How many times have you bullied yourself?

In a recent interview, singer Melanie C describes therapy as ‘bloody great’. She’s dead right. During therapy, one of my biggest epiphanies was uncovering the link between my early life experiences and inner critic, then taking action to break the pattern. Let’s face it: we all trash talk ourselves. Everyone has an inner dialogue, both […]

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Colourful autumn walks in Devon

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The changing season can fill us with lots of feelings – nostalgia for those hot summer days, grumpiness because it’s dark at 4pm and weariness from smashing the snooze button for the eighth time because, well, it’s pitch black outside and I am nice and warm here thanks. When we do drag ourselves outside, when […]

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A rest from running: my thoughts on taking time out

I vividly remember my first time running. It was a grey March evening and, despite never having run before, I had entered the Bristol half marathon that coming September. During those summer months training I fell in love with running. Since then, it has been my go-to medication when life went pear-shaped, my shoulder to […]

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Go Sober for October: Be booze free and improve your life

Today marks the start of Go Sober for October and I’ve been thinking about how different my life is compared to the one where alcohol was part of it. At the weekend, I went to the Isle of Wight for a writing course. I woke early each day to go for a run and spent […]

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Learn the art of doing nothing

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon I’d forgotten how much I like doing nothing. By that I mean properly zoning out. This morning I spent time staring into space, watching clouds scudding across the sky. My mind wandering aimlessly. This came about after reading Editor Jo […]

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Why it’s not OK to ask about babies

In a few days time I will be 41 and I don’t have children yet. I am childless. Or childfree depending on your view. There is, depressingly, a clumsy and at times insensitive approach towards women like me and it is this: ‘How do you feel about having babies?’ ‘Do you even want children?’ I […]

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Trail running camaraderie (and why it matters)

It’s 7pm on a boiling hot Wednesday. I’m stood on the uphill start line of a fell race with 100 other people. Dartmoor’s expanse falls away either side, rearing up again to the rocky tors of Little Miss, Great Mis, Great Staple and Roos. We are counted down 3-2-1 and off we go. Immediately I […]

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Advice to my 20-year-old self

There’s no such thing as no strings attached. While we remain emotionally-driven creatures there will always be strings. It’ll get you in the end. Life’s not fair but you can be. Compassion and fairness are your major strengths. Hold them close and in the very least be consistent. Kiss chase is for playgrounds. If he’s […]

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Take a break to prevent yourself breaking

Pppffft. Do you ever feel like that? Pppffft. Like a balloon deflating. There’s a billion things to do but instead I do nothing. Feel useless, hopeless. No cause for celebration. There’s a puncture and I’m taking myself down. Bah. Pppffft. I am useless and hopeless. See how these feelings run away, spiral out of control? […]

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