From deafness came my voice

From deafness came my voice

As soon as I woke up, I knew something was wrong. The room was spinning violently; I couldn’t lift my head from the floor. My worst hangover minus the alcohol. I could hear a swooshing sound like when you hold a seashell to your ear – and that was all. It...
Leaving the rat race and learning to love ourselves

Leaving the rat race and learning to love ourselves

“There are things we can control and things we can’t. Why not start with what we can?” Before I share my own story which began a long time ago, I will take you back to when my son was only three-years-old and my mother suffered a devastating ventricular aneurysm. It...
Solo dancing at single parenting

Solo dancing at single parenting

The most important belief I have as a single parent is that the future is bright. Irrespective of what’s brought me to single parenthood, I know that one day, I’ll be dancing to life again. I know that the challenges I face will ebb and flow and I will find the...
A refugee in search of happiness

A refugee in search of happiness

At first glance, Ferial Youakim appears similar to any other woman. She has a successful business as an image consultant, an adoring husband and three grown-up children who make her proud. Beyond what’s visible on the surface, Ferial’s remarkable story epitomises...
Creating a new life after tragedy strikes

Creating a new life after tragedy strikes

On 28th May 2014 Kerry Anne Nelson returned from her family business to find her husband had passed away unexpectedly at home. The next day Kerry Anne asked herself one question: “Do I let my passion die with him, or do I follow it with everything I have?” She decided...
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