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I love these sisters – what a super relationship they share. When Melissa could not conceive, big sis Lisa stepped in to offer up her womb. As surrogate, she was able to give Melissa the greatest gift – beautiful twins. I loved Lisa’s sense of humour too – when strangers stopped her to congratulate her on her bump, she’d say: ‘Thanks, they’re my brother-in-law’s babies’ and ‘They’re not mine,’ which is my kind of humour!

Melissa shared their story in Woman’s Own. We wish you the very best with the twins, Melissa!

When you’ve spent the last 18+ years nurturing, feeding and housing your kids, home can feel eerily quiet when they jump ship for pastures new. In Best Magazine this week, we interviewed Jacqueline and Kay, who described how they’re figuring out this new chapter of their lives.

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The thought of jetting off into the sunset is pretty appealing right now as rain continues to pound the roof of the office, in AUGUST! Here’s some inspiration if you’re feeling the same way. The lovely Julie appears in this week’s Best celebrating her life long passion for travel – company not required. I love Julie’s attitude to life and her penchant for adventure.

Too many of us wait until someone will come with us before we step off into the unknown. Julie is proof that going it alone can lead to unexpected experiences. Now, where’s my passport?!

If you’ve been on an adventure, get in touch today! We love to celebrate adventures great and small.

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!

Super proud of these two teen mums. Ashleigh and Taylor may have given birth in their teens, but their wisdom defied their age. When their children, the gorgeous Riley and Casey respectively, were diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, these two teenagers rose up and fought for their kid’s rights. They found inner strength, they battled doctors, they ignored prognoses and championed the little babies in their care.

 

I love these women because they show that while society frowns at teen mums, these teen mums were exactly who their children needed on their team. They are beautiful parents. Age does not matter. Love matters!

 

Out in this week’s Bella. If you’d like to tell your parenting story get in touch today. For support in all things Down’s syndrome, visit the fantastic resource site Future of Down’s.

 

 

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!

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.

willcockwendybest-largeThis gorgeous open letter comes from mum Wendy to her beautiful daughter Abbie, who has autism and sees the world in a unique way. Worried that she is ‘different’ and longing to be ‘normal’, Abbie often confides in her mum that she wishes she didn’t have autism. But Wendy sees her daughter’s super-power. She sees Abbie’s view of the world as a beautiful rarity that the rest of us are missing out on and in this letter, you can really see the protective and adorable bond between mother and daughter.

Out in this week’s Best.

If you’d like to share a story about autism, please do get in touch. Thank you!

wrightheloisebest-largeHere’s my beautiful friend Heloise (story on the bottom right) and her angelic children in a story that celebrates the true spirit of Christmas. Heloise and I went to school together and I’m proud to know her and watch her bring up her children so wonderfully. When I wrote my own story about my darling sister Pip, it was Heloise’s boys who got a mention in the part about seeing Pip as a superhero… That’s because Heloise’s children are just like Heloise – kind, generous beings who are fun, hilarious and lovely to be around.

Christmas is well underway now, the mags are full of Christmas cheer! If you have a festive story get in touch today.