Admittedly, moving to Edinburgh on the week of my period was a bad idea. I felt way more emotions than I otherwise would. I cried on my dog the evening before I left (he didn’t care at all—just sighed and tried to move away). However, despite still feeling emotionally fragile, and after four stages of … Continue reading I Moved to Edinburgh!
Despite being what a teen novel would refer to as plain, I’ve never been shy of taking a risk. Or of doing things on my own. Frankly, I got tired of people standing me up. If I wanted to do the things, well, I had to just pull up my socks and crack on alone. … Continue reading Taking Risks and Influencing…Myself?
I’ve hinted at this a lot over the past few weeks but it’s always been distant. A thought in my head as opposed to a concrete decision. Now, though, I’m laying out the details. I'm moving to Edinburgh on the 15th of October (cue panic!). Since I first visited Edinburgh in 2015 I’ve wanted to … Continue reading I’m Moving to Edinburgh!
We all want to do something we love. If we achieve that we’ll never work a day in our lives, right? So they say. The reality for most of us, though, is we often don’t get much of a choice. We need to do what pays the rent and those jobs are rarely in line … Continue reading Losing Your Identity to the Rat Race
I was speaking to a young mother at work the other day who wanted to set up a clothing business. She had the skills, the materials, and a full business plan. A very marketable one too. But with being a mum and work she simply didn’t have the time, or marketing knowledge, to add a … Continue reading Following a Dream Alongside Full-Time Work (Or Trying To!)
I attended a concert the other week, and during the warm-up act everyone was told to stand, clap, raise their hands, and have a grand ol’ time. Whilst the people around me clearly wanted to stand—they were shuffling in their seats as if to rise—all of them looked around, saw others weren’t standing, and remained … Continue reading Make Memories Don’t Tick Boxes
After spending the best part of two days searching for a foundation not packaged in plastic, that would still function as a foundation, I’ve become once again frustrated by how expensive everything ‘sustainable’ is. Especially as a lot of the time eco products are still packaged in plastic no matter how many times their companies … Continue reading The Issue with Sustainability as a Middle-Class Fashion Trend
Today I turn twenty-seven and, honestly, I can’t help feeling I should have some ducks in my row by now. I’m aware twenty-seven is young. I’ve heard every single way of someone telling me I’m still young. But it actually annoys the heck out of me. Can you maybe not invalidate my fears by patronisingly … Continue reading You Don’t Need Everything Sorted by Thirty: And Other Patronising Life Advice I Hate
As Mental Health Awareness Week draws to a close, it’s important to look towards the way ahead. The other weeks of the year where most people, and the media, aren’t paying attention to mental health, but mental illness ploughs forth regardless. Remember to keep checking in with those close to you, ask if they're OK, … Continue reading Moving Ahead: Mental Health Awareness Week
Part of writing is knowing when to stop. At all stages of the process. I wrote my heart out in 2017, and I edited with all of my soul in 2018, but in 2019 I’ve had to face up to the fact I may have reached the end of the line with my fantasy novel … Continue reading Knowing When to Quit: Mental Health Awareness Week