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”

4 ways to look after your mental health in pregnancy 

She embarks on her journey, she – the one in the boat, leaving her safe shore for the unknown. She carries precious cargo across deep waters. Some days are peaceful, and the anticipation of arrival fills her heart with gladness. On other days, the water wails and rises up higher than the boat, threatening toContinue reading “4 ways to look after your mental health in pregnancy “

Summer 2017 Reading List

When you’re signed off work for 6 weeks in the middle of summer (however abstract a term that is in Northern Ireland!) you really need to find something to do.  I have always loved reading and find a special kind of comfort in reading when going through difficult or uncertain times: my choices here reflectContinue reading “Summer 2017 Reading List”

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 “

The courage to plant roots

My grandpa could always be found in his garden, which was an exotic oasis full of colours and species waiting to be smelt, seen, touched. It’s no surprise, looking back, that he called each of his grandkids ‘spud’. He would spend his holidays fixing our gardens, often hopping on the plane with the thoughtful giftContinue reading “The courage to plant roots”

The Man In The Moon

All these beautiful people – Friends and lovers, He’s and she’s, Hims and hers All of them – gone. Last night, Dan and I went to see Man In The Moon, a play about a West Belfast man trying to make sense of life’s difficulties. Debt, brotherhood, substance abuse, family breakdown, friendship, relationship difficulties, earlyContinue reading “The Man In The Moon”