The usual panic washes over me as I set my alarm for the following morning. “Did I make today count?” The paradox of ‘just be’ juxtaposed with ‘live life to the full’ constantly makes my head hurt. We’re supposed to be mindful these days, accept the world as it is, thrive in the idea that there is no meaning of life, allowing us to create our own. Yet at the same time we are fed a line that we must thrive. We must be successful, told that we were ‘made for more than this,’ constantly reading newspaper articles telling us…

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I am angry at the blogosphere. I am angry that people don’t talk enough about the topics that need talking about, whilst simultaneously being angry that people are criticised for writing about makeup. I am angry that Instagram is terrible for engagement and yet I think the whole idea of being angry about anything to do with Instagram is ridiculous. I am angry that blogging ‘niches’ and ‘communities’ are often seen solely as a way to segregate whilst also feeling that they often only serve that very purpose. I am angry that bloggers are criticised for liking marble, for posting flatlays…

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I thought as I got older, and more knowledgeable, Imposter Syndrome would drift off into the sunset, me waving goodbye to it at the water’s edge, finally feeling as though my successes were deserved. Imposter Syndrome isn’t uncommon. Even if you don’t know it by that name, chances are that you’ve felt it. Imposter Syndrome: the belief that one’s successes are fraudulent or a product of luck. It creeps up on me every so often, the same process each time. I work hard, I achieve and then the doubt settles in. Here’s an example: I have a degree in German…

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I’m back! Maybe you didn’t notice that I’d been gone but aside from Twitter, I fell off the blogging planet for a while. In terms of blogging breaks, it was definitely on the shorter side (I’ve only been gone a month), but in that time I’ve realised a few things about my blog. First things first, I needed a freshen up. There wasn’t anything that I disliked about my layout necessarily, but I was just over the pink. I love a clean theme and so I’ve gone back to basics with black and white. Another thing that fell by the…

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There have been a number of things happening in the blogging community this week that have caused a fair amount of drama and anger. This post isn’t about any specific drama, more an amalgamation of what I’ve learned from various Twitter arguments over the last couple of years, however something arose from this that I’ve been turning over in my head since and I want to get it down in writing. In life and online I’m very much a ‘think before you speak’ kind of person. I mull things over before I ever open my mouth to say them, which in truth,…

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5 Favourite Reads I’ve been a little slack on keeping up with blog posts this week but here are my faves. The Posts That Shaped The Blogger I Am Now – Franalibi I love love love when people are proud of themselves and this post is just a huge compilation of pride. I rarely read beauty posts but Fran actually makes me want to read hers so go check out this fabulous list of all of the posts she’s proud of. Monaco Surprised Me – Call Me Amy Although I went to Monaco when I was 8, I can’t say…

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