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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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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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Flat lay book image

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 some

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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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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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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, it really is.

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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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