A woman is not defined by her husband’s name

Very rarely will you find me commenting on the shenanigans of the House of Commons but this one deserved a full on (hopefully not too ranting) blog post.

I type to you perched on the edge of my sofa, tapping away at my laptop, with the emotion of a cat with hackles raised – and all over a politician’s insult. Continue reading

Don’t despair over Brexit, this is an opportunity for the nations

Swansea is a very different place to what I thought it was. Last year, there was a Conservative victory in the Labour stronghold and my home constituency of Gower – albeit by 27 votes – and in the last 24 hours, the county that I have such strong faith in and am so proud of voted to leave the EU.

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Gym-shaming: the new year fitness trend which really needs to stop

It’s that time of year again: out are the turkey dinners and cakes with cream, in are trainers, leggings and resolutions. But with all these fantastic renewed efforts to get fit and healthy, so comes the one thing I despise most about social media – gym shaming.

There’s something bizarrely territorial about gyms: people get so possessive about classes, machines, even times and days – to the point where it can be quite intimidating, almost threatening to walk in alone as a newbie. Continue reading

How to find your park bench: a lesson in motivation from Dame Rosemary Butler AM

A few weeks back I went to an awards ceremony which featured some of the most inspirational speakers I have ever heard. One of those was Dame Rosemary Butler AM.

If you’re outside the Welsh political sphere you may not have heard about Dame Butler but to me, without a shadow of a doubt, she is one of the most inspirational female politicians I have ever heard of and someone I wholeheartedly inspire to be. Continue reading

Why your vote matters, mattered and will always matter

It is impossible to write this post impartially. But to all those who chose not to vote, or thought that it didn’t matter, I hope you take this to heart – whether you are happy or sad with your new MP and Prime Minister.

For you see, I along with a good part of Great Britain have taken the whole thing very personally indeed: shocked that the current Conservative government has been handed the keys to No. 10 once more – this time without the restraint of the Liberal Democrats.

But it is not just the rule of Westminster that has led to such concern being expressed – this time around it has really hit home. Continue reading