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Yes.

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If I asked you one question;
Would you vote to repeal the 8th amendment in the Irish referendum?
Yes? Or no?
For me this is an easier answer, to a question I don’t think should actually have to be asked.
It seems so archaic that we are even having to discuss and have a referendum on this in 2018.
I would vote: YES.
On May 25th Ireland will have to ask this question and answer it accordingly with their vote. For those that don’t know the 8th amendment is the one that is currently makes getting an abortion illegal in Ireland.
It takes away a basic and fundamental right of choice I believe every single woman on this planet should have, and one that should not be dictated, or governed by someone else.
Especially those who will never find themselves in a position where they would need to make that choice for themselves, for their body.
You may wonder why I wanted to write a blog post about this as an English resident I cannot vote, I do not have any influence on the result. But, I am a woman with …

The Mumologist- 5 Questions

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To mark #mentalhealthawareness The Mumologist invited me and a number of others to share our experiences of mental health and social media. How social media has played a role in our mental health journey by answering 5 questions.

Below are my 5 questions and answers, and you can view the full series here.

What made you start sharing your mental health experiences online? After the birth of my first son I had a difficult time processing his birth which lead to a PTSD diagnosis. I joined Instagram on a whim. I connected with those bravely sharing their battles which encourage me to start a blog and then candidly share my mental health experiences.  What have been the pros for you? Knowing I am not alone, knowing I am helping others. Knowing that I am normalizing talking openly about mental health. Finding a support network.
What have been the cons for you? At times social media can be a drain. It can lead to an inferiority complex when I am at my most vulnerbale , comparing myself to t…

I am Vicki Cockerill- NICU Mum.

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I thought I would finally take some time to update the blog on why it has been so quiet over here recently.
For those that follow my social media will know that back in Dec I quit my job and became a freelance writer. Fast forward a few months and some trial and error I can also now add social media adviser to my bow.
Going solo and standing on my own two feet was and still is terrifying. It is not the same as a regular pay cheque going into the bank each month. That coupled with a complete lack of confidence that I was good enough for people to pay me.
A couple of months ago I also began therapy. Turns out writing about a traumatic event again and again does not mean you’ve processed it. It just means you’ve learnt the script, but instead I live in the past, missing out on the present. I also didn’t appreciate the effect Harlow’s birth had on me, and what happened in my childhood is still holding me back from being the mum I want to be to the boys.
This was a turning point for me, a…

The Parent and Baby Show

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🙌 SATURDAY! 🙌

I have been invited to greet all you lovely people for some of the day at the Parent and Baby Show Norwich.

Come and say hay! 🖐

✅ UEA Sportspark 10.30-15.00.

I created some graphics and marketing content for @parentandbabyshow social media accounts which are now live examples above ☝️

➡ Please get in touch if you like what you see and what I can offer you for your social media pages/campaigns/profiles/ads and more!

#theparentandbabyshow #norwich #norfolk #babyshow #socialmediamarketing #vcsocialmediaoutreach #mumboss

Dear Boys,

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Dear Boys, I always tell you the same thing when I drop you off at nursery. Be kind, help those who need it, comfort those who are upset, stand up for those who can't. You play with and who you want. You wear what you want. I will never tell you that it's okay because you're "being boys". That is not a plausible reason to treat others badly, because there is no reason to do so. Rough play is not simply brushed aside because of your gender with me. You are allowed to show emotion, boys can cry and that's okay. It doesn't matter what someone says, what they wear, how they act, how much they may have or may not have had to drink. A defence of boys will not be boys is a no go- you like anyone else have to be held accountable for your actions. You treat others just like you want to be treated, how you would have someone treat me, your mum. I am raising you to be different. To be kind and be part of the generation that doesn't have the problem of inequalit…

Dear Ant...

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Dear Ant and Dec (Ant),

I know I am a bit behind but I have been struggling with the words to express how I feel about what happened last week.

Your "public" breakdown.

You see, I grew up watching you on SMTV, I have been hungover eating takeaway watching you on Prime Time Weekend TV for most of my adult life.

I too have struggled, with self sabotage, with abusing medication and making reckless and irresponsible decisions.

Some as a shout out for someone, anyone to notice me. To see my pain, some because I felt compelled to do so.

I don't condone what you did, but I can understand how you got there.

I too, have suffered with mental illness for all my life. I cannot imagine how it feels to go through it in the public eye.

When all you want to do is hide away and try and make some sort of sense to what is happening to you.

When the only trip put you make all week is to the Doctors.

When you don't trust yourself with your own prescription.

When you feel like you might …

Helping Harper.

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