today…

I needed you today. I needed you so much it hurt to breathe. There’s nothing I wouldn’t give to hold you one more time and tell you how much you mean to me. I hope I told you this enough when you were here. I hope you can hear me now when I say it

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Which parts of normal are worth going back to

If You’re Missing ‘Normal’…

If You’re Missing Normal… Ask yourself which part of your old ‘normal’ was really that wonderful. We were living too fast, my friends. I can see that now. Stress and exhaustion became badges of honour. Every day, we failed to connect with those around us because there was just ‘never enough time.’ The planet was

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