Hi, I’m Molly Forbes, the woman behind this blog. I’m also a mum, podcaster and presenter with a passion for positivity, confidence and body image chat, as well as one of the body confident hosts on Channel 4’s Naked Beach.
I regularly speak about body image and confidence at events and in the media, and have appeared talking about the subject on ITV’s This Morning, BBC Breakfast, Radio 1’s Newsbeat and various other radio stations and national newspapers and magazines. For more on all that check out my press page.
Here’s my story…
Disco queen, turned journalist, turned presenter, turned mum, I live in Devon with my husband and two daughters, Freya and Effie.
I like hot cups of tea, cold glasses of wine, pretty cushions and cheese. I’m also very partial to a kitchen disco.
This blog began as a mum journal back in 2011, after I had my first daughter (Freya). Back then I was a young new mum, a bit isolated and adrift, struggling to settle into this new identity.
I wrote about teething and sleep and breastfeeding and all the baby stuff, alongside presenting a breakfast show on Heart. Then I had another baby in 2014 (Effie) and wrote about it all over again. I also wrote about mum life for BabyCentre, Mother & Baby Magazine, The Green Parent Magazine and OK! Mum & Baby, along with various others.
Fast-forward to now and the baby days are behind me (for now – although never say never…). These days I write mainly about self-love, confidence and body image. I also write about family life, mum politics, fashion, travel, beauty and interiors (my other passion, aside from kitchen discos).
In April 2019 I was announced as one of eight body confident hosts on Channel 4’s new family-friendly show about body image: Naked Beach. It’s a subject close to my heart, mainly because I’ve been on a real journey myself.
Before feeling happy and confident in my skin I was on the diet merry-go-round like many others. I’d starve myself to get “bikini ready” for a holiday and then starve myself afterwards to punish myself for all the stuff I’d eaten and drunk on holiday. Every January would be spent counting calories or starting some new scary fitness regime.
After having my second daughter, Effie, in 2014, my general confidence really plummeted. Although I had a huge respect for the fact my body had grown a human and was breastfeeding that human to keep her alive, I simultaneously felt a real pressure to “bounce back”.
But when my eldest daughter (then six) asked why I was weighing spinach, and why I wasn’t eating the same as the rest of the family, I realised I had no explanation. WHY was I doing it?
From this point I started a real journey of self-acceptance, learning to see my worth for all the things I am instead of my body.
This video sums it up really…
I’m now one of the eight body confident hosts on Channel 4’s family-friendly body positive show, Naked Beach. I co-host and produce a podcast about body image called Body Cons, I host regular events to make people feel better in their bodies, and I work with a range of body positive brands to spread a message of self-love and body acceptance.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with a huge range of brands over the years, you can find out more about some of my favourite collaborations here. And you can find me on Instagram here and YouTube here.
Since this blog began in 2011 it’s been featured in various national magazines, including Gurgle, OK! Mum & Baby and Prima. I’ve also been invited as a guest to talk about everything mum life, from body image after babies to weaning and family travel, on various local BBC radio stations, as well as BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Broadcasting has always been a passion, and I now co-host my own popular podcast on all things bodies called Body Cons.
Clearly the title of this blog is ironic. I have spent many days of motherhood so far thinking I am never going to know how to “do it”, let alone “do it right”. But on those days I just try to remember there is no right way to do it. No “right” way, that is, except my own way.
And if that doesn’t work, I ask my mum. Because if I’m not right, my mum almost always is.
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