Nicole Dashwood

Mum ● Wife ● Dancer ● Author

Autumn. A Time For Change

autumn time for changeAfter a brief hiatus and an awful lot of soul searching…I’m back!

And what better time to come back than the beginning of Autumn; the time of change.

First comes the turning of the Autumn leaves. The colours so warm and inviting before the Continue reading

Spring has Sprung!

Nicole Dashwood Vittoria CoffeeI will begin by stating the obvious … Spring is here!

After months of cold and wet weather, the promise of sun! Flower buds begin opening and everything turns back to those glorious shades of green we all miss so much through the darkness of winter. All cliché images I know … and here’s another cliché for you … spring cleaning! However, it is not the spring Continue reading

Don’t Let Terror Stop You From Living!

hanging hearts to liveThis morning I cried!

As I sat with my morning coffee and watched the news, ushering my children out of the room as pictures of people running for their lives from yet another crazed person with a gun who opens fire. At, of all places, a McDonalds restaurant. Parents with their children, young people, elderly … people from all walks of life enjoying something to eat, chatting; living their lives. And one person decided to take it upon themselves to disrupt this scene in the most heinous way … by killing.

I burst into tears and left the room. Knowing that innocent children had been Continue reading

A Mother’s Hell: Caught up in Body Shaming

nicole and the girls in san-remoAs the mother of two young girls the constant barrage of articles in the media about Body Shaming worries me greatly. Both of my girls are beautiful, inside and out, and I want them to be happy with themselves as they grow into women.

The ignorance, or should I say arrogance, and sheer nastiness that people often show, all because they’re safely behind their laptops and smartphones (and therefore faceless) seems to exacerbate the issue. These people do not hold back on their comments.

Through Facebook and other social media, young girls are constantly shown Continue reading

Trust the Universe

Nicole & Brett kissing at wedding with pink gerberas11 years ago tomorrow (25th June 2005) I went on a blind date. I had split from my first husband and was in the middle of ending what was (looking back) a terrible relationship.

Mutual friends of both myself and my date arranged for us to go out for dinner and – more importantly – agreed to come along as well, which considering I had not been on a date for 8 years was an absolute deal breaker! Either they came along, or I wasn’t going!

I was horrendously nervous. Butterflies the size of small birds were wreaking havoc in my stomach! What was I doing? I had not even seen a photo of this guy!

Now I will not describe in detail the night from start to finish. I think by me Continue reading

Take the Time

Nicole & Kids HandsAs I watched my four year old daughter playing – chatting away to herself, thoroughly enjoying her make believe world, it hit me – the next year as my youngest approaches the age of five these moments will slowly begin to disappear.

She will start to spend more time at Kindergarten and less time at home. She will become more aware of the world around her and less aware of the make believe ‘bubble’ toddlers are so fascinated in. She will get through Kindergarten and get closer and closer to taking her first big girl steps through the school gates.

As Mothers we get tired. We get frustrated, especially during the baby years. There are fantastic times and there are trying times! There are moments you feel Continue reading

It’s up to You!

hands-woman-apple-desk_250x250Every day we have posts coming up on Facebook encouraging us all to change our lives for the better.

We see positive quote after positive quote filling us with happy thoughts that allow our minds to stretch, forcing us to think and most importantly believe that we too can become a better person. To become more successful, to get a better job, to be a better parent, to be better to our own parents.

And along with the positive quotes, we see so many photos of happy families. Families on holidays, mornings spent in cafés and sunny days on the beach.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t disapprove of these posts, nor do I think they Continue reading

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