That time I was denied help: I was suicidal and sexually abused at home 

2021-03-12T17:53:22+00:00March 12th, 2021|C'est Ma Vie!, Featured|

This week, the entire world has been talking about one thing: the Harry and Meghan interview. It was an interview that rocked the world and is one of the most telling interviews since Princess Diana’s landmark Panorama interview. I’ve seen the interview twice: once when it aired, and again this morning, but what is really interesting to me is the

Chapter three: finding the writer within

2021-02-26T23:01:44+00:00November 13th, 2020|Featured, In Search of Myself|

Stuck. Frozen in perpetual frustration, the moment my eyes look at my blank manuscript, littered with a sparse outline masquerading as something substantial. This is every time I open a personal scrivener project. For six years, I’ve felt the cold chill in my bones of writing something that might become a book. Finding myself as a writer on this scale

A time of transition

2021-02-23T16:01:59+00:00September 26th, 2020|C'est Ma Vie!, Featured|

I never would have thought that I would actually be a career writer. I never had that dream as a young girl, reading all those books and dreaming of spending my days clacking away at fiction. In fact, I thought I was good, but average at best. To be completely honest, I still don’t feel like my writing is anything

Story from a successful startup founder…

2021-02-26T23:59:06+00:00January 17th, 2020|C'est Ma Vie!, Featured, Sprout Your Business|

About three years ago, I wrote Advice from a Failed Startup Founder. Back then, life was very different for me, and I was determined to paint another picture for you: the rarely ever seen picture of failure. You see, most people only ever speak about their successes because they are ashamed of their failures, or they are afraid of the

Asbestos in Makeup

2021-02-20T16:18:40+00:00December 13th, 2019|Featured, The Columnist|

How does Asbestos end up in makeup?  It’s a very surreal thought, having a material as dangerous as asbestos in makeup, the stuff we put on our skin, specifically our faces and around our noses. A more stomach-dropping thought is that in 2017, asbestos was found in children’s makeup products… Imagine someone playing with makeup as a kid and suffering

Self-branding is hard.

2021-02-26T23:59:14+00:00November 29th, 2019|Featured, Sprout Your Business|

Marketing is my thing. Like this is what I sell to my clients every day. And I’m so impossibly shit at doing it for myself; it’s really pathetic. So, what did I do today? I planned to rectify this situation a bit. Let’s just say that I’m my worst enemy sometimes, and my harshest critic.  I am terrified of social

Managing Anxiety

2021-02-23T16:48:54+00:00November 15th, 2019|C'est Ma Vie!, Featured, The Good Stuff|

Stop on your way to work for 30 seconds and look around you. What do you see? The postman is out delivering mail, people are rushing past you on the busy street to get to work, Amazon delivering a midnight order of nappies, construction workers continue to toil on, a child is throwing a tantrum with a frustrated parent, cyclists

The Writer who doesn’t write

2021-02-26T23:47:08+00:00October 23rd, 2019|A War of Words Blog, Featured|

I believe that everyone who writes professionally and has a full time job has this issue with writing on a personal level. We just don’t have the time or energy or willpower for it. So the passion suffers, and then the work suffers because the passion is suffering. It’s a chicken and egg scenario, really. We work because we have

Forever at War with Myself

2021-02-23T16:12:46+00:00July 31st, 2019|Deep Thoughts, Featured|

Every single day, without fail, two sides of me are at war. I’m programmed, be it by society or my own high standards, to want to build a successful business and that is supposed to make me happy. Just that singular thing. But there is a whole side of me that just wants to breathe and relax and enjoy life,

On gratitude: The things we often take for granted.

2021-02-23T16:48:11+00:00July 17th, 2019|Deep Thoughts, Featured|

I spend my life in a state of not-satisfied, not because I’m not content, but because I am afraid of getting comfortable. I’m always working. Nothing is ever good enough. My best work is ahead of me still. There’s still more to be done. But I am very grateful. Always grateful. This blog post is to remind you, and myself,

Writer’s Block and Constant Change

2021-02-26T23:46:16+00:00April 2nd, 2019|A War of Words Blog, Featured|

 My life never settles down; I literally live in a state of movement and discomfort. Over the years, I’ve learned to deal with it, but the last six months have been insane. I’ve had my first ever car crash, which totalled my car, I’ve met someone, moved, finally opened the UK marketing agency, and dealt with a host of post-crash

The Isolated Life of an Introvert

2021-02-23T16:47:54+00:00April 10th, 2018|C'est Ma Vie!, Featured|

As far as I can remember, I’ve always struggled to make friends. In school, I had a couple friends, only one of whom I really stayed in frequent contact with; checking in on each other every week or so, until a couple months pass and you’re like “Where the hell have you been, update time”. I never really made friends

Failure Means Progress

2021-02-23T16:57:39+00:00April 7th, 2018|C'est Ma Vie!, Featured, The Good Stuff|

I love failure. Yeah, you read that right. I love failure; I live to fail. I enjoy every moment of it. But I wasn’t always like this. I hated it and I allowed it to consume me to the point of paralysis once. Never again. This is what I’ve learned… If I received a penny for every time I failed,

I’m An Immigrant In My Own Home Country 

2021-02-23T16:47:43+00:00April 5th, 2018|Featured, Native Immigrant, The Good Stuff|

It sounds like an oxymoron, but I am an immigrant in my own home country; a native immigrant. When I left England at the tender age of seven, I would have never imagined the twenty year journey I would have to embark on just to get home. I’m not from a war-torn, drug-infested, or communist country, but I had so

The War of Art

2021-02-26T23:46:24+00:00December 12th, 2017|A War of Words Blog, Featured|

For years, I’ve been at war with myself, fighting to get my head to believe that my heart beats to the sound of prose, and not one of a cash register. I’ll admit that I’m materialistic to a point; and we all are. You need food to survive. You need a roof over your head. You need internet, a smartphone,

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