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: peace and quiet


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

a little ode to breakfast

Oh, breakfast. Whether you are tea and toast in bed with a book on a rainy morning, Or laid out in a hotel dining room like a banquet fit for … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · 5 Comments

an interesting reply

I read something yesterday that I’ve been mulling over all night and all morning. It is a quote attributed to Thales of Miletus, a Greek philosopher of the 6th century BC, … Continue reading

April 3, 2012 · 16 Comments

more or less?

There are lots of associations made between non-motherhood and hedonism, perhaps fuelled mainly by representations of childfreedom in Sex and the City, where the chief benefits of not having children … Continue reading

April 2, 2012 · 25 Comments


Today and yesterday I’ve been sick. Not desperately, horribly sick, just sneezy and shivery and achey and, unusually for me, incredibly tired. So I have cancelled a few things, bought … Continue reading

March 25, 2012 · 15 Comments


A Buddhist teacher whose work I love, Pema Chodron, talks about the importance of finding the ‘workability’ of your situation. This isn’t a matter of plastering Think positive! Be happy! … Continue reading

March 24, 2012 · 8 Comments


I sometimes wonder if it’s just coincidence that among childless and childfree women of note, a remarkably common trend is a lusty passion for reading. For Oprah Winfrey, “Books were … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · 18 Comments

that other olivia

As a child, when I took the day off school due to (sometimes spurious) illness, I used to find myself keeping a mental log of the Olivia who should have … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · 13 Comments


There is something fragile and beautiful about the fact that all of us, including everyone on our family tree, every person we’ve ever had a crush on, every celebrity we’ve … Continue reading

March 8, 2012


The issue of being ‘self-centred’ is often raised in reference to the choice to be childfree and its a funny kind of criticism. Are childfree people self-centred? As someone who … Continue reading

March 6, 2012


One of the least pleasant human emotions is loneliness. When it is experienced by non-mothers, it tends to be read as a by-product of our lifestyles. At best, it might … Continue reading

March 5, 2012


If you are interested in the connection between finding contentment in a childless or childfree life, you might also enjoy reading about the importance of getting behind your own decisions … Continue reading

February 28, 2012

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