Why I’m no longer vegan

For a few years, living by myself, I was what you'd call a "proper" vegan. With the exception of trips home (my mum is a northerner, meat is essential at our table) and the occasional holiday (where it was hard to find vegan eats), I ate a plant-based diet. There were a number of reasons … Continue reading Why I’m no longer vegan

5 things I learned in 2019

Somehow, today is the 30th December 2019. I don't know where the year has gone, but honestly I'm glad it's over. This has been a challenging year for so many of us in so many ways. 2019 rounds out 10 years of upheaval, both in a big political sense and a smaller, more personal one. … Continue reading 5 things I learned in 2019

The Anxious Traveller’s Guide to: New York City

Recently I fulfilled a long-held dream of mine: to travel alone. I've been lucky enough to do a lot of travelling in my time but never in the company of just me, myself and I. There are a number of reasons for this. The primary reason is straight up anxiety. I'm not a fearless explorer … Continue reading The Anxious Traveller’s Guide to: New York City

WELLBEING: Never alone, yet lonely

A few weeks ago, I made my usual journey back from work on the underground. We hit Canary Wharf at 5.30, which is peak going-home time for office workers. The train stops, the doors open, and in rushes a flood of suited, high-heeled commuters with steely eyes that look at no one and see nothing … Continue reading WELLBEING: Never alone, yet lonely

RECOVERY: Why I hung up my ballet shoes for good

It’s 1999. I wait with my mum in the entrance of the church, wearing a sea-green leotard and matching scrunchy, watching the older girls finishing their isolations in the main hall. They are graceful, passionate, musical. They wear black leotards, because they’re all grown-up and they’ve earned their grade eight already. I feel excited and … Continue reading RECOVERY: Why I hung up my ballet shoes for good

RECOVERY: Time to Talk Day Speech

Time to Talk Day is an annual mental health awareness day. Organised by Time to Change, the anti-stigma campaign by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, it aims to get people talking about mental health. This year, Mind arranged for employees to talk about their own experiences of mental ill health. Below you can find the text … Continue reading RECOVERY: Time to Talk Day Speech

WELLBEING: What the hell is #CleanEating?

Content warning: detailed discussion of food/health/diet and eating disorders Click the purple links for external resources 🙂 Cleanliness is close to godliness, the Victorians used to say. It’s compelling logic: if the reward for having a bath was Zeus-worthy glory, I’d be pretty eager to stay squeaky-clean. No surprise that this kind of thinking has … Continue reading WELLBEING: What the hell is #CleanEating?

WELLBEING: Self-care 101

Do you ever have those days when you feel worthless? When you feel repulsed by yourself and everything you do? Don’t worry: you’re not alone. From Winston Churchill to Abraham Lincoln, even the greats of history have had to face depression. Clinical depression may affect a small portion of the population, but for a lot of … Continue reading WELLBEING: Self-care 101