The Mum Edit: Dear Mum

Dear Mam,

We can talk all night about the issues in the world. How they could be solved. How they happened. How it affects us.

We can discuss our pasts, our presents, and our futures. Me saying "What if?". You say "But really...".

We can look at life with less judgment, less cynicism and less despair than we used to.

All because we were on a journey.

We were on a journey of self-empowerment, self-love and for me personally, letting go of the idea that is "perfection".

As I've said before, I know I was never the perfect daughter. As we all had the rebellious stage regardless if we care to admit it or not.

(I mean, when else would I dye my hair red/black/purple and pretend I was Joan Jett?)

I've also said that I know (and perfectly at peace with) that I will never be the perfect mother.

Knowing fine well that there will be times I'll be crying on my kitchen floor with you, 3 glasses into a bottle of cabernet (1 bottle per child I may add) hiding from my mini dictators while apologizing for any time I was a little shit to you.

I know that I'll never be the Martha Stewart mum who bakes well, has her shit together and manages to be the president of everything involved with their kids. Because I can't bake, and I have no desire to learn.

I know that one day I will look into the eye of a fellow mother who, like myself, is 70% dry shampoo and 30% hopes and dreams, stressed beyond all means. I'll look into her eyes and give her the nod and smile that we all know and let her know that "Bitch, I got you. You're rocking it".

I'm going to make mistakes, and I'm going to make many. I'm going to buy cupcakes from Asda and give them to the Bring and Buy sales. I might have last nights pizza for lunch (Who am I kidding...there's never leftover pizza). I might have days when it gets too much and I'll decide it's takeout for dinner (again).

But one thing I've learned is that I'm going to have fun. Lots of it. I'm going to revel in letting go of perfect and rolling up my sleeves with my kids, with you by my side. I'm going to laugh till it hurts (or wee...let's be real here). I'm going to love till my heart bursts. I'm going to cry with pride and joy over what we've achieved. And I'm going to enjoy every moment.

I've watched everything you've done, taught and lived with me. I've listened to your every word (maybe except those said when I was 15 to 17, okay maybe till I was 19) and took it on board. I've lived for every snow angel, midnight picnics, spontaneous trips and craft days that I've had since I was walking, and I can't wait to re-live it all over again.

I've seen you through unbearably tough times, horrendous situations and events that we hoped and prayed we would never see. I've cried with you, drank many, many bottles of wine with you, and stood by your side through everything, and that's never going to change.

Your strength, your determination, and your love have shown me that no matter what life throws at you, we can handle anything. You've shown me how to develop my own ideas, my opinions and form a view of the world that I've researched until I am satisfied. But most of all you've taught me to respect other people's opinions, even if it meant putting my own agenda last, and encourage those to educate and learn.

You've shown me unconditional love to all the people in your life. You've shown me how to pick myself up, time and time again and rebuild my life every time it's knocked down.

You've shown me that I have a right to stand up for my rights as a woman and that it is important to support those regardless of race, gender or other stereotypes place upon us.

You've encouraged me to form my own place in this world. To make a drop in the ocean. To make noise in a world polluted with political and racial violence. You've taught me how to stand up for myself and others, and to never take shit undeserved.

But no matter what, you've shown me how to show compassion and love in a way like no other. You've shown me that even when life throws a curveball, you can turn it into something positive.

You are the most selfless person I know. Giving up everything time and time again to help others and expecting nothing in return.

You've stood by my side through depression, family shifts, death, break-ups, make-ups, the highs and the lows and the days where it gets too much and all it needs is a cry and a glass of wine. Okay, a few glasses of wine.

Mam, you inspire me every day and in every way. I can't put into words how proud I am of you. I can't thank you enough for how much you have helped me and loved me. You'll say it's your job to do those things, but we all know you go above and beyond.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. If I'm even just half the mum you are then I'm on to a good thing.

But as much as that has been said, I'll still never forgive you for this picture:

Happy Mother's Day Mum - I love you most x


I can't believe I can finally share this!

On this special day, 2018, right on this planet, The DAL Project had launched to provide inspiration, advice and business education for women all over the world.

And while we are just getting started and we have some AMAZING content coming for some of my most inspirational women, I decided to kick this project off with the women who brought me up. The women who are the product of a legacy that will never be forgotten. The women who have kicked ass and taken names in this world. And the women who are my ultimate inspiration.

I invite you all to share your stories with your women. To share their names, their legacies, and their virtue. Show them you care. Show them you are listening. Show them that there is strength in this world and there is power in numbers. There is love in solidarity. And determination in all.

This is the start of a movement. The start of our hope. The dawn is rising on a new day for us all, and I would be honored for you to join me on this journey.

For anyone who wants to contribute, to write and to support the project please get in touch, we would be more than happy to welcome you.

For now I will leave the link to the site here, and I really hope you all can take something from this movement.

Much love


The Travel Edit: Knock Castle Hotel & Spa

Have you ever been somewhere and instantly felt you were in a fairytale? You take one step and you are launched into a world of castles and magic?

To me, that's what Knock Castle feels like. Pure magic.

Set in the idyllic location of Crieff, the recently renovated castle is tucked away in between the beautiful hills of Perthshire. With a stunning view of the whole of Perth, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking and really adds to the relaxing luxe feel that the hotel boasts.

Marketed as a "home away from home" the hotel promises the ultimate experience to ensure your full relaxation and get away from the daily grind. Featuring their award-winning hospitality, you will want to return time and time again.

They have attention to detail down, and of course, it is one of the main selling points. With no request too much, they strive to provide the ultimate service and cater to every need.

If there is one thing I love about hotels its the spa, and Knock Castle is the home to the only Pinks Boutique Spa in Scotland, one of the leading organic spa's in the UK. From couples treatments to groundbreaking Velashape sessions, the spa at Knock castle has everything you need for the ultimate VIP experience. 

If that isn't enough, the leisure facilities are also spectacular. With the main aim of the hotel to provide a relaxing retreat, there is something for everyone at the hotel. 

The rooms for me are what sells it. Forgoing the traditional and typical hotel decor, Knock Castle strives for luxurious bedrooms and suites with a decadent luxe and unique feel. From bathtubs in the rooms to unique four-poster beds, Knock Castle really does the most with its decor - and they can count me a fan.

From grand luxe staircases to the local art displayed in the bar and main rooms, there is such a beautiful feel to the hotel as soon as you enter. I love the whole grand luxe to the hotel but also the homely feel makes me feel so comfortable and welcomed, and really never wanted to leave. 

They also have a new award-winning restaurant that is now the proud owner of the Prestige 2018 Best Hotel Resturant award, you can see why the customers come back for more. 

With the hotel just being an hour away from Glasgow and Edinburgh, there's no excuse not to book Knock Castle for your next ultimate getaway.

To book your stay at Knock Castle Hotel and Spa:

Telephone: +44-(0)1764-650088