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RECLAIMING MY SOUL

Child birth is messy. The physical act of pushing a tiny human out of your nether regions is not something you can fully describe to someone who has not been through it themselves. However, I was quite lucky in that contractions started fast and I had a baby in my...

THE NEAR MISSES

I want to write about my near misses in my acting career. Those times in my life that I very nearly got the part or was down to the last two or three people to choose from. Do you know how that feels? When you are on the brink of something amazing or what you feel...

THE MOMENTS WE REMEMBER

I don’t think our memories are necessarily about being good or bad. I believe it’s the emotion that is attached to them. How we make a moment feel or what we make it mean is what sticks with us. I have a memory, that by all accounts should be something that I remember...

THE F*CK BAN

That grabbed your attention right? That wasn’t the intention, but that is the truth of the matter. There is a f*ck ban on me. Not exactly what you think - just I am banned from saying f*ck. You see, I can't even write it! So, I have to take you back a few years....

THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD

I don’t believe in a God. I do believe there is some unseen power that we don’t fully understand and I am open to it’s magical ways. However, my Nan was brought up in a very religious household. I think that was the norm back then, so that’s not unusual. Her family...

AN ODE TO ELLIE

Traditionally an Ode is a lyrical poem. That’s not what this is. So why call it an Ode? Because it’s a meaningful piece of writing dedicated to the love I have for my Ellie dog who now resides in the Great Kennel in the Sky. I was never a dog lover. Phil had always...

THE NIGHT OF THE ROOKIE CROUPIER

I have been through many iterations of so called ‘careers’. However, I would say they were more ‘things I do for a while’ rather than career choices. I’ve been very much one for following my passions and the tug of my heart rather than financial reward. One such...

THE REBELLIOUS TEEN IN ME

I’ve previously mentioned how shy I was as a kid. However, when it came to my latter teen years, which tied in with the time when I started my A-Levels, I started to spread my wings and push a few boundaries. It was nothing too sinister, just that I wanted to go to an...

THE DIDGERIDOO ORIGIN STORY

My Didgeridoo has a special place in my heart. Not only because it’s an unusual instrument, which I can actually play, but because it reminds me of the time I went around the world in 188 days. I was nearing thirty, just had my heart torn in two and was needing a much...

MY DANCE WITH DEPRESSION

I’ve written about this period of my life before - on Huffington Post - but I felt I should revisit it. I have helped friends through periods of depression and I never thought it would happen to me. Even though I never judged those friends and I always supported them...

THE TIME I SHARED A TOILET WITH RENE RUSSO

I don’t necessarily think that this is on anyone’s bucket list. It’s not exactly something that you aspire to - to share a toilet with someone, be it Rene Russo or not. So let me set the scene. It was 2006 and I was on the last leg of my round the world back-packing...

MY GRANDAD AND OTHER (POSSIBLE) RELATIVES

My Grandad was such an amazing man. He was loving, caring and I believe, a major influence on why our family has such amazing dynamics. My Nan and Grandad were almost like a second set of parents to me and my brother. We spent holidays with them, going for trips in...

MY NEAR TRAGIC END

I believe I’m quite a confident person. However, I’ve never always been like that. The fact that both my parents were beyond shocked when I announced I wanted to be an actress indicates that acting was the least likely path they would have thought I’d choose. As a...

THE JAGERMEISTER STORY

This is a story about a bottle of Jagermeister. For those of you who don’t know, Jager (pronounced yay-ger) is a herbal liquor and is mostly known for being an end of the party shot that obliterates any memory of what has previously occurred. Now, I have had many...

MY LOVE/ HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH CREATIVITY

Does the title seem weird to you? When I was getting inspiration for this article, I thought it seemed an odd concept to have a love hate relationship with creativity. What does that actually mean? Since my last article, I have been considering what it means to...