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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Sara-Syndrome (or possibly POTS)

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My whole life I’ve been weird. I don’t just mean socially (although, yes), but physically too – I’ve always known I am fundamentally different to other people, and admonished myself for not conforming better. For example, I am always too hot. I overheat so easily that I routinely sleep naked, with a window open, under a towel, whatever the weather. I wash my feet & ankles in cold water at the end of a day just to…

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shooting an autumn lookbook – Object Style

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The nice thing about my work is I never know quite what will appear in my inbox next. I tend to priorities what work I accept based on how much it excites me – if something gets my blood pumping and ideas bouncing, I know it will be a great project for me creatively. When Rachael approached me about shooting her A/W lookbook, I wasn’t sure I had time. Then she showed me the stock she…

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10 ways to improve your writing

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ten mistakes you might be making in your writing Not an expert, purely observational. Well, I did study linguistics at Uni but I’ve forgotten it all, so… 1. Over-using the thesaurus. It was drilled into many of us at school to look for fancy or alternative words. While this works as a vocabulary extending tool, there’s no point in building up a mental lexicon if you never just deploy it. Often the word that comes naturally…

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