Kate

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  There’s something just so very special about this city. Maybe it’s because its where I met nearly all of my best friends, maybe it’s because its where I came to mend a broken heart after one of the worst years of my life – or maybe it’s because it was the first place I ever lived where I truly felt like I was home.  Anyone who knows me, knows I have approximately 1,000 lists. I make written lists (look in any notebook in the house and you’ll find ‘To Do‘ scrawled above a series of numbered items), even in the notes section on my phone, I bold *to do*, and any time an item gets completed, I put the green tick emoji next to it (yep, I’m that anal about it). Growing up, I was adamant you would never find me in a city. But then I got a job…

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Every May/June, I get restless. I usually channel this restlessness into a list of things I want to do in the summer. Kind of a summer-to-do list; mainly because I’m a sucker for the satisfaction of putting a thick red line through an item once it’s complete. I threw ‘Wimbledon’ on to the list – mainly because my BFF Woody has always been majorly into Tennis. The combination of Woody withdrawal, and the optimum timing of Wimbledon occurring imminently, seemed like the perfect event to attend together and to help quell some of my summer restlessness. I’d always heard about the queueing at Wimbledon, but I had no idea just how it worked – luckily for me, Woody is a total Wimbledon aficionado, so she showed me the ropes!   03:30am my alarm goes off. My outfit (a black maxi) is all laid out for the day and I have…

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After years of a chronic fear of flying, I’ve always envied people who had the ability to travel the world, care-free – hopping onto planes and jumping from hostel to hostel without the constant fear of ‘oh god I will die on this plane and if I don’t, I’ll definitely get murdered or Bridget-Jones-style imprisoned somehow despite not committing any crimes!’… When L moved to Oz, I decided it was high-time to pay my brother a visit on the way, and tick off one major travel destination on my list: Bali! I wrote all about the amazing experience I had in Singapore, Bali and Australia respectively, and that trip without doubt marked the beginning of my love affair with travel; I knew from there on in that the scary flights and the anxiety beforehand were nothing in comparison to the experiences that travelling would bring me. The biggest tip I can offer…

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After watching David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, and finally being made to see the devastation that we, as humans, are having on the planet we call home, I decided that this year I wanted to try a little bit harder to make a difference.Whilst I can’t go totally off grid and live in a wooden hut on a commune, I became aware that there were some small changes I could undertake in order to make sure that I was doing my bit, even if it was only a very little bit! So I started off small, with reducing my plastic consumption, being better with my recycling where I could be, and trying not to take plastic bags to the shops. One thing which is gaining tonnes of traction – online, in documentaries, in mainstream media and in brilliant blogs is the ongoing trend for vegetarianism and veganism. OK, so I get the…

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So I slipped out of my regular routine of posing my recent reads, so there’s a double whammy of book-related-goodness this month. Hurrah! I’m so chuffed because I hit my target of 20 books this year, and I’m ready to set myself a new challenge of another 20! Let’s get straight in to it! The Other Woman by Sandie Jones “When Emily meets Adam she knows he is the One. That together they can deal with anything that is thrown at them. But lurking in the shadows is another woman, Pammie. Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants . . .” This book is bloody brilliant; the villain in it is someone who truly makes you want to scream at in anger, all the while…

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I struggle with my body image. I’m ashamed to say I have had many days where my entire mood has plummeted because I’ve looked in the full-length mirror (rather than the face mirror) before I’ve walked out of the door. I dread when the photos start being snapped at family events, because I know I’m going to see a ‘real’ picture where I’m off guard, not breathing in, and not a picture of what I like to think I look like, that’s been orchestrated to be taken from about 20 ft above my head to give the illusion that I have a chin [singular]… I’ve started to write posts about body confidence in the past, and the issues I’ve faced and the impact that’s had on me, but in all honesty, I’ve never had much of a positive spin to put on it, so the posts have usually gotten to juuuuust…

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Hello YOU. It has been ever such a long while since I posted on here… It’s strange really, I have loads of posts, with photos, queued and ready to go. I have a Buffer subscription that is gathering dust. I have notebooks filled with good post ideas, pretty much prime and ready to be written up. There’s no real writers block, or any discernible reason why I just haven’t been… bothered. I’ve been up – I travelled Sardinia on a solo kayaking holiday (more on that later!), and I’ve equally been down, I lost someone really special to me. It’s just all been so … hectic! I love blogging, but I like it as my online diary, that I’m fortunate enough to have a few people read from time to time; sometimes life isn’t that thrilling and sometimes its just all too much to share. One of my best friends…

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It keeps freaking me out that it’s somehow July already!? We have literally just surpassed the halfway mark of another year which is crazy and frightening in equal measures! June was, for the most part, a good month despite a few unsuspecting issues cropping up here and there… A big highlight was my brother, his wife and my nieces returning from Singapore. I have 8(!) nieces and nephews, family events tend to be a whirlwind of someone crying, someone shouting, losing an important toy, and barely getting through a conversation (or a sandwich) without a little person interrupting. But, we wouldn’t have it any other way! My other nieces and nephews live in the UK, but as the twins have been in Singapore we met them once shortly after they were born and have had a few months gap since then. Having them back in the UK is lovely, and they’re…

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