A great radio interview and discussion about the toxicity of masculinity with Lucy Dahill from Stay in the Loop with Lucy, Tony Sambell, Stephen Gammack, and myself. Well worth a listen. … More Toxic Masculinity
Did you know that more men than women commit suicide in nearly every single country around the world, except China?
The statistics of male suicide are horrifying and are telling us that men are not just hurting, they are hurting to the point of killing themselves.
We need to stop and really let this sink in . . . and then ask:
What is going on?
Worldwide, there is in fact a hidden, yet systemic, abuse of men happening right under our noses – in our homes, in our schools, in the street – and most of us have not even noticed it due to the abuse being so very subtle and insidious. … More The Systemic Abuse of Men
Do you know the feeling of being able to quickly and easily catalogue your faults and imperfections?
On the flip side of this, are you equally able to catalogue your amazing and inspiring qualities?
Let’s stop for a moment, as it’s time to be really honest here… because in truth most of us are much more comfortable and practiced at being aware of our imperfections, rather than our amazing qualities. Right? … More Have you ever stopped to ponder on what your worth is?
Peanut butter and maple syrup is an amazing combination. One that I was initially sceptical about, but as I experimented with the ingredients it became evident very quickly that this was indeed a winner. It has been enjoyed in our household by many for a number of years now and it’s time to share the recipe with you all. The unique flavour of peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut produces a rich, smooth, and flavourful ice cream, with fresh dates added that give it a little texture. This ice cream is gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. … More Peanut Butter & Maple Syrup Ice Cream
Vulnerability is not a common word used to describe men, is it? I wonder why this is, because we have all witnessed at one time or another the moment a man drops all the armour, hardness, striving, and pushing through life to allow themselves to simply be vulnerable, showing their soft underbelly, melting everyone in their wake.
It happens when a man becomes a father and holds their newborn for the first time, tears delicately rolling slowly and gracefully down their face as they stare into the eyes of their child. It happens … More The Vulnerability of Men
A dear friend of mine recently asked if I would act as her enduring guardian in the case that she may need this at some point in her life. Now, by simply googling enduring guardian you can quickly see this comes with what could be described as an enormous amount of responsibility.
Once upon a time I would have balked at this level of responsibility, but not nowadays. You see nowadays I don’t allow myself to entertain the thoughts I once did. The ones that tell me I can’t do it or I won’t be able to handle whatever happens, the ones where I doubt my ability to do what is needed at any given time, the thoughts that would end up crippling me with panic attacks and severe anxiety. … More Enduring guardian, self doubt, clairsentience, and me…
We live in a world where intelligence is revered, it is championed, and a significant amount of resources are invested into measuring it, so as to compare one person’s intelligence to another to decide who is better or more intelligent. Our educational systems are based on increasing our intelligence, and our career paths are chosen on the level of intelligence we eventually attain.
It could easily be said that intelligence in our society is seen as a commodity, and a very valuable one at that.
But what if the level of intelligence we are focusing on is in fact not IT?
Let’s investigate this further. … More Are We Intelligent From Birth?
For many years I have felt alone in the world. This has come with varying degrees of feeling overwhelmed just from the sheer thought of having to do everything on my own with no real or consistent support.
This aloneness has stopped me from doing so many different things in life. I have held back expressing myself and what I feel in so many instances because I have been afraid of what may come back at me, such as a reaction or a verbal attack, and handling this on my own. It has stopped me from organising and executing a number of activities I have felt the impulse to offer due to not feeling like I am enough, and not being able to do it all on my own. I mean what if I couldn’t answer someone’s question?!
The number of times in my life where feeling alone has impacted on my choices or feeling a lack of choice, are too numerous to mention … More True Religion – It Begins in the Body
Having a new baby is a precious and delicate time. We have this new tiny human we need to make loving and caring choices for. One of these choices is how we feed and nourish them, and we can start to consider this choice when we are pregnant, maybe even earlier for some women.
Throughout this 3-part series we have established the responsibility we all have, as women, in knowing ourselves from the inside out in order to not get caught up in the myths about breastfeeding that are floating around – myths that can potentially affect us detrimentally, both physically and psychologically.
And this is the case with anything that is not true, isn’t it? Lies and myths can hurt, and the effects of these can be felt not just by us, but also by our families and beyond. … More Breastfeeding Myths Busted – Part 3
As women, when we have a new baby to care for we want to give them all that we can. This includes the choice in how we feed them – through either breastfeeding, bottle feeding, or mixed feeding.
Currently there is a significant amount of pressure on women to breastfeed. For some this may mean they have to overcome some serious physical challenges that may be experienced, or even to override what they truly feel is needed for both themselves and their baby.
There are a number of myths making the rounds about breastfeeding that can negatively affect this very vulnerable and precious time and in this 3-part series of articles we are looking at six of the most common. … More Breastfeeding Myths Busted – Part 2