As a child I always showed interest in how things worked. The house was full of Lego that would keep me occupied for hours, I loved watching science shows on television and I never grumbled about having to do maths homework. Childhood me had no idea that science and maths were deemed ‘not for girls.’ But as I got older, the realities set in. When I received toys with instructions to build at Christmas, the manuals would quickly be taken off me in favour of a man doing the job, and when I would ask to play with my nephew’s…

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I am a professional conflict avoider. I can’t actually ever remember having an argument with anyone that wasn’t my parents or boyfriend because I always just bite my tongue and try to put the disagreement out of my head. However, not everyone goes around wearing their I hate conflict hat on like I do. Last year there were a few times when I had to deal with some difficult people and while at the time it felt awkward and horrible, I’ve learnt a few things from it that I want to share. Weigh Up Your Options As someone who doesn’t…

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I want to write but the words are trapped in my mind. I keep writing and deleting, writing and deleting, writing and deleting. Sometimes writing feels cathartic, other times I look back at what I’ve written and wonder why I wasted my time. So much time that could have been spent doing ~productive~ things. My head aches with the amount it is holding. There are deadlines, conversations I had years ago, emotions, story ideas, plans, memories, what I’m having for dinner and where did I leave the phone charger, but when I sit down at a blank page, I can’t…

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I’m just as unsure as you are about where I was going with today’s title. In the last few months of 2017, I was really unclear about the direction of my blog. I often felt like I was floundering, trying to come up with blog posts ideas that didn’t quite fit what I wanted to write because I felt it was what I¬†should be writing. However, after a refresh over Christmas and a good long planning session, I’ve decided to make a few changes. Maybe I don’t know which direction I’m going in for sure just yet, but I’ll make…

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I recently sat down to plan a novel. After my somewhat successful month of NaNoWriMo, I really wanted to push myself past the 20,000 words I’d already written and write something brand new. I already had a couple of plot ideas floating around in my head and so I started to plan. But barely a few minutes in, I hit a brick wall. Everything I was writing down felt too familiar. I’d fallen into the trap, that creative black hole of ‘it’s all been done before.’ And I finished my very short period of planning feeling deflated, incompetent and honestly,…

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In spite of the bitter cold and gloomy mornings, January is one of my favourite times of year. I love a fresh start and I love preparing for that fresh start in December. Organisation is my thing, truly nothing fills me with the same kind of happiness as a brand new notebook, filled with plans and goals for the future. December is the perfect time to give your life a spring clean and get into action ready for the new year. Start Early Starting before January 1st will really help to get ready for the start of January. The last…

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