Guest blog from Imogen Aujla PhD, dance psychology lecturer, researcher and life coach, Dance in Mind In my last blog I wrote about mum guilt, in the context of the range and intensity of emotions that come with being a mum. More joy than you could have imagined, a love so fierce it can feel overwhelming, incredible pride. On the good days you may feel like you can give and give and give until you have nothing left. But then there are those less wonderful days. When you still
Welcome to our blog takeover to kick off 2022 with #dancemama Imogen Aujla PhD, Dance Psychology Lecturer, Researcher and Life Coach, danceinmind.org Motherhood can be an emotional rollercoaster sometimes. Our feelings can be so much more intense than before we had children: joy like we’ve never experienced; a love so fierce and primal it’s hard to put into words; pride that makes us literally want to burst (and, let’s face it, new levels of frustration, rage and exhaustion).
So, what the blazes has been going on since I last blogged? Part of my brain is still stuck in March to be fair. We have reached the 6-month mark in this situation known by many names; pandemic, global crisis, COVID-19, COVO, The VID etc. With my limited, but interested knowledge of crisis response, is an important step to acknowledge. I thought this would be a pertinent time for me to pen a few reflections I have had on this period and highlight some moments that have occurr
Well, I don’t need to start this blog with focussing on the obvious of what we are all doing at the moment, and what the situation is. Last time I wrote you a blog, we were pre-lock down, and I thought I would touch-base with a note to K.B.O. (keep buggering on) and highlight some brilliant solutions to keep us moving that have been occurring (and not just ‘PE Jesus,’ Joe Wikes*). Firstly, I, like most of the parental population, have been re-deployed to rent-a-teacher. Whils
Well the Autumn term is well and truly underway. I feel I am a little behind as I had a little later start to the beginning of it due to adventures abroad, but this time of year is an opportunity for a fresh start, and I was eagerly looking forward to getting back into a routine. I once again put this down to my dancer training, and a large dollop of my Type A personality. I freakin’ love structure. It’s also been time to get back to the barre. As those of you who have been f
Sunday 17 March, this McCrudden certainly had the luck of St Patrick’s day as I had the privilege of leading two session at the Royal Opera House as part of their Wonder Woman themed family Sunday. ‘What’s one of those?’ I hear you cry. Each month the Royal Opera House opens up its doors and fills their bright and beautiful new foyer and other sumptuous spaces with music and dance activities for all the family. Using the caped crusader as a term for all the super-women who ha
Last Friday saw me running around London like a large, enthusiastic golden retriever and not just because I was excited about #crufts. I had my own mini-festival celebrating #IWD2019 culminating in the launch of my Mentor Mama programme. What mentoring is really about for me is a celebration of the potential of the individual – and enabling people to see that everyday should be a me-party! First stop was to visit actress and accidental activist, TracyAnn Oberman (@TracyAnnO)
Well, 2019 has been a bit stop and start for me so far. My family has been doing pass-the-parcel with winter bugs and last week it was my second turn. An upside was making the discovery that watching back-to-back episodes of Grace & Frankie is actually an additional cure to tonsillitis. My duvet days last week have been a good reminder to me of the challenges working families face with the dreaded lurgy. It’s particularly bleak if, like many of us, you are self-employed. Tak