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There’s a worrying trend afoot – children under the age of ten are increasingly being excluded and expelled from their schools. This week, Best Magazine has delved into the rise of expulsions in a reportage piece that lifts the lid on what’s going wrong. We found Toni and Faline, two mums whose lovely sons have experienced this and are no longer welcome at their schools.

School should be somewhere a child should be nurtured and encouraged, not blacklisted. Especially at such a young and pivotal age. Sad times indeed.

Out this week in Best. Thank you Toni and Faline.

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!

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!  

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.

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.

freemanjamiebest-largeThis story has been a few years in the making. It was 2014 that young Benny arrived in this world and started what was to become a life changing journey. Mum Jamie wanted to connect with other families in the Down’s syndrome community, and not just on Facebook… so she started a journal, a real, leatherbound diary, which she sent off to a mum in Canada.

From Canada, the diary travelled around the US, then after two years on the road, it flew to the UK to visit four British families. The diary is now stuffed full of memories, photos and stories. It is a testament to the love and connections made in the Down’s syndrome community that the idea has proved to be such a huge success, Jamie is now sending out other diaries to make similar trips around the world.

Follow the journey here – www.thedownsyndromediary.com and catch Jamie’s story in this week’s Best.

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!

WILLISpipBest (Large)My incredible sister Pip and I are having a bit of a moment… who’d have thought after 34 years as sisters and a decade of me writing about other people, now would be our time to shine! Here we are in Best Magazine. Pipsy is taking all this fame in her stride of course. When people tell her they’ve seen her in a magazine, her go-to response seems to be: ‘Did it make you cry? It usually makes people cry.’

Well she’s not wrong – we have been told a few tears have been shed. But how lucky we are to have this opportunity to share our bond with the world, to paint a picture of sibling relationships both as youngsters and now we’re getting on a bit…