Inspiration for childless and childfree women

Thoughts and ideas to inspire, uplift and affirm the childless and childfree, by circumstance and by choice

are we like mothers?

I wonder how others feel about the idea that even though we’re not mothers, we might be like mothers in some ways. Perhaps we are artists who ‘give birth’ to our … Continue reading

Featured · 28 Comments

holding back

When I was a child my family moved around a lot and I was forever starting at new schools. At a school I was enrolled in when I was about … Continue reading

Featured · 32 Comments

back again!

I’m sorry for such a prolonged absence. I’m not sure why I’ve been away, really. I think it’s partly that you can only write so much about the pleasures of … Continue reading

June 2, 2012 · 26 Comments

mothers, non-mothers and friendship

I definitely share in the wish-often-expressed-by-childfree-bloggers that I knew at least one other woman who was travelling happily in a non-motherhood direction. Among my closest friends are a couple of women … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · 21 Comments

not a real adult?

I see this quote often enough on facebook and pinterest to guess it resonates with quite a few people, as it does with me. It is attributed to Margaret Atwood. … Continue reading

May 7, 2012 · 36 Comments

dealing with demons

After a slightly bumpy start to my travels in Thailand I’m now in Chiang Mai, living out one of my own non-motherhood dreams. I’ve been working on my current writing project … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · 18 Comments


Over at Living My Life there is a post about a dream that I’ve been thinking about ever since I read it. The dreamer, who recently stopped trying to conceive, describes this … Continue reading

April 28, 2012 · 11 Comments


At 30,000 feet, enlightenment seems much more possible, I find. Yesterday, as the lights of Ho Chi Minh City drifted past in the darkness underneath me, I read these words by … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · 21 Comments

are we a collective?

I’m learning and being inspired constantly by the amazing discussions that go on in the comments here. Tonight I have been mulling over some thoughts rantywoman left on my recent … Continue reading

April 23, 2012 · 30 Comments

taking off

I’ve been thinking about the period of uncertainty that often comes before committing to, or making peace with, non-motherhood – and the glorious ‘take off’ that can follow. Of course, … Continue reading

April 21, 2012 · 22 Comments


I’ve written here before about my sense that we live in a culture which offers lots of information about how to be a mother, but very little information about how … Continue reading

April 19, 2012 · 32 Comments

we need to talk about kevin

I’ve been trying to figure out how it is that I’ve only just discovered Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin. In part it’s because I thought it was a … Continue reading

April 17, 2012 · 22 Comments

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