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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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Half a year and half a world away 

Half a year and half a world away 

It’s been six months since I nervously boarded a 5.30am train at Perpignan station and waved goodbye to my mum and step-dad, with a few warm, salty tears trickling across my cheeks, before heading off on my journey across the world.  Since then I’ve visited 15 countries, four continents, travelled thousands and thousands of miles, slept in 75+ hostels, motels and homestays, met 100s of people, climbed two mountains, swam with turtles and sharks, and made friends for life in…

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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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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?

Quarter life crisis? Perhaps. Here’s my 30 before 30 

Quarter life crisis? Perhaps. Here’s my 30 before 30 

I’ve turned 28, quit my job, and decided to leave the city where I have started to cultivate a life