Smashing the glass ceiling

The ‘glass ceiling’ is a metaphor given to describe the invisible barrier that women face when aiming for success. But does it exist? And if it does, how can you break through it? What does the glass ceiling look like? The glass ceiling is a subtle type of discrimination where you can’t realise opportunities, despite […]

Owning insults

An insult is when somebody uses a term, or a phrase with the intention of treating you with disrespect or scornful abuse. We have all been insulted in one way or another, but I think we should own insults. Here I explain why. Sticks and stones We’ve all heard the rhyme: ‘sticks and stones may […]

Dealing with imposter syndrome

You may be skilled, experienced and capable, but you might still suffer with imposter syndrome. If you get an overwhelming feeling that you can’t do something, when in reality you know you can, then there are things you can do.  What is impostor syndrome?  Impostor syndrome is a psychological thought pattern. The individual suffering with […]

The Suffragette story

I believe that it’s important to vote. But women in the UK didn’t always have the opportunity to. Women got the vote because of other women, shouting for universal rights and changing the political system. The Suffragette story is long and complex, but I’ve tried to summarise what happened and to explain why women like […]

What does ‘bossy’ mean?

I have called this blog ‘bossy girl’, so I wanted to explore exactly what this word ‘bossy’ actually means. The official definition  According to, he word ‘bossy’ is used to describe somebody who is “ordering people about, overly authoritative and domineering”. It’s an adjective That’s right, it’s a describing word, so it’s an adjective. […]

Should you ditch your high heels?

Do you wear high heels? If so, do you put them on for work, or save them for a personal event? You could ditch them full stop. Here’s why. They are uncomfortable I don’t like high heels, mainly because I don’t find them comfortable. They can rub, cause bunions and give you back ache.  I […]

Bringing up boys differently

To a degree, I believe that we should be bringing our kids up the same, regardless of their sex. We want them all to be kind and honest and we also want them to nail key life skills, like crossing the road, cooking pasta and navigating the internet safely. But as the mum of a […]

Describing a leader

A leader is often somebody that can sees the improvements that need to be made and then empower others to achieve those things. But what words do we commonly use to describe good leaders? I think we’ve all probably experienced a good manager and a bad one. Just because somebody received a job in a […]

The word 'bossy' on a floral background wall.

Embracing the word ‘bossy’

According to the dictionary, a “bossy person” is always telling people what to do. But when was the last time you heard a man referred to as “bossy”? It’s a word that is almost exclusively used to describe girls and women. “She’s very bossy…” I’m sure we have all heard a little girl called “bossy” […]