Photography: Cherry Blossom

These photos are from the day our new cat, Toast, took her first steps outside into our garden since we brought her home. The weather was just gorgeous; the sun going down casts this beautiful orange haze over our garden on an evening and it made our cherry blossom tree that had freshly bloomed all the more striking. I couldn’t resist getting some snaps – I’ve turned into that person who is obsessed with their…

Poetry: Drive Through

I recently became friends with the drive through The sweet anonymity of the thing I crave, passed through the small translucent square No need for self consciousness, for hunched shoulders and crossed arms Your face is barely recognised at each window The ease of the contactless card Feeding my demons in one foul swipe I pretend to mull over my choice Act like it’s for two Because who are they to know That when I…

Poetry: FULL

***This poem was written in late 2016/early 2017 (I can’t quite remember!) when I was at the peak of my disordered eating. Things have improved since then, but I thought that sharing this expression of my experiences might help others who’ve been through something similar feel less alone.*** It’s hard to explain the urge to binge Stuffing your face Feeling unhinged Visit the shop, see the mecca of calories Losing your willpower Losing all clarity…

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Low Light Photography: A First Attempt

I got my hair done a few weeks ago, and had it dyed a little darker. So, naturally, I wanted to try and take a self portrait to celebrate. Is it just me or does dying your hair darker make purple lipstick just feel so much more appealing? I got the camera out around 4pm which, in February, means there wasn’t much light left. I started off taking photos facing the window front on as…

199 Steps

For Christmas, my parents surprised me with the most incredible gift – a Canon 700D camera! So, over the festive period, James and I decided to take a day trip somewhere to give it a spin! We headed to Whitby – a nostalgic place for lots of people from the North East, and somewhere that we used to go on dates on all the time. It was lovely to take a whole day for ourselves…

Creative Writing: A Character Called Joe

A piece I wrote as part of my homework for Laura Jane Williams‘ online course, ‘Don’t Be A Writer, Be A Storyteller’ – this week was all about developing characters. Enjoy! ‘See you later mate!’ Chris shouted from across the street. Mud stained and red faced, Joe raised a hand as a goodbye, and then turned to face his front door, fumbling in his backpack for his keys. He pushed into the hallway, scraping his…

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My Favourite Badass Bloggers

I have been following the world of blogging religiously for around 7 years now. It’s been a lifeline for me; a creative outlet for me to share my story in the darkest of times, an endless source of inspiration, and reading/following some of my favourite bloggers gives me immense joy as well as the drive to create content that is even half as incredible as theirs. If you’re looking for some new faces to follow,…

‘Fat People Too’ – Spoken Word Poetry Video

Here it is folks, my first spoken word video – ‘Fat People Too’ is a poem expressing my feelings about being plus size, life on the bigger side and lack of representation of overweight people when it comes to eating disorders. This is just about my experience. I hope you like it. Here’s the poem written in full: I’m fat. There, I said it. Not that the world ever lets me forget it. Don’t think…

Poetry: ‘Press Refresh’

How do I press refresh? On my body, on my head Undo all my bad habits and behaviours and self hatred and just start again I wasn’t always like this I wasn’t always sad Wishing I could go back in time, I tell myself I wouldn’t do it like this I’d stop, before it got this bad But the truth is, and I know this – I have to earn it Have to earn and…

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My Top Tips for Visiting Reykjavik – Iceland Travel Diary Part 3

Here it is, the third and final part of my Reykjavik Travel Diary! Now, we’ve already covered all the admin stuff, the sightseeing and (perhaps most importantly) the delicious food and drink. So, I thought it would be helpful to make the last post from my trip to Iceland more of a general advice piece, full of the stuff I learnt from visiting Reykjavik and my top tips for you to bear in mind if…

Reykjavik Travel Diary Part 2 – Eating & Drinking

Welcome to Part 2 of my Reykjavik Travel Diary series from my recent 3 day trip to Iceland! Today, it’s all about the good stuff – eating and drinking! I list the top places we ate at during our trip, hopefully helping you if you’re looking for Reykjavik restaurant recommendations too! Iceland has a burgeoning food scene – although their national dish is fermented shark, will give that a miss thanks – and so I was…