I hit a rocky patch in the road at the end of 2014 when I found myself having to contend with the consequences of being made redundant from a well-paying job that I’d held for over 15 years. This coincided with the fact that my daughter was entering adolescence and I was going into menopause at the same time. I felt like I was in the middle of a perfect storm with both my own and my daughter’s hormones going crazy and unemployment stretching out in front of me.

After going through all the emotions triggered by my redundancy, I decided to make use of my

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