Happiness is only real when shared

Last week, over a few days (because I’m an easily distracted Millennial), I watched the film Into The Wild for the first time. If you haven’t seen it, pop it on your ‘to-watch’ list because it’s one of those films that’ll embed themselves into your being – in a really good way. It’s beautifully scripted…

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How New Zealand crushed Covid

If you read my last post about what paper airplanes can teach us about failure, you’ll know I recently lost a pitch to write scripts for a famous YouTuber. This is the second sample I wrote for them, which I’m posting here in case anyone finds it interesting! As with the other one, it’s not…

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6 mundane things I learned today

1. Somewhat like lizards and snakes, British people come to life in the sun. After months of hibernation slouching from bed to desk and back again, everyone in the entire country went for a walk on the South Downs today in Hawaiian boardshorts and no shirts, with tinny music blasting cheerfully from their phones. 2.…

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Watch me awkwardly read my poem, which didn’t win the National Poetry Competition 2021

Uvita River Dirt I wrote this in March 2020 🙂 I’ve also, embarrassingly, recorded myself reading my failed National Poetry Competition entry out loud, in case you’d rather watch me stumble over my words than read it yourself. Disclaimer: I’m wearing an inappropriately see-through leopardskin leotard because this is my lockdown uniform. It’s not something…

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What does Covid-19 feel like?

So far, 2.5 million people have died from Covid-19 worldwide. Luckily, I’m one of the 64.2 million who made a full recovery. Two things before I tell you about my experience of Covid: 1. Frustratingly, I was unable to get a home test for the entire week I was ill (there weren’t any available) so…

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Here’s the trick to mastering the work from home (WFH) life

Every day I write about working from home (while working from home) for my job as content editor for a company that sells the noble dream of a workplace utopia in which every employee is super active, happy and smashing business targets like excited puppies. Business puppies. Because I write about working from home every…

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Week 2 on a ketotarian diet: who am I, why am I doing this and why should you care?

I used to write a lot of irreverent blogs about being ‘a bit too fat’. As a topic, I suppose it became my speciality. This is partly because, being British, I’m naturally compelled to make disparaging comments about my own appearance for everyone else’s amusement…but it’s also because that’s how I genuinely spent my entire…

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How yoga can help you have more fun in life

At the moment life feels pretty serious, what with all the fears and stresses of the worldwide pandemic, and the way the threat of illness is changing the minutiae of our lives in so many unexpected ways. COVID-19 is forcing us to realise how fragile the systems we base our lives on are, and how…

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Don’t just do something, sit there: Using pandemic lock-down to make peace with doing absolutely nothing

Before I flew to Costa Rica to study yoga, before COVID-19 frightened the world into lock-down and everyone suddenly became oddly possessive of toiletries, I visited my favourite book shop (Much Ado Books in Alfriston) and collected a little selection of second-hand titles to take home in return for a donation of peanut butter and…

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