Car – day 3 of #Blogtober2017

Part of the point of Blogtober is to challenge yourself. The title 'Car' is a lot more difficult than I expected. I grew up around car crazies and 'race bunnies'. I like speed. I like glossy, shiny things. I like engineering. Basically, I like cars. I just don't really want to talk about them. So … Continue reading Car – day 3 of #Blogtober2017

Babies – day 2 of #Blogtober2017

Well, it's been a long, hard day here at Sophie's Voice House and I got home to children who were both tired and happy. Tired because they don't lie in over the weekend (although they don't wake me up now either - until they're hungry) or use it for relaxation purposes at all, apparently. Happy … Continue reading Babies – day 2 of #Blogtober2017

All about you…day 1 of Blogtober 2017

Well, all about me - and, thank goodness. After all, I never talk about myself, do I? I decided to answer a selection of random questions I've been asked in the 8 years I've been doing this. I feel like the questions may surprise you more than the answers. Do you make your bed every … Continue reading All about you…day 1 of Blogtober 2017

Day 3 of the Blogtober Challenge – my everyday essentials

Throwback Thursday…

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I honestly don’t know where to start here – this title has certainly making me question my definition of the word ‘essential’!

I condensed the list down to the things I need to keep the me sane and alive, in the end.

Starting at the beginning of day, I have to have my glasses – I have lenses but I wouldn’t be able to find them without my glasses. I wouldn’t even be able to find the bathroom actually.

Coffee – I’m lucky because Mr Sophie’s Voice makes me a cup of tea before he goes to work every day. That eases me into the day – but I need coffee to function like a real human.

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Smartphone – if I’m lucky enough to wake up with a little time to spare (before the girls start stirring), I have a shower then start work. I’m a sahm who blogs and…

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Day 2 of the Blogtober Challenge – My favourite quote…

More Throwback Thursday content – it’s Day 2 of the 2015 challenge.
That Emerson poem is lovely.

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When I got this assignment I felt sure that I had to choose the epic starting sentence from Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina as my favourite quote. That sounds pretentious – but it is truly amazing. However, I’ve never managed to get further than page 121 of my Penguin edition. I’ve tried – once a year since I was eighteen – but I give up every time. I decided that it would be fraudulent to claim it so my search began in earnest.

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I looked at other literature. There are some much loved examples to choose from, but many are just romantic notions now that the novelists’ subject matter is anachronistic. Time passes and I often get too caught up in a good book to notice that it’s not culturally relevant anymore. Those beautiful examples went – sadly – to the ‘rejected’ pile.

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I looked at some quotes from my personal heroes…

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Day 1 of the Blogtober Challenge – Five(ish) things about me

Blogtober 2017 starts on Sunday.
When I was starting out on Sophie’s Voice I was inordinately proud to be invited to do it for the first time.
Here’s my Throwback Thursday – all the way to 2015. Everything was changing for me and I have grown and changed even more since then. I’m a lot more political now – and a lot less placatory in some areas.
Thanks for sticking around. You make this worth doing, dear readers.

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This month I’m participating in the Blogtober Challenge and will be posting daily so watch out for more regular updates. Today my challenge is ‘Five – ten things about you’.
I’m very much in favour of navel gazing if there’s a self-improvement angle involved – otherwise, I have a tendency to just self-indulge.
This first assignment has a pretty loose brief. That sounds great but I usually like to focus on a specific issue and I’m fairly strict about sticking to that very defined brief because I do a lot of work as an activist now. It’s also writing about me. I tend not to focus on myself. I have no problems with using my experiences as examples but I’m not a natural exhibitionist and I tend to find my own life quite uninteresting. It’s what I do with my abilities that matter to me. What I do in my…

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Porridge can be posh too…

Porridge - or 'oatmeal', as our American cousins say - is pretty standard breakfast fare during the 9 months that serve as sprautumn / winter here in Liverpool. I know you all know how to make basic porridge. I know you all know that you can use whatever milk you like. I know you know … Continue reading Porridge can be posh too…

Sophie’s Voice Love Yourself Week: Day 1 – Let’s be brave together

It’s Throwback Thursday and tomorrow sees the start of Self Care September.

What seems like a million years ago I went from writing It Took Two to editing Sophie’s Voice.

I launched my new website with a project that was far too ambitious for my time and abilities but I did, at least, launch. As a good friend told me at the time, “it doesn’t have to be perfect – it has to be done”. She had a big influence on me – like many other readers.

I can’t thank you enough. To a large extent, interaction with my readers (who I now think of as my friends) is a form of self care for me. As you can see from the cover photo, back then, I was happiest when hidden.

I hope you think I’m here for you as much as I appreciate you being here for me.

Thank you – each and every one.

With my love and respect,

Sophie

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to what I hope will be a success. There are no guarantees and, when I announced this grand event, I didn’t realise that it was going to be such a massive challenge. You see, I’m not usually required to maintain consistent levels of output (and you do indulge me very kindly in that) but, as I’m going to keep reiterating this week, how are we all going to love ourselves if we stick in the same rut?

I’m also intent on making this a personal journey for me. I write better when I have a connection to the subject matter and, believe it or not, just like everyone else I struggle with self-doubt, low self-esteem, Imposter Syndrome and a whole gamut of other little gremlins – and I mean the ‘invest in canned goods’ type of gremlins.

In short, I need to learn to love myself a…

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