Inspiration for childless and childfree women

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

Category Archives: adventure

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

June 8, 2012 · 32 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

working non-mothers

My high school career advisor had a method of analysis that involved a brief interview, a look at your grades, a lengthy questionnaire and a phonebook-sized text of every conceivable … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · 11 Comments

“an owl in her pocket”

I was talking to a friend recently about the surprising number of famous female travellers and explorers who turn out to have been non-mothers and she said to me, “Did … Continue reading

March 30, 2012 · 2 Comments


H (my partner) and I love travelling together but I also have a very soft spot for travelling alone. I’m not a particularly rich woman and when I talk about … Continue reading

March 23, 2012 · 12 Comments


Sometimes I think, well, as a non-mother I’ve broken with one of the main conventions of adult life in my society and it actually seems to be working out pretty … Continue reading

March 19, 2012 · 8 Comments


It has been wonderful meeting some readers in the comments left here and there and some of your thoughts have been so inspiring that I wanted to make sure they … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · Leave a comment


Milestones were once real stones placed at intervals along a road so that travellers could gain a sense of how far through their journeys they had come, as well as … Continue reading

March 14, 2012 · 7 Comments


Other people’s support, respect, encouragement and sensitivity is important and helpful, but a much more significant factor in the happiness of childless and child-free women is whether or not we … Continue reading

March 10, 2012


What did the first American woman to enter space, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, the first female fashion designer and the first American woman to receive … Continue reading

March 4, 2012


When women are cautioned against taking risks, is there sometimes an encoded assumption that their responsibilities and obligations as mothers should underlie the decisions they make? If we, as non-mothers, … Continue reading

March 1, 2012


I think plans are good things. So are timetables carefully sketched out to maximise the day, to-do lists with boxes to tick and self-imposed deadlines a few days before actual … Continue reading

February 29, 2012

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