Solo Trip to Manchester

I ate delicious room service while watching telly on the super comfy bed and felt like Kevin McCallister in Home Alone 2, but without the potential kidnapping and excessively violent pranks.

Why I Love Charity Shops

Charity shops are amongst my favourite places to shop; you can find something a little different and help a worthy cause at the same time. They also support the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ mantra by keeping items in circulation and helping them to be re-loved. I know a lot of people are put off charity shops…

It’s Time to Let Go of Balloon Releases

One of my memories from primary school was releasing a helium-filled balloon with a postcard attached to it. The postcard had a return address with a space to fill in where the balloon was found. Would it maybe reach France? Could it even make it as far as Australia?! We were optimistic seven year olds….

Breaking Up and Breaking Down

I’ve touched your lips. I’ve spent hours pressed against your skin. We’ve made music and art together. You wrote songs about me, and in return I kept you safe and warm and dry. We touched, we played, you even told me I was always yours. Everything was so magical back when our relationship was shiny…

The Beast From the East

The beast from the east At the very least Has a nice rhyme And makes a good line Like the rain in Spain That falls on the plain And we love to complain When it cancels our train Hats and scarves And pairs of gloves Attempt to shield us From the cold above The levels…

The N Word

This blog post has been a bit of a struggle. I have come back to it several times to read it, tweak it, wonder whether to just delete it, decide to keep it, decide to come back to it… and now it’s the new year it feels like the right time to finally post it!…

Nailing It

Exactly 10 months on from my last blog post, here is one I made earlier (and have been putting off posting for 6 months, despite writing it on my to-do list twice a week)! I like this post – it’s a bit of fun, but I’ll be writing about more serious topics soon. Hopefully you…

One year on…

It’s nearly been a year since I wrote my blog post ‘The D Word’ about my experiences with depression and anxiety. I wanted to write an update on how things have been going over the past year – I’ve been thinking of writing this for a while now, and now that it’s Mental Health Awareness…

The Body Dutiful

(A little warning: in this post, I briefly talk about menstruation and ‘feminine’ hygiene products. I know these subjects make some people feel squeamish, but I believe it’s good to talk about it. Read on at your own peril!) For as long as I can remember, I have always had huge respect for people who…

3 Simple Rules

A few years ago, I came up with 3 rules that I try to live my life by. I know it sounds restrictive, and that isn’t how I like to live my life at all, but bear with me! As far as rules go, they are actually very liberating and I like to remind myself…