The sad truth about blogging…

Lots of things about blogging are wonderful - the invites, the freebies, the people you meet, for example. The image of the typical blogger is a cliché nowadays. Apparently we're all blonde, thin, young and live in lofts with bare or bright white walls that are full of furniture from a Scandinavian modern design classic … Continue reading The sad truth about blogging…

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

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

Sophie's Voice

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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Dear summer, you can piss off now – you’ve been lukewarm at best…

This week began with the aftermath of Charlotteville - Trump's tacit approval of neo-Nazis and ensuing polarised chaos in every form of media. Most of us try to do our best in life. Most of us cock it up sometimes. Most of us learn from our mistakes. Most of us grow as people. Most of … Continue reading Dear summer, you can piss off now – you’ve been lukewarm at best…

Let me tell you a story – no, let me give you a warning…

Yesterday I wrote a Facebook post where I said "It's Yom HaShoah / יום השואה and it's monumentally sad to me this year. It feels futile to fight at the moment.".  I've spent today with my eldest daughter - spoiling her on the last day of her school holiday. It was wonderful - we went to my business … Continue reading Let me tell you a story – no, let me give you a warning…

One week until Mother’s Day – get your shizz together, please, everybody…

Have you planned your Mother's Day celebrations? If not, good luck trying to get that reservation. Do something that I rarely advise and take the advice of Miss Vogue and buy your mother a luxurious present that isn't related to you or the kitchen. I also have a few little tips that will earn you … Continue reading One week until Mother’s Day – get your shizz together, please, everybody…

Throwback Thursday – the final walk around…

I wrote this post as I went live with Sophie's Voice for the very first time. I love change - and I hate it too. I'm so excited by new things but I also need something solid. I like hotels but it's room service and turn downs that make me feel special. I like to rent … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – the final walk around…

7 facts about me for Me Monday…

This post went live on February 15th, 2015. Regular reader - and contributor - Katy Scrivener, asked me to do the 7 Facts Nobody Knows About Me thing. Thanks very much. No, really - I do love talking about myself so. Unfortunately, I rarely have anything very interesting to say - about my present life. … Continue reading 7 facts about me for Me Monday…

Monday morning tutorial #3 – the Sunday night bath

The art of a bearable Monday is survival. Don't expect more - you're not a Disney princess. However, you can make it less of a nightmare and more of a hiatus if you're careful. Thus I advise making Sunday evening a pleasure. Lay out your clothes for the next day and have a bath. Nothing … Continue reading Monday morning tutorial #3 – the Sunday night bath