Oh hi there :), Sorry for the slight gap in content; I could tell you that work has been busy, that I’m working on other projects taking up my time (semi-true, I suppose), or I could tell you the truth, which is that I am probably in the midst of one of the worst depressive spells I’ve had in the last few years. I deliberated whether or not to write this, but with blogs and social media, it’s so easy to give this persona that we’re all fine, and writing this blog in it’s new niche of self-care, I want to show that sometimes self-care can be used a preventative measure; maybe it helps stave off a depressive spell, or gets you out of a spiral – but that it also can help you when you’re in the thick of it, and today I’m writing it all out as despite…

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January is a pretty easy month to stay on track isn’t it? No one’s drinking, everyone’s rushing out to get their gym discounts, where they’ll dedicate more hours to the gym than they did for the prior year, and everyone is so focussed on the “New Year New Me” trope, that its easy to turn down social engagements, to turn up at a friends house with a box of tea bags rather than a bottle of wine or to opt for a banana rather than a Big Tasty… My weight and body image is something I struggle with constantly. I absolutely cannot stand when other people take photos of me. I can’t tell you the stress I feel at social engagements – from family Christmas to nights out with friends, knowing that someones going to be taking photos, posting them on various social media or our family photo stream and the fact…

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It’s probably a little early to be getting this time of post in, I’ll admit. I’m always conscious of wishing time away – I know that for many people out there, time is not always something they have a luxury of. To have it in abundance, and to find yourself wishing the days would pass that little bit faster, is not the most grateful of attitudes.

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OK, so I know it’s Tuesday, but honestly, all I do is live for the weekend and the blissful 48 hours of peace it brings with it… There are a few things that I just simply love to do on a weekend – get a cuppa and prepare yourself for a nice chatty post!

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I love the turn of this season. I was a little Summer-saturated if I’m honest; sure the sun was nice, but the stifling heat, being stuck in an office, my diet essentially just becoming ‘Ice Cream’… I’ve always been a lover of all things Autumn / Winter, but there’s something about that tipping point, where the sun sets on August, and we’re blown steadily into crisp and cold mornings.

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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!

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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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As you’ll know if you’re one of the very kind people who keeps popping back here to check if there’s anything new (and you’re not my Mum, who – let’s face it – is definitely my main reader ;)…), you might have wondered why there was such a quiet period… I’ve moved (which was insanely stressful but home finally feels like home – hurray!), but the stress of that induced a bit of a bad mental health spell. I’d just started to get into a regular running pattern with my housemate and then as I was showering, felt something not-quite-right in my right boob (my favourite of the two, in fact!). A little, pea-sized lump. Shit.

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