My thoughts on Valentines Day

I’m a hopeless romantic so for me, Valentines Day has always generated some excitement. At school, it was the torturous wait to see if I’d receive a card from someone other than my mum – or Grandad, bless him. In Year 3, I was thrilled when a boy called Charlie got me one of those fantastically tacky plastic gem rings. My first real experience of being someone’s Valentine though was…

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A gratitude list – things I’m grateful for today

Though we don’t celebrate it here in the UK, what better day to reflect on what we’re thankful for than Thanksgiving? I used to write a gratitude list every night before I went to bed and it gave me such a sense of calm before drifting off. Lately though, my mind seems to be running 100 mph with Mexico, Christmas and so many upcoming things to prepare for. I haven’t been very good at slowing down, so today seemed like a good day to do just that and do some reflecting. I have my reservations when writing posts like this. Not only are they incredibly intimate but……

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How I’m learning to enjoy the ordinary

Last Sunday, smelling of smoke from our afternoon bonfire and waiting impatiently for our Chinese, we stuck the telly on and watched ‘Click’. For those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s a really quick run down of the plot of the movie: Guy gets new TV remote. New TV remote not only works on the TV but his whole life! He can literally pause his wife mid-moan, turn down…

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The fear of dying

I’ve been petrified of death my whole life. I know everyone’s afraid of dying but some people just shrug it off and accept it with a calmness I’ve never understood. I remember being 5 years old, running in to my dad’s bedroom and having a panic attack about dying. I’ve had these panic attacks my whole life and they’ve always been triggered by the same image that I couldn’t describe…

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Why I’ve stopped wearing make-up to work

When I first met Jack, I didn’t let him see me without make-up for about 2 months. Like that scene from Bridesmaids, I used to sneak out of bed early so I could re-apply it before he woke up! I was convinced that if he saw me without it, he’d run a million miles. Even now – say we have to leave for an early flight at 4am – I’ll…

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