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Inspirational Story – Amanda Hart

Hardship and suffering don’t define us, says Amanda Hart whose story aims to help others move beyond despair   From the age of four I learned how to survive a harrowing upbringing when I was taken from my mother and was suddenly thrust into a world of hatred and violence. Up to that point I […]

Rocky Road to Success: Elizabeth Taylor – Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Elizebeth Taylor was born in a suburb of London during the all-too-short years of peace between World War I and World War II. By happenstance, Taylor’s parents had chosen to pursue financial gain in an industry seemingly impervious to The Great Depression: art dealing; they escaped much of the fallout from the economic hardship in […]

Rocky Roads to Success – Carrie Fisher: Forcing A Balance

Carrie Fisher was born into wealth, fame and privilege; she went on to international acclaim and superstardom with her roles in the Star Wars movies and lived happily ever after. Perhaps Fisher herself wishes her life had been so streamlined, but it wasn’t so for the daughter of two famous parents. Fisher was raised in […]

The awakening by Martin Etheridge

Author and former solider Martin Etheridge was in a near fatal accident when the brakes on the army truck he was travelling in failed on the way back to camp. Here he recalls waking up in hospital and his recovery   Emerging from a land of half remembered dreams and broken images into the cold […]

Life after abuse- Dr Lisa Turner

Dr Lisa Turner was a sufferer of emotional and psychological abuse from an older partner, and was held as a virtual house prisoner until she found the strength to leave.  Here, she shares her advice on thriving after abuse   Let go of shame and reclaim your power Shame and guilt are powerfully destructive emotions […]

Rabble rouser

After her Olympic dreams were dashed, Charlotte Roach channelled her energy into creating a fun way to exercise that also has the potential to become a new global fitness phenomenon Three years ago, Charlotte Roach was preparing for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Aged 21, and with mentors including Dame Kelly Holmes, the talented triathlete […]

The words doctor by Rachel Kelly

In the first of a new series, Rachel Kelly, aka the words doctor, shares a poem or piece of prose to help those finding life difficult. Passionate about the healing power of words, especially poetry, Rachel runs #thewordsdoctor workshops to help those suffering from anxiety and depression, with further support at thewordsdoctor.com Before I share […]

Katie Piper talks self-identity by The Best You

Katie Piper overcame a life-changing experience and has inspired others to do the same through her television shows, books and the Katie Piper Foundation – now she is helping a new generation to embrace who they are For many women, being comfortable with your identity is something that typically emerges in your 30s or 40s. It comes […]

Rob Young Marathon man

With a world record to break and a plan to transform the lives of disadvantaged children around the globe, Rob Young is a man on a mission For most people, running a marathon would be a life achievement, a tick on the bucket list. When Rob Young watched the London Marathon last year, he was inspired […]