A Love Letter To My Body

I know you may be surprised at the title of this letter, as I’ve treated you with such great unkindness for so long. I’ve felt separate to you for such a long time, like you’re letting me down, like you’re holding me back – but I know now, that wasn’t your fault. It was mine. You used to be something I was proud of, all long slender limbs and strong shoulders from years of laps…

Two Resolutions Only

I know, I know – New Year’s resolutions, yawn right? But bear with me. The whole ‘new year, new you’ thing – pass the bucket – is a total chore. I am indeed a firm believer that if you want to make a change in your life, you don’t need to wait for January 1st to make it happen. But you’ve probably read that a tonne of times before too. In all honesty though, I…

September 6th: A Short(er) Story

We’d sat in the cold white student house for hours, and when no-one turned up, thought ‘Fuck it’. I was designated driver, as always, so had that weird fake-but-real buzz you get when you’re around drunk people despite not having had a drop yourself. The middle floor was the worst, all 90s R&B that you’d rather forget, but it was dark and smoky and the flashing lights were heady, and the floor sent vibrations of…

Why I Chose The 9 to 5 Over Working For Myself

There’s so much talk on the internet about being self-employed, going freelance, joining the flexible working revolution and how if you’re doing so, you’re living the dream. And for some that may be true, but what if it’s not sunshine and rainbows? What if you decide that the 9 to 5 is best for you? Does that mean you’re failing? I don’t think so. Just over a year ago I left my job at a…

Binge Eating Disorder & My Pre-Diabetic Wake Up Call

Yep, things are about to get personal. I’ve always struggled with eating, with my weight, with knowing when to stop. Ever since I was a kid I would find ways to eat more food, to sneak it when no-one was watching. I was always bigger than other kids, even when I wasn’t particularly fat. I was taller, broader, but a lot of that used to come from my love for swimming and endless laps up…

#AskTheQuestion Week 1 – MILK – Honouring Your Preferences

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen that I have recently joined #AskTheQuestion, an email series ran by author, blogger, columnist and my all round writing idol Laura Jane Williams. Each week she shares a story from her life, an interview with a smart and inspiring lady, and a core question for us to ask ourselves and reflect on. You can find out more about #AskTheQuestion here, although as this…

Why It’s Okay That You Don’t Own Everything You Want …

I read an article a few weeks ago that has really stuck with me ever since. It was on a site called The Financial Diet, an incredible blog that opens up the conversation about money and career for young people, especially women. It’s so hard to find open honesty about that kind of thing, and yet it’s something so many of us are dealing with alone. Trying to manage money, progress in our career and basically…

The Pressure of Finding Your Destiny

I’ve never really bought in to the idea of fate, of destiny, of something higher than myself. I’m not sure that I do now, either. But a few years ago, it felt like my eyes were opened. Opened to more than just an ordinary life, to just living for the weekend or working your life away to progress up the traditional career ladder. I’d always wanted a job that I was passionate about, that made…

What I’ve Learned From Running Five 10ks in Six Months

I know what you’re thinking – why put yourself through it? The reason I decided to sign up for 5 distance runs in 2016 was firstly, to give myself a physical challenge and a reason to push myself, and secondly, to raise money for eating disorder charity Beat. I did my first ever 10k last September and thoroughly enjoyed it, and knew I wanted to sign up for more in 2016, but wondered how I…

10 Days in NYC: A New York City Travel Diary

New York, New York. So good, they named it twice – and it only takes one trip there to see why. There’s something inexplicably magical in the air, across the skyline, on the streets. As soon as you step into the wall of blaring taxi horns, you feel it. You get it. You know what the city is trying to tell you. You feel at home. I went on a mind blowing 10 day trip…

Discovering Manchester: 4 Vintage Havens

Prepare for more checked shirts, denim shorts and retro accessories than you can handle; I’ve been vintage shopping. I distinctly remember the first time James and I got stuck into Manchester’s vintage clothing scene, right back when we first moved here. We wandered the streets, stepping in each boutique we saw, finding treasures aplenty. Feeling that vintage shopping itch, we went back for more a few weekends ago. For all the other vintage lovers out…