It would be remiss of me not to start this week's blog without mentioning the awful attack that took place in Paris last week. 129 people killed with many others injured all in the name of religion. I can only imagine what it must have been like to be on an evening out on a normal Friday and to suddenly be set upon by terrorists. The fear these people must have felt, the complete disregard for life displayed and families loosing Mothers, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Husbands, Wives, Partners and Best Friends. You can only imagine the grief these people are feeling. The fear this attack has instilled in people going about their day to day business is obvious. On Saturday I had to sit and explain to my 9 and 11 year old why this had happened when I didn't really understand it myself. I had to hold my youngest whilst she cried as she didn't want me to go to London in a couple of weeks as she thinks I will be killed. If this whole situation wasn't bad enough now there are daily reports of Muslims being attacked. The two latest attacks I have read about one was verbal and one was physical and both were on women. They were being attacked for their religion and it is so very sad. As I explained to my children these terrorists aren't Muslims they are extremists who have taken parts of a religion and twisted it so they can inflict pain and death on others in the name of their God. I may not be religious but what I do know is regardless to your religion no God would allow you to inflict harm and suffering onto others. The principals of all religion are based around kindness and respect. It is so hard with all that is going on to not hate and not be scared, but I watched a video made by a man who lost his wife and mother of his son in the shootings. He simply said "I will not hate you and I will not live in fear as if I do then you have won. I will live my life with freedom and have laughter and love for me and my son then I win and not you." What he is saying is so true. These people want us to be suspicious of other people, they want us to hate, they want our fear, they want us to fight one another, they want us to attack Muslims and by doing this they win. They take your freedom, they take your humanity, your kindness and your love. I for one will not allow that to happen. I will grieve for those lives lost but remind my children every day that life is for living and loving, as are the people in it.