If you read my March Goals post, you’ll know that I’m trying to write more this month, which means I’ve been thinking about the art of writing a lot lately. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about why I write. I read interviews with other authors and writers and bloggers and creators, and more often than not they talk about having to write. Not writing is not an option. It’s as if the words will flow out of them, whether they want to or not. That sounds great. It certainly sounds like a great interview answer – an answer that can be quoted and re-tweeted and put on motivational posters to be sold on Etsy. Unfortunately, that’s not why I write. And for a long time I thought that made me a bad writer. A fake writer. A not-a-real writer. I thought that because all these successful wordsmiths describe writing like a…

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Today’s blog post is all about body confidence and disability, and it is written by the wonderful Shona, from shonalouise.com. Shona is disabled, and isn’t afraid of talking openly about her disability and the ableism she faces. I hope this blog post sheds a little light on a rarely talked about issue within the body confidence movement.  Body confidence and positivity are things that have been encouraged a lot more in the past few years, especially by bloggers, and it’s something that I’m totally behind especially as I’m a disabled blogger that has struggled with body confidence because of my disability. But there’s a side of body positivity that I’ve felt uneasy about for a while, a side that excludes disabled people like myself. Liv has kindly let me talk about body confidence and disability today on her blog and I just want to take a moment to say that Liv…

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I’ve got a terrible secret. I’ve always known that one day, I’m going to be breathtakingly successful. Which isn’t the sort of thing you’re supposed to admit as a woman. I know this because I’ve listened to countless interviews with other successful women, and the one thing they have in common is that they never saw it coming. They never dreamed in their wildest dreams that they’d be where they are now. This was all so unexpected. But me? I’ve always known, deep down in the pit of my stomach, that I’m destined for success. Maybe it’s the dreamer in me, who’s always had a penchant for imagining what the impossible would feel like. Or maybe it’s the performer in me, who’s always loved trying on other people’s lives. It’s certainly the privileged middle class white girl in me, who grew up being told she could do anything and be…

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Well, here we are. March. The month of, err… marching? March is always a funny month for me. January is great because it’s full of all the promise of a new year. February’s fun because of my birthday and Pancake Day (the two most important dates of the calendar year). But March. March is, well, March. It’s not quite warm enough to be classed as Spring, and nothing terribly exciting happens in its 31 days. But whether I like it or not, it is March. And a new month means new goals to set – and then promptly forget about, if February is anything to go by. So let’s stop with the waffle and cut straight to the chase. Here are my March goals. Stay off social media If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I spend a good chunk of my life scrolling, tweeting, re-tweeting, replying, and…

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Well, here we are. It’s the end of February and the dawn of a new month. We’re just 31 days from being a quarter of the way through 2017. You may remember that at the start of the month I set myself three goals – my February goals. So today I thought I’d share with you how they went. Cos that’s how these monthly goals posts work, right? February was very much a month of two halves. The first half of the month I literally made no effort to meet my goals. But then I went to Berlin half way through my month, and I came back feeling more refreshed and motivated than ever. Turns out a week off from work is good for you! Get out of the office One of my main goals for the month was to make sure I get out of the office during my…

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