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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.

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!

Janine is one of the most wonderful people I have ever written about. I just wish that I wasn’t writing about the heartbreaking circumstances Janine finds herself in. We’ve worked together lots now and she is the funniest, warmest, most loveliest woman ever. Her daughters have inherited all those beautiful traits and also have a way with words that puts me to shame – check out the letter they wrote their mum in the attached article.

Janine has secondary incurable cancer. She has a hell of a fight on her hands but fight she does. Meanwhile, she’s also raising awareness of the importance of women (and men) checking their bodies for lumps and bumps regularly – making a boobie date once a month. Check out Janine’s website here.¬†

She’s also frantically raising money for her own treatment plan because the NHS is out of options for her. So if you can spare any pennies, click through to Janine’s site and donate.

Read Janine’s story in this week’s Woman Magazine. And here she is winning Mum Idol in the Sun on Mother’s Day. A most deserving accolade for this SuperMum!

DENCHsachaGHK (Large)While I love to write about the antics of women like Sacha, I have to admit that I am too much of a scaredy cat to ever achieve anything quite like her feat. Paramotoring from the depths of Russian tundra to the wetlands of Gloucester, she flew over mountain and sea, alongside swans, above whales, beneath geese. My husband is a paramotorer and every summer I lose him to the skies. Join him? No thank you.

Sacha’s story was a thrill to write, because I love to write about women who possess characteristics I wish I had. She’s brave, she’s bold, she’s fearless.

Sacha’s adventure is in this month’s Good Housekeeping.

If you’ve had a life changing adventure, let me know! I will write about you from the safety of my office…

That I get to write about extraordinary women like Memory fills my heart with pride. That extraordinary women like Memory exist, fills my heart with joy. Memory grew up determined to choose for herself when she would marry, despite her culture forcing children as young as ten to marry against their will, often after they’d experienced the horror of a sexual initiation camp, which is every bit as horrific as it sounds. Memory said no. Memory said no for herself and through her tenacity and determination, she said no for generations of women to follow her. She changed the law and she will change the culture.

Out in this week’s Reveal. Check out Plan International UK for more of their campaigns.

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!

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!