The importance of making plans when you’re single (and sometimes cancelling them)

The importance of making plans when you’re single (and sometimes cancelling them)

As a single lady, with few close friends and the majority of my wider circle of friends not living in the same city as me, I can easily become a social recluse. (And sometimes that’s exactly what I need). I’m in that ~phase at the moment. I’ve had a few days where I don’t want to see anyone and I don’t want to do anything (I’ve avoided the gym, been eating terribly, sitting in bed and watching TV. I’ve cancelled my plans for tomorrow.) But that’s ok. A few days of just complete nothingness is sometimes needed, and I wish

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Finding direction, even if it’s not the right one.

Finding direction, even if it’s not the right one.

I recently wrote a post about my goals for 2019. It pretty much ended up being a ‘what am I going to do with my life?’ sort of post. I’m very much still questioning this. One thing I question regularly is my career. I only ever wanted to be a teacher, and once I reached that point (having completed my NQT year and an MAEd) I felt a bit lost. What do I do now I’ve reached that goal? I decided to make the most of a major job perk; the holidays. Since then I’ve done a lot more travelling

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TV Review: 9-1-1

TV Review: 9-1-1

9-1-1 is a pretty new show on Sky Witness. It’s currently on series 2 but there’s only 10 episodes a series so nice and easy to catch up on! 9-1-1 is a drama based around the lives of emergency first responders. We say the exciting scenarios they face, how they put their lives on the line and the dramas they have in their own lives too. What makes this show different from the others? Well, I think it’s the representation and being unafraid to deal with some challenging topics. In series 1 we meet Abby (Connie Britton), dealing with loneliness

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New Year, Same Me, More Ambitions…. Maybe?

New Year, Same Me, More Ambitions…. Maybe?

January January brings with it an abundance of fads and phases, of new mantras and challenges, shouts of ‘new year, new me’ that 2019 will ‘be my year’, the year of changes. There’s even the ’10 year challenge’ and puberty comparisons doing the rounds with various social media flooded with photos of then and now. I understand that a new year seems like a fresh start and so the time to make changes and a time for reflection. For a lot of people that comes in the form of New Year’s Resolutions. Although seeing as most people break these ‘resolutions’

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Is January tougher when you’re single?

Is January tougher when you’re single?

There’s some of you reading this questioning how on earth that could possibly be the case, some might not have ever found January a challenge, but I do. I wrote recently about how loving Christmas makes going back to ‘real life’ in January even tougher. For me it’s tough because there’s such a stark contrast, it’s like living two lives. I get the full 2 weeks off at Christmas and travel several hours away to spend the whole time at my parents. I don’t have to do any work and I have no responsibilities. There’s freezers and cupboards fully stocked

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Luther: the TV show I can’t recommend highly enough

Luther: the TV show I can’t recommend highly enough

 If you’re late to the game and still haven’t seen Luther then I’m here to tell you that you absolutely must! And I don’t say that lightly! The fifth series aired on BBC One last week and it did a brilliant job of referencing key characters and storylines from previous series, so I’d encourage you to go back and watch series 1-4 first (they are short series so won’t take too long to do!) What is Luther about? Luther is the story of DCI John Luther portrayed by the fantastic Idris Elba. The detective we instantly loved for his

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Christmas is over and it’s hitting me hard

Christmas is over and it’s hitting me hard

I love Christmas. You may have noticed from the abundance of Christmas themed posts over here. But it makes trying to go back to ‘real life’ after Christmas a major challenge for me. I spend the majority of my two week holiday at my parents. Despite being 26, they still treat me as a mix of a teenager and house guest, which for the most part actually works well (although irritating at times I can assure you!). It means that I get to stop being an ‘adult’ in many ways. I don’t have to think about paying for things or

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The Christmas Films You’ve Never Heard Of But Need To Watch

The Christmas Films You’ve Never Heard Of But Need To Watch

If you’ve been following this series you’ll know by now that I’m quite big on Christmas. It’s my favourite time of year and I start getting festive as soon as November hits. To do this every year I need to expand my Christmas viewing outside of just the classic Christmas films. I’m a big fan of Channel 5’s showing Christmas movies back to back on Sundays. I’ve discovered a lot of new Christmas films in this way. I also frequent charity shops. This is a great way to pick up cheap Christmas movies. During the middle of the year especially

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The Christmas songs you’ve never heard of but need to listen to!

The Christmas songs you’ve never heard of but need to listen to!

Christmas music is key to creating the perfect festive atmosphere. When Christmas comes around we go to our standard Christmas playlists full of all the classic songs. I love these. But I have also discovered lots of other Christmas songs that are a bit more unique and quirky that make great additions to my Christmas playlist. Here’s some of them- click the links to listen to a sample or sign up for a 30 Day Free Trial on Amazon Music here to listen to them in full: Yule Shoot Your Eye Out- Fall Out Boy West Coast Christmas- Anarbor 8

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Christmas Traditions: My routines in the lead up to Christmas

Christmas Traditions: My routines in the lead up to Christmas

In the course of my life lots have things have changed. But very few things have changed when it comes to celebrating Christmas. Maybe that’s part of the reason I love it so much. I can rely on it. This also means that many of the things I do to get into the festive spirit haven’t changed either. So here’s a little insight into the Christmas season for me. One month until Christmas For me the run into Christmas really begins about a month before. This is usually when I have a dedicated Christmas shopping day with my Mum in

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