why i’ve stopped geo-tagging on instagram

Just recently I’ve stopped geotagging locations on Instagram. Why? Undeniably beautiful places encourage us all to reach for the camera and share our images; it’s understandable. But these places are becoming more heavily visited and it is having an impact. Early one morning I headed for a coastal spot well known for its other-worldly qualities […]

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if we’re serious about change, we need to keep going

We started the week with International Women’s Day and (in the UK anyway) end it with Mother’s Day. What were you hoping for this week? Stories of empowerment? Change? Hoping, perhaps, for hope? I’d like to say the same but as I sit here, I cannot help but think it has been a very dark […]

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Responding to casual sexism

‘Alright love, chill out’. I’d stopped running to give a man with a big dog a wide berth. The dog was on a long extended lead and they were approaching me. I usually err on the side of caution when passing larger dogs in case they decide to lunge or jump up. The guy stared […]

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tips for a great staycation

Are you thinking about having a staycation this year? It might be that you’re not able to travel abroad or are nervous about doing so given the 12 months we’ve had. I love exploring new places in the UK: staycations are my thing and while my heart lies in Devon, I enjoy the anticipation of […]

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quitting social media: six months on

Little more than six months ago, I wrote about taking a break from social media. I did it for lots of reasons. The first thing I’d do in the morning with my cup of coffee was check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. It became a circle of scrolling/updating that saw me lose half an hour and […]

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Do you need to listen to your inner child?

It is hard to put into words how I have felt over the last week. Anxious? Yes. Tired? That too. But more than that. Fragmented. One minute I was alright, the next minute I’d burst into tears. As quickly as they came, they would go. Usually I would tell myself it’s ‘OK not to be […]

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Things I do now, that my younger self would laugh at

Dress practically. Layers. Well-fitting bras. Neutral colour and covered up as opposed to shouty slogans and cut-outs. Shoes that are comfortable rather than crucifying. Buying vests to wear underneath jumpers and not as outerwear a la 2003. Get excited about household appliances. Most recently this was triggered by a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner. A seminal […]

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six important life lessons

Your mental wellbeing is everything Hands down it whips the ass of everything else. Money, career, relationships; it won’t mean a thing unless we take the time each day to look after ourselves. If this means saying no more, letting go of something or walking away from someone then so be it. Never forget the […]

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say hello to hope

I am experiencing emotional turbulence right now. Are you, like me, looking around and wondering what is going on? The other day I went into a restaurant and a masked-up waiter aimed what looked like a gun at my head. It turns out he needed to take my temperature before I was allowed in for […]

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