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A Love Letter to Leeds

Oh Leeds, you little beauty. The move to Leeds city centre was always going to be an emotional one. My life had been turned upside down pretty much overnight, and after an emotional Christmas and New Year (think Bridget Jones 1), I was ready for my new start and you were raring to go, palms…

Long Distance Relationships

Long distance relationships get a bit of a hard time. Yes, those days when the sun is out and you fancy a spontaneous beer in the sunshine with the one you love are impossible, and yes, you do miss them like mad but there’s some really great things about being in an LDR… Solitude is…

In Defence of Kids Getting Older

These two piglets are still toddlers in my mind. I’ve not quite accepted that one of them is on his path to deciding his GCSE and A-Levels, and the other has one year of primary school left. It’s all a bit mind boggling. However, there’s definitely a lot to be said for kids getting older….

Corsica Photo Diary

I’d never heard of Corsica either. My parents wanted us to join them on the family holiday but as there was so many of us working in the group, it was proving challenging to find somewhere until a month or so before we were due to go away, the text from dad arrived. Corsica was…

An RnR kind of Weekend

This weekend has been the loveliest. It was Col’s birthday so I got us a room at The Palace Hotel in Manchester. When I lived in Manchester a few years ago, The Palace Hotel had always been a bit shabby, but it’s had some extensive renovations of late and is so beautiful now! You can…

10 Reasons Why Living Alone Is Awesome

If you’d have asked me this time last year how I’d feel about living on my own, I would have curled up into a ball and rocked in a corner for a bit. As an only child for most of my childhood, I actually quite enjoy my own company, but living on my own sounded…

2015 Year of Re-Discovery

2015. Even just attempting to sum up the year in one post is proving incredibly difficult but it’s probably best started in this way: 2015 was a topsy turvy, insidey outy type of year. After coming to the end of my long term relationship, I was faced with lots of change. A new place to…


Life is a challenge. On a daily basis I’m faced with some many factors that challenge my positivity, some days its my own mind that I struggle to stay chipper with. However, the other day I came across the quote above. It hit a nerve. So many people comment on my general mood; friends, work…

3 Notes on Friends

  Friends. They’re funny little things, aren’t they? People come and go in our lives, leaving their marks here and there. Touching our hearts in ways that we least expect. If there’s one thing the last six months have taught me, its that friends are that one source of support that we should never neglect….

10 Things Learnt in my LTR

As I mentioned in my last journal post – my long term relationship sadly came to an end towards the end of last year. Whilst I’m in a really good place now, I’ve had plenty of months to reflect and wanted to share the lessons I learnt. It’s really important to have your own life….