It’s fair to say that in our house, along with the rest of the world, it’s been a week of mixed emotions, there’s been ups and downs, tears and laughter. There’s a lot to be thankful for alongside the frustrations of self-quarantine/lockdown/isolation whichever word you’re using in your circumstances. The good: The sun has been… Continue reading End of Week One – Stay At Home Save Lives
My youngest is 10 and I can’t quite believe where the time has gone. How can he be the long-legged pre-teen he is now, when just yesterday he was a bouncy smiley baby? I have changed jobs 4 times in 10 years. Workwise 10 years ago feels lost in the mists of memory. I have… Continue reading 10 years is a long time and no time at all
As a lifelong youth worker and cheerleader of those working with young people I’d sort of expected that I would be prepared for the parenting of a teenager or two. Oh how wrong I was. Being the parent of a teenager is exhausting, terrifying, stressful and requires a widening of the tent around the village… Continue reading Soothsayer: being a Mum of teenagers
Isn’t it fascinating how much is passed down from one generation to another? There’s genetics and the scientific building blocks of our body shape, skin colour, eye and hair colour, including in some cases, illnesses etc. There’s also the traits we have picked up via the nurture (or otherwise) of our parents or caregivers. I’ve… Continue reading The Hospitality ‘Gene’
I, the Lord, do not change Malachi 3 v6 See, I am doing a new thing, do you not see it? Like streams in the wasteland and a road in the desert… Isaiah 43 v19 (own paraphrasing) God, who does not change, is always doing something new. This is a truth that fascinates me, not… Continue reading A road in the desert
If you have ever struggled with suicidal thoughts or ideas this might be difficult for you to read. Keep yourself safe, let others read it on your behalf. It can feel like a big responsibility to look after our friends and family who are struggling with their mental health. We might be worried about what… Continue reading Suicide Prevention – 7 things to do
The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention, there are many awful statistics around young people dying by suicide: it the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds globally. Every suicide is tragic and has lasting impact on the friends and family of those left behind. Something needs to… Continue reading World Mental Health Day 2019 Suicide Prevention
I often get my inspiration from song titles or sayings that relate to the different seasons I’m writing about e.g. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, or I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, or It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, okay so maybe this is not going to work as it usually does.
Things have been quiet on this blog recently because I’ve been writing a book and fighting metaphorical fires. The book is on Mental Health and Young People in the Church and in the course of writing it I realised that what I needed was some reflection from young people themselves, about their own mental health.… Continue reading Radio Silence – Static – Silence
What might Paul have written about love in the social media age? A tongue in cheek take!