January joys

January joys? Really? January can be a time when we are still feeling a little dimmed from the last months celebrations and suffering from our struggling gym routine, wrecked resolutions, detox damnation, cold, flu, depression and just a general feeling of the lack of summer sun. But you know, I like to see January as a month to stand firmly on top of my mountain and spend some time thinking about what I’ve have achieved my life and where I am going. I am a ‘January Birthday babe’ so I see this month as being a time to have fun in. Yep… I know it’s cold, but rather than staying in and watching depressing TV and thinking about all the… Read More →

Using your mouthpiece

I play the flute and use a mouthpiece – hurrah! Apart from being tons of breathy fun any woodwind player will also tell you about the importance of the mouthpiece, as a sound has to be made first before the player can then formulate notes which in turn lead to the wonders of music. So I believe the correlation commences between a persons ability to vocalise life experience, which then can benefit others and create a melody that resonates hope and life wherever we go. This week as some of you may know is National Adoption Week in the UK, a time when the Nation pauses for thought and considers the concept of the family unit in all its variants… Read More →

Frame up your life

Hi everyone, Well I haven’t written for sometime mainly because I have been doing some ‘reframing work’.. ‘as a comedian? I hear some of you say’ So what do I mean?… Well any fine artist will tell you that a great picture needs a great frame, a cheap or damaged frame can ruin a fabulous piece of artwork, some would go as far as to say that the frame is also a piece of great artwork in itself. Some frames are made by gifted craftsmen and designed specifically for the painting, maybe they are made from fine gold, embossed and jewelled. The frame completes priceless beauty and presents the painting to the world. In life you are the work of fine art,… Read More →

Athena and her secret message

Hi, Last month I read this online article called ‘Athena’s secret message’ and had to share it with you…   As someone who has scrapped through life so far with the usual amounts of cuts and bruises that we all have, it is so easy to feel overwhelmed by the issue –  ‘what is my life about?’ Here is a young girl who sadly died of cancer whose parents found some unbelievable words written on the back of a long mirror in her bedroom. I wanted to share her words because they bring about essentially what life is truly about.  Whatever our circumstance in life, sometimes it is wise to pause and ponder the issue of LIFE. We can’t choose the start… Read More →

Diversity, Families and Spot the difference

Love it or hate it the UK is a country of diversity, family and spotting the difference, but should we?  Or is it still rude to stare and point? In food we ‘taste the difference’ in society we ‘spot the difference’ – is it OK? ‘Where are your parents?’ I was often asked at school ‘Behind me’ I would quietly say trying hard to blink back tears of shame, as an 8-year-old girl… ‘Are they? I can’t see them’, was a regular inquisition I would suffer at sports days and school events. This a very common script to any child who is either adopted, fostered or just doesn’t look like their parents. Being inquisitive is natural for children and adults… Read More →

Paula Kerr-Jarrett interview on politics, motherhood and success Pt 2

Paula Kerr-Jarrett interview by Joy Carter on Women, politics, motherhood and success Pt 2 I first met Paula Kerr-Jarrett at an event last year at the Jamaican High Commission, and you know when you meet someone who simply takes your breath away it was like that. Paula seemed to magically arrive in a corporate parliamentary styled setting wearing a shocking pink dress and matching clutch! WOW! Now that is an entrance and I knew I had to find out more about who she is. In Part 1 we discussed the importance of motherhood and women’s roles in society, in part 2 we go deeper and look at some foundational life keys you need to have in place to help you… Read More →

Paula Kerr-Jarrett interview on Politics, motherhood and success Pt 1

Paula Kerr-Jarrett interview on politics, motherhood and success Pt 1 I first met Paula Kerr-Jarrett at an event last year at the Jamaican High Commission, and you know when you meet someone who simply takes your breath away it was like that. Paula seemed to magically arrive in a corporate parliamentary styled setting wearing a shocking pink dress and matching clutch! WOW! Now that is an entrance and I knew I had to find out more about who she is. So who is Paula Kerr-Jarrett and what makes her so special? Paula has had an interesting life, bought up in a successful political family in Jamaica, Attorney-at-law, philanthropist, mother of three, entrepreneur, political representative (opposition caretaker) and happily married woman…. Read More →

You only live once

Who at some point of their lives haven’t been in a situation when you have proudly proclaimed to the world.. ‘You only live once! So let’s do it!’ Its so funny how these words can open the door to so much freedom and jettison us into new horizons but they can also open the door to us crashing and burning in the skies. Freedom is something that in this culture we embrace and those words when applied correctly can unlock the new, but they have to be accompanied with the words responsibility, caution and that difficult word ‘self control’. As a child I was obsessed with roller coaster rides, I loved the bright lights and sheer sense of fear co-existing… Read More →

gardens and good things

Finally spring is here! Woohoo! It is time for gardens and good things. There is always something hopeful in making time to wonder down to your local park and really make time to ‘breathe in’ all the new wonderful shrubs, flowers and flavours that are literally springing forth before you.  I skipped down to Kew Gardens and after an afternoon of walking in sunshine and looking at all the wonderful flowers I left feeling totally inspired, re-energised and full of hope. So here is something a bit different, I am sharing with you a springtime poem, our life is full of seasons and no matter what season your in, there is always something good to watch grow, blossom and bring… Read More →

Julie Elliott MP fab fashionable fearless PT2

Welcome to the final part of my interview with Julie Elliott MP fab fashionable fearless PT2. I ended last week asking Jullie ‘What does it take to become an ‘Independent Woman?’ Julie answered with the shortest sentence in the interview one word ‘FINANCE’.  My heart skipped a beat as she explained to me all the problems that can come from not being financially independent, including the dangers of not being able to exit abusive relationships to stress.  She clearly explained it’s not about being rich but having money to pay your bills and make the choices in life you want to make.  Julie Women still earn a lot less than men the gender pay gap is massive. Joy Why is that? Julie In… Read More →