My favourite quote.

I love absolutely love quotes, I have them in notebooks, on my walls and I even have a few tattooed. So choosing my favourite isn’t easy, so I’ve decided to go with one that inspires me to continue on.


“There is some good in this world, and its worth fighting for.” Tolkien


Tolkien is one of my favourite authors I can completely lose myself in his words. Travel in my mind into raging battles or on Elvish adventures, getting lost in the magical, incredible world of Tolkien’s imagination and creation.


There are many quotes from his works that I love but today I’m choosing this one.


With all that’s going on in this world it’s easy to lose sight of the good.


When the media is full of hate I want to hold on to hope.


It’s this hope that gives me strength, the strength to keep fighting against unfair systems, undemocratic governments and unjust decisions.


Why I will continue to advocate and educate about disability, social care and so much more.


There is good in this world and I will continue to keep fighting for it.






I married the Mr Men

I could have lost it right there and then.

He was asking me the same question he had asked only moments ago.

Doesn’t he realise how busy I am?

How much I have to do?

Can he not see I’m drowning?

No he wants to weigh me down to the bottom.


It’s not easy.

I’m tired of seeing photos of happy couples.

The perfect moment.

The romantic gestures

The whispered sweet nothings.

I get the Mr Men

Mr forgetful

Mr Grumpy 

And lets not forget

Mr Sleepy

mr men

Marriage that wonderful thing you enter in with dreams and hopes.

Then you realise it takes work.

Hard work. 


[Tweet ““A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” -Dave Meurer “]


My husband drives me insane.

He forgets so many things and goes off target at all times.

Yet he leaves me sleeping and gets the children to school. 

He falls asleep in company or totally misses the point.

Yet he cleans my kitchen so I can bake.

[Tweet “Marriage is two people living as one. “]

Two different hearts, dreams and inspirations.

It’s far from easy but it’s worth it.

It’s not about those picture perfect moments (though they would be nice now and again).

It’s about the one who sends you to bed when you feel ill.

The one who stays so strong when you fall apart.

It’s not about grand gestures.

It’s about the one who brings you coffee when you are buried deep In a assignment.

The one who paints the living room before your ladies event.

[Tweet “The one who believes in you when you don’t believe in yourself.”]


I am far from the perfect wife.

He is not the perfect husband

[Tweet “But we are the perfect pair.”]

[Tweet ““Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” -Franklin P. Jones “]




Dr Maya Angelou

I was sat watching the sea when I heard the news.


My daughter phoned me when I was away to ask me if I had heard the news.


Dr Maya Angelou had died.


As the waves crashed against the shore.


I cried.



I didn’t know Dr Maya Angelou but when I read ” I know why the cage bird sings” it simply changed me.

Her strength, her determination got me through some dark days.

Her words gave me hope when I didn’t believe in it.

Even when life became lighter her words were still my inspiration.

I devoured her books, her writing, her poetry with a passion.

Her grit, 

Her courage

They filled my heart.


Dr Maya Angelou was a fighter, her advocacy in civil rights is a legacy on it’s own.

“She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.”


Her families statement honour the beautiful lady she was.


I am so thankful for the words Dr Maya Angelou shared with the world.


Her writings were often close to the inner workings of my mind.


I bear one of her quotes on my arm.



This quote is so true for the writer in me.


Yet it’s another which I live my life by.


“People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”



Dr Maya Angelou you have left this world a brighter richer place.


Your poetry, your stories, your voice have all left such a lasting legacy for the world.


Your were an inspiration to many.


You were my hope and strength.


Thank you Dr Maya Angelou for never giving up.


“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”


Bless Heaven Dr Maya Angelou as you blessed the earth.


Protecting ourselves

“We discover in ourselves what others hide from us and we recognize in others what we hide from ourselves.”

– Vauvenargues


I read this quote yesterday and it really got me thinking. I know I have often been chatting to people and recognised my worries, my fears in theirs.

But do they really see mine in theirs?

Can people really see my heart?

Then I got to thinking about what I hide from myself.

Thats sounds crazy doesn’t it?

How do you hide from yourself?

When we really look deep inside our hearts, our minds we will find thoughts, fears, worries that we are actually trying to hide from ourselves.

I know I do.

Its in the quiet morning hours when I cannot sleep that my mind becomes my greatest nemesis.

Attacking me with thoughts I believed were completely buried.

Its not nice and its never pretty.


So why do we hide these things from ourselves?

If we know them shouldn’t we face them and move on?

Its not that easy is it!

We protect ourselves from ourselves.

Now that is crazy.


But think about it remember the last time you felt panic.

Somehow you slowly talked yourself calm.

Reminded yourself to breathe.

You protected yourself.


So we know we do it but why do we do it?

My answer is simply because we have to.

Life has to go on.

We cannot live in the moment of our emotions all the time.

We have to be mothers and fathers.

We have to be employees or employers.

Wives, husbands, daughters, sons and friends.

We have to move forward.

Some will call it survival

call it life


For the new prince.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

We all have a responsibility in life.

To leave this world in a better place than when we entered it.

With the whole country celebrating the birth of a new prince I lay the above quote at his feet.


Prince Cambridge you have be born into a world which has many struggles but it is also a world full of inspiration.

The above quote is a decision we all need to make.

A choice of how we live our lives.

I pray for the new prince as I pray for each of us.

May your gift to this world be

One of love.

One of hope

One of inspiration.

Size isn’t everything.

Its been a week of inspiring quotes for me. I’ve come across a few that I’ve heard before and loved a few new ones that have moved me, challenged me, inspired me.

The one I want to share today is

In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love. -Mother Teresa

I actually love this one. It reminds me that sometimes the little things mean so much more.

I can go out a purchase a massive gift for my daughters and don’ t get me wrong they are grateful and happy. Yet in the cuddle on the sofa I see more joy, more love.

I can do a grand gesture for my hubby yet he sees my love in the extra five minutes he gets in bed.

Sometimes small is huge.

Like Jesus said in the temple the rich were giving plenty yet the poor widower gave all she could.

Mark 12:43-44 (NIV)
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. [44] They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Size isn’t everything. It’s the love that is involved that matters.