How do I even afford to travel!?

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I can’t blame people for asking me this. Everyone (or most people) want to travel. But not everyone can. And if I hadn’t taken the appropriate steps I wouldn’t be able to either.

First things first, here is how I am NOT funding my travels: Apart from the odd small money nudge like birthdays, christmas etc… my parents, family and friends do not give me a dime for my globe trotting. If you don’t know already, I come from a single low-income family. When I’m not at uni, I live with my Mum, a clothes maker, and my Aunt, a hospital secretary. This does mean I receive quite a generous bursary each month as well as the highest possible student loan the government offer. I understand not everyone is a student so hopefully my advice below is for everyone and not just a select few! There is no company sponsoring…

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To honour my Mother (BLW Contributor)

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Anita Frances Martin-Morrissey

“Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is….and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” – Donna Ball, At Home on Ladybug Farm

Sacrifice is a word that just about sums up my mother’s life. Trying to describe her is a bit like trying to describe a beautiful colour, nearly impossible! Nevertheless, I want to honour my mother by telling some of her story – or I should say my experience of her as her daughter. Mom was tough, very strict in many ways. Yet, she was always fair, and often very soft-hearted, though she did her best to hide it. She raised nine children in a small house without running water or such luxuries…

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Bipolar: A Curse!! (BLW Contributor)

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For people who are under the clutches of Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia – Serious Mental Illness!!!

Identity, two poles apart
Misconstrued and misunderstood like a mirage

Walking with melancholic thoughts in a hostile surround
Reeling with joy carelessly in the limits unbound

Finding nemesis in the thin air of uncertainty
Relinquishing the bottled up illusions in a canopy of dreams

Like puppets of the unprecedented world leave traces of the stalking ghosts
Loneliness, thy fatal companion conjures the violent outboast

Truth, a bizarre lies gallops through a rampant forest
A silhouette untamed, unchallenged controls the mind so torrid

The thunderbolts and the lightning reluctant to cease
Rain of tranquility rescues the mind from the cancerous disease

A world so bright, serene and unruffled, a reality on canvas
Patience and perseverance, the trusted colors to overcome the uncouth past

Boisterous, blasphemous and unabashed the soul quenches a parched mind
Intoxicated with…

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The Most Beautiful And Most Unusual Beaches In The World

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While summer has left us behind, we’re still dreaming of visiting some of the most amazing beaches in the world. Maybe they can be our next destination though! Today we will not give you a reason to go to the beach, we will give you 5! If you fancy going to the beach, lying on the sand, enjoying a sunset at the horizon and letting the sun tan our bodies then you’ve come at the right place. Especially if it’s in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Beach Coron, Philippines


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Playa de Los Roques, Venezuela

Navagio Beach, Greece


Whitehaven Beach, Australia


Cala Llombards, Spain


Beaches for every taste
In our selection of the best beaches on the planet we have come to paradisiacal and exotic destinations such as Koh Poda in Thailand, the San Blas Islands in Panama or the beach of Los Roques in Venezuela…

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It’s Never Too Late…..Part 2

What Katy Did Next

Imagine if you could have a tete-a-tete with yourself. I wonder what your 50yr old would tell your 20yr old, because dreams we have in our early days don’t always go according to plan. They can take years to manifest themselves & we can become somebody quite different to the one we envisaged. Judith Chalmers ‘Wish You Were Here.’ Now she had my dream job! I could write about beautiful, exotic locations, try  delicious cuisine from around the world & persuade others to try it too…..surely it couldn’t be that hard? A smart flat in London & a second one in Milan (with a surname like Bellavia I could never go wrong in Italy) & my life would be sorted. If not a travel journalist/presenter, a tennis player was next on my list followed by anything to do with food & finally, something that involved singing. Well things didn’t quite

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The Other Woman

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Love her or hate her, the other woman exists and chances are she will continue to exist till the end of time.  I’m not saying your boyfriend or husband has her; not all men are cut out for that.  However, if you are one of the unfortunate few he has one and it is highly likely that she is not going anywhere anytime soon.

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I was the other woman, once upon a time…how did I end up there?  A case of a long distance relationship gone wrong and after that I told myself I was not going to do relationships until further notice so a situationship was more ideal for me then.  Couple that with insecurities from a failed relationship and not realising my worth, I easily settled for being the other woman in a heartbeat.  I used to enjoy the thrill of the secret relationship, the attention was priceless because he…

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Nanny or Daycare

Growing with J A X

So you’re going back to work soon, and it is frightening to think about where will your baby be? Who can you trust? And how do you know if they are genuinely good? And what about the money? Day care is can be expensive but will having a nanny be better?

A lot of factors come into play when deciding between the two. If you can afford a nanny, I’d say go for it.  Keep in mind that most nanny will run you about 1700-2300 monthly and you will have to sign a contract with them. Think about it, this is their job, so they would also want some sort of stability.  Having a nanny is very nice, you don’t have to worry about taking your kid to day care before work or picking him up after work; and the nanny can help with light chores around the house as…

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How I’m Learning to Live Without.

The Ten Elephant Cuddle (BLW Contributor)

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We are a cuddly bunch in our house.  We are happiest lying like a pride of lions: limbs strewn, hair tousled, comfy clothes on, not any set agenda.

Three out of four of us would take an afternoon nap any day of the week.  The remaining one doesn’t mind watching/doing something quietly while the other three indulge (in whatever combination); and he’s quite partial to someone stroking his feet 😉When he was under five, he would nap for two straight hours, so he understands our energy dips!

We (well, the boys and I, mostly…) can also be very LOUD and EMOTIONAL and CRAZY, but a hug has magic properties!  Even if one of us is still full of RAGE and not ready to calm straight down, a hug lets them know another person cares.  That they are still part of the family.

Our unit’s members might get really FRUSTRATED and GRUMPY and just plain FED UP with each other at times, but they still love each other fiercely.  Maybe a little too fiercely, hence the arguments…!

The boys adore me. 

hey love stroking my tummy and telling me how every stretchmark was made by their tiny selves (and that I have a ‘food baby’ in there – once I’ve eaten and it isn’t flat!). 

Both boys were breastfed (Youngest ‘still’ is) so they see breasts as wonderous things that kept them full as babies (Eldest self-weaned at 10 months) and still help Youngest feel comforted when he is hurt, ill or tired. 

They love stroking my arms, counting the moles on my legs (!) – and Youngest quite often feels compelled to “kiss oo buniwins betta”, even though I have tried to discourage him maaaany times from putting his mouth near my feet…!

The boys especially love it when they are allowed to mess my hair up (I must add that is quite often, because I walk a lot of miles, and I’m usually windswept anyway) and they always exclaim that the resulting styles make me look even prettier than I had done – before kissing my nose or cheek (or elbow.  Youngest is going through a very cute phase).

We can have a really packed day, with many exciting things going on, and yet the boys will always cite “cuddles!” as one of their favourite take aways.  We usually ask them around bedtime what they had enjoyed the most, and hugs are even on a par with visiting Santa, searching for Easter eggs or going to a party!

Bedtime, as all you parents out there can probably attest to, is when their little hearts are unburdened the most.  Around the story book shared, their own stories and emotions tumble out.  Sometimes it can be an obvious ploy to delay the light snapping off, but most of the time it is something they have carried with them all day (sometimes all week) and they feel comfortable enough with their parent to finally share. 

Brushing them off at these moments can be devastating,  No matter how hungry/impatient/tired/all of this I feel, I have learned that they need to feel heard and that everything is going to be ok because they aren’t alone, they are part of your team, and you are there for them whenever they need it.

I read an article a while back (not sure if it was this one?) about how it takes at least six seconds to really register a hug, so I came up with the “Ten Elephant Cuddle” for Eldest (as Youngest was still small and getting prolonged/breastfed hugs a lot, anyway).  It started a few months into Primary one, I think, just as I was hearing more sadness and worries from Eldest at bedtime, and the social competition was starting to bite from his class. No matter how ARRRRGH things had been during the day, we looked forward to it!

Eldest had to put his arms tight around my neck, and I had to put my arms right around his whole body, and I would count with him:

1 el-e-phant

2 el-e-phant…

We would usually go past 10 and he would still be holding me.  When he finally let me go, he’d give me a big sleepy smile and look like a weight had been taken from him.  It was so worth it.

Since the boys had that tummy bug the week before Easter, Youngest has been falling asleep in his own bed more often.  He was eager to do the “Ten Elephant Cuddle” but one evening started to say ‘Crocodile’ instead.  

Well!  

Now the boys choose what animal they want to use to count with, and a few times nonsense words like ‘Helipop’ are used instead!  I find it incredibly sweet that Eldest usually plumps for ‘Elephant’, however.  It really shows he loves our wee ritual – he always gives me a conspiring smile!

I explained our tradition to my mum pal over our café meet on Monday, and she tried it with her daughters that night. Apparently they all enjoyed it, too (‘cupcakes’ featured in theirs, I’m told!). 

It really is a lovely way to bond with the kiddies.  Let me know if you try it and – of course – what they chose to count in!!

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