The Day My Life Began

Guest post by Jennifer Lilley Collins: LifeConfetti.   Do you ever think back to a time in your life and wonder how you got through it?   I remember the day the doctor told me I had cancer, the day my world stopped.  I remember my first chemo treatment, sitting in that recliner, watching poison pump…

Dear Me: are we having one of Those Days again?

Today I’m having a good day. But some days, I’m not. That’s the journey of mental illness. Inspired by @HandLWrites & #RUOk?, I’ve written a note to myself, so I can read it on the bad days. I hope it brings you some relief, if you’re having a tough one today. (insert your name here…

Mistakes = An Erasure of Poetry (originally published on kinwomen.com)

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.” – Neil Gaiman   I said horrible things…

Her Story: The Tragedy of Her Lost Story

I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw her. Between photos of stylised homes and pouting selfies, she lay there in the ocean and there was nothing I could do to stop it from happening. There was nothing I could do to stop the closing of her book, the ticking down of her time, the…

Her Story: Liz Ellis’ Struggle (+ Book Giveaway)

Today I’m honoured to bring you Part 2 of our series looking at the journey of fertility. (Click here to read Part 1 – Jodie’s powerful story about loss.) Liz Ellis is one of our country’s favourite athletes. Having captained the Australian netball team for three years, Liz is our most capped international player for the…

Miscarriage – the unseen journey

Guest post by Jodie McCarthy Today’s post is by the beautiful Jodie McCarthy. It’s my hope that her story brings us all a little closer to understanding those who struggle through infertility and loss – and that for those of us who are on that journey, that you’d feel a little more heard and slightly…

The Legacy Leavers: Suite of Stories

The subject of infertility – and the struggle and journey it takes so many along on – is made even harder by its tendency to create a ‘them and us’. I’ve felt this weight throughout the past 15 years while I fell pregnant  and gave birth again, raising children for whom I didn’t have to…

One thing that changes the world

Honesty. Raw, unfiltered, vulnerable honesty about life and living and the secrets behind the facade. It changes the world. As a Christian, sometimes I’ve felt required to put up a happy face, to show the world my smile and my shiny life (only after I’ve scrubbed off the debris and shoved the mess back into…

Thoughts on the weight of untold stories

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou Those moments. Those tensions.  You can feel an untold story like a brick in your gut.  It sits there. Silent. Heavy. Un-ignorable. And then the words begin to unravel. Just a line at a time, sometimes only a word.  It…