Nope, not the TV letters and numbers game, though I do love that.

I’m actually counting down to my birthday. I shall be 50 this time next week

So one week left of my forties and a chance to reflect on the last decade. How has it been?

Fast. Scary. Some amazing highs and some terrible lows.

This is the decade that has seen the break up of my marriage, the death of my mother,  relocation to the town I grew up in, homelessness and a near nervous breakdown.

But let’s not dwell on the bad stuff. I’ve seen my children grow up to become happy, funny, caring teenagers. Waved goodbye to my amazing daughter who now lives with her wonderful boyfriend in Edinburgh.

Had two jobs that I really loved (including my current one) plus one that almost killed me, but least said about that, the better. Met colleagues who have become friends which makes going to work a very pleasant prospect.

In the last eighteen months I have met a bunch of truly amazing women, my fellow plus sized bloggers. I’m proud to call each and every one of them my friend and really feel like I’ve gained a whole heap of awesome younger sisters.

Within the plus size community, I’ve really found myself and for the first time in my life been able to be totally myself. It has been quite the revelation.

In July I hosted a body confidence workshop and I think that day I found my vocation. I’m still looking into ways to make coaching and supporting other women a bigger part of my life, but I’ll get there!


Last but by no means least, I am seeing out my forties having fallen for a truly wonderful man. We’re only really starting out on our journey and being together won’t necessarily be easy, but loving him is the easiest thing ever.

The defining memory of my forties is really finding myself. Knowing who I am and more importantly liking myself. After many years of battle with myself and others, finally gaining self awareness has brought peace and I’m comfortable with the woman I’ve become.

So fifty. Let’s go. I know who I am and I’m ready.

See you tomorrow!

Daisy 💜



4th November 2015 at 10:02 pm

Great blog post Daisy, you’re an inspiration and an ace friend, it’s been an eventful decade (hell, an eventful year) but I hope the next ten years are more settled for you. I love you Daisy xx

    Daisy Hollands
    4th November 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you so much. That means LOADS because I think the world of you. The first year of Daisy certainly has been eventful – thanks for being a huge and lovely part of it. I love you Jane xx

4th November 2015 at 10:06 pm

You look so happy and beautiful Daisy – hope you have the most amazing birthday! xx

    Daisy Hollands
    4th November 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you Cathy – that’s really lovely of you and your kind words are appreciated. It has been so nice getting to know you these past eighteen months. xx

4th November 2015 at 10:50 pm

I could not be more proud of you or more proud to be called your friend! I would love to see you at schools taking to girls all over the country about the important of body positivity and the beauty of all bodies.
Here’s to the fiercest (nearly) 50 year old I know. Happy Birthday beautiful soul!

    Daisy Hollands
    4th November 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you so so much Hayley. I have absolutely loved getting to know you and I’m delighted that you’re my friend. Thank you for believing in me – I would love to do something like that. Maybe that’s my project for 2016! Big love to you xx

4th November 2015 at 11:14 pm

I am busting a gut to make sure I can come to ur do Daisy. I want to celebrate your big day! Fab post babe you look all glowy in that pic with ur gorgeous guy! ❤

    Daisy Hollands
    4th November 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Would be beyond awesome to see you Kat, but I know you’re ridiculously busy and you live far away! If by some miracle you can come, message me for venue details! Thank you for your kind words – much appreciated! xxx

14th November 2015 at 5:23 am

How wonderful you are turning 50! By now I assume you have had your birthday 🙂 You look amazing and yay for new love!

Like you, I feel most women will help others, at least in my circle, the women support each other and lift each other up. I find its the men (the ones at my work are terrible) that do the bitching.. LOL..

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