“When women support each other, incredible things happen” Sarah – the incredible photographer behind Red Shoe Makeovers – uses this quote when she shares the stunning photographs she takes of her Red Shoe Girls, and it has fast become one of my favourite quotes. A couple of weeks ago I headed up to Chester with a bag full of clothes and a belly full of nerves, to meet Sarah and make up artist Mandy and have my makeover photo shoot. This is what happens when women support each other…
On mine and Phil’s first date, he paid. Was Phil’s desire to pay a sign of a patriarchal society in which I as a female am considered a lesser person than he? Does my acceptance of him paying show that I am stifled by the constraints enforced upon my gender? Was he asserting himself as the alpha in the relationship before it had even truly started?
A shopping trip and have afternoon tea with my mum – that sounds like a wonderful day to me! Debenhams wanted us to have some treats in advance of Mother’s Day, but my own children decided that now was the time to come down with chicken pox, halting our plans in spectacular fashion! In advance of my long, long period of cabin fever coming to an end, I’ve been scouring the Debenhams Mother’s Day selection to see what takes my fancy from their huge selection of products.
When I found out I was pregnant with Toby, I knew that I wouldn’t be going back to my job in special needs eduction. It was an hour from home, the pay wasn’t great, the attitude of the head was that part-time hours or job share were an unequivocal ‘no’ without any discussion. It was entirely family unfriendly.
I’m a firm believer that mental and physical health are of equal importance, so I want to look after both of those things better than I have been doing in recent years. 2018 has already been one hell of a year, and we’re only in mid-February! From leaving my full time job to Toby’s current chicken pox-induced quarantine, we’re really craving some time to look after ourselves and be fighting fit for the year.