Category Archives: Wise Women

What being a mother has taught me

Having a baby can do all sorts of things to you. It can quite literally (and almost certainly will, one way or another), change your life.  It will probably make you examine yourself and your choices and priorities, and the way you’re living your life, because now you are Setting An Example.  On top of that [...]

Categories: Any Other Baby, Becoming a Mother, Wise Women
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What is your excellence?

When I read this post it was like reading my own mind. I am (as Anna and Aisling will happily testify) the WORST person at accepting compliments. I just don’t know how to react, and generally get really uncomfortable and make some deflecting, self-deprecating comment. So to be asked to stand up and tell people [...]

Categories: Life, Money and Career, Uncategorized, Wise Women
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All mothers are full time mothers

When Belinda  (whose own company is opening its doors today, of all days) sent us this post I found myself nodding along and agreeing, despite having written a post just two weeks earlier with a completely different point of view. She writes so eloquently, and gives such powerful reasons for her choices, that I can’t [...]

Categories: Becoming a Mother, Jobs For The Girls, Money and Career, Wise Women
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The year of the yes

I think that anyone who read Emma’s Friend that made me me post was touched by it. It was a post full of love, and it was clear that Emma had been hit very very hard by Lou’s death. So it is so inspiring to read how Emma is choosing to live her life differently, [...]

Categories: Family, Friends and Relationships, Life Experience, Wise Women
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The word ‘community’ brings images to my mind of people stood talking over garden fences, children playing in the street together. It suggest to me people who share a common locality. Community though, has become a lot less about locality, in the era of the internet, hasn’t it? It’s become more about common interests, or [...]

Categories: Family, Friends and Relationships, Frippery, Life Experience, Wise Women, Written By Clare
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Behind Closed Doors: Heartbreak(er) Hotel

At Any Other Woman, you can talk about anything. Anything you want at all. Any subject, any time. We are proud to be able to provide that platform for you, it makes our hearts sing. But we do understand that sometimes there are topics that are too sensitive, too divisive, simply too hard to write about [...]

Categories: Behind Closed Doors, Family, Friends and Relationships, Life Experience, Wise Women
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I’m not going to write a huge introduction to this piece. I don’t think it needs it, and I don’t know what I’d say. I just want to say that if any of you feel like the writer of this piece did, don’t. You don’t need to. I hope her story explains why….   I’ve [...]

Categories: Family, Friends and Relationships, Life, Wise Women
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The Northern Lights {Part the Second}

It’s been a whole THREE months since we posted The Northern Lights {part 1}, but I’m fairly certain that not one of you who read it can have forgotten the pure wonderfullness (it’s a word) of that post. Well, readers, I have news for you, this one is even better. It’s magical. That’s all I [...]

Categories: Engagement, Wise Women
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On being a grandmother

It seems that more and more of us are getting to the era in our lives where our parents are becoming grandparents. Perhaps even not through you yet, but through your brothers and sisters. I’m not sure that many of us give more than a cursory thought to our parents when thinking about starting a [...]

Categories: Becoming a Mother, Wise Women
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The Organisation that Made Me Me

We love an unusual take on things here at AOW, and when this ‘friend that made me me’ landed in our inbox, I screeched (fairly loudly) that I would introduce it. Because, you see, it’s about Guiding. Girl Guiding. I’m willing to bet that an awful lot of the AOW community have been involved in [...]

Categories: Friend That Made Me Me, Life, Wise Women
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