Real Life

Real life stories will bind together the content of A Life Loved. We don’t want to shy away from anything we have to face in life as human beings and more importantly, as women – so expect lots of honest and heartfelt stories, uplifting content from inspirational women, career interviews, discussions around feminism and interesting and topical points of view.

Shall We Talk About Privilege?

Accepting and recognising our own privilege

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Hold on to your hats ladies and gents we are in for a ride today.  I am delighted to have been asked to contribute to A Life Loved Blog and am diving in head first and…

Drummer Grrrls

Because drumming is not just reserved for boys

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In 1992, I was sixteen years old. The alternative rock subgenre ‘grunge’ had emerged in Seattle, Washington during the mid-late eighties and had finally made its way across the water. I was ready to embrace it….

The Plight of the Smug Married

Stop preaching to and patronising your single friends

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I would like to discuss the plight of the ‘Smug Married’ – a moniker made popular by Bridget Jones in the mid nineties, there are no people less cool, less popular, or more annoying, than your Smug…

Swearing

What the f**k is it all about?

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Considered extremely uncouth by many, swearing seems to serve a different purpose to different people. I’m putting it out there that I love a good swear – somehow the words, that often sound as angry as…

The Cult of Busy-ness

A call for calm in our overwhelmed lives

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As a lawyer, I measure my days in six minute intervals. The little timer at the corner of my screen currently tells me I’ve spent 18 minutes responding to emails, 36 minutes on a conference call discussing…

Votes for Women!

Women’s rights & equality

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It’s easy to forget some of the privileges that we have in modern day society – having a political voice being one of them. Today marks 100 years since women over the age of 30 were…

Women and Tattoos

Judgement, art, beauty and a very brief history

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Once considered the lowest form of ‘art’, associated with criminality, carnival freaks and sexual promiscuity, women with tattoos have had a bit of a rough ride over the last couple of centuries. The stigma attached to…

Amsterfam: Fizzy Chewits

From London to Amsterdam with three kids

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Setting aside the incomprehensible language, the wormholes of homesickness and the abject horror of an existence without Branston pickle, there is much to be said for family life in the Netherlands. The Dutch have some ingenious…

Xian Hui

A story of hope and survival after stillbirth

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Where do you start with the hardest and most bittersweet story you will ever have to write? The story of my little darling girl that died, the longed for baby that we tried for nearly three…