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
When I was seventeen, I turned down the opportunity to live and work in India for a month. I remember sitting with my Philosophy teacher in a quiet classroom, whilst all the other students were having lunch, and trying to explain to her why I wasn’t going to be able to go on the charity … Continue reading RESILIENCE: Living, breathing and growing through change
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
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?
Fact-checking is cool: click the blue links for external resources It was the summer of 2015. Glorious August sunshine smiled upon the graveyard of my local church-turned-arts-centre-turned-politics-hub. We were queuing to see Andy Burnham, parliamentary party favourite for Labour’s new leader, speak about his vision for resurrecting Labour from its humiliating election defeat. I was … Continue reading POLITICS: I was a Corbyn sceptic, but now he’s won my vote
It’s that time of year again. The sun is out, the birds are singing, and students across the country are hidden away inside libraries and artificially lit bedrooms, buried beneath post-it notes and books larger than their heads. Exam season is upon us. I’m very pleased to say this will be my last exam season … Continue reading MUSIC: Stress-free Study Tunes
Sunkissed streets. Parisian-style pedestrian crossings. Bauhaus buildings on every corner, all curved lines and thermometer windows. Pride flags flying from rooftops and pasted onto shop windows. Walls decorated with multicoloured hearts and topless women. An anatomical diagram of the vulva tacked onto a tree. Bar after bar after bustling bar. Buskers on street corners. Hot … Continue reading ISRAEL / PALESTINE: the Good, the Bad, and the Holy