Tomorrow is my 26th Birthday. For the last six years I have been posting on this blog, the day before my birthday, reflecting on the year that has passed. In the 365 days that have flown by since my last post, a lot in my life has changed. In my post '25', I was nearly… Continue reading Twenty-Six
Two months ago, I decided to start doing a craft. I've always wanted to cross-stitching, so I bought myself a sewing box, a selection of threads and material, I was ready to get started. For someone who hasn't done cross-stitching before, I found it a little overwhelming. The patterns I found were too complicated and… Continue reading Cross-Stitch To Calm
Tomorrow I turn 25. I like to reflect on my life when it's my birthday. It's the perfect time to see how my life has changed in one year and it also gives me a chance to express my gratitude for the amazing things in my life. When I wrote my last birthday post, I… Continue reading Twenty Five
Life is full of lessons. Some of them we learn early on in our lives whilst others take a certain amount of time, a varied amount of experiences or many mistakes to accomplish. During my twenty-four years of life I have realised that there is still so much to learn about this crazy thing we… Continue reading 24 Life Lessons In 24 Years
I was reading Writing Magazine a few days ago and came across an article about writer's block. It's something I have always struggled with. I go through phases of no writing at all and I always blame it on writer's block, I either have too many ideas and can't seem to pick one or unfortunately,… Continue reading Writer’s Block Or Life Block?
We spend a lot of time waiting for things from other people.We're told from a very young age that we should treat others in the same way that we expect to be treated but sometimes, despite your best efforts with someone, you get nothing in return. In this situation, some people walk away and never… Continue reading The Danger Of High Expectations.
I've finally finished editing the first draft of 1:58 and if there is anything I have learnt from this experience of using a red pen on my own work it is this - I can be brutal. Many writers say that they don't like to 'kill their darlings' but I found it quite easy to… Continue reading The Second Draft.
When I'm not writing or teaching, I'm designing and making my own positive lifestyle magazine. Zest For Life has been going for nearly a year now and the fourth and final issue of 2016 has now been released! There's lots of great subjects discussed in this issue including what parents do that they don't like to… Continue reading Zest For Life: Autumn Issue
In 2014, when I was studying Creative Writing at university, I decided to take part in something called NaNoWriMo. A writing task to write 50,000 words during the month of November. Despite my lack of belief in myself, I managed to do it. I spent a few weeks beforehand writing a plan, I had detailed… Continue reading Breathing New Life Into An Old Story…
I've always had a turbulent relationship with my writing muse. I've been struggling with writer's block for two years. After graduating with my degree in Creative Writing, I decided to give my writing brain a rest. I had spent the past three years juggling poetry, stories, scripts and essays in my mind, so I simply stopped. The… Continue reading The Muse & Me