Editor’s Choice Inspirational Women Issue 2022

Carole Pyke image 2

I didn’t know who she was. The features looked familiar, but I couldn’t place her. It took me a few moments before I realised that the image staring back was me. I only came to that conclusion because the nurse standing next to me was a different complexion. That sounds like the beginning of a mystery novel, but it describes the most significant moment of my life. The aftereffects of my second stroke left me with retrograde amnesia and facial blindness.

Editor’s Choice Issue 13

Dean Palfreyman image 1

The definition of a box is a container with a flat bottom and sides.

In our modern world, we are constantly living in various boxes, they come in different shapes and sizes, and we move between them at times, but we are in them more than not.

Editor’s Choice Christmas 2021 Edition (12)

picture of the word love on a wooden background with small red heart

What better time of year than the festive period to affirm our love. For many, Christmas is
filled with love, joy, mulled wine, and mince pies. When we mention the word love
though, we think of our loved ones, our families, children, friends, pets…whatever it is in our lives that we love. The love I want to touch on though, is the most important love of all, the one you wouldn’t think of first and foremost. This kind of love is one we cannot and should not be living without; we are all worthy of this love.

Self-Love

Editors Choice: Second Edition

lady with umbrella

The soft feeling of newly cut grass beneath my feet. The smell of brightly coloured flowers around me. I find myself in a beautiful garden. Birds singing gently. I feel very safe and comfortable. There are people around me smiling and laughing at the jokes I am telling them. A sense of confidence fills my entire being, and suddenly being surrounded by people and speaking to them is something I feel very comfortable with. The sympathy is overwhelming, and pride in my confidence bubbles up through my core. A wave of gratitude washes over me as I realise that my cheeks hurt from the strain of smiling. Then, suddenly, I am snapped back to my living room.

Editor’s Choice: Inaugural Edition

Don't Give Up You Are Not Alone You Matter

As I stood on the balcony watching colourful fireworks ushering in 2020, I did not shed a tear as usual. I watched silently wondering what my 50th year would bring. What do most people do when life throws them tsunamis and earthquakes? It had been 10 years, and I missed my forties. It had been doctor after doctor and the diagnoses: depression, fibromyalgia and mid-summer 2019, lupus. On the back of the mind were the rumours of COVID 19 and my vulnerability.