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What Would You Voluntarily Queue For?

Good question. My godson asked me this a few years ago as we made our way to Paris on the Eurostar. Designer sunglasses? Prada boots? To get into a hot nightclub? To see your favourite rockstar?  Ice cream? Entrance to your church’s Christmas concert. Difficult question for someone who has a low tolerance for queues…
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The Nature of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

New England, the place to be in the autumn, right! An explosion of colour from bursts of tangerine to shades of crimson, nature is at its most picturesque time of year. Can’t argue with that but what I can say is that New England got its spirited reputation honestly—inherited it from Old England, if you…
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Family Matters Now More Than Ever

UIO: You Inside Out

UIO: Your Family Inside Out, the ninth in the podcast series, is out now. Offering  straightforward conversation with Helen Lewis, founder of Literally PR, this episode takes a closer look at why setting boundaries, for example, can be the difference in a healthy and an unhealthy relationship. The thing is: if there are no boundaries,…
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Undressing Gender Stereotypes

Unisex Clothing: Not The Answer

Until the recent announcement that the retail giant has gotten rid of boys and girls labels in children’s clothing, John Lewis could do no wrong in my eyes. But with this news, I have to tell you – my eyes are stinging. Make no mistake about it I vehemently dislike gender stereotypes. I do! And…
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UIO Releases Special Episode on Sex

On Sex and Sexuality

Yes, you read that right. But don’t expect anything out of the ordinary from this podcaster. Episode 8: On Sex and Sexuality is done in a similar style as the other podcasts and rightly so. A highly complex and sometimes contentious topic, it is one that can’t be ignored in any relationship.  And as teenagers…
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Don’t Worry: Be Happy!

Easier Said Than Done

Great advise, if you ask me. But it is much easier said than done! In my latest Huff Post blog, I explore why worrying incessantly is futile. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says: ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’ (Matt. 6: 34)….
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Opening Up About Mind Matters: Tips for Teen Girls

UIO: Your Mind Inside Out Released Today

More than half-way through the UIO series of ten, the new podcast for teenage girls, Episode 6: Your Mind Inside Out was released today. Timely indeed as the notion of dealing with mental and emotional health becomes more apparent in society.  Back in April, for example, Prince Harry admitted seeking grief counselling twenty years after…
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Let’s Talk About Hair, A Serious Matter

UIO: Your Hair Inside Out

Hair is serious matter, although often trivialised. Seriously!  More times than I care to mention, I have fudged the truth about my weekly standing appointment to avoid losing a contract, a place at the table and all the rest. But that was back in the day. These days, I’m out of the closet. It’s your…
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Fourth Episode of UIO on Body Image Released

UIO: Your Body Image Inside Out

Body Image is a giant topic. Having recently read 1 Samuel 16-17 in which David prepares to conquer the giant, Goliath, I am humbled by my new personal trainer Laura Mile’s story of her commitment to maintaining a positive body image and helping others to do so, too. Though literally, we’re talking apples and oranges,…
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Expert Advice On What Lifestyle Has To Do With Skincare

UIO: Your Skin Inside Out

What’s sugar got to do with it? Apparently a whole lot when it comes to skincare. According to Jenny Hawkins, owner of The Skin Retreat, Fulham, London, having too much sugar can increase hormones that stimulate sebum (oil) production. Something to note for all of us, especially teenage girls whose hormones don’t need help stimulating…
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