Read: Exploring the Pressures of Instagram Beauty Culture

Read: Exploring the Pressures of Instagram Beauty Culture

ICM AUG 2016

The role of social media in our lives is an on-going cultural conversation which doesn’t seem to be about to resolve itself any time soon. In the meantime, we struggle to figure out the best, or most healthiest, way to navigate these new spaces and the demands they present. As ever, this results in specific problems for the female of the species. In this feature I hear from parents of teenage daughters and young women themselves about their experiences and perspectives on Instagram beauty culture.

Surviving Christmas in Irish Country Magazine

Surviving Christmas in Irish Country Magazine

Irish Country Magazine Christmas 2015

Ah, Christmas. A time of joy, peace and a million, zillion calories gleefully consumed. Unfortunately, lovely though the holiday season is, it brings with it a good dollop of stress which can get on top of a gal – if you let it. In my feature for Irish Country Magazine, I look at what it means to have a mindful Christmas and why saying ‘no’ to stress and ‘yes’ to Me Time is the way to go.

Read: ‘Mum’s the Word’, Irish Country Magazine August – September

Read: ‘Mum’s the Word’, Irish Country Magazine August – September

Irish country magazine Aug to Sept

Mom/Mam/Mummy – whatever your ‘m’ word of choice, in the current edition of Irish Country Magazine I’m wondering why we are so quick to use words for ‘mother’ as pejoratives. After all, mothers do incredible work so isn’t it about time we reclaimed the word as something to celebrate, rather than cringe over? Yes, frankly.

Read: Be Your Own Hero

imeldaBehold the bootiful new edition of Irish Country Magazine with the super-talented, super- stylish Imelda May on the cover. Inside I’ve a feature entitled ‘Be Your Own Hero’, which you can read the opening to here. The premise is that we – hello, ladies – are often the ones that hold ourselves back from going after what we want because, sadly, we lack the self-belief required to really go for it. Life, I’m sure you’ll agree, is too short and too precious for that. The article has plenty of good advice on cultivating self-belief and testimonials from women who went after what they wanted and succeeded, so if you fancy a read skip down to your newsagents tout de suite mes amis, tout de suite.

 

Read: Are You an Imposter?

vintage women with masks

Do you ever feel ‘not good enough’, despite your accomplishments, life experience and all the other evidence to the contrary? Imposter syndrome – the agonizing, often irrational sense that you are a fraud, destined to be found out – is a very real phenomenon. Disproportionately affecting successful women, imposter syndrome piles more tension into already stressful lives. In the current edition of Irish Country Magazine I write about the dreaded imposter and what you can do to ensure you wriggle out of its grip or better still, avoid it altogether. You can read the opening of the article here.