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Archive for January, 2017

CORBETTlauraReveal (Medium)After January Jones expressed in an interview that she doesn’t want the father of her child in their lives – and doesn’t think a kid needs a dad around to become an all-round champ of an adult, Reveal magazine wanted to debate whether she’d posed a fair point. The lovely Laura (on the left in the article) debated that what children need is a happy home and a lot of love and support. Like January, Laura is proud to be raising her twins on her own and in a salient, power packed point, declares that being a single mum isn’t a failure, it’s her proudest achievement. YES LAURA!

Out in this week’s Reveal.

DSUOwoman (Medium)Super pleased with¬†this three page extravaganza in Woman magazine this week! Down’s syndrome has been in the news a lot in the last few months because the NHS has approved a new antenatal test that will make diagnosis easier to detect. The Down’s syndrome community fear that the NHS approach to delivering this diagnosis is not up to date and realistic. It is, sadly, still delivered to parents in an outdated, often rude and terrifying way.

If prenatal diagnosis is going to become more common, the NHS needs to review the way the news is delivered. The old leaflets don’t portray a realistic future for children who have Down’s syndrome today. This has got to change. And that’s what we’re campaigning for here and across numerous media platforms. Tell it right, start it right.

I am so proud of my work writing about the Down’s syndrome community. If you would like to share your story, please get in touch today.

ZeldaGrazia (Large)While I’d never be brave or bold enough to lapdance myself, it was incredibly enlightening and interesting to work on this story. Kristine kept a diary throughout her time as a stripper (while studying for a degree at the same time) and her observations flipped between amusing and heartbreaking.

But with mounting debt, more students are turning to strip clubs as a means to get through university. As Kristine explains, it does no favours for your self-esteem but is hard to give up because the money is easy and plentiful.

Out in this week’s Grazia. If you’d like to share your secret way of avoiding debt, please get in touch today.

Thank you!

ANDREWSsteffBella (Large)Oh crumbles, we just love a good love story here at Phoenix towers! This is the beautiful story of star-crossed young lovers, Steff and Ryan, who fell in love at just 13 years old. An accidental pregnancy turned their world upside down – the pair longed to stay together and bring up the baby together, but with Steff being treated like an outcast at school for her baby bump, and Ryan’s parents refusing to let the pair see each other, their love was at a loss. Years ticked by and Steff resigned herself to raising their child alone.

Ryan never stopped loving Steff and after six years, broke the silence, requesting to meet his daughter. It was a huge decision for Steff, but she agreed to meet Ryan and the moment she saw him, she felt like a 13 year old all over again. They’re now living happily ever after. Yay!

Out in this week’s Bella. We love a reunion, so if you have a story of tracking down a long lost love, get in touch today!

williskimmindfulmebest-largeIt’s me! Here I am in Best magazine having a go at mindfulness. Results varied, depending how well I was remembering that I was supposed to be mindful… but I can report that I have actually become a much more mindful person on the whole in the weeks since I wrote this feature. I now eat slowly and think about each mouthful – begone days of wolfing down my meal! I take the time to enjoy my day because really, what’s the rush?

I really enjoyed 100 Mindfulness Meditations by Neil Seligman, who served as my guide through this journey. It’s a great introduction to mindfulness and allows you to have a little fun with the concept. Available on Amazon here! ¬†

Statistics suggest a sorry outlook for marriages these days – the average couple now divorces at the age of 30. The younger age can contribute to feelings of embarrassment and fear of a new future, but for these three women, taking back their independence gave them a new identity, new confidence, new plans for a new life. I’m so proud of them all for admitting defeat now and not in 30 years time – for starting over with a smile and looking to 2017 as a new beginning. Out now in Reveal magazine.

If you’re a young divorcee and you’d like to share your story, get in touch today. Thank you!

Well here’s a story to melt your heart. As if Boo hadn’t suffered enough when he lost the sight in one eye to cancer, he was then shot at point blank range by some teenagers and lost the sight in his other eye. Rescued by the wonderful team at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Boo was given a paddock of his own, as a herd of horses would have been too overwhelming. But he needed a friend – horses like company, just like humans. Enter stage left, the wonderful Oliver, the most patient kind horse ever! Oliver was Boo’s guide and companion for years. But tragedy struck when Oliver fell ill. His final moments were spent with Boo by his side and even just writing this summary is making me weep all over again. We all need a friend like Oliver, a guide in the darkness, a friend when we’re in need.

Redwings work tirelessly to help over 40,000 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. They need our help continuing their good work so if you can donate, please do here.

nyresbest-largeA new year, a new beginning, a new you, right? We’ve all been there, making resolutions to be better versions of ourselves. Most of us fail after about 17 hours. (Just me?) But these three beauties took their resolutions right through the year and kept going!

Kell made a pact to try something new every week, Sarah ditched shopping and learned to sew her own clothes and Nikki vowed to give to the food bank every time she shopped – and all succeeded in seeing their resolutions turn into habits. Well done team!

If you’ve kept up your resolutions, let’s hear it! Get in touch today. This story is out in Best this week.