Why is it so hard to rest?

My body is trying desperately to tell me something. Last week I developed a terrible pain in my wrist. I wrapped it up and got on with life. This week it’s almost completely better and I’ve been feeling so proud of my little hand. Then this morning I woke up with shoulder pain. Nothing catastrophic.…

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Is broccoli the healthiest vegetable in the world?

It’s not classed as a super food. It’s not packaged up fancily and sold for 20x its value in organic health food shops. It’s not trending on Instagram, or being used in face creams, or as a gin flavour (thank goodness). It’s just plain, unglamorous, cheap and cheerful broccoli. But, according to one TV doctor,…

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Frozen banana is a game-changer for healthy eaters craving ice cream

This blog needs no preamble. Just grab a banana now, peel it and put it in a bag/box in the freezer. In about 3 hours it’ll be frozen. But not the rock hard, flavourless type of frozen typical of fresh fruit. Frozen banana is creamy and softish, like ice cream. You can chop it up…

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Advice from someone with one hour left of being 30

30 is almost a wrap for me! I was really shocked when my 20s suddenly ended a few months into the pandemic. We see 30 coming from a long way off, looming scarily on the horizon throughout our 20s, but it’s still a shock when it finally arrives. Turning 30 is for other people! People…

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That was the year I was thirty

Sorry in advance if my writing’s a bit clunky in this blog. I’ve been finding it hard to write recently. I think this is because I’m a little stressed at the moment and my mind reacts to stress by abruptly switching off, like an overheated laptop. Regardless, it’s a birthday tradition to celebrate my continued…

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5 reasons rainy Sundays are good for the soul

1. You don’t have to feel guilty about staying inside all day. Nothing gets done on rainy Sundays. 2. You can wear unattractively comfortable clothing all day long. Not a scrap of denim in sight. 3. Endless cups of tea. 4. You can enjoy old lady activities like reading, arts and crafts, baking, or doing…

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Today a squirrel shattered my self-esteem slightly

There’s a lady who frequents my local park. She has unkempt white hair and she carries a lot of plastic bags on her mobility device, as though she lives in some kind of rustic way (I imagine a derelict old house packed with towers of horded junk, but this is mere conjecture). Every day I…

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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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Every time I don’t like how I look, I strike a pose and take a photo

The embarrassed, self-deprecating Brit in me does not want to write this post. The woman who’s fed up with hating her own body because it doesn’t subscribe in every way to the standard model of beauty, does. I recently wrote about how I’m making a real effort to accept my body after a lifetime of…

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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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