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Meditation Anxiety: Living at a Buddhist Monastery

Meditation Anxiety: Living at a Buddhist Monastery

I’ve struggled so much with writing this blog post; everything I put down onto metaphorical paper doesn’t seem to express how this experience made me feel or sounds like airy fairy bullshit. When I tell people I spent 12 days living in a Buddhist monastery in the mountains of northern Thailand, and half of those days I was in complete silence, the only word I can really utter to describe it is “awesome”, which doesn’t begin to cover the profundity…

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2017 review: 30 before 30, a time for growth

2017 review: 30 before 30, a time for growth

It’s that time of year when we each reflect on the last 12 months and whether we feel we need to make plans and/or changes for the next year. It’s incredibly hard not to feel nostalgic at this time of year and it is always wonderful to look forward to what is to come. But it is also a tough time of year for a lot of people and the expectations can be overwhelming. In general, I think the whole “New…

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End The Stigma: A Letter to my Younger Self

End The Stigma: A Letter to my Younger Self

Today is Time to Talk day. Run by Mind and Rethink, it aims to get people to talk about mental health and start conversations, hoping to end the stigma surrounding mental health. My experience of depression and anxiety is not unique. Research shows young women are more likely to experience mental health problems and one in four people have been diagnosed with a condition at some point in their lives. But despite these overwhelming numbers, it is still an illness that…

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How I got Gilmored and why you should too

How I got Gilmored and why you should too

I knew as soon as it had started that this show was something special. I had been Gilmored.

Moving to France – one month in

Moving to France – one month in

It’s been just over a month since I left London and moved to France. I thought I would reflect on what it feels like – and if I’ve done the right thing, or have I lost my independence?

Why being single is the best relationship you can have

Why being single is the best relationship you can have

I’ve been pondering whether I should, or could, write this next post. But sometimes, things just have to be written down and put out there to heal. Eight months ago, my six-year relationship came to an end. Breaking up is possibly one of the strangest experiences one can have. Suddenly everyone you come into contact with wants to pass on their wisdom on how you “deal” with this (even if you don’t ask for it), you start crying for no…

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