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Love, love, LOVE this story! Absolutely love writing about women who have been on a journey to find peace with themselves. Women who have self-confidence, self-acceptance and happiness, much deserved. These are the kind of stories I want to read when I open a magazine and it is my great honour to help make them happen! Read all about Rachel, Nadine and Zoe in the new issue of Woman’s Own, out now.

For Annette, Sheila and Gemini, dance is life! It was wonderful to write about three women who have found happiness through their dancing shoes. With the new series of Strictly hitting screens this week, what a perfect time to celebrate these gorgeous women.

 

Out now in Best!

The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes took a group of people with varying forms of dementia and gave them the opportunity to work in a restaurant – the results are on 4od now. It’s a great concept for a show and an experiment – incredible people have been written off as incapable of working but the show asks what happens if you give people responsibility again?

Lorayne was one of the participants and has early onset frontotemporal dementia. Here she tells her story in Best and it was wonderful to work with her. Lorayne has lost none of her wit, strength or courage.
The title refers to the film Still Alice, which is a devastating but poignant watch. Lorayne’s story is out now in Best.

In Best Magazine this week, we delve into the debate around normalising obesity. This was an interesting report to write, taking in comments from a GP and a nutrition expert and looking at how dangerous it is to be severely overweight OR underweight. Ultimately, the most important lesson is to look after ourselves and that includes being mindful about what we eat and how active we are.

Out in Best! now…

Next month, kids go Back To School – and to mark the occasion we worked with Prima Magazine to celebrate four women who also went back to school, taking an adult learning course, hobby or lesson to improve their skillset as adults. I loved working with these women and their stories look fantastic and inspiring. Estelle’s photography class led to a new career, Sally’s DIY skills course gave her confidence to do her own odd-jobs around the house, Sally is becoming a whizz with the saxaphone and Sian has tried so many cookery classes that I’d very much like to have dinner at her house!

A wonderful medley of skills. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby! Out now in Prima.

Here’s the wonderful Paula and her wonderful escapades! While other children were dreaming of becoming an astronaut, fireman or race car driver, Paula was suffering severe anxiety. By her own admission, she missed out on a childhood. It was only when a chance photo on her 30th birthday made her realise she was living life in hiding that something changed in her soul. With the support of her husband, Paula overcame her anxieties and started making up for lost time.

All those childhood dreams other kids had? Paula’s tried them all now. She’s a testament to what you can achieve when you refuse to let anything hold you back and she’s also an absolute dream to work with and write about.

If you’ve had some wild adventures, get in touch today, we love adventures here at Phoenix…

Paula is out in this week’s Best. An aptly named title for her new life!

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!

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!  

Blogger, vlogger, podcast host, public speaker, student and London Fashion Week reporter – Emily is many things. Many incredible things. She’s also registered blind, as a condition left her blind in her right eye and with just 10% vision in her left. With guide dog Unity by her side, Emily is on a mission to show the world that her visual impairment doesn’t stop her living her life or loving her fashions. The way she describes what fashion means to her is so beautiful – it’s not just about colours. For Emily, fashion is about the smell of a vintage shop or a swoosh of a maxi skirt.

She’s a lovely young lady and I was thrilled to write about her for Reveal magazine. Out this week!

If you have an inspiring story like Emily’s that you’d like to share with the world, please get in touch today.

In this week’s Best magazine, the feel-good story of three women refusing to let naysayers stand in their way, crush their dreams or dampen their spirit. I love this kind of story, it makes me want to fist-bump the air and say YEAH! I’m particularly inspired by Kathy, because I’m going grey at a rate of knots and despise society’s expectation for women to hide and dye every grey strand, lest we embrace our age!

If you have an inspiring story about how you defied the critics, I’d love to hear it – get in touch today!