2022: The Year of Gratitude Culture

Society has us believing we always need to be better. Weigh less, look prettier, earn more, sleep less, work harder, buy more, do more, be more. We're surrounded by advertisements reminding us of an endless list of things we need to own, places we must visit, gadgets we "can't live without in 2022". Despite what... Continue Reading →

I finally make it to the city!

When I started this blog, we lived 30 minutes outside of London and in a relatively urban town. Callum regularly commuted into the city and we visited London on occasion for drinks or dinner. Therefore, the blog title 'From Seaside to City' fittingly encapsulated our move from deepest South Devon to (relatively near) the City.... Continue Reading →

Embracing change

"Our painful experiences can and will serve as trampolines, launching us into our next level in life."   It’s funny how life-changing events never appear to be life-changing whilst you’re going through them. You take each day at a time, learn new information, make or change opinions, alter your perspective, react to events, make small... Continue Reading →

The Miracle of Positive Thinking

At work recently, we completed an exercise where we wrote down three anonymous complements on a sticky note for someone in the office. One of mine I received: 'always happy'. Initially, I was taken aback, whilst mentally reviewing each-and-every interaction I'd had with every person in the office to see if it matched up with... Continue Reading →

Saying bye to the booze ** TW – Alcohol**

For a 5ft2 pint-sized person, I sure used to drink a lot of wine. I’ve never been the go-out-every-weekend-and-do-shots-in-nightclubs kind of person, but since I turned 20 (five years ago) you’d rarely see me after 18:00 without a glass of wine in my hand. This was just a part of my evening routine: get home from... Continue Reading →

My accidental soul-searching journey

Sitting outside for the first time this year, soaking up the sunshine and smelling the fresh scent of the grass, I embrace the feeling of calm. The last few weeks have been really, really stressful and there have been some huge alterations in my life. Dealing with these has meant I've been away from home,... Continue Reading →

How the pandemic brought us together

They say distance makes the heart grow fonder and up until now, I've been fortunate enough to never truly understand the gravity of that statement. I've felt that stomach-dropping pain of absence more regularly in the last 18 months than ever before. I haven't seen my dad in 8 months. I haven't seen my sisters... Continue Reading →

What Christmas 2020 meant to me

My favourite Christmas tradition is to wake up early whilst the rest of the house sleeps on, shrouded in darkness. I pad downstairs in my dressing gown and slippers and turn on the Christmas tree lights, breathe in its piney scent and watch the lights twinkle lazily, hearing only the reliant ticking of the clock.... Continue Reading →

Back to university

When I started my Open University degree in 2015, nobody could have predicted that 5 years later, online study would be pretty much the only option across the whole of the UK. Open University must be leading the way for many other universities in how to move all lectures and activities online... Perhaps now OU... Continue Reading →

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