How to stay positive in the second lockdown

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Things that happened in July 2020

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And so began my love affair with coffee

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How to stay positive in the second lockdown

In the UK, Thursday 5th November isn’t just bonfire night. It’s also the day we go back into lockdown to try and curb the spread of Covid-19 ahead of Christmas. A lot of people are feeling stressed, anxious, and uncertain about what the future holds. But, we’ve been here before, and we’ll do it again. […]

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Things that happened in July 2020

Can we all just take a second to acknowledge that today is August 2nd? We’re closer to Christmas 2020 than Christmas 2019. We’re into the peak of summer. Last I checked, it was May, so I’m completely flummoxed as to how we got here. July has been a jam-packed month though, so that perhaps goes […]

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And so began my love affair with coffee

You might think this is an odd thing for me to be writing about. Coffee. And perhaps you’re right. But love isn’t an odd thing to be writing about, and coffee is something I love, which I guess makes this completely acceptable. Some might find this difficult to believe, but I had my first coffee […]

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Expectations on my career

A couple of years ago, my friend and line manager announced she was having a baby. With that, came an opening in the team to cover her while she was off on maternity leave. A number of people, both from within the department and from our circle of friends at work, questioned my next step. […]

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A few things that have been making me happy lately

It’s been a while since I wrote a feel-good Friday list – not because I haven’t been feeling good, just because I always seem to get really busy on Thursdays and Fridays when the time comes to write the list. So, I thought I’d do a little round-up today, to catch up on some of […]

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My ‘when this is over’ bucket list

If I had £1 for each time I’ve heard someone say ‘when this is over,’ I’d be a very rich woman on the brink of purchasing a villa in the balearic islands, building an animal sanctuary, and buying enough books to happily see me through the next ten years (to be read while sitting alongside […]

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8 anti-racist fiction books to read

Over the past six weeks, I’ve shared a Feel-Good Friday List on here each Friday. It’s a list of things that have made me feel happy that week, and the aim of it is to bring a little positivity during a dark time. When it came to start thinking about the content of today’s list […]

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Feel-Good Friday List #6

It’s Friday, team – we made it through another week! I hope this Feel-Good Friday List can be a soothing antidote to a strange old week. There’s a bunch of positive news stories, three songs for you to dance to, a film to watch, a dance cardio workout to do, a recipe to make, and […]

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Grappling with my motivation

If I was asked to describe myself, one of the carefully selected words I’d offer up is motivated. I’m naturally very motivated, it’s as though it’s in my blood. I was once asked in a job interview how I motivate myself, and I had a absolutely no clue how to answer that, because I’ve never […]

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Feel-Good Friday List #5

Hello everyone, Happy Friday! And Happy Birthday to my younger brothers, who turn 27 today. I hope you’ve had a great week and are feeling positive and hopeful. Months ago I’d booked today off work for a wedding near Oxford. Of course, that wedding has been postponed, but I decided to keep the day off […]

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Maybe next time, Netherlands

All that remains of our summer trip to The Netherlands is our airport parking. Our flights were with Flybe, so we lost those a while ago. And yesterday, our Airbnb host in Leiden, cancelled. He was very apologetic, though he needn’t have been. I knew it was coming. I wasn’t really expecting that we’d be […]

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