The invisible mother

It’s not every morning that something you come across during a mindless Facebook scroll challenges and changes you in such a significant way, but that morning, I did. Allow me to backtrack a little. Jennifer* is the mother of one of my childhood best friends. Her house, which smelled of fresh chocolate chip cookies, wasContinue reading “The invisible mother”

Thought for the Day: it takes time 

Drawing inspiration from William Wilberforce, Rosa Parks and the Suffragettes, here are some thoughts on progress… Listen here. 

Know Thyself; on running your race and taking dodgy personality tests 

We decided to walk the length of Portstewart Strand and found that with each step, the beach bustle became quieter – as we passed the Windbreaker-in-any-Weather families, the enthusiastic games of “beach volleyball” (quotation marks intended), the romantic wanderers and the new puppies, the sand looked more vast and more ‘ours’. We got to theContinue reading “Know Thyself; on running your race and taking dodgy personality tests “

Welcome

Welcome to those who were treated as invisible, or problematic, or too much, or not enough. Welcome to those who were told they couldn’t, and to those who were asked to leave. Welcome to those who were told not to show weakness, and to the boys who dared to cry. Welcome to those who hadContinue reading “Welcome”

Ode to Margin

Restez hors des marges! (Stay out of the margins!) The eternal call of the school swimming teacher as he watched our little bodies squiggingly attempt a world record number of laps, or at least more than the new girl who seemed to have never before seen water in all of her entire little life.  PullContinue reading “Ode to Margin”

Suffragette

The woman wanderer goes forth to seek the Land of Freedom. “How am I to get there?” Reason answers: “here is one way, and one only. Down the banks of Labour, through the water of suffering. There is no other.” The woman cries out: “For what do I go to this far land which noContinue reading “Suffragette”

Thoughts before the Big Adventure

It’s the night before our Big Adventure and it feels like Christmas Eve, and also like we’re about to jump into the absolute unknown. Wow. I remember a conversation Dan and I had a few months ago. We quiz each other, every now and then, on our dreams, on where we’re going, on what weContinue reading “Thoughts before the Big Adventure”

International Women’s Day: #‎SheInspiresMe

Happy International Women’s Day! I love today, because it (and the days around it) are a chance to think about some of the great women we know as individuals and communities. It is necessary to highlight these women because gender inequality is still a problem that leads to some of most horrific abuse we knowContinue reading “International Women’s Day: #‎SheInspiresMe”

3 PEOPLE I’D LIKE TO INVITE TO DINNER

My dad is running a series on his website to which various leaders are contributing, dreaming up dinner guest lists. Here’s mine! I’ve chosen three very different people: when I was doing a lot of singing, I would listen to lots of different genres to keep myself fresh and stretched – I do this whenContinue reading “3 PEOPLE I’D LIKE TO INVITE TO DINNER”

I am Mrs Brown

Even before Dan and I got engaged, my friends began joking around about my name change. Mrs Brown. #TeamGB. Brownie. And to be honest, beyond the giggles, it did overwhelm me a little bit. Take a step back with me for a second.  The strongest thread that runs through my life and my work isContinue reading “I am Mrs Brown”