A year of fear – an Instagram Stories challenge

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I didn’t always understand Snapchat. It took me a while to get my head around it, to be honest – wasn’t it just for sexting? Why else would the pictures need to be temporary, and users alerted to screenshots? When people starting to ask for my username in growing numbers, I just assumed I was becoming increasingly attractive. ‘Wow!‘ I thought. ‘A LOT of people want to see my boobs!‘ So you can imagine my disappointment when…

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When I Was…

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Note: I wrote this post way back in April, then never hit publish. I’m not sure why, exactly, but I suppose the subject made me a little unsure. I don’t feel unsure any more, so here it is. Better late than never? How old were you when you first felt like a woman? Ask around and you stumble across a depressing truth: for many of us, it is the first time we’re exposed to sexually-motivated…

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oh, 2016…

What a year! The events of the last week must surely form the icing on a 2016-cake built of bullshit, bitterness and death. I’m increasingly convinced that David Bowie may have been the glue holding our entire world together. It’s been a toughie on a personal level, too – losing two people to irreparable disagreements, after a lifetime of never falling out with anyone. A diagnosis of rapid and terminal cancer in a treasured family member.…

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Why I wrote an Instagram ecourse

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It’s a big day for me today. After months of work and years of planning, my signature e-course, The Insta Retreat – a six week course for creatives is opening its doors! Yippee! Because I spend a lot of time arguing with my inner critic (‘but instagram courses already exist!’ /  “YES but mine will say all the things the rest deliberately leave out!”), I have a big mental list of reasons why this was…

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an autumn to do list – 30 slow living activities from the Instagram community

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…and not a pumpkin spice latte in sight! πŸ˜‰ 1. Go scrumping. Ok, you don’t have to actually steal them, but in the absence of any pick your own apple orchards anywhere within West Yorkshire (or any with a web presence, at least), I’m resorting to picking fruit from trees of dubious ownership. 2. Make a leaf cape like Kirsten Ricket. 3. Collect kindling. We have our firewood delivered, but kindling comes from the local…

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Hibernation Days : hydration, isolation & inspiration

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This post in collaboration with Garnier. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I have a sneaking suspicion, not even remotely supported by science, that humans are supposed to hibernate.  As the days grow shorter & the weather cools down, I would be 100% happy to curl up in a dark corner and sleep off my body fat for the next five months. I might emerge for occasional toilet and water breaks, but that would…

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10 things I’ve finally forgiven myself for

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I’ve spent a lot of my 32 years trying to change. I truly believe it’s important to understand your own shortcomings, and of course we’re all trying to grow into better & happier people. However, over the last few years I’ve come to appreciate that some of my self loathing was targeted in entirely the wrong direction. Here are ten things I’ve finally forgiven myself for – so much so that I no can even…

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Steiner

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A dried thistle flower. She hands it to me, sniffling, drying her eyes from some head-bang or dog lick, and tells me in a small voice, β€˜it is a hedgehog’. And it is! It has two eyes and a nose, and my heart turns to mush at the prickly little treasure she has brought back from her day. Six weeks ago, Orla started attending a Steiner Kindergarten. She comes home smelling faintly of wood smoke and trees,…

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Insta-inspiration: October

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My Japanese film addiction continues as Autumn creeps in, along with some seasonal inspiration. Let’s hear it for photos that make your heart hurt with envy, and your brain hum with joy.   I’ve loved Hilde’s photos for forever, but the beautiful imperfection of this shot really caught me. I’m actually pretty outraged that someone took this picture. I mean, what’s the point in even existing any more when this much awesome has already been…

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Autumn spider bastards

Ah, Autumn. Season of falling leaves, rosy red apples, the first frost under foot … and giant bastard spiders invading your home after dark. You know what I’m talking about. Those massive black meaty ones that are too big to fit under a teacup. Not that I’m getting close enough to try, to be honest, because what if it suddenly ran up the cup and onto my arm and into my hair to make a nest? I can’t…

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