This is late. Again. I know, I’m the worst. I’m also massively procrastinating because I told myself I’d go out for a run this afternoon BUT I HAVE TO GET EVERYTHING DONE FIRST, OKAY?! I’m also not quite sure where this post is heading. I wrote the word ‘pride’ down in my notes app a … Continue reading Why Are We Never Allowed To Be Proud?
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 said this would be my year, the year I got at least one duck in my row, but alas it isn't. Surprise! My mum told me today there's no way I'm going to have the money to move out in the next three months. No way I'd get one of the thousands of jobs … Continue reading I Said This Would Be My Year
We live in a world where mentioning money can take you out the running for a job. Fact. It’s happened to me. Mention the word ‘salary’ in a job interview and wait for the hissed intake of breath, the knowing glance at a colleague, and the vague non-answer. You can almost see them mentally scratch … Continue reading Why We Need Money & Why I’m Done Apologising for It
Two years ago I went to see a doctor for anxiety and depression. I was supposed to go back four weeks later but never did. By that point I’d quit my rubbish job and was moving away to study again. Therefore, I put the entire ‘episode’ down to my job. And, sure, it hadn’t helped. … Continue reading The Way Back Down: My Mental Health Story
Now, I’m not just talking about writing here. I’m talking about all rejections—because at this point I consider myself something of an expert. In fact, I have enough rejections to paper all the walls of the house I’ll never afford. And it sucks. I’m not going to sit here and pretend it’s all roses—that each … Continue reading Tips for Handling Rejection (From One Reject to Another)
As you'll know if you follow me on social media I've spent my summer editing as part of Write Mentor. In July I was paired up with the incomparable Aisha Bushby (author of 'A Pocketful of Stars', Egmont UK) and she's been working me hard. My book is a thousand times better for it, but … Continue reading 5 Ways to Stay Sane While Editing
“You can’t live on only X you’ll need way more than that. Well, it depends what your partner earns. You know, when you eventually find one.” “There are millions of people trying to be published authors. What makes you think they’d choose you? That doesn’t happen to people like us.” “Come on. When are you … Continue reading The Truth About Failure