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Areema Nasreen, Walsall nurse passed away

Rest In Peace Earth Angel…

Today, I would love it if we could all take a collective breath in time, and wish a beautiful soul the  eternal rest she deserves. Last week, we heard that 36 year old nurse and mum of three Areema Nasreen had succumbed to the virus whilst fighting to save others. She sadly passed away. The

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I Keep Thinking About That Day…

I Keep Thinking About That Day You know, the day when they finally announce this is over. The day when everything is allowed to open again and we all flood out into the streets, to hug and kiss those we have only waved at from afar, for so long. Grandparents will race to hold their

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Dear Mums, In Lockdown…

Dear Mums, Please remember one thing on your list of 400 today.. You are not a teacher. You are a parent. You’re not home schooling, you’re ‘crisis’ schooling. You cannot possibly become a skilled professional overnight and do it whilst the world around you crumbles and grinds to a halt. Your job is to continue

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Mother nature

For Now, Your Purpose is To Yield.

If you stand really still for a moment, close your eyes and breathe deeply, you can almost feel the heartbeat of the world slowing down. If you can resist for a moment, the need to be fast and furious, the need to accomplish constantly, you can almost feel Mother Nature placing her hands on your

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Suicide Is Taking Lives Too…

As Coronavirus claims lives all over the world, today, I would like to take a moment to say rest in peace, to a beautiful young girl who died yesterday. Emily Owen. Age 19. The thing is, Emily took her own life.  The fear, stress and anxiety of a world changed beyond comprehension was too much

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Woman visiting her father in a lockdown through the window

30 Lessons Learned From A Lock-Down

1. We don’t need nearly as much as have come to believe. 2. A little goes a long way. 3. We are kinder than we thought. 4. When push comes to shove, we want to share our last slice. 5.We are not in control. 6. But we each make a difference. 7. The world is

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Teach Them It’s Ok To Not Be Ok

I have seen so many posts flying around social media telling parents what to do with their kids during this time of isolation. Some have great ideas for play, craft and discipline. Others say just sing and read and dance and play with them…create a safe place they say, where your children can feel loved

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Key workers

A Letter To Our Key Workers

Dear Key Workers, I can’t imagine the pressure you must be feeling right now, as the world retreats and you go forward to the fire. I can’t imagine the fear you must be facing as you place your children in school, knowing that they will be looked after but not knowing if they will be

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Sunday evening reminder

This is Your Sunday Evening Reminder…

That you can handle everything this week throws at you. And I think this week may throw a lot. But you got this. You have been through hard times before and you have come out smiling. Everything you need to survive the next few weeks, is not in the supermarket, it’s inside of you. Hope.

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Toilet paper panic

People Are Scared, Not Stupid…

It just looks the same. People are crippled with anxiety, fear and the need to protect their loved ones.  It may come across as selfishness, stupidity or worse. But it is just humanity. Flawed, afraid, in panic. In a week or so, no one will be buying toilet paper, everyone will be at home and

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Here’s The Thing, People Are Dying…

Okay, here’s the thing… People are dying. Someone’s mum, dad, brother… I’m getting tired of reading posts saying this virus is ‘nothing’, an ‘over-reaction’, or ‘hype created by the media’. People are dying. And many, MANY, people are afraid. Health anxiety is very real, believe you me, and right now, lots of people all over

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Keep calmand carry on/ covid-19/ coronavirus/ smell the roses

Even when you’re knee deep in the s**t

Even when you’re knee deep in the s**t You can still smell the roses In fact, it’s the time you need to smell the roses the most. And they’re still there, the roses. They’re still there, smelling beautiful.  If you stick your little chin up to the sky and sniff. You’ll see. They’re still there.

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Suicide Is Far More Deadly Than Covid-19

Suicide is the true pandemic here people. The statistics are absolutely terrifying. ONE PERSON EVERY 40 SECONDS TAKES THEIR OWN LIFE, according to The World Health Organisiation. Worse, the numbers are higher now than ever. So, instead of stock-piling the last toilet rolls on the shelves and making sure you will be okay should this

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You Weren’t Born To Fade Away my Friend..

Life may smooth away all of your rough edges, with its twists and turns and lessons to be learned. Life may force you to fashion a tough outer shell. Life may break you and reform you many many times until you don’t even recognise the shapes you see in the mirror anymore. And that’s okay,

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WASH HANDS/ CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus ….please read.

Here’s the thing, The world is in chaos. When chaos occurs, the most dangerous thing that can happen is ‘every man for himself’. We self-isolate. We panic buy. We stop shaking hands. We avoid crowds. This is all practical advice and has merit, but, we have to remember one thing here… if you are going

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Whilst The World Is In Chaos…

I will be here… Holding doors open for strangers. Helping my elders carry their bags. Listening to a story when time is already too tight. Smiling at passers by. Making babies laugh in coffee shops. Throwing compliments out like confetti. Making people believe they are worthy. Letting cars cut in front of me. Sharing posts

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To The Woman Who Thinks She Isn’t Good Enough

To the woman who looks around and wonders, why everyone else is so much more capable. So much stronger.  So much more ambitious, than her. To the woman who thinks everyone else is blazing a fiery path through this thing we call life, while she limps behind, barely getting through the days.… Somewhere, another woman

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To All The Sensitive Soul Sisters Out There

I see you. I see how much strength it takes to face the day. To turn on the news, the radio. To expose yourself to the cruelty of this world. I see you fighting off negativity every minute of every hour. You’re not weak my friend. You’re not. You’re actually undeniably brave, because you feel

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Women supporting women/ for Caroline/ be kind

When I first started Ladies Pass It On…

I put myself out there as the ‘face’ behind the page. Mostly because I wanted it to succeed so badly and I believe a personal connection works best. I’m not the most confident of people, I come across very confidently ‘in real life’ but actually I am beyond sensitive and so very easily hurt (probably

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Caroline flack/ suicide prevention

If You Have Been Where Caroline Was…

And you are still here to tell the tale, I take my hat off to you my friend. You are a bloody warrior. To pull yourself out of a place so deep, so dark, that the only available option is to choose oblivion, is a feat the majority of us will never quite understand. You

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Caroline flack suicide/ RIP Caroline

Dear Caroline,

It’s been a few days since you passed. And yet I am still thinking about you pretty much all the time, which is strange because I didn’t know you at all, in real life. Thoughts of you and how you felt in the final moments of your life have kept me awake the last few

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Caroline flack/ in a world where you can be anything be kind

IN A WORLD WHERE YOU CAN BE ANYTHING, BE KIND

This mantra is all over social media today. Sadly, it has taken the loss of a bright young life to spread this message so fast and so far but nonetheless, we mustn’t let her death be in vain… In a world where you can be anything, be kind. What does this mean? It means integrity. 

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Valentine’s Day poems/ love is

LOVE IS…

Asking how they slept Making a cup of tea just right Picking up a book they’d like to read Worrying, so much worrying Remembering something they said that made you laugh Listening to things that aren’t said out loud Telling the truth, no matter how hard Feeling stronger than you are because they believe in

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LOVE YOUR BODY

You Had A Perfect Body All Along…

Make peace with yours right now my friend, for it has toiled for many years just to keep you alive. It has grown, weathered virus and disease, healed countless wounds and fought many unseen battles to keep your soul intact for its journey through this life. Yes it has changed but it has been changing

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Thanks for your time/ mr Belser story

Thanks For Your Time

The telephone rang.  It was a call from his mother. He answered it and his mother told him, “Mr.  Belser died last night.  The funeral is Wednesday.” Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days. “Jack, did you hear me?” “Oh, sorry, Mom.  Yes, I heard

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Breaking point/ the old you

Today, I reached my breaking point…

Today I reached my breaking point… For a moment or two I thought, this is it, I am finally broken. For a minute or two, I felt I couldn’t handle the load I’ve been given anymore. It’s too heavy. Wouldn’t it be so wonderfully tempting just to set that load down on the ground and

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Write your story your way/ your story/ you cant skip chapters in your own story

You Can’t Skip Chapters In Your Own Story

You Can’t Skip Chapters In Your Own Story… That’s not how it works. You have to face each page, each twist, each turn. You have to live out each and every chapter from the start to the end. Some of those chapters wont be pretty either.  You see, we each get our share of good

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Life is short/ladies pass it on/ burn the candle/ be present

Hold Every Hug Just That Little Bit Longer…

Hold Every Hug Just That Little Bit Longer… Listen to your loved ones just a little bit harder. Pay more attention to the small stuff, even when the to-do list is long. Life is short my friend. Don’t put off every invitation that scares you. Laugh out loudly and take the high ground whenever you

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Bold women/ Meghan markle/ women/ strong women/ women supporting women

The World May Not like Bold Women…

The World May Not like Bold Women… But I do. The world may not throw open its arms to those who carve their own path, tossing archaic beliefs to the wind, the wind they leave behind them as they forge bravely ahead. But I open my arms to those warrior sisters. Thank goodness for them

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Prince Harry, Meghan and Archie

Dear Meghan, For All Those Saying ‘You Knew What You Were Doing’… when you married a Royal. For all those saying, ‘this was her choice, she knew exactly what she was getting into.’ Remember that no one, not even you, knew exactly what you were doing and what you were getting into.  Life has a

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Prince Harry/ Meghan Markle

Dear Harry, I Am A Mum Of Two Boys…

Dear Harry, I am a mum of 2 boys… My eldest is the same age as you were when your beautiful Mummy died. I still cannot watch the footage of what you were forced to endure that day, it knocks the breath out of my lungs even now to imagine the depth of your pain.

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Parenting/motherhood/child/parental love

My Child, I’m Not Here To Teach You…

My Child, I’m Not Here To Teach You I’m here to love you. Love will teach you. From the moment you came into being I have known that my all-consuming love would shelter you till the day I leave this planet, and even after that. When it comes to being a parent, I don’t have

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For Many, January Is The Hardest Month of The Year…

When everyone is setting new goals, laying down new ground rules and striving to become a better version of themselves, some of us are fighting to survive each day… You see, December is a month of giving, and some of us come January, are completely and utterly spent. A month of remembering everyone, and remembering

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New year 2020

This Year I Survived, Next Year I Shall Live

This year, the best that I can say, is that I made it through.  I stayed hopeful, I mended my broken pieces each time they shattered. I took deep breaths, pushed my shoulders back and faced my worries head on. I spent a lot of time reeling from the punches life threw at me… but

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Last Week I Found Out My Child Has Autism

Last week I found out my child has Autism. And now I need to say it out loud. Really loudly, until the sound of the word no longer takes my breath away. I mean, I’m a mother, deep down I knew. Of course I did. But I was often convinced, by myself and others, (

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New year/ new start/ it’s been a hard year

This Year Has Been Hard

This Year Has Been Hard… I’m not going to lie. It has whipped the rug from under me more than once – and a few times, I felt I couldn’t go on anymore. This year has been hard. But I’m here. I’m broken but I’m not out yet.  I can feel my pieces coming back

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Yes You Have Been Broken

Yes You have Been Broken But you won’t stay shattered for ever my friend. You will scrape those little shards of your soul from the floor and pull them all together to rebuild, better than before. Stronger. But this time there will be cracks… and that is how the light will get in. And you

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To My No-Fuss Friend…

To My No Fuss Friend Thank you for understanding that life is faster than I am… That, in my mind’s eye, we would hang out so much more often. Thank you, for not passive-aggressively berating me, each time I fail to return a text or answer a call…and for always allowing me to just dive

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Consider It Like Getting Your Vaccinations…

Your body has a really clever way of looking after itself. When you’re hit by a bug or a virus, your amazing immune system sends out little cells to photograph that particular bacteria as your body struggles to defeat it. The next time it comes along, it’s recognised and defeated in a fraction of the

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Don’t Let Them Make You Ugly…

No matter how much someone stamps all over your heart, your loyalty, your kind nature.  Never, ever let them make you ugly. For beauty comes from within my friend and nothing, nothing, turns a soul more sour than bitterness, hate and regret. Let them throw whatever they want at you, if they must, then retreat. 

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World Mental health Day

You Can Do Anything But Not Everything

You Can Do Anything But Not Everything You can do anything but not everything. You can be happy and still so sad. You can want to spend time with your friends but need to stay home alone. You can be kind and feel wronged. You can be tired but endlessly, helplessly awake You can be

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When Someone Is Broken…

When someone is broken, don’t try to fix them (you can’t). Show them instead, how the cracks in their armour let the light shine through. That’s how it gets in. When someone is grieving, don’t attempt to fill the hole in their heart (you can’t). Instead, remind them why the love they had for that

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Gut Feelings Are Your Guardian Angels

Listen very closely to those little feelings that start in your tummy and try very hard to be heard.  They are the voices of those who watch you.  They are your guardian angels doing their thing. Pay attention to the hairs that bristle on the back of your neck.  For when that happens, you have

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When your head hits the pillow tonight…

When your head hits the pillow tonight Remember the smiles of the day, the laughter, the warm words… And let everything else go. Put the lessons learned in a file marked ‘done’ and give yourself a pat on the back for the things you got right. Leave the stresses of tomorrow where they belong –

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BY 40, OUR MIDDLE FINGER IS AT HALF-MAST…

By 50, it’s full on UP. By 60, both of those fingers are hoisted in a V…and not a single care is given any more. I mean, we care about our family, our friends and our passions. We care about the environment. We care about equality and living in peace. But we don’t care about

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Maybe They’re Not Being Rude

Maybe they’re not being selfish. Maybe they’re struggling to cope. Perhaps, the reason they didn’t show up, was not because you’re not important enough, but because they felt they were not important enough. Perhaps the reason they didn’t reply, is because they are way too deep, in the depths of a suffocating depression that they

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