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 →

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 (which seems even longer thanks... 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 →

Getting back in the (literal) saddle

Speak to me for five minutes and you can guarantee I'll incorporate horses into the conversation somewhere. My nickname is Shetty, my office computer is adorned with a pink fluffy unicorn pen, my house is covered in horse pictures and I would most definitely wear my riding stuff everyday if my boss would bear it.... Continue Reading →

Buying our first house in lockdown

Being the superstitious worrier that I am, I've delayed writing this post to avoid jinxing the very motive behind it. Clearly the House-Buying Gods smiled down on me and appreciated my thought because thankfully this blog can go ahead. We own our own house! Thinking back to pre-lockdown feels like years ago. Nevertheless, it's only... Continue Reading →

Why I Work in Talent Acquisition

When people think of a Talent Acquisition role, they often think 'recruitment'. Yes I earn commission for hires, work to monthly ‘starter targets’ and am focused on hiring into a company. I spend the majority of my time on the phone to candidates and embrace the target-driven and incentive-focused nature of the wider company, but... Continue Reading →

Teenage Life in the Country

Sitting cross-legged on my side of the bed in our old bedroom writing this article, the downstairs television and wafts of conversation reverberate through the thick farm-house walls. The blustery Devonshire gale rips through an open window, closed doors rattling through the rooms. A call comes up the stairs "Callum, Lauren, diiiiinnnnerrrr". Visiting home is... Continue Reading →

How Writing Changed My Life

At the ripe age of 24, I'm still embarrassingly proud of winning a 'performing arts' award at eight years old. The award certainly wasn't for my artistic prowess nor my shining acting ability, but for my writing. I always had a book in my hand as a child: eating breakfast, cleaning my teeth, sat in... Continue Reading →

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