Long Lasting Relationships

long lasting relationships

Long Lasting Relationships

It’ѕ аn undeniable fасt thаt frоm thе tіmе уоu’rе а lіttlе tоddlеr to thе tіmе that you finish your formal education (thеn buѕіnеѕѕ аnd thеn mаrrіаgе), rеlаtіоnѕhірѕ will аlwауѕ bе аn еѕѕеntіаl раrt оf уоur lіfе. They are the bасkbоnе оf your ѕuссеѕѕ аt еvеrу ѕtаgе оf lеаrnіng. But whаt mоѕt people don’t acknowledge iѕ thаt іt’ѕ еаѕу tо grоw уоur rеlаtіоnѕhірs, but not so easy tо ѕuѕtаіn thе rеlаtіоnѕhірs. Long lasting relationships require time, effort and skills that shallow relationships don’t require. When yоu hаvе five frіеndѕ with whоm you are close, thіѕ іѕ much better than hаvіng one hundred frіеndѕ whоm уоu саn bаrеlу mаnаgе tо kеер іn tоuсh wіth. Continue reading

The Bravehearts of Belgrave High

The Bravehearts of Belgrave High

Well I haven’t posted any of my own writings here for a while now because I’ve been writing a novel for teenage girls. I’m almost finished editing and formatting it, and shortly it will go on sale. I’ve written it so that teen readers can get lost in the story line and relate to the experiences of the heroine when they are growing up in a dysfunctional home where there is violence and verbal abuse, and where the effects of that flow over into other areas of their lives. Here’s a bit about the first novel in the series of seven:

The Bravehearts of Belgrave High

Once in a while comes a tale of heroism that lifts you out of the mundane and into magical worlds beyond. Such are the Tolemac Chronicles and the exploits of our heroine Viviane.

Let’s face it, growing up has never been easy. Finding your way on that difficult journey between childhood and adulthood can be a lonely experience. Especially if you feel you are different from other people, left wondering desperately where you fit in. The Chronicles explore these experiences as they follow the journey of Viviane, our teenage heroine. Continue reading

Short Film on Domestic Violence

Scope of Practice – a short film on Domestic Violence. This is a great short film which has an unusual twist at the end. Well worth watching.


Watch what happens when a woman keeps secret the fact that her husband is abusing her, and what happens when someone who cares actually notices. Continue reading

Domestic Abuse Caught on Camera

Domestic Abuse Caught on Camera

Panorama reveals harrowing footage and other evidence of domestic violence incidents that now account for a third of all recorded assaults with injury in England and Wales. Filmed by police response teams equipped with body-worn video cameras, this new style of evidence gathering is helping to bring perpetrators to justice. But years of coercive control and terror often lie behind the violence. Panorama hears from wives, mothers and children who have also endured non-violent domestic abuse, which is now likely to be made a criminal offence in its own right.

If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this video about domestic abuse, contact an organisation close to you.

It was a horrific experience that the woman in this video went through. It is very typical of many cases of domestic abuse for the woman to feel that she can’t talk to anyone about what is going on. Also, it is typical that she won’t tell the police what is happening to her for fear of repercussions from her violent partner.  Continue reading

Will Our Love Last? No One Will Ever Know

will our love last? no one will ever know

Will Our Love Last? No One Will Ever Know

Will Our Love Last? No one will ever know. One of the most valuable lessons we can learn from life is this:  Try as we might, we will never have all the answers. We can wonder for the rest of our days whether we are doing the right thing…. continuing in the best relationship and following the best paths towards tomorrow, but no one is ever going to answer those questions for us. Continue reading

A Special Promise To Be There

a special promise to be there

A Special Promise To Be There

There are a thousand things that I would like to be for you, but one of the most important is just being someone you can talk to. There are so many things I would like to do for you and so many things I would like to say and give and share. It would take me a lifetime to list all the reasons why you are so important to me. But I would like to make a special promise to be there for you too. Continue reading

Story of a Woman

story of a woman

He: I am sorry I hit you. Believe me I didn’t mean to be so harsh! How could I do that to the one I love?”

I: “But you did hit me, and you think that saying sorry will erase all the pain I went through!  How could you be so barbaric?”

He: “Believe me baby, I didn’t intend to do that. It just came involuntarily; I am extremely sorry.”

Saying this he held me closely and by kissing my forehead, he smiled and requested once again to forgive him. I had to…. after all he was my all and all in this world! Continue reading

The Strength to Rise after a Fall

the strength to rise after a fall


It is not how many times we fall that matters, but rather, how many times we get back up again.

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Update: The first novel in our series of seven is now published, and is a courageous story of a young teen growing up in a home filled with domestic violence, and how she manoeuvres her way through such a difficult situation. Click here if you’d like to know more about this novel.

Click here if you’d like to be taken to the site where you can purchase this novel.

The Courage to Do

the Courage to do

The Courage to Do

“Courage doesn’t always roar.
Sometimes it’s a quiet voice at the end of the day saying,
I’ll do more again tomorrow.”
 – Mary Ann Radmacher
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
– Winston Churchill
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
– Nelson Mandela
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
– J. K. Rowling
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
– Dale Carnegie
“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right.
These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”
– W. Clement Stone
“Courage is grace under pressure.”
– Ernest Hemingway
“Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice.
The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.”
– Morihei Ueshiba
“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
– Maya Angelou

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Update February 2016: The first novel in our series of seven is now published, and is a courageous story of a young teen growing up in a home filled with domestic violence, and how she manoeuvres her way through such a difficult situation.

Click here if you’d like to know more about this novel.

Click here if you’d like to be taken to the site where you can purchase this novel.



“Remember to follow your heart and go after your dream! There will be people in your life that will tell you that you’re wasting your time. Ignore them. There are things that will happen that will catch you on the blind side and drop you to your knees. Pull yourself together and move past them. Above all, don’t take it personally. It’s called life.

Life is full of disappointments, failures and setbacks. None of those things can permanently stop you. You have the power in you to overcome anything that life throws at you. There is nothing as powerful as a made up mind. Surround yourself with people who remind you that you matter, and support you in the ways that matter most to you. No person, situation, or circumstance can define who you are. Don’t give up, cave in, or stop believing that it’s possible…”

Marilyn Toida