The other day I was listening to Liz Gilbert’s incredible Magic Lessons podcast. If you haven’t listened to it before and you’re into all things creative then listen to it. The particular episode I’m writing about today was  Ep #7: Sexy, Dirty, Nasty, Wicked, where Liz tells an art teacher who’s in a creative rut to have an affair with creativity. She recommends that the art teacher take up a new creative hobby and do it in stolen time, when she’s not tied to other responsibilities, and to make sure that it’s something she’s doing for the love of creativity,…

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When you’re a nursing student, life without reflection doesn’t exist. Each day we’re supposed to take half an hour to reflect on our practice, so what initially started as a way for me to reflect on my nursing practice and deal with difficulties I was facing, has turned into reflecting on all aspects of my life. If I’m being totally honest, I don’t reflect for half an hour each day because that’s just quite a long time really isn’t it? But I definitely reflect at least a couple of times a week on average. Reflection is all about making a…

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My TBR pile is getting long (I’m not divulging how long because it’s shameful) so I think it’s time to start writing monthly TBR lists so that I can schedule my reading a little better. So here’s what I’m looking forward to reading in October. Good Me Bad Me | Ali Land I’ve been meaning to read this for months now and it wasn’t until I saw someone talking about it on Twitter that I’ve finally started it. I’m only a little way into it so far but it’s already incredibly gripping and the plot is really unusual. I’ll have…

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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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Overwhelmed is a common feeling for me. Over the years I’ve got better at dealing with it, my head only feels 80% full most of the time now, rather than as though it is spilling its contents out over the top. I could tell you that meditation will help or to talk to some friends about how you’re feeling but instead I’m going to tell you what I do when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Have a Hot Bath You’re probably thinking that I didn’t need to add the word hot into that, but you’re wrong because when I say a hot…

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