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About Grin & Tonic by Alana Kirk

Bouncing into middle age armed with courage, ambition and a pair of tweezers (chin hairs for anyone over the age of 45 reading this) I am a writer with a mission: to redefine this midway point in my life when the last thing I want to do is hang up my high heels and become invisible. This is the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end. A single mum to 3 fabulous girls, an author, and a fundraising consultant, both ends of my candle are on fire. As I enter this new stage of my life, I want to explore what it means for 'mid-aged' women today, who were promised they could have it all, ended up doing it all, and just do not identify with the traditional image of middle age.

The circle of love

I’ve come to realise that good times are measured in memories, and bad times are measured in time. Of the good times, we say, “do you remember when we did that?” and laugh at the memory, pulling it into the … Continue reading

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Fit for Life

It’s new year and I should be make resolutions to improve me, my life, my temper, my body, my mind, my parenting, my daughtering, my writing, my working, my balance.  Blah, blah, blah. Well, I am resolutely against resolutions. Especially … Continue reading

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A new year, a new me.

It is New Year’s Day and I have swept away the fallen pine needles and dragged the dead tree outside. (I like to put it up early, to squeeze as much tinsel and glittering lights into December as possible but … Continue reading

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Somebody cut a slice of lemon for my Gin.

It’s done!!   Last t crossed and i dotted. I have a book. I have a cover. I have a book launch date.  I have a desperate urge to both drink a bottle of gin and go to bed for … Continue reading

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Times they are a changin’

There was a time when I used to hate the sound of Bob Dylan’s words clanging through my bedroom wall as my brother played that whinging rasping voice full blast to drown out my Wham beats. If your time to … Continue reading

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Hanging history on the tree

It’s Christmas!!!  It’s official! I have decorated my first tree (only 7 more to go!) and it’s all systems go. I do Christmas like TOWIE does vajazzles. I stick glitter in every conceivable place. Christmas is never just one year… … Continue reading

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Awake

I’m wide awake, and not just because I’m still not sleeping (see previous post). Despite the lack of sleep, (yes at least one of my children is still in, or coming into, my bed at night), despite my exhaustion, I’ve … Continue reading

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Sleep, sweet sleep….

Sleep, sweet sleep It’s the difference between life and living. There are many differentiators between me and my children. They are digital natives while I will always be a digital tourist – I only have a vague map and know … Continue reading

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Tapping into the past

Clunk, Clunk, Clunk,. That’s what writing used to sound like. Not the quiet, understated, hardly-there tap of a Macbook, with it’s lit-up keys and sexy jumping icons. These were chunky clickety clunks, the loud, overstated, fully-there tap of a typewriter, … Continue reading

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I’m coming out of the closet

I’m coming out of the closet.  For those who know me well, I came out of the closet a while ago, painted it, decoupaged it and upholstered the matching chair beside it. I’m outing myself as a lover of ‘doing … Continue reading

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