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June 10, 2016 - Written by:

FOMU – Fear of Messing Up


I have always thought that I was awful at sport. At school I always attempted to get out of any kind of PE lesson. I put far more effort into my excuses than I did waddling around the tennis courts. Despite a very active childhood, I just decided, once puberty struck, that working up a sweat wasn’t for me. (GIF... Read the rest of this post...


April 15, 2016 - Written by:

The 5 Stages of Accepting and Learning from Criticism


Last summer I made a somewhat daring decision. I’d almost come to the end of my BA in English Literature and I was starting to think about what I might want to do next. Although lots of very sensible options came to mind, I couldn’t stop thinking about my writing, and how little I’d felt I’d achieved with it over... Read the rest of this post...


February 18, 2016 - Written by:

Fashion and Femininity: I Don’t Give an F


Clothes and I have a very limited relationship. I wear them, they are comfortable, occasionally they sport a colour, but mostly it’s black. I wear form-fitting items seldom, although I am almost always in skinny jeans. I feel uncomfortable in skirts, and the idea of a ‘Marilyn Monroe’ moment fills me with cold shuddering dread. Jumpers are my only accessories.... Read the rest of this post...


January 26, 2016 - Written by:

5 Reasons Why Twitter is my Favourite Vice


Most evenings I find myself sprawled across a sofa, phone in hand, looking at nothing in particular. Despite my constant scrolling it doesn’t feel like I’m getting any closer to finding whatever it is I’m searching for. Eventually, I throw my phone down, huff and puff my way to a standing position, and pronounce: ‘Urgh, I hate social media’. Yet,... Read the rest of this post...


October 30, 2015 - Written by:

Making Time for Me Whilst in a Relationship


I have always enjoyed my own space. Despite my yearnings for siblings as a child, I relished the almost total control of my time. I was lucky enough to have parents that didn’t push me into anything I didn’t want to do and this resulted in me doing very little, but having an absolutely blissful childhood to myself. (Image via)... Read the rest of this post...


September 22, 2015 - Written by:

Smiling at Strangers


I’ve starting doing something totally unheard of in my hometown part of London. It’s a change I never thought I would implement. Instead of leaving my house with headphones secure, the real world blocked from my senses, I have begun to step outside feeling vulnerable. Without noise cancellation, I’ve started to notice little things while walking around my student town.... Read the rest of this post...


September 9, 2015 - Written by:

SAD September: A Month of Mixed Feelings


September has always been my ‘New Year’. Having been in education for all my life, it is the month when it all starts again. Last year I thought this September things would be different, but I’m now doing an MA, so back we go again. September is a month of new expectations, new aspirations and thicker jumpers. I have always... Read the rest of this post...


August 25, 2015 - Written by:

Are We Commercialising Happiness?


It’s no secret that the main persuasive tool of advertising is creating the idea that certain products will bring us happiness. Whether it is through making our homes feel like a home, or make-up to make us feel special, we are being sold the promise to happiness in little coloured boxes. This is obviously nothing new. When watching adverts on... Read the rest of this post...


August 11, 2015 - Written by:

Being Honest About Our Dreams

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There’s something slightly cringe-inducing about the phase ‘my dreams’. It’s one that will instinctively produce a dismissive shrug from me. A more common phrase, one with less associations with Disney is, ‘Well, what do you really want to do?’ Although less sickening, they boil down to the same thing. They are a chance to really push the boat out, to... Read the rest of this post...